UNION COUNTY – Three weeks before the election in which the 17-year politician faces his first serious primary challenge, Freeholder Daniel Sullivan is prominently featured in a mailing sent to every county resident at taxpayer expense funded with a $55,000 Homeland Security grant.
The $385,000 ’Union County Directions’ newspaper delivered within days of the election and also published at taxpayer expense also resembled a Sullivan campaign mailing. Critics argue that Sullivan and the regular political organization he leads with Sheriff Ralph Froehlich, are stealing taxpayer money for political benefit.
Such tactics are not new, according to several local observers. On Oct. 22, 2007, Patricia Quattrocchi complained in a news release titled, “Froehlich Team Uses County Assets in Campaign.”
In a 2005 letter to the Star-Ledger, Tina Renna outlined a pattern of government public relations effort aimed at promoting officials more in years when they would appear on the ballot. After citizens expressed ire at the waste, freeholders unanimously raised taxes.
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