ELIZABETH — Five City Council members who voted to give themselves pay hikes after the 2008 election, following a six month local job loss of 1,500 and the onset of the global financial crisis, are angry that a group of Democrats is informing voters about their actions.
Councilmen Manny Grova and Nelson Gonzalez — who each collect taxpayer-funded paychecks for multiple public sector jobs in addition to their $23,000 part-time council salary — have lodged complaints that members of the Central Jersey Democratic Leadership Council (CJDLC) have distributed notices in their wards revealing their pay hike vote to residents.
In the Fifth Ward, Councilman Bill Gallman distributed leaflets featuring a large question mark asking who is behind the message, but CJDLC Chairman James J. Devine said he should stop trying to confuse voters and address the facts.
“As someone who grew up in the Fifth Ward and managed campaigns for Chris Bollwage and Charles Harris, I would think Bill Gallman knows exactly who I am,” said Devine. “It is sad that these people would spy on Democratic Party volunteers and attempt to intimidate activists rather than answer the question about why they cared more about themselves than the voters who elected them.”
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