JACKSON, NJ -Jackson Township Councilman Barry Calogero, who also works as a politically appointed executive director of the administration of President Donald J. Trump, USDA said what has been on the minds of many in towns surrounding the Jewish enclave of Lakewood Township during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Township of Lakewood has been under scrutiny by area residents, politicians and police after a string of incidents were published in the media depicting people in that community disobeying Governor Murphy’s executive orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 infection rate in Lakewood has exceeded nearby towns by nearly two to one, according to figures released by the Ocean County Health Department. Calogero put out a public plea on Tuesday to deploy the Army National Guard to his town and towns surrounding Lakewood to put an end to it and to use the military power to enforce Governor Murphy’s quarantine.
Calogero first thanked the community in Jackson for adhering to the guidelines and staying home.
How in God’s name can civilized people disrespect their neighbors?
“Unfortunately, not everyone is following the law of the land, unfortunately, there are groups of people who hide behind cultures and religious beliefs who put themselves, our first responders and quite honestly all of Jackson and all of the bordering towns at risk. For their selfishness, irresponsibility, and inability to follow the law put in place by President Trump and Governor Murphy,” he said. “How in God’s name can civilized people disrespect their neighbors the President and the Governor’s orders. It is with a sad heart I implore governor murphy to set aside politics and use your power and authority to call out the national guard to enforce the law and protect Ocean County from those who cannot seem to follow our laws.”
Not a time for politics!
“This is not a time for politics, this is a team for leadership, Governor, this is not about capturing bloc votes, this is about enforcing the law of the land,” Calogero said to the Governor. Murphy won a narrow margin in Lakewood during his election against Kim Guadagno in the 2017 gubernatorial election. The Mayor of Jackson, Michael Reina and fellow council members Andrew Kern and Alex Sauicke also called upon the Orthodox Jewish bloc vote in 2018 to win his re-election campaign. In that election, Reina and his team tactfully hid their alliance with Orthodox Jewish members of the community, instead, mailed out postcards declaring their opponent was a Jewish sympathizer, costing Tracey Yostpile her election that year.
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Posted by Shore News Network on Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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