about matters outside of Atlantic County ...
Camden County political attack against Levinson and Atlantic County ... Has
brought Levinson into this CRDA matter "swinging" ...
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
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 ...
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
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
It seems as
though the truth hurts in Camden County this time!
February 14, 2005