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Atlantic City Mayor Blames Senator, GOP, and Callaway: Wrong!

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We’ve been covering the Atlantic City Independence Committee for over two months.

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small has not said a word about them or their desire to postpone the Atlantic City Mayoral and Council elections to May (in 2023) and restore Atlantic City to a nonpartisan form of government.

Atlantic City’s elections have been held in May on a nonpartisan basis for more than 50 years.

Exactly one day after the citizens’ committee obtained more than the required number of voter signatures needed to advance their cause, Small blames (to the Atlantic City press and others) the petition effort on the New Jersey Senator Vince Polistina, Atlantic County Republican Party Chairman Don Purdy and former Atlantic City Council President Craig Callaway.

It’s also a public disgrace that the very first coverage the local daily gave of the citizens’ effort was only from Small’s angle of blaming the petition on Republican officials and Callaway.

Why didn’t they cover more than two months of transparent citizen efforts?

They have long argued that it is a good idea for citizens to be active in their local government. And, when they are, they treat them like that. This is very disrespectful and I question their ulterior motive.

Atlantic City Clerk Paula Geletei certified voter signatures yesterday.

We have independently confirmed that Polistina, Purdy and Callaway have nothing to do with this citizen petition.

We have been in regular contact with committee chair Andra Williams, who, along with her fellow committee members, are the real spearheads of this public effort.

Multiple City Council and City Hall sources tell us that Small seems very concerned that more than 2,000 voters have signed on for Atlantic City government to return to a nonpartisan format.

It should be, because 2,000 votes is likely more than half the usual turnout in an off-year local election season on Nov. 8, 2022.

If you missed any of our extended coverage, from the very beginning of this citizens’ movement, here are some links to catch up.

Read more: The committee wants to change the form of government in Atlantic City, NJ

Read more: A big change could be coming to the Atlantic City, NJ elections

Read more: Atlantic City committee moves one step closer to moving election

Read more: Atlantic City committee submits valid number of signatures

Williams and his fellow committee members are disappointed that their independent efforts are being called into question and that their hard work is being called challenged by the incumbent mayor.

More than 2,000 voters have signed the petition and seem ready to change the electoral system in Atlantic City.

It is unusual for a local elected official to insult his own fellow citizens in this way.

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