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A Very Honorable Councilman!

There are politicians with high standards of commitment and integrity!

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.

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gam January 14, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Mr Maras the only thing I agree about with you on this issue is that "the actions Of Mr Gonzales stand in start contrast to those if a Woodbridge Township Town Councilman." In my opinion it is a much more serious offense to use the handicapped parking decal of a dead relative to park in a handicapped parking spot close to his work place then to forget to pay a parking ticket. While neither is acceptable I find it completely believable that someone may toss a parking ticket in their glove box and forget about it. Driving your car to work and parking in the handicapped spot is a deliberate action. Claiming that using the handicapped parking placard is only a "technical violation", as Mr Gonzales claimed is insulting to all those truely in need. Your comparisons between the two men and their actions and what you think should be the end result quite simply don't compute.
Tom Maras January 15, 2013 at 03:22 PM
So you equate forgetting a speeding ticket, ignoring the follow-up notification for the Westampton Court, telling the public weeks after the arrest (there was a town council meeting the week after his arrest, at which he said nothing) telling the public and the police variations of when he sent his check to the court, with a stand-up councilman declining his appointment to Council President for a non-fine, non-arrest faux pas! Party on!
gam January 15, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Mr Maras...absolutely! Your so called stand-up councilman deliberately used a deceased persons handicapped parking permit for his own gain. Period. I don't know the legalities involved- I would hope there is some type of law against this fraudulent use and if there is he skated without any legal repercussions. If there is not a law about using a dead persons parking permit there should be. A man of "great integrity" and a "successful attorney" should certainly know what he chose to do is wrong. I am by no means suggesting that it was necessary for Mr Gonzales to give up the council presidency, I am well aware that most people have made mistakes in their lives and are not perfect. But I would not hold him up to be any more "honorable" then the Woodbridge Councilman.
Tom Maras January 16, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Of course you wouldn't!

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