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Former Councilman Voigt Attempts to Rewrite History in Ridgewood News Letter

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Ridghewood NJ, FORMER Councilman Jeffrey D. Voigt submitted a ridiculous piece of fiction to The Ridgewood News in the form of a letter this past week.  We learned from the newspaper that they had to edit out (and they refused to publish) the particularly outlandish paragraphs in which he self-righteously criticized the bullies on social media (he himself is the KING of bullying on social media, posting here on The Blog incessantly).  They also deleted the parts where he talks about how others need to be decent human beings (since he certainly is not one), and how some people are “big men” behind computer screens but not in public – wow, doesn’t this describe this horrible man just perfectly?!  KUDOS to the Ridgewood News for recognizing that even a “DOUCHEBAG” can go too far into the realm of non-science fiction.

The paper did go ahead and print the parts where he congratulated Pam Perron and Bernadette Walsh on being elected, while pointedly leaving Lorraine Reynolds out (in spite of the fact that she worked very hard to help get him elected four years ago).  And the part where he thanked Ramon Hache and Bernadette Walsh for being good council colleagues, while leaving Susan Knudsen and Mike Sedon out.  What a guy, always taking the lowest road possible.  (It should be noted that when he gave a similar sermonette at the reorganization meeting, Knudsen and Sedon both thanked him and wished him well).  And then he had the nerve to suggest that if elections get moved to November we will have better candidates (not only does this insult the newly elected council members, but it also indicates that he, who was elected in the springtime, was a crappy candidate – at least he got this last part right).

Amusingly, at the re-org meeting he completely forgot to thank his wife – in the letter he thanked her for helping him to get elected.  Nice, so sentimental.

And why, when he was so busy listing his so-called accomplishments from the last four years, why didn’t he mention any of the following:

1.     Publicly body-shaming a citizen for being overweight including at a Board of Ed meeting, in a bank parking lot, and in a courthouse in front of a reporter

2.     Calling a resident a “Douchebag” (hence his forever nickname) at a council meeting

3.     Publicly screaming at the Village Manager “I’m f@#%ing pissed” because she fulfilled an OPRA request

4.     Taking residents and council colleagues to court so many times that the judge lost count (but the judge tossed him out on his ass every single time)

5.     Road rage unleashed on an innocent resident.

6.     Ethics violations filed against others (which were thrown out as baseless)

7.     Giving false information to a reporter in an OPRA filed by NorthJersey.com

8. Taunting a citizen who was trying to buy grass seed, suggesting that this person should get out of Ridgewood.

A bad chapter in Ridgewood history  has been come to a close.

34 thoughts on “Former Councilman Voigt Attempts to Rewrite History in Ridgewood News Letter

  1. Once an asshole, always an asshole.

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  2. Like Aronsohn before him, Voigt is portraying himself as a heck of a swell guy

  3. Hey James: You forgot to mention another classic Voigtism – He got belligerent/confrontational with 3 uniformed police officers who were assigned to investigate an alleged harassment incident at the Home Hardware store on Franklin Turnpike in Waldwick. Too bad he didn’t get physical with them. That would have been a fun time in Waldwick!

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  4. Voigt is desperately trying to maintain a fiction that he was somehow an icon in Ridgewood. Nope, sorry. Not an icon, an asshole. Got it Voigt?

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  5. I was at a board of Ed candidates night. It was in the ed center. Before it began, a lot of people were gathering in the room. This weird and kind of scary little man with a baseball cap on inside the building, went over to what appeared to be an Indian man, and started calling him fatso. I was so shocked, I couldn’t even believe this was happening. The Indian man hadn’t said or done anything, he had simply walked into the room. I asked somebody who this was. It turns out that the weird little man who was harassing the Indian man was a Village Council man named Jeffrey Voigt. The Indian man, I learned, was one of the candidates. Now he’s an elected official. And he’s doing great work for our town. I will never ever forget Mr. Voigt completely attacking Saurabh Dani for no good reason. I saw this with my own eyes, and it was unforgettable and frightening.

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  6. Voigt hangs out with Hans the town Bigot , so it not much of a stretch to assume he is one

  7. How did this shithead ever get elected? Oh, that’s right. He completely lied about his positions and then did a 180 when he got in.

  8. It must be a full moon. In addition to Voigt’s rather bizarre letter to the editor, word on the street is that Siobhan “Karen” Winograd, the “rules with an iron fist” administrator of the Ridgewood Moms and Dads (without free speech) Facebook group, is extremely upset that people are posting nasty comments about her on social media. She’s even resorted to calling some leaders of the opposing faction to explain (while crying) why she does the things she does. Is she for real? Seriously Karen? If a user so much as says “boo” on Ridgewood Moms and Dads, they are removed from the group and blocked from seeing that the group even exists. If someone glares at her in a public meeting, she files a police report. She’s even resorted to publicly referring to someone she dislikes as a “child predator” in an attempt to discredit him. Get real Karen. When you behave like a Nazi, you should expect a huge backlash. Your platform is going down in flames and it’s all your fault. Stop whining and face the facts. You’re all done here. We’ve had enough. Perhaps you and Mr. Voigt should just leave town together. Bye, bye O!

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    1. that is the group that many of the members were looking to “silence “people in town

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  9. Don’t believe what you have seen with your own eyes or what you have heard with your own ears. That was what I was asked to do by the perpetrator of the above referenced dastardly deeds.

  10. Siobhan called me too. I have been blocked from that group for years. I have no use for that echo chamber. And I told her so

  11. Voigt did a 180 in his very first meeting in 2016. It was shocking how fast he reversed

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  12. Yes James. They wanted to filter people. Good lord. What a group. And Siobhan is thick with Voigt, Jan philips, Hans and newly elected PAM PERRON.

  13. Doesn’t that site have more members than the other 2 blog cheerleading sites combined?

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  14. Ridgewood, is a white suburban microcosm of clicks and no matter what the topic, people are shunned and bullied. Fueled by egos, greed, wealth and divided by us and them, east and west, old guard and gen z, Republicans and Democrats, shoppers, owners and landlords and a diverse racial undertone. Susan is no better than jeff who fuels the bully in town and permits town fracturing. Mike i love bears doesn’t even vote or live in town, Lorraine won’t let her neighbor expand her house, and pam will spend her energy on the RW dirty water. Bernadette well her peers didn’t vote her in as mayor. Another shit move by Susan. Leaders wanted.

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  15. Jeff has posted!

  16. James, you’re such a “big in municipal politics” boomer. All these comments are from the sycophants; you’ve blocked all comments from people who support Jeff and others. It was Saurabh Dani who called the police on Jeff in the Home Hardware, I was there. But facts are relevant to you. No one outside of your clique cares what you, Sue, Anne or Laurie think. You and your little clique of thugs have been destroying this Village for the past four years or more! #winning

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    1. say hi to Paul Aronsohn for me

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  17. Laurie , “the problem is you live here “

  18. I never had the pleasure to meet him. How did he ever last that long.

  19. Wow, Jeff, posting as Lauren Bender. You are such a lowlife creep

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  20. No one is posting in support of Jeff because no one supports Jeff. Do you get it Douchebag? You are done. A sad chapter in history.

  21. Have no idea what Lauren Bender is talking about. If she was there and didn’t see Saurabh remaining quiet and contained while Voigt was acting like a lunatic, then she has some real issues. Many of us who read The Blog agree with James on local politics and also his informative posts on history and town happenings. I suggest Ms. Bender start a blog. It isn’t easy and I would rather read The BLOG and do my own critiquing than to rely on Ridgewood Moms and Dads With No Free Speech.

  22. Jeff you are fucking pitiful. Mike lives in town. Even though you were stalking him to follow his car and bothering Matt Rogers about this.and you had your bully friend Hans file and OPRA to see where Mike lives. The answer, he lives in town. You are really demented.

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  23. We can only hope that the douche bag Voigt really loses it in public one day soon, the cops are called, he’s tased, and then taken away in cuffs. All captured on a security cam. That would certainly make my day.

  24. I would pay big money to see that. I would break quarantine to see that.

  25. What’s wrong with buying grass seed?

  26. Do you all have anything better to do than be nasty and rotten to one another? And we wonder why this country is so divided right now. The tenor of politics, starting at the the municipal level, is in the gutter. Go raise your families and take care of your friends and get a hobby!

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  27. Anon – In Lorraine’s defense, a large number of neighbors objected to the extensive variances requested by her neighbor. If you need that many variances to squeeze your “dream home” onto your 50′ lot, you should move, NOT shit on your neighbors who have lived there for years. Having a structure 6′ from your home and a master bedroom looking directly into your pool is NOT a good situation and Lorraine rightfully objected. The Reynolds and the neighbors on the other side purchased and rebuilt their beautiful home with the expectation that variances would protect them from an overblown house on the adjacent property. Roger Schlict needs to be reigned in and disciplined for overdesiging homes and then forcing variances.

  28. Anon and James – Lauren Bender is NOT Laurie Bender. She would NEVER post here. Someone is faking it.

  29. What happened to the wonderful town of Ridgewood that I lived in from 1980 to 2015?

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    1. Paul Aronsohn

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  30. “Lauren Bender” is Jeff Voigt. He is such a jerk, such a hypocritical lowlife.

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