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The state Senate president condemns threats made against two local Republican leaders.

In the wake of , state Senate President Stephen Sweeney moved quickly to condemn those actions, but his representatives also admonished West Deptford Republicans for trying to exploit those threats in an election season.

"As someone who has been on the receiving end of threats before, the Senate president condemns these cowardly acts in the strongest of terms,” spokesman Christopher Donnelly said. “Those who seek and hold public office do so out of a love for their community, and while we may disagree with them, they deserve respect.”

But using those alleged threats against Republican Mayor Ray Chintall and Committeeman Sam Cianfarini, which are currently under investigation by police, to try to bolster their campaign is beyond the pale, Donnelly said.

“Despite how serious this is, the local Republican leadership is seeking to use threats made against their own colleagues to score political points. That is just pathetic, and diminishes the seriousness of real threats of violence," he said.

Republicans have argued Sweeney’s speech last week, which included a call to “punish our enemies” at election time, are inflammatory and could incite some factions within the Democratic Party to take drastic measures.

“Collectively, I think there are a lot of good people in the Democratic Party who want none of this,” West Deptford Republican chair Dennis Forte said. “Unfortunately, I think some people take his words a little too seriously.”

There's little to suggest Sweeney's remarks were responsible for any of the threats made against the two Republicans, given Forte's admission the threats started several months ago, and the most recent was at least several weeks prior to the Senate president's speech.

And Donnelly said the Republicans were deliberately twisting the meaning of Sweeney’s full remarks, which referenced attacks on organized labor in the larger context.

"Senate President Sweeney firmly believes that those who are trying to stamp out workers' rights in this country will have to answer to the voters this fall,” said Donnelly. “For anyone, much less those that represent a Republican Party doing everything in its power nationally to keep people from voting this November, to imply anything else from those statements is simply foolish."

WDNeedsHelp September 06, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Yet he says he is going to punch the Governer in the head and punish his enemies... Listen to your own words Sweeney, they say it all.
Occupant September 06, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Sweeney called Gov. Christie a "Rotten Prick" and said "I wanted to punch him in his head". He had a hissy fit. What does that tell about his character?
Concerned Resident September 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Sweeney is a total disgrace. The residents of NJ are sick of his crap.
Swiggles12 September 07, 2012 at 02:20 AM
agreed 10,000 percent
Swiggles12 September 07, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Sweeney is not so affectionately known as the "corrupt d**k weed" in my home. Sorry but I do not like the man or the public stupidity he puts himself in the middle of. I have read the "death threats" and IMHO there are stupid statements written by barely lirerate morons BUT I suppose every thing has to be taken seriously nowadays. Politics in the U.S have become a true circus. I find it sad but what I find sadder is that they ALL are evil and sell their souls in the end.. I have no party allegiance so I am truly baffled about who is the lesser evil.
Wayne Klotz September 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
WHAT A JOKE BY THE GOP OF WEST DEPTFORD
WDNeedsHelp September 07, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Please Wayne, go back to your Moms basement and continue to post under the assumed names, they are much funnier than this pathetic post. Don't forget to make the spelling and grammer mistakes, they are a hoot !
Wayne Klotz September 07, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I JUST GOT OUT OF YOUR MOM'S BASEMENT USING MY OWN NAME UNLIKE YOU WHO WON'T LEAVE A REAL NAME!!! HAVE A GOOD DAY!!
AllTaxedOut September 07, 2012 at 07:45 PM
It's just a sad commentary that we must sacrifice what we've worked for to pay the taxes that fund in a large part these generous pensions and lifetime healthcare packages of our "public servants," only to discover we've elected officials who openly employ bullying tactics, unmitigated hubris, and a cultivation of fear and intimidation. Why is it, especially in the case of the Dems, that there is nearly always a double standard which favors them? Suffice to say if Governor Christie had engaged in the hateful and unprovoked attacks that Steve Sweeney is heard 'round the world bloviating, he would have been utterly crucified with special-interest groups and Dem cronies demanding his immediate ouster! Yet it's fine--even supposedly funny--when the Philadelphia Inky (with Dem power broker Norcross at the helm) prints a cartoon by Signe depicting Chris Christie as "Chris Crisco." Good Lord! We have young children killing themselves or self-medicating because they feel they're irrelevant because their weight isn't the "ideal standard" set by so many "stars" in this Look-At-Me society! The Dem leaders are constantly calling for 'civility' within our dialogue and yet all one hears are crickets when their members are caught on blast with their intolerant comments. Only the voters can change this train wreck. Keep voting the offenders out until they learn that in order to stay within the system that pays them (quite well!), they'd better stop biting the hands that feed them.
Wayne Klotz September 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I AM NOT A POLITICIAN AND I DON'T TOLERATE THE THREATS MADE AGAINST ANY ELECTED OFFICIAL BUT TO BLAME SOMEONE WHO JUST READ IN YESTERDAY'S TIMES ABOUT THE THREATS SAYS GET YOUR STORIES RIGHT BEFORE YOU ACCUSE MR.SWEENEY OF SAYING ANYTHING!!!
AllTaxedOut September 07, 2012 at 10:06 PM
With all due respect to anyone who takes exception to my opinion on this matter, I stand fully by my last post. I investigate these stories and their sources before commenting.
Wayne Klotz September 07, 2012 at 10:24 PM
THEN INVESTIGATE THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SO CALLED THREATS IF THEY ARE TRUE AT ALL!!!
AllTaxedOut September 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Again, with all due respect, I need not justify my opinion based upon my investigations to anyone. This is a free forum and I will not answer "yells" (messages in all caps) from angry individuals with an intolerant view of others' opinions.
Wayne Klotz September 09, 2012 at 05:57 PM
well get it right next time.
AllTaxedOut September 10, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Mr. Klotz, I will no longer respond to you unless your demeanor changes. I made my most recent point and you simply could'nt resist having the last word. I told you I checked the facts, and a perfectly good opportunity for new dialogue on the subject was wasted with your response ("Well, get it right next time."). At least your last response wasn't a scream.... But I see that you have once again resumed screaming a la Howard Dean. Your angry responses at times border on the unhinged. I truly believe that the more time you devote to WD Patch in commenting on the opinions of others, the angrier and scarier you become. If this were a literal highway rather than the informational one it is you might very well be cited for road rage. I am not degrading you as a human being; I am not inferring that you should stop contributing here. I will, however, make a few unsolicited suggestions that may help to keep things civil. First, stop screaming at everyone. No subject matter here worth commenting on warrants that. If someone else uses offensive dialogue, just don't respond. Second, just politely agree to disagree. And finally....relax, dude. Unless we're warned of impending Doom, or the Feds suddenly announce that all our currency is worthless (another kind of Doom, to be sure) THEN you can yell and scream....and I'll join you! Otherwise, Mr. Klotz, just please mellow out. Let's all play nice, kids!

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