Hi Neighbors –
This week, we want to highlight that in comparison to other towns, our municipal tax rate, which our mayor and council vote on, is moving in the wrong direction. In 2011 our rate was ranked 8th out of the 21 towns in Somerset county (See here for the full list).
The BRMC received this letter from a concerned citizen. Excellent points are made, so we wanted to share. This is a key issue for our November election:
I am a relatively new resident of Bernardsville, having moved into the borough a little over four years ago. While there are times I couldn’t have imagined a better place to live and raise my family, things are not what people perceive in and around my neighborhood.
My # 1 issue today is the continued deterioration of the housing situation, specifically the illegal overcrowding of rental properties in the borough. While most of this “stacking” has occurred in the section of the borough known as “Little Italy”, I see it spreading to other neighborhoods and is affecting every Bernardsville homeowner, no matter where you live.
Fellow Bernardsville Resident,
For years, the local Democrat candidates for borough council have made an issue of our downtown development. Yet they never come up with viable solutions that make fiscal sense.
We believe we need to take an entirely new approach.
Exciting news in the Garden State! Stockton University just released a new poll that has the U.S. Senate race between Bob Hugin and Bob Menendez TIED!
Here are some highlights from the poll:
- The race for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey is a statistical dead heat.
- Menendez, who was reprimanded by a Senate ethics panel after corruption charges were dismissed following a mistrial, is viewed unfavorably by 54 percent, with 30 percent having favorable views
- Fifty-nine percent of voters say the corruption charges against Menendez are an extremely important or significant factor in their vote.
We need everyone to get involved now as we are just over a month to election day! Please contact the NJGOP here if you can volunteer, phone bank or go door-to-door!
Please find below a message from BRMC on how to Vote By Mail or request a paper ballot:
If you voted by mail or paper ballot in 2016, you should have received a postcard from the Somerset County Clerk’s office which you will need to return should you want to opt out of the new Vote By Mail law (VBM) . I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some facts on the new law which was signed on August 10th regarding VBM or paper ballots.
Every voter who requested and received a paper ballot (VBM) in 2016 will receive one this year. In addition, a voter is then placed on “All Future” ballot status for all elections unless they choose to opt out. The law only allows for two choices:
1) a specific election
2) all future elections
If you do not wish to vote by mail, please notify the clerk’s office (908-231-7013) before September 14th. If a ballot is issued, you will not be able to vote on the machine on Election Day, November 6th, 2018 but will be provided with a Provisional Ballot at the polling place. If you notify the clerk’s office you do not wish to receive ballots for all future elections, you still will have the ability to apply for a specific single election in the future.
If you had an application on file from 2016 where you are currently receiving a November General ballot every November without having to reapply, you will be receiving a ballot and no further action is required from you at this time.
We believe this new “system”, devised by the Democrats in Trenton, will lead to voter confusion at the polls in November. Unfortunately, it is now the law and must be complied with. We are here to provide a resource for you and our GOP candidates. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions if you need assistance.
Please join the Somerset GOP this Thursday, August 23rd from 6pm – 9pm to phone bank on behalf of Bob Hugin and our GOP ticket!
Refreshments will be served and it will take place at Somerset GOP HQ in Somerville.
Please RSVP to email@example.com