2014 Predictions

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?

Posted: January 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments »

19 Comments on “2014 Predictions”

  1. What Do I think? said at 12:30 pm on January 1st, 2014:

    I believe the BSTP will get revived with a Pallone/Little congressional race. Yes, Art like you, I believe she will try one more time knowing Pallone is at his most vulnerable with his supportive and silly statements regarding Obamacare.

    No doubt Hornik is seeking higher office.

    The Governor: He will be revving up the speed for his presidential aspirations–only problem: GWB bridge gate is going to open a can of worms at the most inappropriate time.

    What negative attacks were done against Arnone, Dimasi and Golden?

    Luttrell: I think he has the best shot at Freeholder.

  2. Lots of personal attacks said at 1:52 pm on January 1st, 2014:

    will unfortunately continue to be the norm, rather than Democrats offering records of actual community service, and promoting any positive, cost- effective ideas,at any level.. hoping for a strong challenger to Pallone, who may finally be unraveling, due to his wild support of the wreck that will continue to be Nobamacare.. hear he is frantically calling around to bolster back up his normally formidable campaign war chest..hoping at county level,there is good opposition research on people like Luttrell: it’s a big, important county, with a lot of good management to protect: newcomers with no experience,or sense of Monmouth’s history and successes, are dangerous to bring in, simply on inflammatory, decisive gossip and innuendoes.. Should be a good year for the GOP, IF they stand for something, act like a team,and present their credentials in simple, positive ways..

  3. Art Gallagher said at 7:32 pm on January 1st, 2014:

    @ What Do I think?

    If you missed the negative campaigning by Luttrell and Brian Froelich, in 2013, just as well. An indication of how inept their campaign was.

    No need to rehash their bs that didn’t work anyway.

  4. Christie and Bridgegate...I don't know... said at 9:51 pm on January 1st, 2014:

    I just keep believing that GWB Bridgegate and the appointment of Debbie Grammacioni is going to hurt CC. Like you said in a previous comment, the Grammacioni’s are the new power couple of the county.

    http://middleclassjoe.com/2013/12/13/friends-of-chrsitie-continues-to-grow-at-the-port-authority-and-monmouth-co/

  5. Art Gallagher said at 10:22 pm on January 1st, 2014:

    We’ll see about that, Joe.

    I don’t think GWB Bridgegate has hurt Christie politically one iota. The next Monmouth or Quinnipiac poll will tell us if it has.

    The Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton media are coming after Christie no matter what. He’s going to come out of this controversy clean and maybe looking even better than he did before the bruhaha.

    If anyone can shake things up and clean up the Port Authority, it is one of Christie’s prosecutors. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Gov gets to take bows for major reforms, and cost reductions, made at the bi-state agency as a result of Gramiccioni’s appointment.

    To this day, Christie’s appointment of Baroni as Deputy Director of Port Authority in 2010 puzzles me. A smart lawyer and, until the appointment, a career politician, Baroni had no executive experience prior to getting the job. Taking Baroni out of the State Senate pretty much assured his seat would be taken over by the Democrats, which it was.

    Once considered a viable candidate for U.S. Senate, Barnoni’s political future takes a big hit from the Bridgegate controversy.

    As I’m writing this, I realize I should have included Baroni on the losers list.

    His future, assuming there are no criminal charges as a result of Bridgegate, is probably that of a lobbyist or a member of the first Christie Administration in Washington.

  6. trouble in marlboro said at 8:19 am on January 2nd, 2014:

    johnny hornick is a problem for not only marlboro, but the county in general. the leadership of the repub, party should have taken his knees out this last election, by getting rid of the three bobble heads, rubber stamp votes, that only won by 300 votes. we could have crippled him. but now he just changed the local ord. so he can get more money, campaign contibutions, from businesses that work for the town. good luck repub, leadership, you will be spending huge amounts of money in the future to stop this run away, law firm that presently runs the town in marlboro

  7. @ Trouble in Marlboro said at 9:20 am on January 2nd, 2014:

    The Repubs had their many chances to instill change—they screwed up. Marlboro had a corrupt mayor (Scannapieco) that forever changed the landscape and tax structure of the town–and the repubs marched in lockstep. Then they had another repub to succeed Scannapieco (Klineberg), who ruled the kingdom via fear and terror–and like little ducks following mama, the repubs marched in lockstep.

    How this once bastion of republicanism turned Democrat should not be surprising. Now Jonny boy has changed the Pay to Play ordinance to mirror that of the County and state and your crying??? Give me a break.

    That town’s Republican “leadership” should be gutted. As they say, the fish stinks from the head.

  8. Sir Ed said at 12:02 pm on January 2nd, 2014:

    The following will happen in 2014:

    1) Charles Measley and Russell Cote will take over the BSTP, revive it, and engineer a defeat of Frank Pallone

    2) Barbara Gonzalez will legally change her name to Sarah Palin

    3) Ed Zipprich will leave his partner and marry Vin Gopal and his dog.

  9. bill said at 12:26 pm on January 2nd, 2014:

    @SIR ed- What a ASSHOLE you are.

  10. trouble in marlboro said at 2:46 pm on January 2nd, 2014:

    @trouble in marlboro, you sound like a lawyeer in the firm covering for johnny. the has used up over 25.8 million dollars since he took office, between tax increases (4.3 percent this yr alone) the taking over of the water auth, surplus, ( left by klienburg) borrowed form school district, and excess capital borrowing. and has continually feed the lawyers and enngineers of the town, (case in point, gave the discraced law firm of decotis 1 million dollars for chancing the name on the bonds for the water auth) no wonder he gets tens of thousands of dollars wheeled in for bergen and middlesex counties, so that he can build his lay firm and keep getting elected with all that money. but he’s run out of money, so lets see if he sells the water auth, or gets out of town before the shell game catches up with him

  11. @ bill said at 6:42 pm on January 2nd, 2014:

    Now THERE’S the bill we know, a liberal hater with foul language as well.

  12. Bill said at 6:48 pm on January 2nd, 2014:

    Love you phony people who don’t use your names and talk BS. Like sir ed but that’s ok with you R ut

  13. @Troubled in Marlboro said at 7:43 pm on January 2nd, 2014:

    Nope…no lawyer here. Just a disgusted Republican. It’s a shame what the local Republican leadership did in Marlboro–they handed the reigns of discontent and disgust to the Democrats. Ever since Alfieri left as local Republican chair, it’s been downhill since.

    From what I understand, Bennett wants much needed change in Marlboro. For the second largest town after Middletown, Marlboro has been sorely missed with its large population and influence in county and state decisions. The only problem is, most registered Repubs voted democratic in the last several elections.

    Your key points failed to influence the majority of the electorate. Like said before: the fish stinks from the head.

  14. @Bill said at 10:30 pm on January 2nd, 2014:

    Who’s the phoney hypocrite?

    My guess is that would be you since you don’t use YOUR full name. You just can’t answer a question directly, can you?

    Who cares what a hypocrite liberal says?

    Please just go away.

  15. Brennan Huff said at 11:55 pm on January 2nd, 2014:

    @Bill: What’s up buddy, long time no speak! Would have sent a Christmas card but, alas, you post anonymously.

    Remember when you promised over and over that Babsy Buono would win the gubernatorial race? Let’s go back to that. Did you really believe that or were you just trolling us?

  16. Trouble in Marlboro said at 6:48 am on January 3rd, 2014:

    Then you must be one of the cowards, like Mazzola and cantor, who both switched parties, because they where lazy and saw the easy way out. Johnny would get all the money wheeled in and they could ride his coat tails. If they really believed, and you, you could have rolled up your shelves and chanced the party and the leadership, they where already elected. But now they get to feel important and get those free health bene s of the tax payers, all the while helping the dem machine ruin the American way of life. I for one cannot be bought for health bene s of any price, to hurt my nation. Keep sucking up to holt, Palone, and the decotis group, god help us all with all you weak minded sheep

  17. Trouble in Marlboro said at 9:11 am on January 3rd, 2014:

    I was out snow blowing and thought about the coward statement, I mean it as politically cowardice, not in the serving of ones country, I have the upmost respect of those that wear our countries uniform, even though I have not. Just wanted to clarify .

  18. @Bill Blowhard said at 11:58 am on January 4th, 2014:

    STILL waiting for that last name buddy.

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