Rich Roberts: Gov. Christie Well Aware And Appreciative Of Lakewood Vote

Rich Roberts_wmI spoke to Governor-elect Christie at a fund raiser for Congressman Chris Smith a couple of months ago. I told the Governor that I was a major financial supporter of his candidacy. I also told him that, although the Lakewood Orthodox community leadership had supported Corzine, the Orthodox Jewish electorate voted overwhelmingly in favor of him. I told him that I think that the differential, in his favor in one predominantly Orthodox Jewish Lakewood district, was 50 percentage points (this is an astonishingly high number). He responded that he was well aware of this and indicated his appreciation.

I also explained to the (then) Governor-elect that one of our religious principles is “gratitude” so that is why our leadership felt that they had to endorse Corzine but that the people voted for him since we support his ethical positions especially on marriage.

Lastly, although this is a bit of a tangential issue, I do want to say that I financially supported Mr. Christie before I knew about the Lakewood leadership’s position supporting Corzine so I did not have to personally deal with the conflicting directions of supporting our leadership versus supporting Mr. Christie. I understand why the Lakewood leadership supported Corzine and, although I do not agree with it, it was rational and well thought out.
Richard H. Roberts,
M.D., Ph.D.

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  1. Excellent TLS , we’d like to hear more from Rich Roberts. I feel that he has tremondous leadership qualities and can advise our community a lot . thanx

  2. Rich is a ok guy but has any one visited his shul and read the many rules, instructions and shitos? They are very original and refreshing I think he has real leadership quality’s! R3 for mayor!

  3. I voted for Chawnaw for mayor, even though he was not endorsed by the vaad. I also believe the vaad messed up big time by not endorsing shelly (if you want to get a government contract, you gotta sign up for the raffle – no favoritism whatsoever!). Of course, they lost some credibility by completely ignoring officer butterworth. Oy, whats the world coming to???

  4. chris smith is done with he voted for Cap and trade one of only 8 republicans to do so the voters will hold him accountable ..its bad enough that the citizens of NJ pay the highest property tax in the nation yet on top of that rep. Smith put more taxes on us by voting for cap and trade.
    (regardless if it won’t pass the senate)

  5. Mr. roberts so far the 2 republicans you held fundraisers for have turned againt thir constituets
    1. Arlin Spector became a Dem
    2. Chris Smith voted yes for Cap N Trade.

  6. remember to vote OUT congressman Chris Smith in the rebublican primaries he voted for cap and trade adding mor taxes on the struggling tax payers time to throw him out of office.

  7. I don’t think it’s tzugepast for a man so respected as a parnas and baal chesed as Mr. Roberts to be referred to by the name “Rich”. We should call him by the less crass name, Wealthy Roberts.

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