The WTRO Christmas Party.

No local party politics in caring for the hurt our community, state and nation are enduring at this time.

Last the Woodbridge Township Republican Organization (WTRO) held its annual Christmas party.  The party was well attended, offered great food and wonderful deserts. But most importantly, it offered members of the community a change to discuss the devastation wrought  by Hurricane Sandy and the horrors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.  

To be sure, there were many opinions about stricter building codes and zoning regulations as the Jersey rebuilds.  But nothing was more prominent  on everyone's minds than the loss of the  innocents at the school in Connecticut to a deranged shooter.  Gun control, school safety and how local, state and federal authorities and legislatures will respond on these issue were the hot topics.

There were no clear cut answers; there never are in a situation like this.  There was, however, hope and a strong belief that this nation, one nation under God, will endure the loss of those helpless souls and will bring about needed changes in our society.  Let us all hope our leaders have the wisdom and political  fortitude to do what must be done.  In that connection, all in attendance were clear in their resolve to work to that goal.  Not along party lines, but as Americans with a deep love of this country and its future.

Christmas is a time of giving.  Hurricane Sandy and the Sandy Hook school tragedy  has shown, and will continue to show,  how indomitable, caring and giving is the spirit of this great nation and its people.

Hope and prayers to all for Christmas and the New Year!





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Ken Russo December 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Mr. Maras' public tirades against anything McCormac, as well as his embarrassing behavior at council meetings, are some of the primary reasons I quit as a Ward Chair and committee member of the local Republican Organization. His actions and behavior are also preventing many current members from participating in organization events. In addition, there are many Woodbridge residents who would like to join, but are reluctant to because they don't want to associate with an organization that embraces this type of rhetoric. As if we don't have enough of this on the national scene. Until the current Executive Board of the WTRO realizes this type of rhetoric and behavior does not reflect well on them, they will continue to be a dysfunctional group, with no hope of attracting the member base needed to accomplish good things, or any hope of fielding competitive candidates.
rfm December 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Mr. Russo. Mr. Maras has made his feelings about the current administration well known in his many posts. However, this particular post had nothing to do with politics (as a mater of fact, it was very apolitical). Perhaps your comment would have been better served in posting to an opinion that you object to which highlights your point of view, rather than detracts from it. JMHO
Tom Maras December 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
@Ken Russso, Glad to see you aren't hidding behind your screen name on another forum. Your commentary on my post about the good, caring and non-political works true Republican's are doing for Christmas, and beyond, says much about why your departure from the organization went unheralded and much appreciated. Good luck in your Liberal agenda pursuits. Perhaps that forum will allow you to achieve something meaningful. Obviously, as the record shows, your time in the WTRO was less than fruitful. Merry Christmas!
Ken Russo December 19, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Mr. Maras, when I have something to say, I post under my own name. I have no idea what you are referring to concerning another forum. As for my departure from the WTRO, the only negative and childish feedback I received was from you, in the form of an idiotic email. The other members, and the Executive Board, asked that I reconsider my decision, and stay on. But of course, you know this to be true. My service was very fruitful, as I donated not only time, but also labor and money, to help with various fund raisers and political drives for candidates, in addition to being asked to run on Councilman Luban’s slate in the last primary for Council at Large. Where was my service not fruitful? The members of the WTRO, as well as you, know differently.
Ken Russo December 19, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Mr. Maras opened the door by posting about the Woodbridge Republican Organization, of which, I believe, he is not even a member of any longer.
Tom Maras December 19, 2012 at 03:56 PM
@Ken Russo. Once again, you show how out of touch you are on so many issues. I have held two different ward chairs and am currently a 5th ward committeeman. And for the record, my disdain for McCormac and his administration began before I joined the WTRO. That organization has never directed my actions as far as my participation in community affairs, either written or verbal, are concerned. Nor shall they ever.
rfm December 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM
My comment still stands. Where in this post was a political statement?
slyfox1961 December 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM
@rfm: are you blind? Maras' entire post was political. I believe the point Mr. Russo was making is that Maras considers himself the mouthpiece for the local Repubs, and they do nothing to distnce themselves from him.
rfm December 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM
@slyfox. No, my vision is 20/20, corrected. "Not along party lines, but as Americans with a deep love of this country and its future." From the first sentence "Last the Woodbridge Township Republican Organization (WTRO) held its annual Christmas party," to the last "Hope and prayers to all for Christmas and the New Year!" Where in that post did it become political? Please show me!
slyfox1961 December 21, 2012 at 07:03 PM
@rfm: Merely stating that what you are writing is not political does not make it so. That is analogous to saying to someone "no offense...blah blah blah" when in fact if you must state what you are about to say is not meant to offend, it usually does. The fact that he was writing about a political organization, as a member of said political organization, makes it political commentary. If you can't understand that, nothing I say will change that. That is my final comment to you on this matter.


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