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New Republican Organization Looks To Challenge Political Establishment

Wayne Regular Republican Party for the People focused on rejecting tax-and-spend method of governing.

A group of residents has formed a new local Republican Party ticket in the hopes of giving residents an alternative to the Wayne Regular Republican Organization (WRRO).

The Wayne Republican Party for the People (WRPP) is focused on rejecting what it calls a “tax-and-spend” system of government in town.

Joe Bubba founded the 200-member organization.

“Our organization is based on engaging the public and voting in a manner that is consistent with the will of the people,” said Bubba.

There are eight Republicans on the nine-member . Chris McIntyre is the lone Democrat. Mayor Chris Vergano is also a Republican.

Bubba referenced the fact that the council last the municipal portion of residents’ taxes by $89. The vote was 5-4 in favor of the $76.5 million budget and $56.7 million tax levy, the portion of the budget funded by local taxes. The average residents' municipal taxes could increase if the council approves the $55.5 million tax levy. The township’s tax base decreased by about $35 million from last year.

“I don’t think we have a revenue problem,” Bubba said, ‘I believe we have a problem overspending.

“I believe that we have anti-tax public. You have to pay someone in order to get your services done, but you’ve got to live within your means.”

Bubba said that there appears to be disunity between the current Republican administration and town council members. He claims this is adding to the problem of ever-increasing taxes and being out of touch with voters.

Council President Joseph Scuralli could not be reached for comment.

Bubba wants representation of WRPP members on the Wayne Township Republican County Committee, which selects who will run for local office. He wants members of his ticket and the WRRO to serve together on the committee. He said such a measure would introduce “independent thought” into the local political process that, according to him, does not exist now. He said he has brought the idea up to Mark Semeraro, chairman of the WRRO, only to have Semeraro shoot it down. Semerao could not be reached for comment.

“How can the underpinnings of our political system be controlled by this type of aristocracy,” Bubba asked.

Bubba helped run Governor Chris Christie’s campaign in Passaic County when he was running against incumbent Governor Jon Corzine.

“The inner political circles know Joe was the lighting rod for the governor’s grassroots campaign in our county,” said Jacqueline Pisatowski, communications director of the WRPP.

Bubba said local politicians need to adopt Christie’s philosophy of governing when it comes to spending tax dollars by balancing the budget and cutting spending.

“We need to bring the best of Governor Christie’s philosophy to Wayne or we will continue to be choked by property tax increases,” Bubba said.

Bubba has some experience with starting locally-run organizations. He helped establish the Concerned Citizens of Wayne, a non-partisan, grassroots organization that works to educate the public on local issues. The group earlier this year in response to a rash of burglaries that occurred in the township.

Bubba said he might run for office next year. Vergano and at-large Council members Joseph Schweighardt's, James Jimenez's, and Lonni Miller Ryan's terms all expire next year.

“It’s going to be an uphill battle, but we want to try and make a difference,” Pisatowski said.

Scondo April 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
How can the underpinnings of our political system be controlled by this type of aristocracy,” Bubba asked. If he is related to former Sen. Joe Bubba, he need only ask him.
leanbean April 24, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Scondo, His father was a big part of the system and Rep Org in this town. Remember when he did home improvements and never paid taxes on it? It's the same old party. Just new faces. He was one of Miller's people. Him,Pacca and Hanse.
Warren April 24, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Actually Rep. Bubba was independent in his voting record and not beholden to the Republican Party. The current members of the Party are simply in it for themselves. They could care less about their constituents.
eyes wide shut April 25, 2012 at 02:44 PM
"meet the new boss, same as the old boss"...We Don't Get Fooled Again...The Who
stewart resmer April 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I think the man will make great alternative to the current status quo, good luck to him I say!
Warren April 25, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Don't pay attention to these RINO establishment posters. They are hanging on to their jobs and friends for dear life. Hopefully, this new group will repace the old, corrupt elite.
Support Change April 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I guess all agree with rejecting the tax-and-spend method of governing, in favor of a conservative transparent approach. The out-of-touch moderate and liberal Republicans on the Council have gotten us into this mess. What is perplexing is that the public is forbidden a chance to join this group of 82 Republican Committee representatives. Does this sound like the Wayne Regular Republican Party or the despotic regime of North Korea? Some of these 82 operatives are township employees that have voted for their bosses and of course their bosses are in a position to reward loyalty. Others have been awarded municipal contracts and have made hundreds of thousands of dollars during their County Committee terms. The general public has no say in choosing the Republican candidates running with their party’s support. The public is then limited to the back–room favorite. Eventually, the wrong Republicans win the election and vote to tax the public to the point of exhaustion. Susan Brigida one of our candidates you can vote for this year, who pays $39,500 per year in property taxes for her Pines Lake home, is perhaps Wayne's best example of being over-taxed. She is ready to help break up the back-room politics, introduce transparency to the process and stop status quo property tax increases. Please contact the Wayne Republican Party for the PEOPLE @ Wayne.Republican@gmail.com and let us know you are fed up with property tax increases.
Warren April 27, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Throw out all of these RINO crooks!!
leanbean April 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
@Warren, Your wrong there.Sen. Bubba was out for himself and his brother. He got a state job after he was out of office. Because of his votes. His brother was made a foreman for the Township. For his support of something Walt wanted at the time. he got his Son out of the mess at Wayne Valley ballfield back then also. His son and name sake is just looking for the power his Father had. NOTHING WILL CHANGE. Find outsiders who really care about are taxes and the Township. Then we might see change? Otherwise it will be the same old story.
Support Change April 28, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Leanbean, why don't you join us. We are over 200 strong and out pacing the growth of the tax-and-spend Republcians. We are your neighbors and we probably share the same type of philosophy as you do. We welcome everyone that is sincere. Your ideas evidently are not being recognized by the tax-and-spend Republicans. Beleive me you are not alone. Contact us at Wayne.Republican@gmail.com
eyes wide shut April 29, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Seems like ALL these RINO's are elected year after year by Repubs...Whats that tell ya? It is time for a change but NO RINO's, NO BAGGERS, NO Repubs period
Warren April 30, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Our system has become a cesspool. Both parties are equally rotten. 95% of today's politicians are in it for themselves. They don't even pretend to listen and represent their constituents. A majority of these Pols are "bottom of the barrel" C - players. Where are the Statesmen today? Trying to make a difference in the private sector. This is the reason to oppose the entrenched, "establishment" incumbents in both parties.
Al Scala April 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Warren....There are 9 Republicans which includes the Mayor and one Democrat, composing of the Mayor & Council. It's been fairly lopsided for some time now. The WRRO, controls this town. Chris McIntyre is the sole Democrat if you want to call him that. I often wonder why the WRRO didn't put somebody against him this last election. I'll leave that to your imagination. Don' t blame the Wayne Democrats for this mess. I'm a Republican and frankly, I think this lopsided governmental body is not healthy. There are no checks and balances. Hopefully, the people in this town will see it for what it is and vote for some changes.

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