Marlboro Mayor Robert Kleinberg made a bad situation worse today when he spent seven minutes live on the radio with NJ 101.5's Jim Gearhart. Click here to listen to the disaster.
Kleinberg's campaign issued a flyer that included complementary quotes from Gearhart and others that appeared as endorsements. Gearhart and his friend, Gannet columnist Bob Ingle were livid. Ingle, who posts once a day on his blog, issued a second Sunday morning post calling for Kleinberg's defeat. Gearhart canceled a scheduled day off get on the radio and spend the morning bashing Kleinberg.
Kleinberg got on the air and foolishly denied that the quotes were intended to be viewed as endorsements, but rather, "to let my children see that people say nice things about me." Kleinberg also blamed the flyer on a campaign consultant. Any campaign consultant that let Kleinberg on the air with Gearhart today to take a lame defensive posture has about as much a future in politics that Kleinberg does at this point. Zero.
This can't be helpful to the Republican candidates in the hotly contested 12th district legislative race, or the county Republican candidates.
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