Marlboro Mayor Hornik sends curiously timed email message at taxpayers’ expense three weeks before election
Thinly disguised campaign propaganda sent to thousands of Marlboro residents raises ethical questions about of taxpayer dollars and township email list
October 9, 2009 [Marlboro, New Jersey] – Just three weeks before a heated township council election, Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik this week emailed a four page letter promoting his accomplishments to thousands of Marlboro residents using a proprietary township email list at taxpayer expense, raising serious questions about the use of taxpayer dollars for political purposes. City Connections, a private firm that provides website and email support to municipalities, broadcasted the letter under the direction of Mayor Hornik’s office. City Connections is under paid contract to Marlboro Township to support its municipal website and provide email support.
“The township email list is a proprietary list, which is supposed to be used to inform Marlboro residents of important township information”, said Selika Josiah Gore, Republican candidate for Marlboro Township Council. “ It is not supposed to be used for a four page pat on the back, at taxpayer expense, three weeks before a heated election. What the Mayor has done is transparent, it’s unethical, and it’s wrong.”
Carol Mazzola, also a candidate on the Republican ticket, said the timing of the letter left no doubt it was campaign related. “Jon Hornik has been in office for two years” said Mazzola, “and coincidentally, three weeks before a council election with control of the council at stake, he decides to send out an email on the taxpayer’s dime detailing all the wonderful things he’s supposedly done? Come on.”
Jack Zatz, a third Republican Council candidate, pointed out that this is the second time in two weeks that Hornik has inserted himself into the Council race.
“I guess we should be flattered that the Mayor is so worried about us; first he tries to get our fundraiser cancelled, now he crosses a major ethical line by using taxpayer funds and the township email list to send out a thinly disguised political flyer. This kind of behavior is exactly why we’re running- to keep an eye out for these kind of shenanigans which cost taxpayers money.