First District Republican Assembly candidates Norris Clark and Michael Donohue ? gravely concerned over Democratic Assembly candidate Matt Milam?s apparent disappearance ? today called on Milam to appear and make known whether or not he supports the actions of his running mates, Democratic Assemblymen Jeff Van Drew and Nelson Albano, in voting to give the Governor a blank check to sell the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.
?One week ago today,? said Donohue, ?Jeff Van Drew and Nelson Albano sent out a campaign flier denying their support for the Governor?s plan to sell the Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway ? despite having voted just a few weeks earlier to appropriate unlimited funds to pay engineering, legal, and financial advisors to prepare to sell the toll roads.
Oddly, even though it was a campaign piece, paid for by Democratic campaign committees, Matt Milam and his views were nowhere to be found.
?A day later, Nick Asselta, Norris Clark and I held a press conference to call our opponents out on this issue, for misleading the residents of the First District,? Donohue continued. ?At the time, we said that the only reason we could see for Milam?s absence from the flier is that he must be actually supporting the Governor?s plan. He has, so far, failed to deny our supposition, which lends further credence to the belief that Matt Milam must, in fact, support selling or leasing the Parkway and the Expressway.
?So today, we put the challenge to Matt Milam
directly: Please tell us how, exactly, you agree or disagree with the position taken by your running mates.
?Jeff Van Drew and Nelson Albano have already taken a stand on this issue,? said Clark. ?On June 21, they voted to give the Governor a blank check to prepare to sell the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway, two throughways crucial to the economic life of the First District. But Matt Milam, to our knowledge, has yet to take a stand on this issue.
?So the question for Matt Milam is very simple: If you had been serving in the Assembly on June 21, representing the First District, would you have voted for the budget which contained language giving the Governor a blank check to prepare to sell New Jersey?s toll roads?
?The residents of the First District have a right to know,? Clark concluded.