Bloomfield Line A Team Urges Election Day Monitors

(Updates with comments from Line B’s Pat Barker)
In a letter that questions the past practices of their Team B opponents’ campaign manager, Bloomfield’s Line A candidates have asked NJ Attorney General Paula Dow to assign deputy AGs to monitor the township’s upcoming Democratic primary elections on June 8.
Mayor Ray McCarthy, Councilman Bernard Hamilton, and council candidates Peggy O’Boyle Dunigan and Michael Venezia have all signed the letter, dated May 21, which requests monitors at each of Bloomfield’s polling locations and at the municipal clerk’s office.
“We are determined to protect the citizens of Bloomfield from scurrilous tactics employed by those who might wish to improperly influence results,” the letter states.
The letter to Dow calls into question the alleged role of Line B’s campaign manager, Gary Iacobocci, in the election of now-disgraced Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano.
Line B’s Councilwoman Pat Barker said in response to the letter, “McCarthy is obviously desperate, and he is doing desperate things. This is all a smoke screen to avoid the real issues. Just like sending hecklers to the council meetings in an attempt to disrupt democracy.”
“It would be more productive if McCarthy would stop slinging the political slander – this ridiculous attempt at ‘guilt by association’ – and start to focus on the real issues like our high taxes,” Barker said.


Also on the Line B team are Councilwoman Pat Spychala for mayor, and council candidates, Rich Rockwell and Carlos Pomares.
The letter asks election monitors to ensure “that voters are not turned away,” that voting machines are working properly and that ballot counting is observed.
“There is too much at stake in this election to allow for any voter to be denied their right to vote,” said McCarthy. “The Line A candidates will leave no stone unturned in making sure that this election is fair and open.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. “We are determined to protect the citizens of Bloomfield from scurrilous tactics employed by those who might wish to improperly influence results,” the letter states.
    Right now words fail me, but they won’t for long. All I can say at this point is every idea I had of Ray McCarthy as a politician has been confirmed by this latest tactic.
    I had no respect left for Mr. Hamilton after his treatment of the very people responsible for his being on the council this last (and I do hope it IS his last) term after Ray McCarthy dumped him in 2007 and then sued him.
    I have to say of all the candidates on Line A I do have affection and respect for Mrs. Dunnigan and her hardworking family. To her I can only say I am appalled and deeply disappointed that she would sign such a scurrilous letter.
    I am thoroughly disgusted with this group. They are beneath contempt.

  2. You know what? The more I think about it the more I like it! This way when Line A is given the boot by Bloomfield voters they won’t have any reason to complain or cry foul.
    Thanks Ray and Pete! You’re all still despicable in my book but you did us all a favor.

  3. I was not aware of the heckling at the Council Meetings. (I put a parental block on the Bloomfield Channel in case I ever had the urge to watch Democracy In Action, McCarthy style…) Maybe now that both “Lost” and “Bump-bada-Bump” are only in re-runs, I’ll remove the block.

  4. McCarthy’s internal polling shows him behind and the voters are rejecting him because he raised their property taxes 70% and vetoed a proposal to end free health benefits for him and his family. Desperate people do desperate things. Make no mistake, Ray McCarthy is a desperate man. But this desperate tactic won’t work because Bloomfield voters are too smart to fall for this deception.

  5. two comments and four negative votes. Cowards.
    Don’t you know how it works on this site? Once you tick some people off, they’ll down-vote you just for simply posting.
    I’m pretty sure I could make a post along the lines of “I love kittens and puppies. They are sooo cute!” over on BaristaKids and still have a number of “down” votes simply because that brave soul “Anonymous” is still cheesed about some thing or another that I posted a year ago.
    Of course, they’ll never post a reason WHY they don’t agree with you… Just whatever arbitrary and meaningless symbolism they’ve assigned to the act of clicking a thumbs down.

  6. I’d imagine, Generic, that a “thumbs down” vote is ever so much more enjoyable once its known that it gets under the recipient’s skin.

  7. Re: Election.
    As I have said before, a young family will have children, (or hope to in the future) and they will look carefully at the Blmfd. School System.
    What they will find is that of the 22 towns that make up Essex County, the Bloomfield School System is rated higher than Newark, Irvington, Orange, East Orange & Belleville. The other 17 towns are all rated higher.
    Then they will compare property taxes, and see that Bloomfielders are in the upper quarter. Finally the wives will like to take a look at the shopping center. Nuff said. Unless they can get a terrific deal (a.k.a. STEAL) a house in apanic sale, they will expand their home search to the East or South-East.
    I do not see any promise from those in current office to fix what is broken). Do You ???

  8. For those of you not fluent in Sandeese, I humbly submit the following translation*:
    “As I have said before:
    A young family with children, or hopes to have them in the future will look carefully at the Blmfd. School System. What they will find is that, of the 22 towns that make up Essex County, the Bloomfield School System is rated higher than Newark, Irvington, Orange, East Orange and Belleville. The other 17 towns are all rated higher.
    Then they will compare property taxes and see that Bloomfielders are in the upper quarter.
    Finally the wives will like to take a look at the shopping center. Nuff said.
    Unless they can get a terrific deal; they will expand their home search to the East or South-East.
    I do not see any promises from those currently in office to fix what is broken. Do you?
    *The preceding statements are entirely the opnion of Sandy. Especially that bit about “The wives will like to take a look at the shopping center. Nuff said.”

  9. “We are determined to protect the citizens of Bloomfield from scurrilous tactics employed by those who might wish to improperly influence results,” the letter states.
    If only the Line A team displayed the same determination in protecting the citizens of Bloomfield from the confiscatory property tax increases to which they have been subjected in recent years.
    Instead, under the A-team’s watch, property taxes have increased 25% since 2006. To be fair, the B-team doesn’t instill me with confidence that they could do much better. None of the candidates seems to possess the courage needed to make the difficult and unpopular, yet vitally necessary, decisions that would pull this town out of the property tax death spiral.

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