State Senator Dana Redd, who is running for Mayor of Camden, made headlines this morning by taking exception to Steve Lonegan's call to bulldoze boarded up neighborhoods in Camden and other NJ cities to make them "parks and forests."
Forests in Camden. That's not quite the Hail Mary I expected from the Lonegan campaign.
Lonegan told the Courier-Post editorial board:
"Job growth and business growth are critical, but also to some extent downsizing the city is, too," Lonegan told the Courier-Post editorial board on Tuesday. "You have neighborhoods in Camden I've visited that are boarded-up. They should be leveled. Why not make them into parks or forests?"
Redd seizing this quote and making hay of it doesn't help Lonegan. She must have missed the memo that Corzine wants to boost Lonegan's chances in the last week of the GOP primary.
What happened to Lonegan's committment to home rule with Mayors and Council determining the destinies of their communities? How is Lonegan going to turn urban decay into parks and forests without a government program?
Redd gave the Christie campaign and the GOP another gift. According to the Courier-Post, She challenged Lonegan and other Republican contenders for governor to come up with viable solutions to the problems faced by Camden and other urban areas.
The GOP should take her up on that. Obviously Democratic "solutions" for urban areas have not worked. Conservative solutions to urban problems will work. Politically, the GOP should go after the Dems strong holds in Camden, Essex and Hudson. We can't fix New Jersey's economy if we keep wasting billions of dollars in our cities, and if we run against the wasteful spending in cities without offering workable solutions, everyone continues to lose.