(West Orange, September 26) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pascoe, contrasting the leadership abilities of Bret Schundler and Jim McGreevey and their plans to revitalize New Jersey’s poorest city, today issued the following statement:
“New Jersey voters want to elect a governor who is a proven leader - someone with the courage to stand up to the special interests to do what’s right, someone with a track record of success in solving tough problems.
“Today, Jim McGreevey will spend most of his day touring the City of Camden, a city whose problems have long been in search of creative solutions. Yet, despite his five-year long campaign for governor and his ‘leadership’ role in the Democratic Party, Jim McGreevey has yet to outline a plan to help this struggling city.
“In contrast to McGreevey’s protracted inaction, during last weekend’s New Jersey NAACP convention Bret Schundler made it clear that HE DOES NOT support a State takeover of Camden. He has pledged that, as Governor, he will oppose any legislative effort that would have the State assume control of this struggling city. Bret knows that a State takeover of the city would only foster distrust among its residents and disenfranchise the leaders you need to restore vitality to Camden.
“Bret Schundler has stated that as Governor he would build a new cooperative partnership with Camden’s leaders, including the mayor, city council members, business leaders, clergy, and community activists to bring new hope, opportunity, jobs and investment into its neighborhoods. And he has a successful track record in this area already - the rebuilding of Jersey City.
“During our campaign’s ‘Jersey City Success Story’ bus tour, community leaders from across New Jersey saw first-hand Bret’s efforts to breathe new life into Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, one of Jersey City’s poorest neighborhoods. MLK Drive suffers from many of the same problems that plague Camden, but it is now on the road to recovery because, as mayor of Jersey City, Bret Schundler built a strong working relationship with neighborhood leaders. Together, they developed a plan too bring MLK Drive back to life, and together, they marshaled the resources to put this plan into action.
“Sadly, Jim McGreevey has refused to take a firm stand on the proposed State takeover of the City of Camden. As with so many other tough issues facing this State, Jim McGreevey has refused to lead.
“It is time for Jim McGreevey to stop hiding behind the scripts of carefully worded press releases and tell the voters of New Jersey how he proposes to solve the problems facing the City of Camden. The people of New Jersey and the people of Camden want answers from their gubernatorial candidates, not just smiles and handshakes.”