I have no problem listening to people arguing their side of an issue as long as it is backed up with true facts, common sense, and/or intelligent reasoning. But more then not, what I hear and read from Republican pundits is almost always based on their personal uninformed twisting of facts which is usually rooted deep within their personal dislike, or even hatred, having no basis in fact, of a Democratic candidate.
I’m not writing here to defend anyone. Except for one councilman in particular, they all have their Big Pants On and can defend themselves. But what irks me to no end is these pundits belief that they have figured out the Holy Grail of reasons why you should agree.
Case in point: “What type of person would bring politics into the pd and then run for office while still a police officer in town?” Now there’s a non-argument that is utterly ridicules. Number one, where’s the politics brought into the police department? Running for office doesn’t bring politics in the P.D. anymore then the P.D. is already influenced by politics and the reason why most States allow an officer to run for political office as long as they take a leave of absence. A leave of absence means that legally White is no longer a police officer having exactly ZERO police powers or influence. They fail to remember (on purpose) that Mayor Chamberlain had to grant permission to White to allow him to take a leave of absence. White has the constitutional right to run for office and the mayor did not stand in his way.
“People throughout the County that follow local elections are commenting on how terrible it is for a Deputy Chief to run in the SAME TOWN THAT EMPLOYS him before he officially retired.” I wonder if this person took a scientific poll to garner this result before making a comment like this. He/she should follow the lead of Councilman Halko who Googles before coming up with an opinion. As explained in the previous paragraph this process is much more common that most people realize within the State of New Jersey, let alone the rest of the Country.
“His (White) audacity to run before he officially retired is disgraceful.” Obviously this ‘concern’ has become a talking point for the republican pundits. Common sense would tell anyone of sound mind that it would not behoove you or your family to count your chickens before they hatch and quite your job willy-nilly, basing your future on an election, especially when the law provides a safer avenue.
“If elected, White would be mayor at the time of his payout. The public is unaware of how overly political Chiefs walk away at retirement with more than they are entitled to. They walk away with as much the mayor and council approve even its is not contractual. The public is going to have buyer's remorse as they see White and Kugler cash in.”
Above is an uneducated statement bordering on the moronic that unfortunately some may not think twice about and therefore believe. White could NOT decide what he gets monetarily upon retirement. Just as Kugler Sr. often had to do when voting on police matters or Conte when hiring his son, they must abstain from voting or involvement. The council would not allow his intervention and ultimately under the ‘Faulkner Act’, only the council can approve an expense and cut a check. White’s pension and retirement benefits have already been decided regardless of who is mayor. Plus it would be absurd to think if White were elected mayor the council would be inclined to give him a (republican talking point) Golden Parachute.
My words and no one else’s: White must have felt the prevailing winds showed him this was his time to run. Whether he retired today or 5 years from now his pension would follow him for his lifetime along with his generous salary while employed. I would venture to say that running for office is essentially no different than becoming a police officer; a desire to serve your community and contribute to making it the best it can be.