By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Incumbent Committeeman Robert Maybury (D-Westampton) is not seeking reelection in one of Burlington County’s more closely watched local races of 2015, Save Jerseyans.
According to a source in attendance, the veteran Democrat politician announced his decision at Westampton’s September 8th committee meeting in front of a crowd of almost 100 attendees. Maybury also reportedly defended his decision to support Fire/EMS Chief Jason Carty‘s appointment to a $90,000-a-year post as the embattled appointee has, paraphrasing, proven to be a great chief at least in Maybury’s estimation.
You can get all of the background you need right here on the Maybury/Carty alleged quid pro quo scandal but, suffice it to say, the Democrat’s departure from the ticket under an ethics cloud won’t quiet the controversy anytime soon.
“Maybury’s 11th-hour resignation is proof that the incumbent political machine was hearing the same thing we were in local neighborhoods during our door-to-door campaign,” said GOP Committee challenger Abraham Lopez in a statement. “Mr. Maybury was rapidly losing support around town and the incumbent political machine knew that replacing him was the only chance Democrats had to cling to their 5-0 grip on power in town.”
Democrats waited until the 11th hour as provided by N.J. law to facilitate Maybury’s departure from ticket. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:13-20(d), September 10th is the last day to fill a vacancy for a 2015 primary nominee.
Lopez and his Republican running mate Maureen Smith-Hartman, a prominent local realtor, will now face off against Democrat incumbent Robert Thorpe and an as-of-yet announced replacement for Maybury on the November ballot. We should know shortly for the reason discussed in the preceding paragraph.