Bridgegate Gets Dirtier: Air-Quality Monitor Was Offline During Traffic Jam

Bridgegate Gets Dirtier: Air-Quality Monitor Was Offline During Traffic Jam (via NJSpotlight)

Amid all the investigations into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last fall, yet another inquiry has been launched by a federal agency into what happened and why. But this investigation has nothing to do with who ordered the shutdown…

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Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

The race for Senate: Republican assemblyman declines to run

The race for Senate: Republican assemblyman declines to run (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli said today that he has decided not to run for U.S. Senate, leaving the Republican Party with no elected officials who want to challenge the Democratic incumbent, Cory Booker. Ciattarelli, who briefly considered…

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Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races | Tags: , , | 12 Comments »

Housing group: NJ won’t release integrity monitor reports on Sandy contracts

Housing group: NJ won’t release integrity monitor reports on Sandy contracts (via NJ.com)

A housing advocate group today said New Jersey has declined to release integrity oversight monitor reports on Hurricane Sandy contracts that are required by a state law passed last spring but state officials have contended those reports aren’t yet…

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Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Fair Share Housing Center, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

2 NJ lawmakers urge corruption probe of Newark watershed agency

2 NJ lawmakers urge corruption probe of Newark watershed agency (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — Two state senators today called on the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal to turn its attention to Newark, where they said tax dollars have been wasted for years amid malfeasance and incompetence. State…

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Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 U.S. Senate race, Cory Booker, Newark | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Pelosi endorses Pallone’s opponent for leadership spot

Pallone njtv senate debateHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has passed over Congressman Frank Pallone and thrown her support to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of California in the internal Democratic caucus campaign to select the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to a report at TheHill.com.

Eshoo, who has served two terms in the House less than Pallone, is currently the fifth ranking Democrat on the committee.  Pallone is the third ranking Democrat, behind Chairman Henry Waxman and John Dingell.  Both Waxman and Dingell are retiring at the end of the 113th Congress.

In a letter to House Democrats, Pelosi said she’d intended to steer clear of making a public endorsement, “but since so many of you have asked, I am writing to let you know why I support Anna.”

“Anna’s leadership is marked by integrity, inclusiveness and bipartisanship, critical qualities in a committee leader,” Pelosi wrote. “She advocates in the committee and in the House for healthcare, consumer protections, the environment and access to technology and issues related to women and children.

“Anna’s leadership, vision, values and progressive commitment to the future gives us the opportunity to newly invigorate the debate,” Pelosi added.

Since being sworn into Congress in 1987, six bills that Pallone has sponsored have become law. One of the bills was to name the post office on Route 35 in Middletown. Does anyone know the name of that post office?

Eshoo has sponsored 234 bills that have become law.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races, Frank Pallone | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

Bob Walsh: “The Monmouth GOP’s Brand Is Tarnished”

Howell Councilman Bob Walsh, second from left, and Freeholder Gary Rich, right, are set to compete for a 2014 GOP nomination.  Andrew Lucas, left, then a Manalapan Committeeman and Wall Township Committeeman George Newberry, between Walsh and Rich. Photo from 2011 Freeholder nomination race.

Howell Councilman Bob Walsh, second from left, and Freeholder Gary Rich, right, are set to compete for a 2014 GOP nomination. Andrew Lucas, left, then a Manalapan Committeeman and Wall Township Committeeman George Newberry, between Walsh and Rich. Photo from 2011 Freeholder nomination race.

Howell Councilman Bob Walsh, a candidate for one of two available nominations for freeholder at the Monmouth Republican Convention on March 22, said that the Monmouth Republican Party’s brand has been tarnished by the Burke Farm deal with Andrew Lucas and by the Brookdale Community College scandal that resulted in former Brookdale President’s Peter Burnham’s conviction for official misconduct and theft.

Incumbent freeholders, Director Lillian Burry and Deputy Director Gary Rich are seeking to be nominated for reelection at the convention.

Speaking on the record, Walsh said that many “neutral people, people who know nothing” that he encounters think that the Lucas farm deal and the Brookdale scandal are examples of Republican corruption.  Walsh said that he talks to these people and tries to correct their perception, “but it is out there and a lot of people think that way, it’s a common thread.”

Walsh was very careful not to speak negatively about Burry and Rich specifically while discussing his own candidacy.  “I don’t consider that I am challenging them,” he said, “I am seeking an office according to the rules.  No one is elected forever.  People complain and complain about government, yet keep electing the same people.  That’s what’s wrong with this country.”

“People say that government should be run as a business.  I have a very good record in business, as a licensed banker,  and a very good record as mayor of Howell that I am proud of.  I think I am an asset and will be an asset to the freeholder board. I have energy, passion and the flexibility to do the job.”

While not specifically accusing anyone of complacency, Walsh said that his candidacy and his service, if elected, would be a battle against complacency in county government.

“Complacency has no place if public service,” he said, “I am very pleased with some of the things I see happening since I started running.” He declined to elaborate.

Walsh said he expected that this November’s election will be more contentious that usual.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , | 52 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, February 28 – March 2, 2014

By Greg Kelly

 

Monmouth County Post CardFriday, February 28

• “Girlfriends Getaway Weekend” (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO

• College Men’s Basketball: Monmouth U vs. Niagara (WLB) – MORE INFO

Talk Ain’t Cheap, It’s Deadly Dinner Theater (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

• Family Game Night (Tinton Falls) – MORE INFO

• Mardi Gras Gift Auction (Manasquan) – MORE INFO

• An Evening of Gratitude, Story and Song (Rumson) – MORE INFO

Belmar St Patrick'sInto the Woods at Axelrod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO

• Free Tax Preparation Help (Wall Twp, Shrewsbury, Manalapan) – MORE INFO

Sylvia at First Ave Playhouse (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO

Once On This Island at Jersey Shore Arts Center (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO

Baby the Musical at Center Playhouse (Freehold) – MORE INFO

• An Evening of Irish Culture (Belmar) – MORE INFO

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Aberdeen) – MORE INFO

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Posted: February 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

SEA BRIGHT RISING TO HELP REBUILD HOMES

SEA BRIGHT RISING TO HELP REBUILD HOMES (via redbankgreen)

Sea Bright homes being elevated last June. Officials estimate 80 percent of the town’s homes are still vacant. Below, Chris Wood, flanked by Pete Forlenza and Zack Rosenburg, addresses a gathering in Rumson Tuesday night. (Click to enlarge) By JOHN…

Posted: February 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Highlands, Rumson, Sea Bright, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Chris Christie promises to take ‘extreme measures’ on pension if Democrats don’t play ball

Chris Christie promises to take ‘extreme measures’ on pension if Democrats don’t play ball (via NJ.com)

LONG HILL — The day after his budget address, an upbeat Gov. Chris Christie returned to a message that has worked for him in the past: State finances are in trouble and only he can help. The Republican governor urged Democrats in the state Legislature…

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Posted: February 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature, Pensions | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

An attitude of status quo

IMG_7089Governor Chris Christie came charging into Trenton pledging to turn it upside down in 2010. He made a left turn onto the Boulevard of Compromise in 2011, cruised the boulevard through 2012 and rode the waves of Sandy through 2013.   Now he’s hit a dead end on the bridgegate to nowhere.

The message of the FY 2015 Budget Address is ‘No Change.”   Christie warned of the looming crisis we sent him to Trenton to fix and offered no solutions. No reductions in government.  An increase in spending. Christie lamented that he couldn’t spend more because of commitments made to people who are no longer working and to repay money that has already been spent.

Christie meekly suggested that more pension and benefit reforms are necessary in order to grow the state government. State Senate President Steve Sweeney said, “We’re not doing it.”

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Posted: February 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , | 5 Comments »