Gov. Murphy Didn’t Play Political Games Regarding Senator Polistina
We have learned and confirmed that the New Jersey Secretary of State has provided New Jersey Senator Vince Polistina, R-2 with the formal certification paperwork required for him to be officially sworn in to the New Jersey Legislature.
Heres’s the document. This is the first time that this has been printed anywhere:
This clears the way for Polistina to appear before a Judge or any other qualified official who is allowed to perform the oath of office, swearing-in ceremony.
In fact, Polistina has already been doing the job of Senator since he was formally selected by the Atlantic County Republican Committee on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
In a wide-ranging interview yesterday, live from our exclusive Atlantic City Airshow WPG Talk Radio 95.5 broadcast event, Polistina went into great detail to outline the various services that his second district legislative office is providing to constituents.
“More than 1 1/2 years into the COVID-19 pandemic, so many of our fellow residents are still in need of help,” said Polistina.
”It is the foundation of my team’s public service efforts to be there for them every step of the way,” said Polistina.
Polistina talked about many citizens who have still not received unemployment benefits and other important assistance.
There is no official word yet as to when Polistina will decide to be sworn in, however, with the official New Jersey Secretary of State action, Polistina is now in control of his own fate.
Over the past several weeks, there had been a fake news political play in effect that Polistina was being politically held hostage by the fact that the New Jersey State Senate will not be back in session until after the November 2, 2021, General Election.
There was never any truth to this. The only way that Polistina could have faced potentially protracted litigation would have been had the Governor Phil Murphy administration played political games and withheld Polistina’s certification paperwork.
As I predicted from the beginning, this would not be the case, because Governor Murphy doesn’t “play” that way. He played it straight all the way.
The Secretary of State was prompt and professional about turning over everything that Polistina needed to be officially sworn-in to his position as Atlantic County’s Senator.
Atlantic County deserves to have its Senator in place. Despite some political skulduggery by others, Governor Murphy saw to it that there would not be a long, unnecessary delay of Polistina taking office.
That’s to The Governor’s credit. Senator Polistina has also been highly professional throughout this short delay.
Polistina kept his cool and didn’t overreact to the partisan gamesmanship that was going on.
Instead of engaging in that foolishness, Polistina focused his efforts on serving his constituents.
To Polistina’s credit, he didn’t reinvent the wheel. He methodically followed the same successful strategy that former Atlantic County Senator Bill Gormley employed more than 15 years ago … when Gormley paved the way for former Assemblyman Kirk Conover to be sworn in to the New Jersey Legislature following the departure of Assemblyman Paul D’Amato.
In the realm of the law unintended consequences, this process actually provided an opportunity for Polistina to demonstrate his cool handling of this situation in an open public manner.
In the end, those who tried to give Polistina a knock actually gave him a boost.