For those who may have missed the story in the Friday, January 4, 2013 edition of the Home News Tribune (http://www.mycentraljersey.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013301040030), one of the most distinguished members of his community and a Perth Amboy City Council, Mr. Kenneth Gonzales, declined to accept his unanimous election to the Presidency of the City Council.
In reading the story and looking into the outstanding background of Mr. Gonzales, it is easy to conclude this is a man of great personal integrity, a successful attorney, who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his community.
The reason for his declining the Council Presidency is a relatively minor matter, that being the alleged misuse of a handicapped parking placard; a complaint that was dismissed by the court. Being the stellar individual his actions and commentary lead one to believe he is, he put the good of the office and his community above his own political status.
How absolutely refreshing and praise worthy is such an action! One can only hope a person with this type of integrity will continue to serve not only his own community, but will advance to higher public offices in the future.
The actions of Mr. Gonzales stand in stark contrast to those of a Woodbridge Township Town Councilman, who was recently arrested by the Woodbridge Police Department on an outstanding warrant from Westampton, NJ, for Contempt of Court.
The Woodbridge councilman, who was appointed to the his council seat by the mayor and his political party, now stands to be elevated to Vice President of the Woodbridge Town Council at the Tuesday, January 8, 2013 council reorganization.
There are feelings that the correct course of action for this disgraced Woodbridge councilman would be to resign from the council. However, if he persist in accepting the position of Vice President of the council, he not only calls into question his own integrity, but the integrity of the council and the entire political structure in the Township of Woodbridge.