PARSIPPANY — NJ political news website Politickernj.com is reporting that a Super PAC with ties to President Obama and Hillary Clinton has entered into the Parsippany GOP primary race for Town Council.
The PAC, called New Jersey’s Future Fund, has put out a flyer endorsing long time GOP Councilman Mike dePierro, Vincent Ferrara, and Lorretta Gragnani, is not listed on the Federal Election Commission website yet, but it’s Treasurer, Jennifer May, is a high-powered fundraiser for Democratic candidates, organizations and PAC’s across the country. She was once the Finance Director for the late Congressman John Adler from Camden County.
Ms. May’s firm, Next Level Partners, also includes Priorities USA as a client. The New York Times reported that the mega-Super PAC “played an important role in helping re-elect President Obama” and “was formally aligning itself” with Hillary Clinton’s Presidential bid in 2016.
“That Republican candidates would call themselves ‘true conservatives’ and then secure the backing a liberal Super PAC that is aligned with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as other liberal candidates and organizations across the country, is offensive to every Republican voter in Parsippany,” said Paul Carifi, Jr.
“Mike dePierro certainly has a liberal record of raising property taxes and rubber stamping outrageous legal fees to his politically-connected friends, but for him and his running mates to accept financial muscle from a liberal Democrat fundraiser who is helped elect Barack Obama and now wants to elect Hillary Clinton is an outrage. This one requires some serious explaining – and fast.”
dePierro told PolitickerNJ that he has nothing to do with the PAC.
“This must have been arranged by someone who sees what they’re doing on council and doesn’t like their conduct at council meetings,” said the long-serving Republican councilman at the center of this GOP Primary. “Parsippany is the largest town [in Morris County] and all these years I never felt completely in control [of what happens in campaigns].
“I don’t know who the PAC is,” he added. “I haven’t even seen the mailer. I understand they misspelled my name. I haven’t seen this.”
“Why does a liberal Washington, DC Super PAC and its contributors even care about Parsippany? What’s in it for them? Who brought them here?” asked Council candidate Aida Visakay. “Aside from Councilman dePierro explaining his ties to this PAC, we are demanding that the PAC itself provide full disclose of its donors so that Parsippany taxpayers can get a full picture of his who is funding this PAC and why they have interest in Parsippany? It’s time to follow the money and find out where it leads.”
Carifi and his allies have the majority on the five-member council and generally oppose Mayor James Barberio. They have voted against the mayor’s picks for the insurance and legal contracts in town and PolitickerNJ sources suspect the PAC’s play may involve those fights.
Township Attorney John Inglesino, a holdover, recently expanded his law firm by bringing in well known Democratic operative Elnardo J. Webster as a partner and Fairview Insurance Agency, a large supporter of Democratic candidates was recently ousted as the Township’s Insurance Broker of record.