Among those at the forefront of the fight against the Camden Machine is Vida Neil Rosiji, who was hopeful that Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration would derail the organization here to see him endorse their mayoral candidate and fold over the top of the party ticket.
“He really let the town of Camden down,” Neil Rosiji told InsiderNJ, referring to Murphy, who has formed a task force to examine the alleged embezzlement of $ 11.5 billion in tax incentives for a network of business related to the Camden County Democratic Party power structure only. to gradually move away from the pursuit of history.
“He needed [Camden County Democratic Party power broker George] Norcross to get re-elected so he dropped the ball on that, ”said Neil Rosiji, a seasoned activist in her hometown. “Nothing happened when they started to uncover all the dirt; it must be too much, so they shut it down.
But no one has silenced Neil Rosiji, and on Tuesday she will appear in front of voters in her quest for a seat on the school board.
It’s a nine-member board of directors and all nine claim ties to the Camden Machine except one – Elton Custis, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor earlier this year.
Neil Rosiji shows up with Aaron Cooper in hopes of securing a 3-6 board and then securing more seats, but she acknowledges the daunting prospect of winning against a party organizing column led by the outgoing Democratic governor.
Jeanette Alvarez, Cameron Hudson and N’Namdee Nelson have county party support.
“No one should be put on hold,” said the Camden Public Works Department retiree, a Camden High School graduate and mother of four.
But they are, and it is her challenge to generate sufficient support for a program that includes returning the city’s school system to local control with what she describes as a properly elected school board, not hampered by the power of the organization.
Neil Rosiji said she mainly opposes the aggressive charter school empowerment program of the majority of the board.
“They are good at building buildings – without a program for students,” Neil Rosiji told InsiderNJ. “Teachers don’t have enough background checks or certifications. They [County Democrats’-supported charter schools] just made a mess in the town of Camden.
They could just as easily be put on hold, the candidate said, because the state is, she says, responsible for the embezzlement of federal funds.
“We had 30 public schools, now we all have nine,” added Neil Rosiji. “Norcross schools are worse than public schools. We want the Democratic Party to come out of our education system. They control the Elections Office, they control the machines we vote on – the old tattered machines. They have been deceiving us for years.
In an electoral cycle characterized mainly by dying movements and machines aimed at putting people to sleep, the activist insists she has a chance on Tuesday.
“People are calling my name, from gays to Hispanics to the black community,” said Neil Rosiji. “I hope they come out and vote for me. I will inform the citizens of what is happening. If I am on the council, I will have a quarterly newspaper to inform the citizens. That’s the problem now: the superintendent doesn’t want people to know what’s going on.
Neil Rosiji graduated from high school as part of the Class of 1980.
“The same toilets were in the school in 2015 as in 1980,” she said. “Nothing has changed. They haven’t done any work inside the schools, have given money to the charter school system and they are bankrupting the public schools. The federal government has to come here and turn on the power. the lights because their money is mismanaged by the state of New Jersey.
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