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Middletown Mayor Tony Perry is calling on Democratic Township Committee candidate Jeana Sager to withdraw from the race after she was caught on a Facebook video saying that police officers are criminals who should not play a role in fighting the opioid crisis.
Sager told a group of marijuana advocates that she “needs to be careful” what she says during the campaign so she can get elected, but pledged to replace drug treatment centers with syringe access centers and syringe treatment facilities, according to a video posted on More Monmouth Musings, a news site that covers local politics.
“I do need to be careful because if I do want to make office, I need to actually get elected,” said Sager.
Perry also wants Sager’s running mate, Sean Byrnes, to “denounce her hateful comments.” Sager and Byrnes are challenging incumbents Kevin Settembrino and Rick Hibell.
“Ms. Sager’s comments are both disgusting and dangerous. I cannot fathom how any individual seeking public office can make such statements when the role she desires would work so closely with the incredible men and woman of our police department,” Perry said. “Especially when Middletown was recently ranked as the safest town in New Jersey and one of the safest in America.”
“There won’t be a war on drugs because heroin is just another substance that people enjoy. Like caffeine, nicotine, pasta and soy burgers,” More Monmouth Musings said about Sager’s remarks.
The video was obtained by the website from the Facebook page of Edward “Lefty” Grimes, who is described as a “marijuana activist.”
“As Mayor, I am demanding that Ms. Sager withdraw her name from consideration for the Middletown Township Committee and I call on her running mate to denounce her hateful comments,” Perry said.