Posted: July 20th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: DWI Check Points, Monmouth County News | No Comments »
ALERT: The Monmouth County #DWI Task force will conduct 2 checkpoints this weekend:
#1 Fair Haven: A checkpoint will be run from 9pm Friday through 1 am Saturday on River Road.
#2 Deal: The checkpoint will be run from 10pm Saturday through 2am Sunday on Ocean Ave.#DriveSober pic.twitter.com/B5wv3XACsJ
— Monmouth Prosecutor (@MonCoProsecutor) July 20, 2018
By Assemblyman Ned Thomson
While New Jersey narrowly avoided a second straight government shutdown, the budget agreement that was achieved at the last minute will have a serious impact on area taxpayers that will be felt for years to come.
As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, I participated in a number of meetings and listened to hours of testimony on Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget that sought to increase spending by more than 7 percent and raise taxes by $1.7 billion. Gov. Murphy and the Democrat majority in the Legislature then spent much of the spring and early part of summer arguing over which of our taxes to raise.
Never, it seems, did they consider reducing government spending nor did the conversation appear to focus on reducing the burden on some of the most overtaxed citizens in the country. In fact, during the debate, serious consideration was given to additional tax hikes, including proposals to increase the realty transfer fee and add taxes to short-term home rentals — two ideas that would have dramatically impacted Monmouth and Ocean County residents. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 19th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman Ned Thomson, Monmouth County News, NJ State Budget, Opinion | 1 Comment »
Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling said the Democrat Neptune Township Committee candidates have always used police vehicles to promote themselves in parades and that he does not understand what the big deal is when MMM asked him to comment about why he was using taxpayers’equipment for political purposes as depicted the attached photo.
“You don’t need me to send me the photo, we’ve always done that in Neptune. We march with the police,” Houghtaling said. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 19th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Neptune Township | Tags: Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Eric Houghtaling, Monmouth County News, Neptune NJ, Neptune Township Committee, Serena DiMaso | 2 Comments »
The Hazlet Police Department announced this morning that Route 35 southbound between Bethany Road and Miller Ave will be down to one lane from 9 am till 4 pm due to road construction.
Bethany Road and Route 35 is the intersection where the K-Mart/Pathmark shopping center is located. Miller Ave is just north of Loews.
Traffic could be backed up to the Garden State Parkway if there are a lot of drivers on the road today.Posted: July 19th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Hazlet, Monmouth County Life | Tags: Hazlet, Monmouth County News, Route 35, Traffic | No Comments »
By Greg Kelly
Friday, July 20
- John Cleese at Monty Python and the Holy Grail Screening (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
- Surfboard Art Contest (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
- The Outsiders at Holmdel Theatre Company – MORE INFO
- As You Like It: Summer Shakespeare at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
- Shrek the Musical at Spring Lake Community Theatre – MORE INFO
- Beauty & The Beast at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
- “The Nest in the Birdcage” at Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO
Aubree LaRusso, 18, was killed in a fire in her family’s Middletown home this morning, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
At approximately 6:43 a.m., the Middletown Police and Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at 20 Neptune Place in the North Middletown section of the Township. After firefighters were able to get the fire under control, an on-scene investigation determined that the cause of the fire was accidental.
Aubree was found deceased in a bedroom located off of the living room in the family’s residence. Larusso’s mother, brother and a family friend escaped the blaze unharmed. A pet dog was also found deceased in the home. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 17th, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Aubree LaRusso, Middletown, Middletown Fire, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni | No Comments »
O’Scanlon praises Supreme Court’s proposed Municipal Court Reforms—will introduce legislation to take the profit out of policing and local courts
Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth County) today issued praise to the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Operations, Fines and Fees for their comprehensive report which, after a 16 month investigation, “revealed a number of significant concerns where aggressive reform is needed. Many of those issues identified by the Committee undermine both the administration of justice and the independence of the Municipal Courts.”
“In law enforcement and judicial systems, profit is the mortal enemy of justice,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “We must take real steps towards reforming municipal court and ticketing procedures. Policing for profit is an unacceptable practice that tarnishes the reputation of all our upstanding police officers and often results in devastating consequences for petty infractions.”
“Municipal Courts should be about the administration of justice, not a profit center to plug holes in local governments’ budgets,” O’Scanlon continued. “In the twenty-five years since our Courts were last reformed, too many towns have come to rely on fines to fund their municipal operations and too many local judges have turned into de facto tax collectors. This is not justice and it has to stop.”
Among the reforms that O’Scanlon will propose in legislation are: Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 17th, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, NJ Courts, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Municipal court Reform, New Jersey, NJ Supreme Court, Policing for Profit, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 4 Comments »
The phones were ringing off the hook at Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey’s Ocean Township office after Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso’s July 5th robocall informing 11th legislative district voters of Houghtaling and Downey’s support for Governor Murphy’s massive tax increases and his cuts to school funding for local school districts.
DiMaso’s July 5 robocall:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 13th legislative district, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Eric Houghtaling, Houghtaling and Downey, Joann Downey, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Robo Calls, Serena DiMaso | 4 Comments »
In an interview with FoxNews’s Shannon Bream on Friday night, New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith called for the Russian officials who have been indicted for meddling in American elections to be red noticed by Interpol. A red notice is a request by the Justice Department to the international law enforcement agency to locate and arrest an individual for the purpose of extradition.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Russia, Russian Federation | Tags: Congressman Chris Smith, FoxNews, hacking, Human Trafficking, Interpol, Monmouth County News, President Donald Trump, Pyotr Tolstoi, Red Notice, Russian Duma, Russian election meddling, Shannon Bream, Vladimir Putin | 5 Comments »
Former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno appeared on the Tommy G Show yesterday during which she said that the $2 billion in spending increases and $1.5 billion in new state taxes are insane but that no one should be surprised.
Guadagno said that moderate Democrats who are now calling for spending cuts “sound like Republicans, that’s what we’ve been saying all along!”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: Governor Phil Murphy, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey, NJ State Budget, Tommy G Show | 7 Comments »