To the Editor:
Why does Senator Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic respond to any criticism of him or his running mates by always claiming they are the targets of “negative attacks?” I have heard some people say that Van Drew is just thin-skinned, but I believe it is more calculated than that.
My suspicion is that Van Drew’s complaining is a carefully crafted strategy to avoid debating
his challengers on his record over the past ten plus years in Trenton.
The reality is that Van Drew does not wish to speak about property taxes going up some seventy (70%) percent on his watch, nor does he wish to face up to the fact that unemployment has nearly doubled in and around his district. Two issues he campaigned about years ago and was ultimately elected because we, the people, wanted change. So where are we now?
Our region of the state has one of the worst local economies in the entire country!
And most recently he did not wish to respond why he is standing up for Mr. Nelson Albano,
after Mr. Albano was issued a traffic citation for speeding In this case however, Mr. Albano contacted the superintendent of the State Police; and abusing his elected office, allegedly fabricated a story to ruin the reputation of a state trooper, for no other reason than the trooper issued him a speeding citation! I wonder just how fast he was traveling?
Van Drew doesn’t want to speak about any of this. It is much easier, I presume, for him
to avoid substance and just “double down” on being seen as the victim. The problem for
him, though, is that fewer and fewer citizens are fooled by it anymore.
Van Drew, you have done some positive things for the district for which we thank you, but not overwhelmingly enough to earn your re-election.
Maybe after some ten plus years of being in Trenton, you could allow another person the opportunity to represent the district and attempt to resolve our issues.