Former Republican joins the Democratic Party. Says Local Democrats Put People First
Marlboro Councilwoman Carol Mazzola has joined the Democratic Party and will seek reelection this fall as a member of her new party, Muncipal Chairman and Council President Frank LaRocca announced today.
“Mayor Jon Hornik and Chairman LaRocca are doing phenomenal jobs,” Mazzola said. “It’s always people first with their team; not politics first. The Council is doing an excellent job and I feel very comfortable being part of their team. They have the best interests of Marlboro at heart.”
Mazzola is the second Republican to switch parties and join Mayor Jonathon Hornik’s and LaRocca’s team since they were first elected in 2007. Coucilman Jeff Cantor, a former Republican Freeholder candidate, became a member of the Marlboro Democratic team in 2009.
Marlboro GOP Co-Muncipal Chair Selika Joshiah Gore said she was saddened by Mazzola’s decision.
“I think it is unfortunate that Carol has decided that she can not seek reelection under the principles of the Republican Party,” said Gore, “while I wish her well, I don’t think she’s acting in the best interests of the citizens of Marlboro.”
Gore said that as Mazzola’s former running mate, in addition to being a Municipal Party leader, she was disappointed that the councilwoman did not reach out to her personally before switching parties.
Mazzola said the local Republican leadership in Marlboro is “filled with petty politics.” “They don’t even understand how the government works. They only see issues through politics and their personal animosities. It’s an easy decision to run with those that have Marlboro’s interests at heart rather than those who only see petty politics.”
Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal on the Mazzola switch stated “We welcome Councilwoman Mazzola to the Monmouth County Democrats. Her decision to join a party that fights for our tax-payers and small businesses is a testament to the great leadership in Marlboro of Mayor Jon Hornik and the Township Council.”
Monmouth GOP Chairman John Bennett was not immediately available for comment.
Hornik and LaRocca sung praises for Mazzola
“Carol has been a partner in moving Marlboro forward through difficult times,” LaRocca said. “I look forward to working with her for an even brighter future in Marlboro.”
“We have worked hard to move Marlboro in the right direction,” said Hornik. “Councilwoman Mazzola is right for our team.”