With both Governor Christine Todd Whitman and her Democratic opponent, State Senator James McGreevey, in Westfield this past weekend, the importance of Union County in the upcoming Gubernatorial campaign has been displayed. In 1993, Mrs. Whitman was edged in Union County by former Governor James J. Florio by less than 200 tallies, with 152,000 votes cast for the two candidates in the county which has over a half million residents.
As this newspaper went to press last night, the Governor was at the Scotch Plains Municipal Building. Our readers can be assured that our photographer will be on the scene to provide extensive coverage on the Governor's visit. On Election Night, we expect close attention will be on how Union County votes, as was the case last year in the United States Senate race.
Senator McGreevey attended a $150-a-person fundraiser last Friday night sponsored by Westfield Mayor Thomas C. Jardim at the home of Westfield Councilman and town Democratic Committee Chairman Lawrence A. Goldman.
In photo above, left to right.... Council Candidate Ken Rotter; Mayor Tom Jardim; Rosemary Millet; Mr. McGreevey and Mr. Goldman
Central Jersey will be a big factor in the race for governor. Mr. McGreevey is from Woodbridge in Middlesex County where he serves as Mayor while Governor Whitman was a Freeholder in neighboring Somerset County. Governor Whitman now resides in Tewksbury, Hunterdon County.
With the large reception Governor Whitman received, she wound up staying for close to two hours -- over an hour and a quarter longer than was originally planned. During her walk through the downtown, the Governor visited the offices of The Leader and The Times of Scotch Plains and Fanwood. The visit, part of a photo opportunity for our local newspaper, marks the second visit by Mrs. Whitman. She visited our offices in 1993 as part of her kick-off Gubernatorial campaign that year.
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Accompanying the Governor into our office were Congressman Bob Franks of New Providence, Assemblymen Richard H. Bagger of Westfield and Alan M. Augustine of Scotch Plains, Union County Republican Chairman Frank X. McDermott, Westfield Councilwoman Gail S. Vernick, and Union County Freeholder Edwin H. Force.
Our election coverage in this week's issue includes photos of both Governor Whitman's and Senator McGreevey's visits to Westfield.
To maintain our goal of providing equal coverage to candidates of both parties, we extend our invitation to Senator McGreevey to stop into our offices during his next visit to Westfield.
Our door is always open to any candidate who would like to introduce themselves. We hope that through our comprehensive coverage, all our readers will go to the election polls with knowledge of the candidates, their platforms, the main issues in each of the campaigns and where the candidates stand on the issues.
Our pre-election issues will be mailed to all households in Westfield and Fanwood as both towns have local races this November. We are doing this as part of a community service to get out the vote. We hope all our readers will enjoy this issue.