County Freeholder Jim Carney is now a Democrat ... Here is the official
statement he made today at 3:45 p.m. at the Stillwater Building in Northfield,
before today's Freeholder Board Meeting ...
Here is the
statement Carney released today as follows:
Statement of James
Announcing change of
Party Affiliation, and
Intention to seek
the Democratic Party Nomination
For the Office of
Atlantic County Surrogate
This has been a difficult
decision for me to make, although "I am able to make difficult
During the recent past I
have lost my trust in the LEADERSHIP of the Republican Party here in Atlantic
County. I am not going to be specific. I will save that for another day, but
suffice to say there has been movement at the top away from the ideals,
commitment and open dialog that should exist in any relationship.
My many years of public
service in a variety of venues, has taught me to honor and respect all the
people, regardless of status, race, gender or party affiliation.
I have personally
experienced a first hand look at the glass ceiling, so often spoken about, as
well as negative innuendo's and more. Many know of what I speak.
My character does not allow
me to continue in this regard; therefore, today I have become a member of the
Democratic Party here in Atlantic County.
I respectfully ask for the
understanding of my Republican friends and the acceptance of my Democratic
I believe that my background
affords me the experience, the knowledge and the dedication necessary to extend
my service to the office of Surrogate. I will seek the Democratic
Nomination for this office, and ask for the party support in early
questions for about 30 minutes from Harry "Hurley in the Morning," The Press of
Atlantic City (a talented writer named Tom Barlas); Virginia McCabe (Atlantic
Daily Sentinel); News Channel 40 NBC; The Current (Janet Garrity) and the
Mainland Journal ...
were difficult, probative and numerous ... Carney took more than 25
questions ... ranging from his Chapter 13 bankruptcy (reorganization) ... to a
weapon allegation in his past ... to a direct question about whether he wanted
his Daughter to run for his Freeholder seat ... to his holding meetings with
both Republican and Democratic Leadership in making his decision to switch
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