The Art of the Veto

By Robert Romano

By last count, Republicans lost at least 32 seats in the House in the midterm elections, and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is once again poised to be elected House Speaker. This means all legislation will now have to be worked out between a Democratic House and a Republican Senate led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

To navigate these new waters in 2019, President Donald Trump has signaled a willingness to negotiate but he must remember that his greatest leverage could come in the House minority if he wishes to plot a more conservative path.

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Posted: November 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Donald Trump, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Released From Middlesex County “Sanctuary,” Illegal Alien Kills Three in Missouri

The Middlesex County Department of Corrections released Luis Rodrigo Perez from custody last February, in defiance of an Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) detainer issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in December.

Luis Rodrigo Perez, got a gun from Sabrina Starr, right, used it to kill his former roommates and then Starr the following day, according to Missouri authorities.  photo via Starr’s facebook page

Perez, 23, shot and killed three people in Springfield, Missouri last week, according to Missouri law enforcement authorities.

“Yet again, an ICE detainer was ignored and a dangerous criminal alien was released to the streets and is now charged with killing three people,” said ICE Acting Executive Associate Director Corey Price. “Had ICE’s detainer request in December 2017 been honored by Middlesex County Jail, Luis Rodrigo Perez would have been placed in deportation proceedings and likely sent home to his country – and three innocent people might be alive today. It is past time that localities realize the perils of dangerous sanctuary policies and resume their primary goal of protecting their residents.”

Perez was being held in the Middlesex County Jain on domestic violence charges.  Unnamed Middlesex County officials are quoted by NJ.com  blaming ICE for Perez’s release, explaining that their policy is not to hold illegals who haven’t killed or maimed anyone yet.

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Posted: November 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Owner of Howell T-Shirt Store Charged With Sexually Assaulting A Child

Brian Young at a recent charity event. social media photo

Brian Young, 52 of Freehold, was arrested on Friday and charged with second degree Sexual Assault and third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, according to an announcement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Young, the owner of the Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More franchise on Route 9 in Howell, is accused of inappropriately touching a minor who was in the store on Wednesday, November 7.

Chris Swendeman, spokesperson for the Prosecutor’s Office, declined to reveal the age or gender of the minor making the accusation.

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Posted: November 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Fort Monmouth Tech Company Honored For Employing Veterans


Josh Welle should apply to work here.

AASKI Technology, Inc.  of Tinton Falls has been honored by the Department of Labor with the HIRE Vets Medallion for its leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining America’s veterans, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) announced on Thursday.

The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act or the Act) was supported by Smith and signed into law by President Trump on May 5, 2017.  The Act created to program which recognizes and honors small, medium and large employers throughout the nation.

AASKI, a Woman and Minority Owned Business founded in 1997, was one of 239 companies recognized during the demonstration phase of the HIRE VETs program in 2018.

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Posted: November 9th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 9-11, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, Nov. 9

  • Hunchback of Notre Dame at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Monmouth U. (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • The Beatles’ White Album: An International Symposium at Monmouth U. (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • “Peter & The Starcatcher” by Spotlight Players (Matawan) – MORE INFO
  • Annie the Musical at Axelrod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO
  • “Dice” An Evening of One-Act Plays at JSAC (Ocean Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • The Castoffs (Howell) – MORE INFO

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Posted: November 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Smith reelected easily

Chris Smith was reelected to his 20th term in the House of Representatives this evening, defeating Josh Welle by 56%-42 %, with VBM ballots in Ocean and Monmouth Counties still to be counted.

Posted: November 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , | 7 Comments »

Menendez is declared winner, Hugin not conceding

Bob Menendez has been declared the winner in his hotly contested reelection bid against former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin.

With 69% of the districts reporting, Menendez is leading Hugin 53.7 % to 43.%, according to the Associated Press.  The AP,  ABC News, NBCNews and  NewJerseyGlobe all declared Menendez the winner before 9 pm.

Hugin has not conceded as of 10:20 pm

Posted: November 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Will Vote By Mail Ballots Be Counted Tonight?

MMM is hearing that there is a movement within at least three county Boards of Elections to stop counting Vote-By-Mail ballots that are in house at 10 pm tonight, rather than complete the count on election day, as is required by statute.

A Court Order is required to stop the count of VBM ballots, according to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giodano Hanlon.

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Posted: November 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

President Trump Endorses Hugin For Senate

Posted: November 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Turnout is very high in Monmouth County

Reports from all parts of Monmouth County indicate a historically high turnout for the mid-term election today.  As of noon, some Middletown voting districts had a turnout of 50% of all registered voters.

In Neptune, as of 10 am, 3287 voters had turned out, which I’m told is 45% of the total turnout in 2014.

The turnout in a Manalapan district exceed the 2014 turnout as of noon.

There were lines to vote in Freehold Township, Long Branch and Howell this morning.

GOP U.S. Senate candidate visited the New Monmouth Diner in Middletown this morning.  He said good turnout is good for Democracy and that he’s been hearing encouraging  anecdotes from throughout the state.

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Posted: November 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | No Comments »