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It's Links, Hoover for GOP

Councilman, Board of Health president face former Councilwoman Astri Baillie and Ben Wolkowitz in November.

Board of Health President John Hoover will join Councilman Don Links on the ballot as the Republican nominees for two three-year seats up for vote in November, according to preliminary primary election results Tuesday night.

Links , but and then subsequently declared they would be waging write-in campaigns in an effort to get on the ballot for the general election.

Links and Hoover face the Democratic ticket of former Councilwoman Astri Baillie and Ben Wolkowitz, who ran uncontested for their party's nominations.

With mail-in and provisional ballots not yet counted, Links had 499 votes, Hoover 109 and Pico 71. Baillie received 313 votes and Wolkowitz 299 votes.

Links said he and Hoover would be reaching out to residents with "facts, not attacks," during their campaign:

I want to thank everyone who came out in this important primary and supported me.

I congratulate John Hoover on his win and sincerely thank Carmen Pico for the hard work on his campaign.

I hope that Carmen will continue to support our campaign and I look forward to his common sense input throughout the months leading into the November election.

Mr. Hoover and I will reach out to our residents with facts not attacks as we speak to our voting records and our vision for the next three years.

Steve Wells June 06, 2012 at 02:32 PM
You're right. There ARE no such things as favorites or underdogs. Unless of course the "favorite" in a race happens to be the Republican (as Walker was leading up to yesterday's vote in WI, or Holden was in Madison last November). Then, making an "objective" observation about a political race is ok. Truth: You may WANT Romney to win NJ, but not even his own campaign would say he's the "favorite"...in fact he's so NOT the favorite that he probably won't spend much money or time here. (If he wins, it would be that other election word: "upset," and those have been known to happen, but not likely in this case.) And if you think Links and Hoover are the "favorites" in the local Council race, good, I'm happy for you, keep thinking that, childlike fantasy is precious.
TJ June 06, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Never said Romney was the favorite. Never said Links and Hoover were the favorite either. You chose the word "favorite" when referring to Baillie and Wolky. Links and Hoover are happy to run as "underdogs" I'm sure. Christie was losing to Corzine before the election and we saw what happened there! Thank god for him or NJ and Madison would be in a deeper financial hole!
Steve Wells June 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I disagree, but not in the way you think. To me, Daggett was by far the best of the three candidates in '09. And while Christie was the early polling "favorite" going in, he gave up that lead and, if I recall correctly, by election day there really was no polling favorite. No argument from me about Corzine being a disaster...but I'm anything but a Christie fan either after his attacks on education in suburban districts like ours.
been there done that June 08, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Christie simply says it like it is; he has the same guts and willingness to protect the average citizen from powerful union interests as Gov Walker. As I've always said, I have nothing against public sector workers, I just believe they should compete and earn a market-bases wage like the rest of us...why does that scare them so much???
AtlasWillShrug June 11, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Well said, Christie is indeed waging a well fought war against the overpowered Unions in our good state. Where we disagree, only slightly albeit, is public sector jobs. Personally, I believe that they have no place in our economy seeing as equivalent services provided by private entities are almost assuredly more cost effective. Despite my strong beliefs, I am willing to compromise: keep the (comparatively) high wages but axe the pensions.

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