Christie Campaign Mailer Features Teaneck Council Members

Republican governor’s campaign highlights Democratic endorsements

Christie campaign mailer / Photo credit: Reader submitted
Christie campaign mailer / Photo credit: Reader submitted

With only days left before the gubernatorial election, Gov. Chris Christie is seemingly looking to pick up votes locally by touting his support from three Teaneck council members.

Mailers sent to Teaneck residents this week show council members Yitz Stern and Elie Y. Katz with Christie at a September campaign stop on West Englewood Avenue. Both Teaneck officials, along with Councilman Mark Schwartz, endorsed Christie. Schwartz also appears on the campaign literature.

Christie’s campaign has pointed to his support from the three Teaneck Democrats, who are among as many as 60 Democratic elected officials across New Jersey to back the Republican governor.

Teaneck isn’t the only town where Christie’s campaign has sent mailers highlighting the governor’s support from local Democrats. The Essex County executive and sheriff, along with mayors from Orange, Harrison, Spring Lake, Long Branch and others were reportedly featured in the recent blitz.

Democratic State Committee spokesman Matt Farrauto told NJ.com the mailers do not reflect the party majority.

"The mailers are disingenuous, and the cherry-picked officials do not represent the Democratic base," Farrauto said. "The truth is, the vast majority of hard working Democrats, especially state legislators -- the people who have seen the damage that Christie's policies have reaped on New Jersey's middle class families -- support Barbara Buono.”
Ari November 01, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Disgusting fraud trying to divide and conquer in Teaneck. I have more respect for the poor honest Irish immigrant running on his ticket than Christie. Christie is a fraud in every way
Kerr Lockhart November 01, 2013 at 12:07 PM
They can forget about my vote next time.
Jacob November 01, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Me too.
Legal Notice November 01, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Ari you forget that the Irishman made a huge mistake by going against Christie on the tunnel jobs issue. Maybe he wants to work in a Tunnel isn't that all the Irish are good for ?
shimon baum November 01, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Katz probably gave him free food from his Chinese restaurant.
Fergal Murray November 01, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Legal Notice you are a racist. I may not share the same political views as candidate Duggan but I respect his honesty and sincerity. Your remarks just prove that there is no room for blue collar or middle class workers in your party
Keith Kaplan November 01, 2013 at 01:37 PM
There seems to be some kind of misunderstanding that you have to agree with the policies of the person you support, as opposed to believing that they are the best person for the job even if you disagree on policy. I'm not sure where this ideological litmus test came from, but it deserves some reevaluation. Governor Christie was endorsed by over 60 Democrats that have been elected in the State of NJ. That's not a random person here or there that is out of touch with the democratic base. As the Star Ledger said in their endorsement of Christie (http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/10/the_star-ledger_endorsement_ch.html): "[H]is challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, is a deeply flawed candidate." It's the responsibility of elected officials to pick the person that will be best suited for the job and the people they represent. For the reasons stated in the editorial, Buono, is not that person. You can argue policy decisions, but to claim that over 60 elected officials with D after their name is "a cherry-picked" group that "do not represent the Democratic base" is stretching credulity. This Governor has dealt with democrats to achieve what I'd call, weak reforms, on entitlements and pensions -- but they ARE reforms. He has made inroads with many groups on the democratic side of the aisle, including African Americans, which typically vote Democrat in Statewide office races. I keep hearing people clamor for "bipartisanship" and "working across the aisle" when they seem to mean that they want the other side to just simply agree with them on everything. Actual bipartisanship means that you still believe what you believe and are willing to work with other people. That's what happened here. You don't like Christie's policies? - that's ok. He's not a democrat -- but he's WORKING with them. That's something that Buono hasn't shown a tendency to do from the other side. Can you really blame 60 people for agreeing with that? I can't.
Ari November 01, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Keith you cant serve two masters at the same time. You cant support Christie while claiming to support the only person Senator Weinberg who voted against his budget
shimon baum November 01, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Keith that makes way too much sense.
Art Vatsky November 01, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Council members elected in Teaneck are NON-Partisan. If they want to take a political position on an issue, they should do it as individuals. If the Council who represents the 39,000 plus people of Teaneck want to take a vote on who to endorse, let them. Otherwise, they are misrepresenting us and themselves. To those of us who know Teaneck politics, the purpose of the endorsement is quite clear.
Tee Smyth November 01, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Please. At best, Christie is a liar. Shall we dance with his record? Stern is an opportunist and this is quid pro quo. There are no words to adequately describe Katz so I shall not. Bottom line: endorse Christie and I will exercise my right to escort you out of office via my vote. Time for Frick and Frack to leave office. Enough already.
Steve Savitz November 02, 2013 at 09:35 AM
At best all we can hope to do is change the majority vote on the Council this coming election. Nothing else will solve Teaneck's embarrassing leadership problem, I think we have proven that over and over again. Even if Katz and Stern endorsed Christie as Republican conservatives which might have been less dishonest , Teaneck's problem remains, we have a Council in need of major surgery. So let's vote more and complain less.
genevieve maiberger November 02, 2013 at 11:24 AM
My thanks,AGAIN, to Art V. and to Steve S. for sensible comments.
Ari November 02, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Getting very tired being ripped off by both parties for the last two decades. Between Christie robbing our pensions and Weinberg robbing our taxes and our constitutional rights. My family are voting for the only friend of the working class that does not hang out with the Madoffs or the Corzines or the Christies. The only honest candidate on Tuesdays ballot is immigrant DUGGAN the underdog. This guy is a mensch who would give you the shirt off his back
Art Vatsky November 04, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I am still seeking my original goal when I came to NJ: a well-run town in a well run county in a well run state. I don't mind paying my taxes to governments that show value with the use of those funds. ( I LIKE Teaneck's 2 week recycling program (DPW) and the services provided at the Teaneck Library. ) But NJ is burdened by generations of bad government decisions that have gotten politicians reelected at the cost of creating programs/contracts we don't have the wealth to afford. NJ is rated among the worst run states in the Union by the Pew Charitable Trust. The endorsement of Christie by our Council members (who are Democrats in name only) is probably a chance to advance their own personal interests, not to help Teaneck.


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