March 11, 1988 |
Camden County Freeholder Joseph R. Carroll provided the deciding vote last night for a motion that both Democrats and Republicans say clears the way for the establishment of a county-executive form of government within a year. Carroll, who had been caught between loyalty to his fellow Democrats and his concerns about a county executive, proposed that the freeholders delay a vote on a Republican resolution that was designed to block the drive to change the form of government. In the place of that resolution, he substituted a motion to appoint a panel to study various forms of government in the county.
March 9, 1988 |
Camden County Freeholder Joseph F. Carroll, caught between his loyalty to fellow Democrats and concerns about the proposed creation of a county executive, criticized the plan yesterday but stopped short of saying he would block it. Carroll wields the deciding vote on a Republican-sponsored resolution designed to derail a petition drive by Democratic leaders to hold an August referendum on the county-executive proposal. A vote on the GOP proposal for a yearlong study of possible government changes is scheduled for tomorrow - a day described by Republican Freeholder Michael J. DiPiero as Carroll's "day of reckoning.
March 30, 1988 |
Assemblyman John A. Rocco said yesterday that he was considering requests from fellow Republicans that he run in the fall for Camden County executive, should the new position be approved in a referendum proposed for August. Rocco, one of the most successful Republican vote-getters in the Democratic-controlled county, said he had been approached by "a number of elected officials and others in other key positions in the county. " "There have been a number of inquiries in terms of my interest in the position and attempts to get me interested in the position," Rocco said.
February 4, 1988 |
Two months ago, amid a bitter election to keep control of Camden County government, county Democratic officials endorsed the concept of amending the county charter to create a strong county-executive form of government. The Republicans, smelling election victory, blasted the announcement as a last-ditch effort by the Democrats to save their campaign, saying that after November, county voters would never again hear about a charter change. Yesterday, the Democrats proved that the proposal had not died, announcing a steering committee called Citizens for Better Government in Camden County that would spearhead a drive for charter reform.
December 4, 1987 |
About seven weeks ago, when freshman Camden County Freeholders Robert Andrews and Matthew Segal unveiled the Democratic plan to change the county charter to allow a strong county-executive form of government, the proposal was met with predictable campaign skepticism. The Democrats, the Republicans said, were trying to salvage their image in the face of a moribund campaign in order to maintain control of county government. But, a month and a day after the election, the proposed charter change has come up against other opposition - some of it unpredictable and most of it from within the Democratic Party itself.
March 8, 1988 |
Veteran Democratic Freeholder Joseph F. Carroll may cast the key ballot in a Camden County Freeholder Board vote pitting three young Democrats, who want to create a county-executive form of government, against three Republicans who oppose the plan. As early as Thursday, the seven-member board may vote on a Republican proposal designed to derail a drive to establish a county executive. Carroll said two weeks ago that he did not favor replacing the current form of government with a county executive.
March 2, 1988 |
The League of Women Voters issued a stinging critique yesterday of the drive by leading Camden County Democrats to create a county-executive form of government. In a prepared statement, the Camden County chapter of the league faulted the proposal's advocates for seeking a referendum this summer on the change without conducting a study of alternative systems. "We believe that the people have a right to be well-informed and have a need to have confidence in their government before signing a petition they know nothing about," the league's statement said.
March 23, 1988 |
Camden County Freeholder Joseph F. Carroll, who cast the deciding vote two weeks ago against a far-ranging commission to study possible changes in the form of county government, outlined his plans yesterday for a more limited panel. Carroll's committee was immediately dubbed "lame" and "powerless" by Republican freeholders, who warned that it would not affect a drive by young Democrats to create a county-executive form of government. "I don't see (the panel) as a waste of time," said Carroll, a Democrat.
March 13, 1988 |
During the last week, Camden County Republicans compared the petition drive with a Central American war in which a despotic rebel leader pays foreign mercenaries to overthrow the government. Democratic sponsors of the drive to create a county executive touted the campaign as an exercise of the fundamental American right to petition the government for change. But political salvos made way yesterday for the science of petitioning. Next to the Bavarian Pretzel shop in the Echelon Mall, petition coordinator John Mitchell of San Diego was mulling over the great issue of his day: whether the mall promenade was so broad that shoppers would make an end run around his table.
May 27, 1988 |
A coalition of civic groups yesterday announced a new political chapter in the troubled short history of the Democrat-backed campaign to change Camden County government from a freeholder form to a strong county executive. The groups said that if the Democrats got a referendum on the ballot in August, they would work in concert to defeat it. The announcement by the county chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Cherry Hill Tax Crisis Committee and the National Political Caucus of Black Women amounts to another setback for the county change movement, already in turmoil after the recent disclosure that thousands of petition signatures may have been forged.