Sarah Gonzalez, Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR.
Some Democratic mayors who endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for re-election say they haven’t received any additional resources for crossing party lines, and that they weren’t expecting to.
“I'm a little appalled by some of the mayors that are saying, ‘Well we didn't endorse him and we didn't get anything,’" said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, an Independent. “We endorsed him, and we didn't get anything.”
Gov. Christie didn’t ask Gonnelli to endorse him. Other Democratic mayors who were asked, and refused, have wondered if the Christie administration acted out of retribution when meetings were cancelled and millions in grant requests were denied.
Harrison mayor Ray McDonough, a Democrat, volunteered to endorse Christie because he says the governor helped his town get $256 million to ramp-up a PATH train station. And he doesn't believe that was an effort to court voters, he says.
“What do I have 3,000 voters here in the town? He didn't need our votes,” McDonough said. “Everybody knew he was going to win this election.”
In Orange, City Council member Donna Williams did not support her Democratic mayor's decision to endorse Christie, but she says the city has not yet received any additional funding or attention since Mayor Dwayne Warren's endorsement.