In Middletown, Jeana Sager Says ‘Gotcha’ Politics Distracts from Real Issues Hurting Real People 


Following backlash from a private conversation in a parking lot including Jeana Sager, who is running for Middletown Township Committee,  this afternoon released a statement.

The candidate’s comments came amid reports of her ticket falling apart and a call from the PBA for her to apologize.

Her full statement follows: 

It is a sad state of affairs when Americans cannot have honest conversations about timely issues such as police violence and the racist and prejudicial drug war, which is killing our youth, without fear of political crucifixion by both political parties. 

The off the cuff conversation, which occurred in June in a parking lot was not a prepared speech. I was not discussing a Middletown campaign platform. I was talking about issues that impact families in my community. My opponents held on to this information while they figured out how to hurt my candidacy, a move which clearly shows ulterior motives rather than being the forthright and honest people they would have you believe they are. 

I do wish I had stated some points more clearly, given there is a distinction between each candidate’s opinions and their joint platforms. My statements were an attempt to say that this is not an official campaign position but I’m willing to have a side conversation with those present.  To be clear, with this immature distraction, the incumbents, and unfortunately, my former running mate Sean F. Byrnes, have moved the attention completely away from issues directly impacting Middletown families and other communities. 

They do not want to talk about how taxes here keep going up or that Middletown has become cost prohibitive for families like mine, as a single mother of three paying nearly $14,000 a year in property taxes.  

They don’t want to talk about how ineffective drug treatment costs New Jersey tax-payers $1.2 billion a year with a 40% failure rate and skyrocketing overdose deaths, (according to NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services) yet jurisdictions that have decriminalized and developed robust harm reduction have nearly eliminated fatal overdoses. This is while our community, Middletown, ranks #17 out of the top 30 heroin using communities in New Jersey.  If we keep doing things their way and not having these conversations, our youth will keep dying. 

With regards to my reference to police crime, Mayor Perry who is calling for my resignation is one of the biggest hypocrites who sat silent along with Republican candidates Rick Hibell and Kevin Settembrino, when a Middletown police officer recently almost killed a New York resident while driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a severe accident. I encourage people to take a deep breath and focus on what was actually said about police violence and not what people say was said. 

If we can’t have an honest conversation about police, some of whom act criminally, then we are not protecting our citizens or the police who risk their lives for us. Middletown clearly wants to have these conversations as evidenced by the wildly successful Black Lives Matter event at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County. Clearly one more issue of importance to the community ignored by the entrenched political powers.  

Over half the population in Middletown is female, yet women represent only 1/5 of our township committee, a gross underrepresentation.  I am the only woman currently running. People have always come up with reasons to silence and push women out of politics. Just because I want to have tough conversations about difficult issues, some private and some public, doesn’t mean I will be bullied out of this space by the very cowards who think they are in a better position to ignore these issues to the detriment of our community.

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3 responses to “In Middletown, Jeana Sager Says ‘Gotcha’ Politics Distracts from Real Issues Hurting Real People ”

  1. She is 100% correct. People need to stop using cop and cop support as a deciding factor in who should run and who shouldnt. I for one prefer someone who doesnt put a blanket hero garb over the police as if they are all amazing people just cause they put on a matching uniform. her very example proves why you need someone that sees them as individuals and not as a uniform in office. People defended that cop and tried to protect that cop. If he was anyone else he’d be in prison.. You people want an administration that protects criminal cops in your town? thats sad. This woman has guts and the cowards that used this against her know it. Anyone that votes for the other yes men, get what they deserve. If i lived in middle town Id run with her. I have no experience, but I have truth and a life in reality. I speak what is and not what people want to hear. I could use the job too. Got a job for me miss Sager? Im in oldbridge but Ill take the bus to work no problem. I need the work and I work hard.

  2. I agree with a few of her points. I think cannabis should be legalized and drug users should be given treatment instead of jail time. But she pulls the woman/race card and lost me there. She makes it sound like there’s a conspiracy among Middletown politicians to prevent women from holding elected office. Gee, I don’t know, the last Mayor was a female, Stephanie Murray. Gimme a break. And of course she mentions the racist war on drugs whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean. The drug war has affected white people too.

    Last I checked, that Sgt. who struck the motorist in NY is is being held accountable for what he did. And so what if she is the only woman running? Just because she has a vagina doesn’t mean she is automatically qualified to be elected. She has a few good points but is a bit of a moron with zero chance of getting elected.

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