Increasing Fiscal Transparency by Tracking, Reporting on Unspent Funds

While Democratic legislative leaders are negotiating a budget with Gov. Chris Christie this week, lawmakers are also moving toward final passage of a bipartisan bill that would bring a new level of transparency to how taxpayer dollars are spent by state government each year. Both houses of the Legislature are expected to approve later today a… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: June 22nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, June 23-25, 2017

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, June 23

  • “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at Monmouth U. (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • Huey Lewis and the News at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Third Eye Blind at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • “Halftime with Don” by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • “They Call it Gravy, We Call it SAUCE!” (Middletown) – MORE INFO
  • St. Leo the Great Carnival (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Shore Greek Festival (Ocean Twp)– MORE INFO
  • “One Good Deed” at Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO

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Posted: June 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie blasts Horizon over $16M in fines for mishandling Medicaid

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s battle with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to give up $300 million of its reserves to the state intensified Wednesday when the governor vilified the insurer for getting slapped with $16 million in fines from the state over a period of nine months. In a hastily called news… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: June 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Marlboro Woman Admits Scamming $2.8 million from Veterans Administration

Elizabeth Honig, photo via facebook

Elizabeth Honig, 52, of the Morganville section of Marlboro Township, pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing $2.8 million from a Veterans Administration program designed to help veterans find employment, according to a statement by Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

Honig enrolled 182 veterans to receive federal funding to attend Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VARP) courses at Computer Insight Learning Center, an Eatontown company that she owns. The vast majority of the veterans were either not eligible for the training or did not attend at all.  She collected $750 per month fees from the vets, and collected approximately $1.3 million from them of the $2,831,455 that the federal government distributed for tuition. She allowed the vets to keep the rest of the money paid to them by the VA.

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Posted: June 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Watch Christie’s Announcement at 1PM

Governor Chris Christie will be making an announcement this afternoon at 1pm, according to a statement from his office.

Insiders expect that the governor will announce a school funding deal for the next fiscal year negotiated between himself, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

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Posted: June 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Education, New Jersey, News, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Goofy Gopal Swings and Misses

Goofy Gopal looks to the heavens for inspiration

Goofy Vin Gopal took a swing at Senator Jennifer Beck last week and whiffed.

According to The Asbury Park Press, Goofy Gopal issued a statement on Friday demanding that Beck return campaign donations she received over the years from Donna M. Conroy of Middletown.  Conroy pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud charges last month.

Beck had already donated the funds to Lunch Break, the Red Bank food pantry, when she became aware of Conroy’s guilty plea.

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Posted: June 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | 10 Comments »

The Arnone Report: Eat Healthy and Keep Safe

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

photo by Michael Colarusso, Monmouth County Government

It has been a busy couple of weeks full of exciting initiatives and events here in Monmouth County! As such, I’d like to share just a few updates with everyone.

First of all, I’m pleased to announce the launch of my Healthy Monmouth initiative, which aims to promote healthy eating and living among our youth. It’s my goal to show students the importance of eating local and eating healthy through educational programs.

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Sweeney again says state government could shut down without a deal on school funding

TRENTON — Senate President Stephen Sweeney on Monday said he plans to meet with Gov. Chris Christie this week on the state budget — a negotiating session that could deliver a small dose of school reform or a messy government shutdown. If Christie won’t play ball on a school funding deal Democratic leaders reached last week,… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: June 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Interactive Map: Charting the Ups and Downs of Dems’ School-Aid Plan

You can toggle between districts by type — elementary, regional HS and K-12 — by clicking in the Visible layers box (K-12 are shown by default). To find a district, zoom in and move the map, or use the search box (with the magnifying glass). Hover over or click on a district for information. A day… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Democrats, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Belmar Elementary School Grieves Over Death of Drowning Victim, As Other Student Clings to Life

By Cathy Goetz, TAPintoBelmar/LakeComo

BELMAR, NJ — On a day that should have been a time of celebration at Belmar Elementary School is a time of grief as the school mourns the drowning of one 13-year-old student and prays for the 12-year-old student who is clinging to life.

Today, June 16, marks the final day of the school year for Belmar Elementary School — less than 15 hours after two unidentified students, who were cousins, were pulled from the surf at the Ninth Avenue beach along Ocean Avenue. While attempts to save one of the girls were unsuccessful, the other girl is in critical condition on life-support at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune.

What makes the situation even more heart-wrenching is that the tragic scene began to unfold at about 6:30 p.m. on June 15 — the same time 55 eighth-graders were participating in their graduation ceremony at Belmar Elementary School, unaware of the massive emergency scene just six blocks away.

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Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »