Democrats continue to needle Republican gubernatorial hopeful Chris Christie on his call to end all dual office-holding, pointing out that some politicians who have endorsed him from his home county of Morris hold more than one office.
Bill Weber, a Democrat running for freeholder in Morris County — where Democrats haven’t won a freeholder seat since 1973 — said that Christie ought to start asking his hometown’s dual office-holder, Committeeman and Freeholder Jack Schrier, to give up one of those two jobs.
“It is clear from press reports last week that dual office holders in Ocean County are not listening to Chris’s call to step down and he is not going to force the issue,” said Weber. “Jack Schrier is a dual office holder on Chris' hometown township committee and would be the perfect test of his leadership skills. Chris should call on him to resign one of his offices immediately.”
Weber said Christie should do the same for William Chegwidden, who is both a freeholder and the mayor of Wharton.
In Republican-dominated Ocean County, Democrats have also called on Christie to ask some Republican dual office-holders to give up one of their jobs, among them Carl Block, the county clerk and Stafford mayor. Christie attended a fundraiser for Block's mayoral reelection campaign last week, although he told the Asbury Park Press that "If I'm elected governor, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure he can only have one office."