NBC: No Christie link found in Bridgegate probe

NBC News is quoting anonymous sources stating that the federal investigation into Governor Chris Christie into the George Washington Bridge lane closures last year have found no evidence that the Governor had any involvement in or knowledge of the stunt.

Former federal prosecutor Robert W. Ray said that at this point it is unlikely that Christie will be implicated.

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , | 6 Comments »

Lucas Found Guilty

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Andrew Lucas

Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas has been convicted of all the charges against him by a federal jury in Trenton, according to a report in The Asbury Park Press.

The jury deliberated for three hours after a two week trial before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson.

Lucas, 37, is scheduled to be sentenced to federal prison on January 20, 2015.  He remains released on $500,000 bail, subject to home confinement and electronic monitoring, according to Matthew Reilly, Deputy Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Lucas could face over 60 years in prison for his wire fraud, making an illegal monetary transaction, loan application fraud, making false statements to the Internal Revenue Service, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation convictions.

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

The Monmouth Dems Finally Have An Idea

Democratic Mayors Pan Their Freeholder Candidates’ Call For A County Ethics Board

By Art Gallagher

Democratic Freeholder Candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo with Congressman Frank Pallone and campaign volunteers

Democratic Freeholder Candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo with Congressman Frank Pallone and campaign volunteers

The Monmouth County Democrats have finally put forth a proposal to improve County Government.

It is not a new idea. It is not even a good idea. But at least they have put forth an idea for debate instead of spreading the lies and baseless character assassinations that have comprised their campaign so far this year.

Their campaign had been wholly negative; primarily baseless character attacks on Freeholder Director Lillian Burry.  They lied and said Burry hired an unqualified campaign worker for a mental health position.  Even after their lawsuit alleging that Burry had a conflict of interest over the Andrew Lucas farmland preservation deal was thrown out of court, they continue to beat that drum.  The GOP controlled Freeholder Board has cleaned house at Brookdale Community College since former President Peter Burnham was caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Yet the Democrats have been blaming Burry for Burnham’s transgressions.

Democratic candidate Joe Grillo told The Asbury Park Press that he wants to reinstate a County Ethics Board.   I know I’m being generous by saying this is a proposal to improve County Government instead of calling it an excuse to keep talking about the baseless allegations they are making about Burry.  But what the heck.  MMM is fair and biased. Let’s play along and debunk the idea on its merits.

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, September 19-21, 2014

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By Greg Kelly

 

Monmouth County Post CardFriday, September 19

  • Monmouth County Job Fair (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Count Basie 365: Chuck Lambert (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Natural Horsemanship Demonstration (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • Comedy Night & Mini-Gift Auction (Ocean Twp) – MORE INFO
  • Dinner with the Boys at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFOheaderblues
  • The Sound of Music at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • The School for Wives at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Gary Puckett, Tommy James & The Shondells at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • Work: A Series of One Act Plays at The Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO
  • End of Summer Night Hike (Freehold Twp) – MORE INFO
  • Lantern-Lit Seining at Sandy Hook Bay – MORE INFO
  • I Ought To Be In Pictures at First Ave Playhouse (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO

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Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie’s Office: Separation of powers prevents Governor from intervening in Shaneen Allen case

Shaneen Allen and her sons Niare and Sincere

Shaneen Allen and her sons Niare and Sincere

Governor Chris Christie’s office responded to a constituent who had written in support of Shaneen Allen with a phone call stating that the separation of powers prevents the Governor from intervening in the Atlantic County prosecution.

Allen is a 27 year old single mother who is facing a possible 10 years in State Prison for bringing her Pennsylvania licensed handgun into New Jersey.  She is being prosecuted by Atlantic County Prosecutor James McClain, a Christie appointee.  McClain refused to allow Allen to enter the same Pre-Trial Intervention Program for first offenders that former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice was admitted to after he knocked out his then fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator last February.

Last week, McClain requested a three week adjournment in the case.  This was seen as a sign by Allen’s supporters that McClain is reconsidering his decision to prosecute due to the public outcry since the video of Rice beating his fiancee became public.

In the call from Christie’s office this afternoon to James Hogan of Howell Township, a young sounding man left a message stating that he was calling from the Governor’s office. Hogan forwarded the message to MMM:

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Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Chris Christie, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News, NJ Constitution, Shaneen Allen | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Democrats Push Polling in Monmouth County

Professional pollsters call the tactic “unethical” and “fraudulent”

Senator Cory Booker and freeholder candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo have deployed a campaign tactic dubbed "unethical" and "fraudulent" by the American Association of Public Opinion Research

Senator Cory Booker and freeholder candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo have deployed a campaign tactic dubbed “unethical” and “fraudulent” by the American Association of Public Opinion Research. photo via facebook

The Democratic Party is deploying a controversial campaign tactic known as “Push Polling” in Monmouth County on behalf of Senator Cory Booker and their county freeholder candidates. MMM has received reports of such calls being delivered to unsuspecting voters in Shrewsbury, Neptune and Manalapan.

The automated calls, which do not disclose who they are being made on behalf of or who is paying for them, purport to be opinion surveys. If the voter responds that they favor Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell rather than Booker, they are subject to a series of “If you knew” questions that distort Bell’s record and lie about his positions.

If the voter responds that they intend to vote for Monmouth County Freeholders Lillian Burry and Gary Rich for reelection, the are subject to “If you knew” questions that accuse the incumbents of unethical hiring practices, dirty dealing on Open Space acquisitions and criticizing the length of their public service in various municipal and county offices.

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Posted: September 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cory Booker, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Christie Nominates New President of BPU, Two Other Commissioners

Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Richard Mroz is Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee for the top spot at the state’s Board of Public Utilities. Gov. Chris Christie yesterday announced three nominations to the agency, which helps determine how much customers pay on their utility bills. He also announced a surprise but well-received nomination of Jamie Fox, a Democrat,…

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Posted: September 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

State Wants Sewer Plants to Plan for 500-Year Storms, Extended Outages

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Posted: September 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, DEP, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, News, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Analysis: Facing Budget Problems, Christie Plays Tax Amnesty Card

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Amnesty, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Economy, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Profile: Weathering the Storm — Sea Bright and Its Volunteer Mayor

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Dina Long, Sea Bright | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

What to Expect When You’re Expecting… iOS 8

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: News, technology | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Beware of scammers claiming to be from the IRS

monmouth-county-prosecutors-office-sealPhone scammers are targeting local residents with aggressive phone calls claiming that they are from the IRS and threatening jail if the residents don’t pay immediately, according to a statement by the the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

The callers take various approaches to extort money by either demanding that funds be paid immediately or in some cases saying that there is a refund due. Whichever tactic the caller uses, the objective is to trick unsuspecting resident to give over private information.

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Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, IRS, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »