By: Follow South Jersey Staff
GLOUCESTER COUNTY, N.J. — Gloucester County Commissioners-elect Nick DeSilvio and Chris Konawel made an appearance on Fox News Monday morning saying how the recent election upsets in South Jersey signal a shift in power.
According to an email sent to Fox News producers, Konawel said that what happened on election day shifts the balance of power and has the state potentially becoming a battleground state in the next presidential race.
“If you look at the policies and the way things work in New Jersey, South Jersey in particular, the senate president Steve Sweeny is typically the power broker, and with him no longer in power, and all the power base shifting, all of South Jersey is now red with the exception of Camden County,” Konawel said. “Because of that power vacuum, you see a potential shot of only a tiny small corridor of New Jersey being reliably blue.”
While the Associated Press has called the senate race for Logan Township resident Edward Durr, Sweeney has not conceded, and in a November 4 email to the Philadelphia Inquirer, stated that “the results from Tuesday’s election continue to come in, for instance there were 12,000 ballots recently found in one county.”
DeSilvio stated that he would like to see the trend of escalating property taxes be reversed.
“Right now Gloucester County ranks 28th highest in the country as far as property tax is concerned,” DeSilvio said. “Every single year that has been Democratically controlled, the property taxes have increased. We’d like to stop that trend. We’d like to stop it from becoming an avalanche.”
Konawel and DeSilvio defeated Democratic incumbent Commissioner Robert Damminger and West Deptford Mayor Denise DiCarlo dropping the Democratic majority from 7-0 to 5-2.
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