Hornik denies charge. Claims GOP cancelled event for fear of poor attendance
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Marlboro Republican Council candidates Jack Zatz, Carol Mazzola, and Selika Josiah-Gore claimed today that Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik pressured the owner of the Bella Vista Country Club in Marlboro to cancel a fundraiser the Republican candidates had scheduled for September 16th.
“We had confirmed weeks ago with Bella Vista for this event, and were expecting a turnout of more than 100 supporters of our ticket to attend.” stated Zatz. “Then, all of the sudden, the Bella Vista said they had to cancel our event, and I became aware that it was a result of an email the Mayor sent to the owner. When I confronted Mayor Hornik about his actions, he admitted it to me. This kind of intimidation by an elected official against a local business owner is outrageous,” said Zatz.
Hornik, who is a member of the club, confirmed to MoreMonmouthMusings that he sent an email to the owner asking if he supported the GOP's message,"Can we afford to hand over this November 3 election to a Hornik + 5-Democrat Council with no one on the council to question their agenda??" Hornik denied confirming to Zatz that he had a hand in cancelling the event.
Hornik said, "They have no one coming to this event. This is a diversion to exit from a failed event and blame me for it. The sponsor of the event pulled out and Zatz couldn't get another club member to sponsor it. Without a member sponsor, they can not hold an event at a private club."
Marlboro’s GOP Municipal Chair, John Gibardi, said the candidates were able to re-book the GOP event at the Colts Neck Inn for the same time, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16. “Fortunately we were able to re-schedule another venue and contact supporters to inform them that our event was pushed out of town by the mayor.” said Gibardi. “He may be able to stop us from having an event in our own town, but he can't stop us from talking about Marlboro’s high property taxes and wasteful spending which have so many people in Marlboro worried.
A spokesperson for the Bella Vista Country Club said he "understands the event has been cancelled," but would not say why or who cancelled it.
The campaign is seeking legal opinions on whether the Mayor’s actions constitute an ethics violation.