Whether the citizens of the City of Long Branch know it or not, the darkest days of our municipality are upon us at this very moment.
The Asbury Park Press is reporting, and our Director of Public Safety is apparently confirming, that on Tuesday night, the Mayor of the City of Long Branch and one of our five Members of the City Council had to be physically separated in order to prevent a so-called “heated exchange” from escalating into an assault.
This is unavoidably, unequivocally, undeniably unacceptable behavior.
Rather than discuss the many varied reasons why this unacceptable, we will leave our analysis to three main theses:
1. The Success of our Republic requires the peaceful exchange of ideas between participants in the process of government.
2. It is not just the right of the people to question their leaders—it is also their obligation. Particularly in a town where we have already seen one of our elected officials arrested, indicted, found guilty and sent to jail for official misconduct.
3. Simply put, both Adam Schneider and Brian Unger know better.
If one or both of these men cannot get a hold of their proverbial horses and start acting like grown ups and individuals deserving of holding an office of public trust they owe it to themselves and to the people of the City of Long Branch to resign.
It is that serious, guys.
We cannot and will not tolerate behavior that is this outrageous from our public officials. People you BOTH consider to be your friends and supporters will absolutely abandon that support if you denigrate our municipal government to the point where police officers are needed to keep the peace between you.
We deserve better. And you damn well know it.
So either get it together right now or resign so we can fill your seat with someone who knows how to conduct themselves in a manner reflective of the sacred trust we the people place in those selected to run our government.