Former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, Voorhees Township Deputy Mayor Jason Ravitz, Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam and Atlantic City Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy and failed Democratic sheriff candidate Bob Gant are all members of the South Jersey Fight Club. They’re all Democrats and they all follow the rules.
The first rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: you never reprimand a fellow Democrat. The second rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: you never reprimand a fellow Democrat.
The third rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: deny, deny, deny. At least that’s what Gant did when The Bob & Steve Show called him out for his role in the beating of a defenseless inmate at the old Salem County Jail, and that’s exactly what Gilliam and Fauntleroy did until confronted with video from a member of the media.
The fourth rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: say “It is what it is.” That’s the exact phrase used by Barclay and Fauntleroy.
The fifth rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: blame someone else for your own actions, even if it’s on video. That’s what Ravitz did and it appears Fauntleroy is doing the same. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer:
"When we go out, we're actually targets," Fauntleroy added. "Sometimes things get provoked into situations where you have to, actually … things happen."
The sixth rule to South Jersey Fight Club is: hide! Several media outlets reported that Gilliam hid in his city hall office most of yesterday and Barclay was missing for nearly two weeks after his incident.
Other than following the rules and being Democrats these South Jersey Fight Club members have something else in common. South Jersey’s Democratic leaders haven’t said one single word about their poor behavior. Not Senate President Steve Sweeney, not Congressman Donald Norcross, not Congressman-elect Jeff Van Drew, not Camden County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Beach, not Salem County Democratic Party Chairman Steven Caltabiano, not Atlantic County Democratic Party Chairman Michael Suleiman. Not even the party’s municipal leaders said a word about these South Jersey Fight Club members.
Maybe South Jersey’s Democratic leaders need Tyler Durden from the Fight Club movie to yell his famous movie quote, “Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else,” at them.
If that doesn’t do the trick maybe, just maybe, South Jersey voters will get sick of the bad behavior of Democrats and start rejecting them at the polls.