In the annals of our Republic, rarely is there a politician who when caught breaking the law puts out a press release saying yes they broke the law but since they don’t like it, it doesn’t apply.
The cynicism in this release is beyond measure. Let the readers count the ways.
Beth Mason is one among this select group who when caught breaking the law, puts out a press release to declare the law makes her a victim.
Are you getting all this in Newark?
Here’s the guts of the most arrogant, insulting release you’ll most likely ever see from a crass politician:
There’s no getting away from the truth now. Beth Mason proudly endorses how many laws she can break. Her release is an admission she’s breaking the law and will do so again and again. There’s no pretense any more about Mason. Beth Mason officially announces she’s above the law. What about the Move Forward candidates? And where is the media as Mason’s lawbreaking was exposedalmost a full week ago?
As you may be aware, there is a Hoboken Board of Education election on Tuesday, November 6th. Many residents are asking me to take a stand because our schools are headed in the wrong direction. After careful consideration, I am supporting the Move Forward …
The Move Forward team is dedicated to working with our academic professionals on a long term plan that will allow students to advance and develop from grades K-12. In addition, they will put an end to wasteful spending and redirect money into the classrooms where it is belongs. They will be inclusive of students from all schools and of all ages in educational and extracurricular actives and represent all our children equally regardless of what neighborhood they are from or what school they attend.
Several weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal ranked the Hoboken School District the least desirable in the nation. This comes on the heels of NJ Monthly reporting that in four short years our High School has fallen from the 2ndmost improved in the state to ranking 298 out of the 328 high schools in New Jersey. These are not political blogs spinning opinion, but award winning, nationally renowned news sources.
The reason for this disappointing distinction is not Hoboken’s students, parents, and teachers, who are trying their best. It is the failed leadership by the current Board of Education Majority. Hoboken spends almost 30% more annually per student than the state average. Yet, standardized test scores are down and SAT scores are 100 points below the state average. In addition, almost 20% of students do not graduate High School. In-classroom technology is in the dark ages and in need of updating. This is unacceptable. Hoboken has world class students and parents who deserve world class schools.
In an effort to entrench the Board of Education Majority, the political bosses in City Hall enacted an illegal ordinance to restrict my donations to the Move Forward team. The NJ Office of Legislative Services issued an opinion to the Mayor and City Council that this law violates our State Constitution and The Citizen’s Campaign, the state leader in promoting campaign finance reform, is also in agreement. Nevertheless, City Hall is still trying to enforce the ordinance and stop me from helping Move Forward to get its important message out. If those in political power in this City focused as much on improving test scores as they do on settling political scores, our schools would not be in the unfortunate position that they are in. The governing body which sets donation limits is the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission and I am well within its legally permitted contribution amount.
Our City is renowned for many things. We are home to Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. Carlo’s Bakery brings residents from all over the world here on a daily basis. We are the birthplace of baseball. There is no reason we shouldn’t be the home of the best and most desirable school district in the nation.
Update: Some folks are asking if this really true and not satire or parody. Yes, it’s true. Beth Mason has issued a release she’s above the law and that it doesn’t apply to her.