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Gordon Blasts Driscoll For 'Breaking Promises' in Campaign Ad

Democratic State Sen. Bob Gordon is running against Republican Bergen County Freeholder Chairman John Driscoll for the 38th District Senate seat

Editor's Note: A re-post of a campaign commercial does not equal an endorsement. 

Not to be outdone by John Driscoll's new campaign commercial featuring Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday, the 38th District Dems dropped a spot of their own.

In the ad, which sources and displays a Fair Lawn Patch article, Driscoll is criticized for breaking promises to taxpayers regarding department-head salary and pay-to-play reforms.

Mike Gartland, a political columnist for the Record, took on analyzing the validity of that ad's claims Tuesday.

Michael Roney November 03, 2011 at 01:17 PM
Bob Gordon is in no position to point fingers. In 2009 hundreds of residents in Fair Lawn’s Radburn district asked for his help in sponsoring legislation to require democratic elections and membership for anyone who owns a home in a planned community association. We don’t have that in Radburn. A loophole in current law allows zero accountability by our board and no control by residents over how and where their assessment money is spent. This is a statewide situation where predatory developers and lawyers are free to financially abuse thousands of association homeowners. In this case, Gordon indicated to us that he would assist in closing this loophole if we delivered a petition with 200 signatures from Radburn homeowners. We came back with well over 400 signatures, representing more than half the homes in our community. Gordon then refused to help in any way. What kind of public servant would be against protecting homeowners, and who would move the goalposts like that? Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk supported our efforts, as did Connie Wagner, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Jerry Green, Senators Jeff Van Drew and Loretta Weinberg and many other well-intentioned legislators in both parties. In fact, Gordon was the only legislator we approached who didn’t help. Gordon is a former follower of disgraced Bergen County Democratic party boss Joe Ferrerio, whose political machine appointed him to replace indicted Senator Joe Coniglio. It shows.
Kathy Moore November 04, 2011 at 12:54 AM
What Michael Roney says, is sadly true. Bob Gordon failed his constituents miserably. Not only didn't he help us with our quest for legislation he actually hurt us by telling his peers in Trenton there was only a small number of disgruntled homeowners in Radburn. Funny, something over 400 adults in our community signed a petition asking for his help-and we didn't even try that hard to get the signatures we had. When the Radburn Association refused me to allow to run for it's board of trustees I ran AND won as a write-in candidate. Those votes were thrown out and the association refused to acknowledge them. The first time I met Senator Gordon I introduced myself as his neighbor in Radburn who won that seat. He basically chose to not acknowledge me either on that topic. I'm saddened and disheartened that I need to write a commentary like this one but I want folks to know just who they are voting for. Senator Gordon could have done the right thing by standing by his constituents and helping us move this very important legislation forward which will benefit not only beleaguered and abused homeowners in Radburn but in all of New Jersey. If the polls show that Senator Gordon does poorly in his own hometown I would not be surprised.

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