HarryHurley.com
ANALYSIS
 
By HARRY HURLEY
Editor & Publisher
HarryHurley.com
 
24 MILLION
REASONS FOR
ATLANTIC COUNTY
EXECUTIVE
DENNIS LEVINSON TO
GET INVOLVED ...
 
Dennis Levinson
rarely speaks about matters outside of Atlantic County ...
 
However, a Camden County political attack against Levinson and Atlantic County ... Has brought Levinson into this CRDA matter "swinging" ...
 
Levinson has called for the $ 24-million (CRDA Grant) that would have been spent on a Camden County hockey arena ... to instead come back to the Atlantic County Region where it could be put to good use ...
 
One thing is clear ... Camden County spokesman, Ken Shuttleworth started this whole controversy when he told the Atlantic City Press that "We wouldn't want to find Camden County in the sorry situation that Atlantic County finds itself in," said Shuttleworth.
 
Now, enter Camden County Freeholder Director, Lou Cappelli who said "I think Mr. Levinson is being greedy and is failing to recognize the financial viability of our project," Cappelli said. "He's trying to politicize the issue and is influenced by state-level Republicans."
 
This is a hollow and completely false charge ... Cappelli is obviously trying to drag Senator Bill Gormley into this (which is another falsehood) ...
 
The truth is, anyone who has observed Levinson's decades-long career in elective office can easily confirm that Levinson does not engage in these types of public war of words (Unprovoked) ... However, when he (or, Atlantic County) is attacked ... He fires back decisively ... This happens to be one of those occasions ...    
 
Naturally a proud and accomplished Atlantic County Executive like Levinson is not going to take these critical and untrue words lightly ... In fact, those are political fighting words and Levinson responded appropriately in-kind ... It should be also noted that the Camden County spokesman made his critical remarks of Atlantic County directly to the Atlantic County daily newspaper of record (AC Press) ... This also is bad form and contradicts a long standing practice of not offering up criticism of another County in their own home town newspaper ...
 
Imagine all this flack because Levinson correctly said, "We want that money down here, in our County, to use for projects that will benefit all of New Jersey," Levinson said in his prepared statement, reported in this past Friday's Atlantic City Press. "That money was earmarked specifically for that (hockey arena) project -- which at best, was dubious - But it's no longer viable," said Levinson.
 
It seems as though the truth hurts in Camden County this time!  
 
   




  February 14, 2005