Councilman-Elect Christopher Goss begins his first term as a Point Pleasant Councilperson in January. Point Pleasant’s newly-minted elected official was gracious enough to be our first interviewee. We exchanged the following via email…
BoroIndependent: What do you attribute your Election Day victory to?
Councilman-Elect Goss: I feel my own success in the election was due to four things: 1. We very intentionally ran a campaign that didn’t even mention party. I think our untraditional style resonated with folks tired of the ridiculous partisanship that has poisoned the local atmosphere. 2. We ran a door-to-door, person-to-person grassroots campaign. We connected with people on a personal level and laid the groundwork for what we hope will continue to develop into a connected and empowered community. 3. The Rogers’ supporters personal attacks, particularly of my wife, reinforced what so many were saying about her way of doing things and turned off a lot of voters. The attacks also made me a more visible figure than I would have been otherwise. 4. I don’t think Bob or Al campaigned very hard and I think Al’s post election comments in the Asbury Park Press support an arrogance that undermined them.
BoroIndpendent: What’s your #1 priority heading into office?
Councilman-Elect Goss: Reigning in spending and waste so that departments can be reviewed for restructuring or prepped for merger. Unfortunately much of the waste comes from a long history of mismanagement i.e. the water/sewer for an easy example, so a proper audit and assessment will need to be made to make the town leaner and more efficient. I feel that by the end of year 1 folks will find us to be far more conservative than our opponents and last administration.
Boro Independent: What’s the greatest challenge facing Point Pleasant?
Councilman-Elect Goss: The greatest challenge will be alieviating the highly charged and toxic atmosphere in boro hall, all the departments, boards, and even amongst the residents. The modus operandi for the last three years has been confrontation and intimidation. It has created mistrust in every facet of our community. The changes needed in the operation of the town’s business need a cooperative atmosphere. This election was certainly a reaction to pervasive negativity. I’m very glad to have an evenly divided council that will be forced down a path of compromise. I also look forward to the formation of the New Republican Club and hope to organize a summerfest akin to Toms Riverfest, the highlight of which will be an annual Dems vs. Rep’s softball game!