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Accusations Flying In Hudson County Freeholder Election

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Hudson County, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The Hudson County Freeholders election is a little over a week away and it’s starting to get interesting. There are four candidates facing off in the democratic primary and accusations have been flying about unfair use of city or county resources for campaigning.

The latest accusation is against Freeholder Jeffrey Dublin which comes after a picture surfaced showing him using his county car to transport campaign flyers. This accusation came from Steven Pinkney who is a campaign volunteer for Dublin’s opponent Gerard Balmir.

Esmeralda Trinidad is the only female candidate in this race and she feels like in this case, Dublin didn’t do anything wrong.

“I saw today that there was a controversy about Dublin using the car, the Hudson County car, however it’s not against the law,” she said.

In fact, the Hudson County Board of Election’s Clerk, Michael Harper, said “My understanding of county policy is that Freeholders are assigned a vehicle on a 24/7 basis, and use of that vehicle for both public and private purposes is allowable.”

Freeholder Dublin chimed in on the latest controversy and he said that this campaign has been very different than past elections and that things are even getting dirty.

“I think because my not supporting some present mayor, he has the choice to choose the freeholders that run on the party line. When you have person running against you who is not familiar with the city and then he comes against you and tries to run, yea,” he explained.

Gerald Balmir on the other hand has been involved in Hudson County for years and he thinks that this has been a cordial campaign.


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