MOUNTAINSIDE – With State Sen. Leonard Lance staying out of the line of fire, Martin Marks and Thomas Roughneen let off some steam.
As part of a two-minute statement, and in a clear diss of Lance, Scotch Plains Mayor Marks says he has been "unafraid" to confront leaders in his own party.
"Anybody in the Legislature is by definition a failure on the critical issue of property taxes," Marks says. "Republicans held it (power) in 90s, Democrats held it in this decade, and I ask you why do we keep going back tot he people who fail us?"
Roughneen piggy-backs on that, but expands the criticism to include Marks.
"I have not been part of this," Roughneen says of the leadership by both parties that has created what he says is a property tax crisis in New Jersey.
Then he trains his ire on the Scotch Plains mayor sitting to his left. "You hear about your across-the-board conservative," says Roughneen, quoting Marks’s campaign slogan. "Sorry, Marty. Over there in Scotch Plains, taxes are up almost 50%."