In the second installment in this ongoing Voting Block series, we return to Long Valley to dig under the surface a bit and see what political issues the residents feel most passionate about. They were quick to let us, and one another, know. Voting Block is a collaboration of news organizations throughout the state and will continue to deliver insights and inside looks through the upcoming gubernatorial election.
Carol Grobels, the Democratic chairman of Washington Township, looked over at her neighbor, Republican Barbara Penella, in frustration, as Penella expressed her annoyance at what she sees as unnecessary and self-defeating regulations imposed by Washington, D.C., and Trenton. Penella was citing the fact that a friend felt it necessary to throw out a beautiful baby crib because it no longer met federal guidelines.