County Candidates Want to 'Dissect What's Being Spent'

Michelle Joustra: 'All of our municipalities are being charged way too much compared to the services we are receiving.'

Three “fiscally conservative” Republicans are running in this year’s primary election for two county freeholder positions and the county surrogate.

“It’s very easy to spend other people’s money. Stopping non-essential spending and over spending, those are really the main issues that we want to tackle,” said Michelle Joustra. “We want to dissect what’s being spent. All of our municipalities are being charged way too much compared to the services we are receiving. It’s not acceptable.”

Joustra is running with Donna Anderson and Michael McLaughlin under the Republicans for a Better Passaic County slogan. Mc is running for surrogate. The surrogate is a constitutional officer. He or she appoints guardians to minors, supervise adoptions, and supervises the execution of wills. The trio is running on the GOP Strong’s ticket.

Joustra owns a restaurant in her hometown of Hawthorne. She founded the Hawthorne Tea Party Initiative. She wants to start more “green friendly” initiatives in the county, including putting wind turbines on Garrett Mountain.

“As a small business owner, it’s becoming more difficult to keep the doors open. “If I don’t have it, I don’t spend it,” Joustra said. “No one is doing anything to help us. People are being run out of their homes and their businesses because the taxes are so high.”

Anderson has served on the Ringwood Council since 2006. She was deputy mayor in 2008 and 2009.  Anderson, a branch officer administrator for Edward Jones, has lived in Ringwood her entire life. Anderson wants more transparency form the freeholder board.

“The more that’s done and decided in open session, and the less in open session, the better,” Anderson said.

Joustra wants more fiscal transparency and more “constantly good government.”

“We only ever hear how much a particular project costs at the beginning. The change orders are never made public,” Joustra said. “No one ever talks about the finished product. How much did it really cost? You have to constantly account for every penny you spend.”

Anderson wants to systematically review the needs that each municipality has and prioritize those needs. Creating a balanced budget is a priority for candidates. Upon taking office, Joustra wants every municipality audited immediately.

“I want to see the records, where the money is, how it gets spent, and how much bonded debt they have,” Joustra said.

McLaughlin is detective with the investigations bureau of the Clifton Police Department. He has been a police officer for 25 years.

If elected, McLaughlin would institute a 30- or 60-review of the office in an attempt to save taxpayers money. He would also want to regularly visit municipalities so residents, particularly senior citizens, would not have to travel to Paterson.

“My qualities of integrity, report writing, and attention to detail make me an ideal candidate,” McLauglin said. “Being a public servant for more than half of my life, I don’t feel like I’m done yet.”

Anderson said, if elected, the candidates would work for the people.

“We’re not attorneys. We’re not looking for a retainer,” Anderson said. “We’re not looking to over analyze and over compromise the county government.”

Editor's Note: Do you agree with the candidates? What do you think of their plan and initiatives? Let us know in the comment box below.

ethics busters May 26, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Rumana = Obama and yes Gov killed main street by promising every illegal a mortgage with no money down. Do you ever read the newspapers ? No other president has make so many apologies for the USA and bowed to more foreign tyrants than Hussain Obama
eyes wide shut May 26, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Id ask if you read the newspapers, but we ALL know you don't comprehend what YOU read. The economy ALMOST went under during who's administration??? But we all know YOU must support the Bush Tax Credits to the wealthy so us middle class American's will carry the burden. Illegal's buying homes??? It was ONLY Illegals buying homes that killed Main st? The article at hand is about the GOP Strong and its candidates that DO support Paul Ryan's Plan. NOT about Illegals buying homes LOL. The more YOU speak, the MORE YOU sound like a racist...Im betting YOU are the type of person that holds a bible in one hand while screaming obscenity's at people...Rumana and Obama are one in the same you say?????????Not hardly. Since when is the Queen of England a tyrant? Or the President of Japan? The ONLY reason YOUR boy GW never bowed to anyone foreign was he never went anywhere. He was always on vacation. Rumana =Obama huh? Have someone read the papers for YOU...
PT 109 May 27, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Eyes wide shut ...a little sensitive aren't you. BTW Michele Joustra is bought and paid for by convicted felon Peter Murphy who is a Pascrell supporter and she is a candidate of GOP Strong whose current slate of candidates at the State and local level gave big bucks to the Pascrell campaign in the midterm 2010 elections. This all documented with ELEC data. GOP Strong even opened an office Republicans for Pascrell. This is a pseudo Republican slate tied to Pascrell much like Joustra's Hawthorne TP Initiative is not an active TEA party There is no real TEA Party that can vouch for this group as a longstanding active TP. And No TEA Party would support anyone who is supported by GOP Strong when they discover they are backed by Pascrell. Looks like she thought she could get away with this but now the cat is out of the bag. This is the kind of tactic that the convicted felon Peter Murphy uses. Every thing written above can be supported. However you seem like you might like some of this Pascrell stuff.
eyes wide shut May 27, 2011 at 08:42 PM
PT 109" Nope not sensitive in the least. Yes we ALL know who runs GOP Strong. Whether she is a Tea Bagger or NOT. I just would love to hear where she stands on health care. After all GOP Strong DOES in fact support the Ryan Plan. That was as of last week till the 26 district in NY went democrat for the 3 time in only 110+ years...Im sure by now, her and the rest of the CRONIES of Grand OLD Party Strong may be backtracking...And yes i know everything YOU have blogged can be verified. But not sensitive, just FED UP.
craftsman June 07, 2011 at 07:56 AM
Michelle Joustra is an out right phony, someone needs to checkout her background


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