RAHWAY — Patrick Cassio, the Rahway Republican candidate for mayor, has selected George Wagenhoffer as his campaign manager. Wagenhoffer is a former Republican councilman who is well known in the city and is “respected for his honesty and integrity,” according to Cassio.
“I am proud to stand with Patrick Cassio and his council ticket,” said Wagenhoffer, “Patrick Cassio is a proven friend of the taxpayers in this city for many years and single-handedly saved our city hall from being sold by the Democrats. He is usually the only one in the room asking questions at our monthly council meetings. ”
Wagenhoffer said that he is concerned about Rahway’s mounting debt and several unfinished building projects. The Kennedy/Proctor Democrats have failed local business owners downtown and now have turned their backs on them, says the Republican. Kennedy/Proctor Democrats redirected the SID (special improvement district) monies to the arts district, thus failing to support businesses, Wagenhoffer said.
The Rahway Democrats have borrowed almost $13 million for an outdoor amphitheater, a $90,000 piano and other controversial deals, while downtown has way too many empty retail spaces and no plan to change that, Wagenhoffer said.
“I’m all for the arts and I want them to succeed. But the businesses are the backbone of our downtown shopping district”, said Wagenhoffer. “Our city government has been under Democrat control for forty years and the Rahway Democrats have put their party first, not the people. You see it every day by the way decisions are made. A perfect example is Mr. Proctor taking a promotion, running for mayor, while the administration has laid off workers.”
Wagenhoffer added, “The Republican mayoral campaign will be: honest government, open government and accountability in government. It’s these three areas our city government has failed when developing most of the large projects and controversial policies like the new sewer tax.”
To that end, Wagenhoffer stated that working with Cassio, he will help obtain auditing, engineering, and legal experts before the election. “A Cassio administration will be able to govern Rahway from day one with a city management staff picked for their qualifications, not for their politics. They will be paid reasonable salaries but not the ridiculous pay the Democrats dole out.”
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