Monday, June 29, 2015

An Open Letter to New Jersey's Legislative District 4 Representatives

Photo credit: 6ABC News

129 Johnson Road, Suite 1
Turnersville, NJ 08012   

To the representatives of NJ's 4th Legislative District:

I am aware that you and your District 4 colleagues have petitioned the state Board of Public Utilities to investigate Atlantic City Electric’s response to the numerous power outages that resulted from last week’s straight-line wind storm. I commend you for that, but the power outages are just part of a much larger issue.

All you need to do is step outside your office and take a ride or walk around the corner to get a first hand view of the destruction and devastation that has hit Whitman Square. The Bells Lake and Original Birches neighborhoods have suffered similar damage. Trees have split houses in two, wind has torn roofs off of houses, many are displaced and staying with family, friends, or in hotels awaiting ultimate assessment of the damage.

At a “town hall” meeting in the fall of 2010 in Washington Township, Governor Christie acknowledged that it was Gloucester County that put him over the top in the 2009 election. 

His cavalier attitude towards the citizens of South Jersey is no way to thank them for helping to put him into office.

I know that the state cannot print money, budget is tight, and financial relief is not likely to come from the State government.

Therefore, I respectfully request that you petition your fellow State Legislators to issue a formal resolution from both Houses demanding that Governor Christie declare a State of Emergency that would facilitate financial assistance to our neighbors who are suffering as a result of this storm.

I look forward to a positive response and action from our elected representatives.

Respectfully Submitted,
Turnersville, NJ