Gardiner wants Moriarty to pick: Assemblyman or Mayor

Paul Moriarty needs to decide if he wants to be an Assemblyman or the Mayor of Washington Township, says his Republican opponent, Agnes Gardiner.

Moriarty was elected Mayor in 2004 and to the State Assembly in 2005. While a new law bans future dual officeholders, Moriarty can take advantage of a grandfather clause that would allow him to hold both offices for as long as he wants, or can.

"Since this bill has become law, dual office holders should do the ethical thing and resign one of their elected offices,” said Gardiner, a former Washington Township Councilwoman. “Dual office holding creates a conflict of interest, andtakes time away from both positions.Paul Moriarty, Assemblyman/Mayor, voted for this legislation so he should have no problem giving one up. If politicians have more than one tax payer funded job they too should step down from one. It's the same as double dipping. The only reason they have two public funded jobs is because of their political position."

Two of Moriarty's Democratic Assembly colleagues were arrested on bribery charges today. Both Mims Hackett and Alfred Steele hold two public offices.

Gardiner wants Moriarty to pick: Assemblyman or Mayor