Wednesday, May 13, 2009:
I only infrequently touch on local politics herein but I can’t pass by the truly stunning statement made by the voters of Stafford Township last night: “We’ve had it with build-out, environmental degradation, the capitulating to private interests wanting to run roughshod over a township that used to be a very nice, downright quaint, bayside community.”
In case you hadn’t heard, Mayor Block and nearly the entire township council were crushed in last night’s election. We’re not talking a squeaker. It was a frickin’ blowout. The message sent to the Republican Party (Blocks’s buddies) was beyond shocking.
For any of you not familiar with Southern Ocean County politics, for decades on end the Republican Party has run rampant over all other parties. It has, at the same time, fully fostered – I’m among those who say “blindly” -- an over building of the entire area, along with a flagrant abuse of the land/environment.
Ironically, the Block “group” – since the elections in Stafford are technically nonpartisan – ran under the “green” label, meaning they actually wanted people to think they had done a marvelous job at preserving the land and conserving the dignity of the community’s past. How dumb and blind did they think the voters were?
Sadly, the damage done by the Block contingent is far too advanced to un-do, nor do I believe the arriving township leaders will be fully into saving what’s left. There is just this fairly depressing sense that the Block group has at least been shown that they weren’t fooling anyone during their years of abuse of land and power.
Here’s hoping the environmentalists rally in this area to put the fear of reprisal in the minds of the nearly arriving politicos: screw with what’s left and you’re gone by next election.