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SJTA Acknowledges Mayer & Madden for…well…I’m not sure what

December 28, 2009

On December 18, 2009 Camden County Democrat politicians posed for a photo-op with the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) made possible by the work of outgoing Gloucester Township Republican Mayor Cindy Rau-Hatton.

A SJTA news release to “celebrate the completion of a $5.5 million roadway project that has expanded the capacity of the Berlin-Cross Keys Bridge and improved safety conditions on nearby Atlantic City Expressway connections,” notes that the “completion of this project comes as the area surrounding the bridge bolsters $100 million in new retail development, including Stanbery Development’s most recent project, The Shoppes at Cross Keys.

It quotes Stanbery leasing executive Charles Cristella:

“The timing of the development and opening of The Shoppes at Cross Keys was a cooperative effort between our company and the township to make sure our projects boosted economic development in the area while minimizing any inconvenience to Gloucester’s residents and visitors. We’re excited that The Shoppes will be even more convenient than on opening day, giving more life – and local business – to the community.”

The news’ accompanying photo op at the Shoppes features Cristella and SJTA executive director Bart Mueller, and Gloucester Twp. Mayor-Elect David Mayer and State Senator Fred Madden – two individuals who had absolutely nothing to do with the project.

Interesting that while the SJTA properly acknowledges Mayor Rau-Hatton as being “instrumental and credited with facilitating the construction of the Shoppes at Cross Keys with the Stanbery Development Corporation,” the Mayor was not invited to take part in the festivities – despite the fact that it was she who (three days after her election) met with the developer to fast track the project that led to the creation of 400 jobs.

Madden and Mayer were there to seize the photo opportunity, but when it came time to actually act on projects such as this that would reinvigorate the area’s economy, where were they and their fellow Democrats?

When did you ever see or hear Fred Madden to helping promote the Cross Keys Shopping Center?

Dave Mayer just ran for election with two sitting members of the Gloucester Township Council. Where was Mayer’s team when Mayor Rau-Hatton was vigorously working to create and ensure the strength and stability of the Shoppes?

If incoming elected officials such as Mayer got an invite, why then didn’t Assemblyman-elect Domenick DiCicco?

Not only have Madden and Mayer done little-to-nothing to actually create jobs in the region, but when employers close their plants and move – costing area families their livelihood, Madden still sat idle.

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  1. Fran Boyle Jr. permalink
    December 28, 2009 11:09 am

    Politics as usual for Gloucester Township. Mayer and Madden take the picture, the one who did the work is left out. Oh yea, Cindy was one of those Republicans (shudddder) Great job Cindy and thanks for all you have done to make this Township better. You’re hard work will show when the Mayor elect tries to run the township from his blackberry.

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