Why would Galloway taxpayers want Mooney?

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To the editor:

In the past two years, Galloway has been the laughingstock of Atlantic County due to the dysfunction on council and in the township administration:

There was the firing of the township clerk and her subsequent $3 million lawsuit against all of council, the churning of three people through the township manager position, and the newly hired CFO attempting to extort “lunch money” from the township taxpayers while earning $105,000 per year in salary.

And before the circus of the past two years, there was the forced resignation of a Republican member of council who was arrested for stealing beer from a liquor store.

Galloway is in a deep financial hole from the reckless spending in the years when the economy locally was in good shape and the town was receiving large sums of money generated by impact fees being paid by developers. For eight years Galloway Council has been controlled and mismanaged by the Republicans.

Now their candidate is John Mooney, the former Atlantic City police chief who has a lawsuit pending against Atlantic City generated when he resigned, because he was being replaced by a public safety director.  

Meanwhile, when he was promoted to chief in 2006, he collected thousands of dollars of unused sick leave plus another $31,000 for unused vacation.  Those figures are from 2006; who knows what he walked away with in 2010 when he resigned and decided to sue Atlantic City charging “reverse discrimination?”

New Jersey’s governor has been an outspoken critic of this kind of “payout” to people who leave office with a large pension and lifetime health benefits after having earned a very good salary paid by taxpayer dollars and who want another large sum dropped on them for not having taken days off from work due to illness. 

Why would Galloway taxpayers want Mooney knowing his attitude in regard to suing the “hand that fed” him.

It’s time to stop the circus in Galloway.

Michael Conley

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