It’s tough being a Republican in Southwest New Jersey. In Camden County you have The machine of George Norcross, in Gloucester County you have one of his best friends in Senate President Steve Sweeney. But when you add the local paper working against you it gets extra tough.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that Gloucester County Democrats had the Republican candidates for freeholder tossed from the primary election ballot, on June 9 the South Jersey Times editorial board ran a piece in which they claimed, “There were no Republican nominees for two county freeholder seats.”
Never mind the fact the South Jersey Times never bothered to cover the actual news that the Gloucester County Democrats challenged the nominating petitions of the Republican candidates to get them removed from the ballot. If it had been reverse and Republicans had Democrats removed from the ballot the South Jersey Times would have had a headline screaming about how Republicans were trying to disenfranchise voters.
Gloucester County GOP Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante is a fighter and has apparently decided she isn’t taking the local paper’s one-sided opinions and lack of reporting lying down. Good for her.
Yesterday, Vigilante fired a shot at county Democrats issuing a press release claiming victory for, “Preventing the Democrats’ efforts to deny a choice for freeholder in the general election.” It was a victory for which Vigilante, her county party and her candidates, Diane King and Andrea Sammons should be proud.
Today, Vigilante is fighting on the second front against the local paper. In a social media post the Gloucester County GOP shared a letter to the editor the chairwoman has sent to the South Jersey Times in response to their “opinion” of the local GOP.
In the letter Vigilante takes the paper to task for their lack of local reporting and makes certain that, at least the editorial board understands the Gloucester County GOP “has met challenge after challenge, including this one, thwarting the Democrats’ effort to deprive voters of a choice with a successful write-in campaign thanks to a group of hardworking, dedicated volunteers.” She then reminds them “The GOP is growing,” and that, “Perhaps The Times should start paying attention.”
Keep fighting chairwoman! You can view Vigilante’s letter below in case the South Jersey Times decides not to run it.