Don’t trade public jobs for a political act

As campaigns for public and party office begin to take shape for 2019 and 2020, here’s a story about a local official who got in trouble when he sought to trade a government job for a direct political act. Back in 2007, the Republican mayor of a small town in Salem County went to prison for offering his opponent a job if he dropped out of the race. Mack Lake

Republicans secure Salem freeholder board

Republicans have regained control of the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders after Freeholder Melissa DeCastro, who jumped to the Democratic party last year, lost her reelection bid. Three-term incumbent Ben Laury 12,383 votes, or about 28%, and 11,432 voters, about 25%, cast their ballots for political newcomer Mickey Ostrum, an obstetrician, DeCastro got 10,259 votes, about 23%, and Democratic challenger Jesse Stemberger received 9,379 votes, roughly 21%. The wins

Ben Timberman, former freeholder, dies

Benjamin W. Timberman, an extremely popular local official known as “Gentle Ben” during his 24 years as a Salem County Freeholder, passed away on Tuesday night.  He was 86. A Democrat, Timberman was elected freeholder in 1971, and was re-elected seven times before retiring in 1995.  His daughter, Beth, followed in his footsteps and began her own four-term career as a freeholder in 2003. His only electoral defeat came in