Dover Mayor Jim Dodd today pushed back on Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson’s statement that he was a Republican masquerading as a Democrat.
“The Morris County Democratic Committee’s threat today is a simple one: if you fail to play by party bosses’ rules and kiss the ring, they will attempt to take you out. If you fail to hand over money and contracts to their coffers, they will attempt to take you out,” Dodd said. “Warning to all current Democrats in Morris County – Party Boss Robinson now practices Frank Hague-ism at its finest.”
Robinson mounted a successful effort to take out key Dodd allies in the June 5 primary, beating two incumbent aldermen and winning control of the local Democratic organization. One of his candidates, Carlos Valencia, defeated incumbent Ronald Camacho by twelve votes after recount; this week, Republican attorney Alan Zakin filed a lawsuit on behalf of Camacho seeking to invalidate the election.
Dodd maintains that his Democratic credentials are solid, claiming his twenty years in public office makes him one of the longest-serving Democrats in Morris County. Robinson has complained that Dodd endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s 2013 re-election bid, and has been friendly toward two GOP legislators, State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (R-Boonton) and his son, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton).
“I have been promoting Democratic values and crossing aisles for the benefit of the people of Dover long before the Morris County Democratic Committee attached itself to national election trends and seized credit for being trailblazing,” Dodd said.
Dodd thinks that instead of picking an internal fight with him, Robinson should be focused on “fighting Trump, electing Senator Menendez and ensuring that Mikie Sherrill and Tom Malinowski are sent to Congress.”
“If Mikie Sherrill or Tom Malinowski are unfortunate losers this November, their blood is on your hands and you should voluntarily resign,” Dodd said about Robinson.
Alleging that the vote-by-mail ballots that helped the anti-Dodd slate win, the mayor called on Gov. Phil Murphy and others to ask the court to “throw out all of the vote by mail ballots in the 2018 primary election because they were not bilingual and thus, unfair to the voters of Dover.”
“You can accuse me of being Republican. I’m not. You can accuse me of being a Trump supporter to conjure fear among the voters. I never was. But one thing I will never be is a cheater,” Dodd said. “Imagine backing candidates who attempt to seize power by cheating? That ought to play well in all future elections in Morris County. I won’t stand for it. Real Democrats won’t stand for it. And the people of Dover will no longer be hoodwinked.”