Marlboro, April 1, 2015- Mayor Jon Hornik quietly changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican last week. On Monday, he filed his nominating petitions for reelection in the Republican primary.
Officially at this point, Hornik is an “off the line” primary opponent of Ira Goldberg, the Marlboro GOP’s choice for mayor prior to Hornik’s party switcheroo. However, Republican Party officials and attorneys are working to give Hornik the line. Hornik said that he would name Goldberg a Deputy Mayor with a portfolio in economic development and outreach to the business community. Goldberg could not be reached for comment.
“I’m a fiscal conservative and social liberal,” Hornik said, “I never thought that it mattered much what Party I belonged to, but for some time now I thought I could serve the people of Marlboro better if I was part of the Monmouth GOP.”
“The Republican elected officials I deal with on governmental issues are consistently terrific. They put good government first and politics second. I can’t say that about Democrats. Like Ronald Reagan. I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. It left me.”