Happy New Year MMM readers! 2014 has been a great year so far!
Here’s what we expect in the year ahead.
Senator Cory Booker will narrowly defeat Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick in the U.S. Senate election. Bramnick will be the instant front runner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in the 2016 special election.
Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik will be a speaker at numerous Democratic Clubs throughout New Jersey and will establish himself as a major fundraiser for Democratic candidates on the municipal and county levels. Hornik will proclaim that the only thing he is running for is reelection as Marlboro’s mayor in 2015.
The 11 incumbent New Jersey Congressmen running for reelection will win. The Republican nominee in the third congressional district seat currently held by Congressman Jon Runyon, who is not seeking a third term, will be elected. Tommy DeSeno will write a column complaining about gerrymandered districts.
Senate President Steve Sweeney will keep picking on Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr.
Governor Chris Christie will have more public appearances in Iowa, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, combined, than he will have Town Hall Meetings in New Jersey.
Anna Little will seek the Republican nomination for Congress in the 6th district, hoping for a third shot at Congressman Frank Pallone. Little will lose at the Monmouth and Middlesex nominating conventions and wage a primary. The Bayshore Tea Party Group will sit out the 6th district primary, citing their commitment to Dr. Alieta Eck’s campaign in the 12th district. Eck will be unopposed for the 12th district nomination to take on Congressman Rush Holt.
Howell Councilman Bob Walsh will campaign for a Monmouth County Freeholder nomination, but withdraw his candidacy prior to the Republican nominating convention. Freeholders Lillian Burry and Gary Rich will be nominated for reelection by acclamation.
Larry Luttrell and Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo will be the Democratic nominees for Monmouth County Freeholder. The Democrats will once again attempt to make the Andrew Lucas farm deal and “Club Monmouth” the major issue of the campaign. Luttrell and Grillo will find that Burry and Rich are not as reticent about counter-punching against negative attacks as the 2013 Republican team, Sheriff Shaun Golden and Freeholders Tom Arnone and Serena DiMaso were last year.
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty will shave his beard and be reelected.
Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich, who came in last in the 11th Legislative District Assembly race last year, will challenge Mayor Pat Menna rather than seek reelection to the council. Menna will avoid a primary and run for reelection either as an Republican or as an Independent supported by both Democrats and Republicans.
John Moor will be elected Mayor of Asbury Park. triCityNews publisher Dan Jacobson will take credit for Moor’s victory.
Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider will be reelected for a seventh term.
The Asbury Park Press will endorse Booker for U.S. Senate and Democrats Luttrell and Grillo for Monmouth County Freeholders.
What do you think will happen?