LD38 Beat: DiPisa and Cappola question if opponents are waiting on Lou Greenwald

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

LD38 is continuing to heat up, Save Jerseyans, taking its place alongside LD1 and LD2 as Election 2015’s likely most-competitive Assembly battlegrounds.

The latest: on Tuesday, GOP running mates Mark DiPisa and Anthony Cappola ripped into Assembly Majority Leader Lou “Empty Suit” Greenwald and LD38 incumbents Timothy Eustace and Joseph Lagana, the latter of whom prevailed by only a handful of votes in 2013, after NJ.com’s Matt Friedman reported on the legislative Democrats’ failure to follow through on promises of property tax reform.

“They ran on being bi-partisan but all we have seen are lockstep votes for more spending and higher taxes,” said DiPisa, a Hasbrouck Heights attorney. “It’s time for Eustace and Lagana to match their campaign rhetoric with action. Trenton Democrats have been in control for over a decade and during that time Bergen and Passaic county residents have endured some of the highest property taxes in the nation.”

Hasbrouck Heights Councilman Russell Lipari  (left) and Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz (right) with Mark DiPisa
Hasbrouck Heights Councilman Russell Lipari (left) and Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz (right) with Mark DiPisa

The pair plans to campaign on a familiar theme: the Trenton Democrats’ 115 pre-Christie tax and fee hikes. Cappola also cited Tim Eustace’s 138% tax hike in Maywood during his municipal political career.

“Are Eustace and Lagana waiting for Lou Greenwald’s plan? We’ve been waiting 15 months—enough is enough,” added Cappola, a small businessman and incumbent River Edge Councilman. “If they were truly concerned with the skyrocketing property taxes under their watch, they would have reached across the aisle and supported property tax relief.”

It’s a valid question given the complete and utter dearth of solutions coming out of Greenwald’s caucus.

The Bergen-centric district plus one Passaic town (GOP-leaning Hawthorne) was one of the few to fetch direct intervention from Chris Christie and his NJGOP last cycle.

LD38 includes Bergenfield Borough, Fair Lawn Borough, Glen Rock Borough, Hasbrouck Heights Borough, Hawthorne Borough, Lodi Borough, Maywood Borough, New Milford Borough, Oradell Borough, Paramus Borough, River Edge Borough, Rochelle Park Township, and Saddle Brook Township.