UNION – Charles Donnelly and Christopher Hackett, the two Republican who are running for Assembly seats representing the 20th Legislative District, had some strong words for Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union) as the Democratic primary currently underway for the Senate position in the district comes to a close. Attributing his primary-long silence to a lack of loyalty, the pair called Cryan’s absence of support for his long time running-mate Senator Ray Lesniak an eye opener for the district on what he is willing to do for political gain.
“For better or for worse, Lesniak supported Cryan for a decade and is by many considered his mentor,” says Donnelly, “and in repayment, Cryan sits idly by while Lesniak is facing trouble in the primary.”
“The ability to recognize loyalty is bipartisan,” Donnelly replied, when the pair was asked about why they decided to comment on the primary. “If he would turn his back on his mentor so quickly, he would do the same for his constituents and his supporters – even after creating a web of nepotism and patronage in the county – if it was politically favorable. He is proving this today by not supporting Governor Christie’s proposed tax breaks simply to help his own agenda. Chris and I are running because we want to help the taxpayers – not because we want the taxpayers to help us or our inner circle.”
“We are only reiterating what the people of New Jersey already know, and frankly nobody is surprised,” Hackett reinforced. “Joe Cryan is turning his back on his mentor Lesniak when he is in trouble, just as he has turned his back to the people of New Jersey during their troubles over the past ten years. That’s not how we work in this state. People in New Jersey help each other when they are in trouble – and in that regard, Cryan ought to take a lesson from his constituents.”
“It really isn’t that important to us who supports who in the Democratic primary, what deals were struck, any of that,” Hackett continued, “but the people of New Jersey are tired of politicians who show no loyalty to their constituents and are willing to sell out to the highest bidder. That is the kind of politics that Charlie and I don’t ascribe to, and our loyalty will be where it belongs – with the New Jersey taxpayer.”
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