FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          CONTACT:    Bill Pascoe

August 2, 2007                                                                                  (609) 235-7658



“What is up with the Democrats and their continuing insistence on secrecy?” asks Asselta


(VINELAND, August 2) – First District Senator Nick Asselta – responding to his opponent Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew’s attempt to bar a cameraman from an open public event on the very same day that Van Drew was reported by The Press of Atlantic City to have dismissed Asselta’s invitation for Van Drew to join him in running a clean, fact-based campaign – today issued the following statement:


“What is Jeff Van Drew afraid of, and why is he trying to prevent someone from documenting what he says in public?”


“Yesterday, my Assembly running mates Norris Clark and Mike Donohue joined me in inviting our Democratic opponents to join us in running a clean campaign, where the campaign discourse would stick to the facts. According to this morning’s piece in The Press of Atlantic City, the Assemblyman chose to dismiss that invitation as ‘humorous,’ and then said he had ‘always run issue-oriented, factual campaigns based upon the public record.’


“So imagine my surprise when I learned that the Assemblyman had, this very morning, tried to eject from a public meeting a cameraman who was there to document the Assemblyman’s appearance – PRECISELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENSURING THAT OURS IS A FACTUAL CAMPAIGN, BASED ON THE PUBLIC RECORD.


“What is up with the Democrats and their continuing insistence on secrecy? The Governor refuses to share with us the details of his secret plan to make money off the toll roads, and now my opponent tries to conduct a public meeting in secret, by banishing from the meeting a cameraman there to record the appearance for the EXACT purpose of ensuring accuracy and fairness – the very hallmark of a clean campaign!


“And he calls OUR Clean Campaign Pledge ‘humorous?’”


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