The notion of a lifelong Camden County Democrat and long-serving legislator like N.J. Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald as a crusader for lower property taxes strikes some readers as...less than compelling.
"Greenwald is the Igor to [former Gov.] Jon Corzine’s Dr. Frankenstein role in creating the property tax monster in NJ he is purportedly now 'fighting,'" Camden County GOP chairman Tom Booth writes me in reaction to my September 10 column lauding the Sixth District Democrat's property tax position.
"Greenwald...has had his chance to fix the system during each of his 18 years in office. If he hasn’t gotten it right yet, what makes us think he ever will?" says Booth, in a separate email. "His 'big' idea: a citizen’s convention. Awesome. Let’s let everyone tell him how to fix the problem since he apparently has no idea how to fix the problem."
"Our recent property tax bill shows Camden County receiving 28% of our property tax," writes Ralph Eastwick, of Haddonfield. "For what residents receive, we may as well flush that money down the toilet. (Flu shots? Free Tommy James and the Shondell concerts?). As far as I can tell, county government exists for two reason: 1) patronage and 2) building a power base. It is an anachronism..."