Day 3 of Perez’s Silence: Will He Privatize Trenton's Water?
Trenton, NJ – Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) publicly asked what Paul Perez intends to do with Trenton’s water authority if he succeeds in his second attempt to become mayor. But since June 6th there has been only silence emanating from the ‘de facto Republican’s camp. The candidate refused to give a direct answer during the last debate at Mercer County College.
“His silence is concerning. Not just for me, but for the people of Trenton.” Noted Gusciora
“The authority is an asset” the Assemblyman emphatically stated on Wednesday in his initial statement. “It’s an asset to the City of Trenton and voters deserve to know whether my opponent intends to sell or privatize our water service,” said Gusciora, who has been a stark opponent to selling the water authority.
But Paul Perez cannot say the same.
“The fact remains, Mr. Perez has a history of flip-flopping on issues. He switched on Governor Christie’s state building plan, his proposal for ‘military style’ policing, even his position towards his former rival, current mayor Eric Jackson, has shifted.”
“Our citizens deserve to own their water. Privatization is not the answer. This isn’t just a Trenton issue, this concerns all communities that get their water from TWW. Unlike my opponent, I have faith in our ability to administrate.”
Gusciora noted Perez skirted away from the question during last Sunday’s debate.
Perez’s alleged plan to sell Trenton Water Works has drawn the ire of the community. The Trentonian published an article criticizing the plan.
The lifelong Democrat Gusciora received, yesterday, an endorsement from Food and Water Watch
“This issue is too vital to not have a plan” said the Assemblyman. “Mr. Perez owes the voters and explanation as to his shifting position the City’s water resources. If he plans to sell off water works, then he should own up to it.”
The runoff election takes place June 12th.