Horrifying. – promoted by Rosi
Nutley NJ Mayoral Candidate Steve Rogers wants you to believe that home values are in jeopardy because of the possibility that orphans or gays might move in. For real. And its in print. Before we go into some of the disturbing details of the mailer let’s start with the basics.
Nutley is a small community of less than 30,000 in the northeast corner of Essex County NJ. Home to the North American HQ of Roche Pharmaceuticals, Nutley is also famous for being the home of Martha Stewart and Robert Blake. The town has a commission style government which basically means voters choose commissioners and then the commissions decide the roles of mayor, park commission, public safety commissioner, etc. While it’s unlikely someone new to the commission would be mayor, stranger things have happened.
Steve Rogers, who ran unsuccessfully last year for Essex County Board of Freeholders on a “too much government” platform, is one of the candidates for commissioner in Nutley. It should be noted that Rogers disdain for government is about others, not him. Having served in the Navy for years, as well as the Nutley Police Force for over 30 years Rogers knows a thing or two about getting big government paychecks and large government pensions. But that’s a whole other story, today is about his positions being extolled for his shot at a commissioners seat.
A mailer received by most residents of Nutley in Essex County states several of Rogers positions using a combination of scare tactics while emphasizing his long career as a police officer. (Translation : the boogie man is going to get you and I’m the white knight to save you) Made to look like a newspaper under the title “The Nutley Review” a banner headline proclaims “Controlling Property Taxes is Priority #1 For Rogers”. Above the fold it’s all County, State, and Property Taxes. Politicians love the taxes arguments because everyone seems to hate taxes. It’s an easy sell. An interesting thing about Nutley taxes is that the school system is the largest expense in the township but nowhere are schools mentioned in the mailer with a line about his serving on the board of education. It’s all pretty standard fluff until we get below the fold on page on, that’s where the hatemongering begins.