Have you checked your mailbox yet today? Many Montclair residents received a two-page mailer this morning from the Montclair 2012 team, with the headline, “We Can’t Trust Karen Turner To Protect Montclair.” The mailer goes on to state that at a 2010 Township Council meeting, Turner “questioned the need for a public library and public arts programs.”
The other side has a photo of Robert Jackson headed “Robert Jackson Will Protect Montclair” followed by this quote from Jackson: “Our families cherish public libraries, arts programs and our schools. I will protect them.”
In an email to Baristanet, Montclair 2012 attached the minutes from the 9/30/10 Montclair Council Meeting when Turner made the comments, and made the following statement:
It’s important that we stand up for the Montclair Public Library, a resource and town asset we cherish, and for public arts programs in town. We wanted to contrast our unwavering commitment with the position of someone who has questioned the value of the Library and town arts programs. Strategically, because of the implications of abandonment, we decided it was necessary to take a firm stand.
Baristanet has reached out to Turner for comment.