SURRENCY: PARTY BOSS RIGGED SELECTION PROCESS TO REMOVE ONLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN FROM FREEHOLDER BOARD
Says Actions are Retribution for Not Taking Orders
from Doug Long, a Disgraced Former Freeholder;
Will Seek Re-Election as Democrat
(BRIDGETON, NJ) – Cumberland County Freeholder Jack Surrency today called out Party Boss Doug Long for rigging the county party selection process, pushing out the only African-American on the freeholder board, and exacting revenge for political orders Surrency would not heed.
“Doug Long is disenfranchising the black community by removing me from the county party line,” said Freeholder Jack Surrency (D-Bridgeton). “It is insulting that he believes that you can just replace one black man with another black man.”
Surrency, a Bridgeton resident, is a former Bridgeton council member and has served on the freeholder board since 2018. Previously, he ran in 2016 and lost in a close race.
“I’m my own man, always gonna be my own man, and that’s exactly why the voters of this county placed their trust in me,” said Surrency. “Doug Long’s claim that I don’t live in Cumberland County is verifiably false.
”I will not take orders from an unelected party boss who is lining his pockets with taxpayer dollars via county contracts. Not gonna happen.”
Doug Long is a disgraced former freeholder, resigning from the board in the aftermath of an explosive ethics complaint filed by the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Ethics. In the complaint, Doug Long and his partners were accused of mishandling nearly $200,000 in client trust funds to cover operating expenses, as reported by several media outlets.
“Doug Long is trying to run the county party the way he ran his law firm, with negligence, arrogance and impropriety,” said Surrency. “I urge county committee members to raise their voices and reclaim our party.”
Surrency will run off the line and seek re-election as a Democrat.