A recent opinion entitled “Should Lakewood Support Murphy” asks some very valid questions and makes some clear points.
Firstly, questioning the Governor’s intentions behind the “Hands off Approach” during covid that allowed our yeshivas, schools and shuls to remain open when our brethren across the Hudson suffered terribly from “draconian rules”. That perhaps the Governor was doing it just to keep his constituents happy so that they vote for him. Agreed! The Governor was doing what his constituents needed (and probably wouldn’t mind the votes either). The Basic Premise of Hakoras Hatov teaches us that we should be grateful for this. It is also important for this Governor as well as future Governors to know that we are grateful when they take an action that fills our needs and they we are not shy to show that gratefulness.
Another well made point, is that a pillar of our community is currently senselessly hounded by the Justice department. Another reason to show the Governor that we do and will appreciate when he takes bold steps to recognize the desires of our community. Hopefully the new Attorney General will understand that this is an extremely important issue to us.
Route 9 is an issue that has been plaguing us and is only getting worse. The good news is, that this Governor’s administration has informed the communities in Lakewood and Toms River that work on improving Route 9 will begin in 2022. Many property owners along Route 9 have already signed the necessary contracts with the State to sell strips of their property for these much needed improvements. Thank you Governor Murphy.
The School funding Formula is another sore topic. Our community saves the State millions of dollars a year by having our children in private schools and yet our taxes continue to fund public schools. This is a complicated formula that needs a long term correction via a Judicial (court system) fix or needs a legislative fix (Assembly/Senate) that would require the majority of both legislative bodies to vote for it. The Executive Branch (Governor’s Office) has worked with the Department Of Education every year since Governor Murphy is in office to make sure that millions of dollars make their way to our education system to help both Public and Private schools – we should thank him and encourage this to continue until the more permanent fix is resolved.
It does not feel like Governor Murphy takes our votes for granted at all!
Back to the original question “Should Lakewood Support Murphy”? A resounding YES! Let’s show our Hakoras Hatov and that we are a grateful community that will appreciate a great working relationship during the next term!
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