2012 Year in review: October and November

Hurricane Sandy

Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States

 

 

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2012 Year in review: September

MMM discovered irrefutable proof that the War on Women is real.

The leadership of the New Jersey Democratic Party was relegated to the nose bleed seats at the Democratic National Convention.

The Democratic National Convention adopted a platform that omitted the party’s traditional support of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and its recognition of God as the source of American values.  The following day the convention chair ruled that 2/3 of the convention delegates voted to approve an amendment to the platform that reversed omissions, despite the fact that the measure obviously did not pass the voice vote by a 2/3 majority.

On the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attack on America that killed 3000 people our country’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by Islamic terrorists.  Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information office, and former Navy Seals Tyrone A. Woods and Glen A. Doherty were killed.  President Obama and his admimistration falsely blamed the attack on a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Islam video.

The Monmouth County Republican Committee held a convention to adopt by-laws.  The by-laws have not yet been posted on the GOP website, but you can find them here.

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2012 Year in review: August

tumblr_m9f3flQSad1rc7ndoo1_1280Mitt Romney selected Congressman Paul Ryan as the GOP VP nominee.  Governor Chris Christie gave the Keynote address at the Republican National Convention.

California Governor Jerry Brown challenged Christie to a push up and pull up contest.

Christine O’Donnell came to Hazlet for an Anna Little fundraiser.

Sister Elizabeth Garvey, the Executive Director of the Bayshore Senior Center passed away.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away.

Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of people dined at Chick-fil-A as an expression of support to the company’s CEO’s right to express his family values without fear of government retribution.

 

 

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2012 Year in review: July

Judge Michael Guadagno was elevated to the State Court Appellate Division.

Governor Chris Christie had a confrontation with a passerby on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk.

The Bayshore Tea Party Group issued a statement saying that they expected every Republican to face a primary in future elections.

Joe Caliendo stepped down as Middletown Democratic Chairman.

Former Brookdale College President Peter Burnham pled guilty to theft by deception and official misconduct.

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in a law suit brought by a Superior Court Judge that Judges don’t have to abide by the pension and benefit reforms sign into law by Governor Christie in 2011.  State Senator Sam Thompson concluded that the Supremes’ ruling meant that all New Jersey Judges have been under-contributing to the pension system since 1982.  Thompson asked the Treasury Department to collect the shortages for all retired and current Judges.  They didn’t.

At a campaign appearance in Roanoke, Virginia President Obama proposed $1.2 trillion in spending cuts from government programs that don’t work and declared told business owners  “You didn’t build that.”

Beaches in Loch Arbour and Spring Lake were closed due to an invasion of stingrays.

 

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2012 Year in review: June

Anna Little won the GOP primary for Congress in the 6th Congressional District and filed her FEC reports as a candidate for U.S. Senate.

In a prelude to the Democratic Chairman’s race, Democratic nominee for Freeholder William Shea lost county committee race.  Shea and his running mates, Kevin Lavan for Freeholder and Michael Steinhorn for County Clerk, were prominent supporters of Marlboro Council President Frank LaRocca in the Democratic Chairman’s race.

Vin Gopal defeated LaRocca to become Monmouth County Democratic Chairman. The 27 year old businessman and former candidate for Assembly in the 11th Legislative District won with 73% of the votes.

After a hard fought campaign, former State Senator John Bennett defeated State GOP Committeewoman Christine Hanlon for the Monmouth County GOP Chairmanship by 3 votes of the 615 cast.

Middletown’s Democratic Township Committee Candidate, Linda Baum suggested introducing a LGBT curriculum into Middletown’s schools.

Asbury Park GOP Committee Chairwoman Louise Murray asked the city council to start enforcing a decades old ordinance that prohibits beach wear on the boardwalk.  They didn’t.

A mystery illness that was never discovered caused the Monmouth County Courthouse to close for over a week.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw was nominated to the Superior Court by Governor Christie.  His nomination was confirmed by the State Senate before the end of the month.

Christopher Gramiccioni was nominated to replace Warshaw and was named Acting Prosecutor.  Like so many other of Christie’s nominations, the State Senate has yet to act on Gramiccioni’s nomination.

The Supreme Court of the United States declared that ObamaCare is a tax and that it is constitutional.

Photo credit: Tony Fiore

New Jersey American Water Company had a major infrastructure failure at its Swimming River Water Treatment Plant due to unrepaired damage from the August 2011 Hurricane Irene.  Over 55,000 Monmouth County residents experienced water shortages and rationing as the summer season started.

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Congressman Chris Smith calls on his colleagues to pass Sandy Relief Bill

Congressman Chris Smith and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden prior to surveying Hurricane Sandy damage

The $60.4 billion dollar appropriation to fund the rebuilding of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut passed in the U.S. Senate last night by a vote of 62-32.

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ 4), representing parts of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, is calling on his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass the aid package without delay before the 112th Congress adjourns on Monday.

“The House now has before it legislation that will provide critical federal support to help ease and mitigate the severe hardship on people, communities and businesses decimated by Superstorm Sandy,” said Smith, “There is no doubt that this storm created unprecedented emergencies and devastation and should be treated as such— with no delays, no budget offsets. Immediate federal assistance, resources, and mitigation planning is needed to help restore some normalcy and hope into the lives of the victims of Superstorm Sandy and start the rebuilding process.”

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More Year End Awards

The “If it lasts more than four hours, call you doctor award” goes to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez for his antics in the Dominican Republic and for regularly keeping his Washington, DC neighbors up all night.

The “Three monkeys award” goes to the New Jersey press corps for their coverage of Bob Menendez and Lisa Jackson.

The “They’re all made of ticky tacky and they all look the same” award goes to Newark Mayor Cory Booker for backing down from his candid comment on Meet the Press that he found the negative political ads deployed “by both sides” nauseating.

The “Rahm Emanuel Never Waste A Good Crisis Award” goes to Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Mike Doherty for their political courage in proposing that funding for rebuilding the Jersey Shore post-Super Storm Sandy be contingent on the elimination of beach badge sales to pay for beach safety and maintenance.  Sweeney gets the bonus Kitten, kitten , kitten award for his unwillingness to discuss his proposal with anyone other than stenographers and the Asbury Park Press Editorial Board.

The “Cory Booker Profile In Grandstanding Award” goes to Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik for his multiple TV appearances promoting his community’s Cops in Schools program.

 

 

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Putting A Little English On It: Year End Awards By Bob English

The John Connally Most Money Spent For The Fewest Results Award (named after former Texas Governor John Connally   who spent $11 million in seeking the Republican 1980 Presidential nomination   only to win only one delegate goes to: Rick Perry.  Perry raised almost $20 million however despite climbing to the top of the polls when he first entered the race, his campaign soon turned into a total flop after numerous mis-statements and debate performances that were so poor that some questioned his physical and mental stability.

The Not Crazy Enough For A Republican Debate Audience also goes to Rick Perry who was booed at a Republican   Presidential debate over a compassionate Texas law that gives in-state college tuition to children of illegal immigrants.

The Tell The Sheep What They Want to Hear Award goes to Dick Morris with his ridiculous predictions of a Romney landside, made when the Romney campaign was falling   apart.  He later said he felt it his “duty” to offer this   thoughts.  So much for his secret  poll!!!

 

The Too Crazy For Even Fox News Award goes to Karl Rove for his election night meltdown when he questions Fox News calling the state of Ohio and the election for the President.  FYI, the President   won the state comfortable by a margin of 3% or roughly 160,000 votes.
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Marlboro Mayor’s Moxy

By Matt Rooney, cross-posted at SaveJersey.com

Marlboro’s Mayor Jon Hornik is standing by the community’s decision to introduce an armed presence into its schools, Save Jerseyans.

I admire this guy’s moxy!

Our Governor and other like-minded pols are opposed to turning schools into ”armed camps,” but I wholeheartedly disagree with their premise. It’s an logical leap, particularly when so many of our high schools already have a regular police presence. The fact also remains that there seems to be little or no political will on either side of the aisle to address the real problem: an over-medicated, under-parented generation whose less stable members are shielded from meaningful psychiatric action by asinine post-deinstitutionalization laws and administrative regulations.

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Posted: December 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Connecticut Murders, Marlboro, Sandy Hook Elementary School | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

NJ Media Whitewash For Lisa Jackson

United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation yesterday.  Jackson was Governor Jon Corzine’s Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner and briefly his chief of staff before joining the Obama Administration.

The Asbury Park Press’s coverage of Jackson’s resignation is more glowing than an obituary.  Both the APP and the Star Ledger used the news to fuel speculation that Jackson could be a candidate for governor of New Jersey or the next president of Princeton University.

Neither of New Jersey’s two largest media outlets bothered to mention the recent scandal surrounding Jackson.

Jackson is being investigated by at least two congressional committees and her own agency’s inspector general.  The Justice Department just agreed, as the result of a law suit filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to release 12,000 emails from an alias account that Jackson used to conduct the government’s business under the name “Richard Winslow.”

Even anti-corruption crusader and champion of transparency, Bob Ingle, co-author of The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption, failed to mention Jackson’s use of an email alias while conducting the government’s business as a cabinet level official of the Obama Administration.

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