Monmouth Tea Party Coalition President Frank Cotton announced via email tonight that he has collected 42 petition signatures for the U. S. Senate candidacy of potential Constitution Party candidate Marilynn English. Cotton asked that 50 people of his group step up t0 collect 30 signatures each.
English, of Verona in Essex County, is a licensed mortage banker. She was formerly employed by JP Morgan as an Assistant Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions.
English told MMM that she was approached by leaders of the Constitution Party to run for U.S. Senate two weeks ago. To her knowledge she has 100 signatures. 800 valid signatures are required for an third party candidate to get onto the general election ballot. Petitions are due with the Secretary of State on Tuesday, June 5 at 4PM.
She ran for Essex County Executive in 2010 as an Independent Democrat and for Essex County Freeholder at Large in 2011, also as an Independent Democrat.
English is a member of the Verona Rent Control Board and a former member of Verona’s Budget Review Committee.
As part of a fundraising email sent this evening, former Highlands Mayor Anna Little issued the following statement in response to today’s news about the lawsuit that accuses her of failing to perform the work she was hired to do and advising her client to pay undocumented workers in cash:
“Every citizen has the right to seek legal redress if they believe they have been wronged. The other party also has the right to defend themselves, and be judged by a judge or a jury of their peers. The pending legal action is an allegation. There is no final money judgement (sic) in the matter. It has just come to my attention that Default has been entered, a technicality which occurs when one party doesn’t answer on time. I have filed an Answer and have sought legal counsel to defend me. I intend to seek to vacate default, defend myself, and make motion for the complaint to be dismissed as we deem appropriate after thorough review of the matter.”
The subject/title of the email was,”What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…”
Freeholder Director John Curley told MMM that he does not support either former Senate President John Bennett or State Committeewoman Christine Hanlon becoming the next chair of the Monmouth County Republican Committee.
“If I had a vote I wouldn’t vote for either one of them,” said Curley, “The chair should not be someone who is hussling for government contracts.”
Governor Chris Christie will hold a press conference at 4:30 this afternoon. It is expected that he will be addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee’s rejection of Bruce Harris’s nomination to the State Supreme Court.
A New Jersey small business that hired Anna Little to assist its immigrant employees in obtaining legal work status has charged the congressional candidate with failure to perform the work she was hired to do and with advising the company to pay the undocumented workers in cash.
In a lawsuit filed in May of 2010, Gerard and Dawn Ferrante and their company, American Brickface and Stucco Co, Inc., claim that they hired Little to provide legal services to their undocumented workers. Little failed to perform the work “quickly and promptly” as she promised and then advised her client to pay the illegal workers in cash, resulting in massive penalties from the IRS and other legal problems for the Ferrantes and their company.
A default* has been entered against Little’s firm.
“13. Little led Ferrante to believe that the process to obtain legal residence status for the laborer employees would be accomplished quickly and promptly. As the employees did not have Social Security numbers or Tax Identification numbers, Little advised Ferrante to pay the laborer employees in cash.
14. The process of obtaining legal residence status for the laborer employee’s dragged on for years, with Little continually assuring Ferrante that she was diligently pursuing obtaining legal residence status for the employee.
16. Little knew or should have known that the advice to Ferrante and American Brickface to pay the employee laborers in cash subjected Gerard Ferrante and American Brickface to civil and criminal liability. Little failed to advice or warns Gerard Ferrane of the risks associated with paying the employee laborers in cash.”
“Unfortunately for the Middlesex Republican Party and Little supporters, this information was not released sooner. Former Freeholder, Mayor and attorney who touts herself as a “TEA Party Conservative” is encouraging business owners to pay illegal workers in cash. This is a despicable act on Mrs. Little part as a so-called conservative and attorney.” Ernesto Cullari stated.
“Not only are her actions illegal and completely unethical, but they are exactly what conservatives fight against every day. So many of our own Americans have been out of work and this is the advice she gives her clients? If Anna C. Little, Esq was unable to fulfill her duties as an attorney then the right thing to do would have been to hand her case to someone else; certainly not advise her clients to break the law to accommodate her needs.” CEO, Cullari for Congress, Kelly Ann Hart said.
Assemblyman Rob Clifton will join Senators Joe Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck, and his Assembly colleagues Mary Pat Angelini, Amy Handlin, and Dave Rible in endorsing GOP State Committeewoman Christine Hanlon as the next Monmouth County GOP Chair.
A formal announcement is expected later today or tomorrow.
Clifton’s endorsement will give Hanlon the formal support of 6 of the 9 member of the Monmouth County Legislative Delegation. Assembly members Sean Kean, Declan O’Scanlon and Caroline Casagrande have yet to express a preference for either Hanlon or her opponent, former Senate President John Bennett.
Distressed that their endorsement of Ron Paul for the GOP presidential nomination was not the effective “political statement to the GOP elite” that they had hoped for, two Monmouth County Tea Party groups are in discussions to support a third party candidate entering the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez and presumptive GOP nominee Joe Kyrillos, according to a source familiar with meeting between the Bayshore Tea Party Group and the Monmouth County Tea Party Coalition on Tuesday evening.
The Tea Party groups, who have endorsed Badar Qarmout in the GOP primary against Kyrillios, would have to collect 800 valid petition signatures and file the petition with the New Jersey Secretary of State before 4PM on Tuesday, June 5 in order to get their candidate on the general election ballot.
A woman from the Two Rivers area of Monmouth County is said to be the desired candidate of the Tea Party Groups.
Amazon Making Plans to Open Two New Jersey Facilities, Expected to Create Thousands of Jobs, Including 1,500 Permanent Jobs
Trenton, NJ – Joined by company representatives, Governor Chris Christie announced today the beginning of a long-term partnership with global e-commerce leader Amazon.com starting with the company’s plans to begin construction on two state-of-the-art fulfillment distribution center facilities in the state in 2013. Today’s announcement establishes a future partnership committed to growing New Jersey’s economy and creating quality jobs. These distribution facilities are expected to result in at least $130 million in capital investment, along with the expected creation of several thousand quality jobs for our families, including plans for over 1,500 full-time jobs, as well as thousands of full-time temporary, seasonal and construction jobs. The investment commitment is contingent on the receipt of economic development incentives that make such investment economically viable for both the State of New Jersey and the company.
“In yet another positive sign in our state’s economic and job growth, I’m pleased Amazon is committed to helping New Jersey grow and create quality jobs,” said Governor Christie. “After months of hard work and collaboration, Amazon has joined the long list of companies that recognize New Jersey’s economic and business climate is improving. We’ve created an atmosphere of job creation, growth and investment, which is why we have taken another important step toward placing quality, good-paying job opportunities within reach of our families.”
Separately, Governor Christie also announced today that, working together, the Administration and Amazon have reached an agreement that provides certainty with regard to Amazon’s obligation to collect sales tax on purchases by New Jersey consumers. This agreement culminated after months of hard work and cooperation among Amazon staff, the Governor’s Office, the Treasury Department’s Division of Taxation, and legislative staff.
According to the agreement between the New Jersey Division of Taxation and Amazon, the company will voluntarily begin to collect and remit New Jersey sales tax by July 1, 2013, or as of the effective date of federal legislation concerning state sales tax collection from out-of-state retailers, whichever is earlier. This means New Jerseyans will no longer have the required responsibility of tracking and reporting use tax owed on their online purchases from Amazon, and the State will receive the sales tax it is due to fund programs and services for its residents.
The Christie Administration continues to take action on an aggressive, pro-growth agenda to prioritize job creation and economic growth for New Jersey families. Governor Christie secured passage of $2.35 billion in targeted, job-creating business tax cuts beginning in the current budget and has worked to secure New Jersey as the home for business investment and growth from companies of all sizes, including household names like Panasonic, Honeywell, BASF, Church and Dwight, Coca Cola and Bayer.
Since taking office, New Jersey has seen the creation of over 71,000 private sector jobs and experienced the best year of private sector job growth of the last decade in 2011.