Gopal Beating Beck Was No Upset. It Was Gerrymandering and Camden Colonialism

By Tommy DeSeno

Election night we listened to pundit after pundit (some admitting they know little about the 11th District) proclaim Vin Gopal’s victory over Senator Jen Beck was an “upset.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Every indicia of prognostication said Vin Gopal was the favorite, and it starts with the previous census.

I’ve lamented for some time that voting in “districted elections” is like not voting at all.  After each census, 10 political big shots, 5 from each party, meet in a hotel room and draw crazy lines that allow them to divvy up the state between the two parties.  Democrats having an advantage in this state, their “map” wins, by an 11th man tiebreaker.  This is followed by us sheep doing our civic duty and voting even though the pols already stacked the demographic deck.  The winning party acts like it was political prowess that won them the election, when in fact the day was won in the hotel room where the map is drawn every 10 years.  This system is an inhibitor of democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 17-19, 2017

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, November 17

  • Library Fall Book Sale (Shrewsbury) – MORE INFO
  • Seussical at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Sherlock Holmes by RFH Tower Players (Rumson) – MORE INFO
  • Mutual Philanthropy by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • The Importance of Being Earnest at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • “Hair” at Monmouth University (West Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Our Town at Navesink Arts Center (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO

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Freeholder John Curley hires high powered attorney

Freeholder John P. Curley

Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley has hired Angelo Genova, Co-founding partner and Chairman of the powerful law firm GenovaBurns, to represent him in an unspecified matter that Curley apparently wants to keep from becoming public.

Genova sent MMM publisher Art Gallagher the following email at 8:21 p.m. on November 9, 2017: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 10 Comments »

Republicans send Trump a message: Hands off N.J.’s big military base

WASHINGTON — Funding for KC-46A refueling tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst would speed up and President Donald Trump would be barred from beginning a new round of base closings under legislation setting defense policy for the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2018. The $692 billion National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill setting Congress’ defense policies,… Read the rest of this entry »

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Tony Perry Sworn In As Middletown Township Committeeman

Tony Perry, 27, was unanimously selected by the Middletown Township Committee to fill the vacancy created by Stephen Massell’s resignation as the first order of business of the Committee’s meeting last night at Town Hall.

Senator Joe Kyrillos issued the Oath of Office to the millennial Committeeman as his wife, Allanah held the Bible, and his parents, Scott and Colleen, stood with support and pride. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

High blood pressure is redefined as 130, not 140: US guidelines

High blood pressure was redefined Monday by the American Heart Association, which said the disease should be treated sooner, when it reaches 130/80, not the previous limit of 140/90. “High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for… Read the rest of this entry »

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Senator Sam Thompson invited to White House conference on State & Local Government Tax Reform

Senator Sam Thompson (R-LD12) has been invited to the White House.

The senator from Old Bridge who has been hailed as a leader in the fight for tax reform by Americans for Prosperity and the National Federal of Small Businesses, will attend a White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs discussion on State and Local Government Tax Reform and Economic Competitiveness on Thursday afternoon, November 16, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by MMM. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Can Gov.-Elect Murphy Make a Go of His Public Bank?

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy often told a story on the campaign trail about how, as a relative newcomer to statewide politics, few people in New Jersey had even heard of him before he jumped into this year’s governor’s race. After his victory last week, the same could be said about one of Murphy’s core fiscal-policy proposals -… Read the rest of this entry »

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Ivanka Trump coming to Jersey Shore to discuss GOP’s tax plan

BERKELEY — Ivanka Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to discuss the Republican tax reform plan in New Jersey. They’ll join Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur at the invitation-only event at the Bayville Fire Hall in Ocean County on Monday. Trump has been promoting the plan at appearances throughout the country. 9 big questions about… Read the rest of this entry »

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Things to do in Monmouth County on Sunday November 12 instead of watching football

  • Veterans Fundraiser at Woody’s Roadside (Farmingdale)-MORE INFO
  • The Importance of Being Earnest at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Seussical at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • AHYC Art Show & Sale (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Shore Restaurant Week (Monmouth County) – MORE INFO
  • “Hair” at Monmouth University (West Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Our Town at Navesink Arts Center (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • Mutual Philanthropy by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Picnic by Center Players (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Visit with Santa at Monmouth Mall (Eatontown) – MORE INFO

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