Saturday, October 29, 2016

Will the Lakewood Vaad issue a presidential endorsement this election?

Local elections aside (Twsp,BOE), The Lakewood Vaad will issue its endorsements of candidates next week prior to the elections. In previous presidential elections the vaad endorsed presidential candidates in 2004 the vaad endorsed George W. Bush, (43) writing in the Vaad election letter "in consideration for his outstanding positions on family issues, domestic security and of significant consequences for Acheinu B'nai Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel." 
This presidential election, both candidates have Lakewood connections. Donald Trump, for one, appointed noted philanthropist and republican activist Dr. Richard Roberts of Lakewood as one of his Israel advisory committee. Additionaly Donald's son in laws's family, the Kushners' are donors to Lakewood institutions. 
Mrs. Clinton was in Lakewood 10 years ago for a fundraiser and was also involved in securing grants to benefit Lakewood social services. Most of Lakewood usually votes republican and will decide on their own who to vote for but it would be interesting to see what the vaad will do.

13 comments:

  1. VAAD is irrelevant and an old boys club, couldn't care who they endorse (probably Hillary). They had all this time to fix things up and take care of the tzibbur at large instead of helping themselves.
    Vote out the VAAD. Time for true representation appointed by the people.

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  2. How do you vote out the VAAD? They are self appointed Askonim that never cared about the klap. They just need to be ignored and told that nobody cares who they endorse. They usually endorse the candidate they think will win regardless,so they can seem relevant. Why aren't they endorsing the Gross candidate that simply spouts their platform? Because they know Akerman will win.

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  3. The vaad no longer represents the olam. The town has outgrown them and those who moved to Jackson, Toms River are free from the vaad rule and control. Unfortunately there are clueless individuals who believe and of the assumtion that daas torah guides the self appointed self serving vaad and will vote blindly.

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  4. The vaads only power is the Lakewood block vote they are only as strong as the power of the lakewood voters. They claim to represent the lakewood block vote of 10,000.
    The politicians believe them and in many cases they deliver on the vote by either picking the natural winner or like in the old days scaring the olam to the polls with threats of losing busing and higher taxes. lately the olam no longer goes along blindly with the vaad. In the previous elections for Governor of NJ the vaad endorsed Corzine over Christie. The olam was furiuos, so the vaad had a letter from Rav Shteinman saying to vote for Corzine, In the end most of lakewood voted for Christie. It was a bad Gamble because Christie had asked the vaad prior to the election for a meeting and they said no. Since than, Lakewood got nothing from him despite the olam voting overwhelmingly for him, he was slighted by the vaad!! You dont mess with a bully, bridgegate anyone.

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  5. Vote NO on all ballot questions. The Vaad will probably tell you to vote yes on the question regarding allocating the gas tax money for transportation improvements. The argument is that the money will go to widen rt 9.. dream on it wont happen and you will only be paying more money.

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    1. It is really stupid not to vote for allocating the gas tax money for transportation. the tax already exists, there is a need in NJ for infrastructure improvements.

      If they are allowed to raid the transportation funds again, there will be a need to raise the gas tax another 20 cents in 3 years.

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    2. If you think the purpose of the bill is to allocate the funds specifically for the TTF you're mistaken. The purpose is so they can borrow $12 billion, which in essence will make it impossible to repeal the tax as now they NEED the money to pay the loan.

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  6. You can state your opinion but at least stick to the facts. The gas tax referendum does not increase any tax. It just dedicates the existing tax.

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    1. Not true. It allows the government to borrow money against the future tax revenue that will be raised through the gas tax. Any time the government wants to borrow or spend money you have to vote NO.

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  7. The Vaad is divided on the issue, and feels it's a no-win situation to put out an endorsement, but their informal vote went to Donald Trump.

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  8. The Vaad will be parve but will remind us of all the tovos Hillary did for Lakewood such as chemed etc..

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  9. Farbissene misnagedOctober 31, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    I spoke to vaad members and the consensus is leaning towards Johnson

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  10. David Lichtenstein pulling to the left for Clinton Rich Roberts pulling to the right for Trump.

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