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Monmouth County Freeholder Director Arnone On ‘Freeholder’ Title Change: ‘Now Is Not The Time For Grandstanding’

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

FREEHOLD NJ, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone  released the following statement regarding the announcement that New Jersey will be phasing out the title “Freeholder.”

“The announcement that the State has decided to change the title of county freeholders, in the middle of a pandemic, is mind blowing. This is not the time for grand standing and changing the title of elected officials is not going to help anyone.

Not only will it not help, but changing the title right now is actually going to cost our taxpayers money, when so many are already struggling. We have businesses that cannot open, hundreds of businesses who are closing permanently, and more than 1.3 million people on unemployment, not to mention the thousands of residents who are being furloughed.

To change the title of a freeholder, thousands of taxpayer dollars will need to be spent to update and change every sign, structure or material that bears the title. This is something that is going to take an incredible amount of time, effort and money to accomplish.

There are countless issues that the State should be focusing on right now, including the complete mess we have had with the Motor Vehicle Commissions reopening and getting our residents back to work.

Monmouth County has remained focused on the important things—helping small businesses and residents who are out of work or in need of social services and mental health services.

The County is partnering with the Grunin Foundation to provide testing services to residents in more densely populated urban areas, committing up to $250,000 of CARES Act funding.

They say actions speak louder than words and the actions of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders have been and will continue to be done in the best interest of our residents—no matter what we are called.”

5 thoughts on “Monmouth County Freeholder Director Arnone On ‘Freeholder’ Title Change: ‘Now Is Not The Time For Grandstanding’

  1. Monmouth County Freehold Director, Tom Arnone.
    The last paragraph of your statement says it all.
    As I see it, they can change a name but they cannot change the heart and dedication of our existing Monmouth County Freeholders.
    Ps. Just another piece of the Liberal Agenda. However, one should never underestimate the personal power of a
    New Jersey American Patriot🇺🇸

  2. What is wrong with this state… Murphy cries poverty and thus us what we are supposed to be spending money on…idiots…as far as I am concerned once a freeholder, always a freeholder. I will never refer to them as commissioner or whatever asinine title they come up with. Besides being idiots , they are also morons.

  3. How about name
    Monmouth County “FREELOADERS”

  4. If “now is not the time for grandstanding”, then Arnone should stop grandstanding and do the productive work that he was elected to accomplish.

    Republicans have done nothing but grandstand and cause chaos throughout this entire crisis.

  5. It’s hard to believe that people have so much time on their hands to look into things like this. There is enough division. Taxes are what’s forcing retired people to declare residency in other states like Florida. I’m getting closer to doing that every year. They tax everything. I pay almost $12k in property tax on a 100×100 lot plus pensions. My sister moved to Delaware. Tax on her house is $1200/year plus no sales tax. My daughter pays almost $19k in taxes. They too are looking to move. It’s the people who pay the high taxes that are looking to get out. Who pays once they are gone? I love where I live but enough already. The democrats are killing us here.

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