More Republicans Call For Cryan’s Resignation

UNION – Several Republican candidates in Assemblyman Joe Cryan’s home district have joined with his November challengers, Assembly candidates Christopher Hackett and Charles Donnelly, in calling for his resignation from his job as Union County undersheriff, an appointed position that he has held since 2003.

Cryan co-sponsored the “Sheriff’s Professional Standards Act” (A-1716), but Donnelly and Hackett have said that Cryan falls short of the requirements outlined in the proposed legislation.

Now, Union Township Committee candidates Ron Wilburn and John Hackett, along with Union County Freeholder candidate Ira Geiger, all issued statements Monday morning denouncing Cryan’s actions while holding the position as well as his dual taxpayer-funded salaries.

Wilburn, who grew up in the Vauxhall area of Union, said, “The fact that [Cryan] would sponsor a bill which so blatantly flies in the face of the actions that he has undertaken while working as an undersheriff in our county is a testament to how comfortable he has become with not only his Assembly position, but also his second job on the taxpayer dime. Joe Cryan is a double dipper relic of the Corzine era who, by his own logic, does not qualify for the second pension he is earning. It is situations like this that give all of the true, hard working public employees a bad reputation with the taxpayer. Regardless of whether or not he broke any laws, he broke the people’s trust. It is time for Mr. Cryan to do what is best for Union County and allow someone more qualified to take his place.”

Union County Freeholder candidate Ira Geiger said “As undersheriff, Assemblyman Cryan used taxpayer-funded, professional e-mail accounts to send unprofessional messages to his former girlfriend. What’s more, he has no law enforcement experience. The bill states that no person shall be eligible for the role of Sheriff unless that person has a minimum of five years’ law enforcement experience. By his own admission, according to the rules he wrote, Mr. Cryan would not be eligible to replace our current sheriff if he were to resign or retire. Yet the bill contains language excluding persons appointed prior to the effective date of the bill.”

“Mr. Cryan is free to run again for the State Assembly in the fall,” Geiger added, “but the residents of Union County deserve better from their law enforcement personnel than to have a potential Sheriff, with no experience and questionable ethics, write his own ticket to a second pension.”

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