Homegrown: Flemming issues open arms call for unity among Jackson residents new and old

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ – Jackson Township Councilman Marty Flemming today called for unity between the townspeople of Jackson. Flemming referred to the division that exists between many Jackson residents and the growing Orthodox Jewish population in Jackson.

The township, under Flemming’s leadership as township council vice president, has entered into a consent agreement with the Department of Justice regarding civil rights violations against Orthodox Jewish residents by township officials.

“We believe it is crucial at this moment in Jackson for us to remember that we have much more in common than not, and there is much more that unites us than divides us,” Flemming, who is running for mayor under the ‘homegrown leadership’ slogan, a reference to lifelong Jackson residents.

Flemming, who leads the ‘homegrown leadership’ team in Jackson, says you don’t have to be homegrown to be accepted in Jackson.

Flemming and the council are in negotiations to settle other civil rights lawsuits brought by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and Agudath Israel of America.

Flemming has served on the township planning board and oversaw the approvals of thousands of housing units in Jackson during his time on the board, signaling he is ready to lead the path forward in Jackson to accommodate the growth of the expanding Orthodox Jewish population.

“Whenever you moved here, wherever you moved from, or if you were born here and want to continue to raise your family here, we are all here together because we love the potential of what Jackson has to offer,” Flemming said. “We love our neighborhoods and our neighbors. We need to come together to find the best path forward, one that helps our town achieve its true potential.”

Flemming is the owner-operator of County Line Hardware which has a store in Jackson. This spring, the company shuttered its Lakehurst location.