Over half a million New Jerseyans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease — including individuals in the Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon and Somerset County areas, who are either diagnosed with the disease or are caring for a loved one with it.
Your readers can make an immediate difference and help reclaim the future for these New Jerseyans by registering for the Central Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which takes place on Sunday, October 12, at ETS on Rosedale Road in Princeton. Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place annually in over 600 areas nationwide and is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
We are excited to welcome KTU Radio Personality Paul “Cubby” Bryant as the Walk celebrity guest this year. Close to 3,000 participants are expected. Entertainment includes DJ Dave Hoeffel of Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corp. A moving Promise Garden ceremony will take place to recognize the individuals and families affected by the disease.
To start or join a Walk Team today, visit alz.org/nj/walk. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter at www.alz.org/nj or call 609-275-1180.
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One issue in the current Mercer County sheriff’s race is the pervasive and extreme process of “double dipping” within the entire Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. The current sheriff, Jack Kemler, who retired from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, collects a yearly pension of $85,000. When this is added to his sheriff’s pay he receives almost $240,000 per year. The question begs to be asked; are the taxpayers of Mercer County aware of this double-dipping scheme?
News stories on television, radio, and the Internet have further brought this issue to light. In addition to the sitting sheriff, five other “double dippers” have been identified working for the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, to the tune of approximately $500,000 per year, every year, that the taxpayers are on the hook to fund.
As the Republican candidate for sheriff, I have pledged to give up my State Police pension of $91,000 per year, and collect only the sheriff’s salary if elected.
This double-dipping situation is made additionally egregious when the sheriff refuses to answer questions regarding this topic. Instead, Sheriff Kemler has chosen to refer questions pertaining to him and the agency he leads to the Mercer County Democratic Committee chairperson to do the talking for him. Mercer County taxpayers deserve better. Demand that your elected official speaks for himself, and vote for change in November.
David C. Jones
The writer is a candidate for Mercer County Sheriff and also a retired major in the State Police.