Red Bank GOP Won’t Challenge Menna For Mayor

Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna

Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna

Barring an Independent candidate entering the fray in June, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna will be reelected to a third term leading the borough in November unopposed. The Red Bank Republicans have not nominated a candidate to oppose Menna.

But that doesn’t mean the Red Bank GOP has given up on the strides they made last fall when Cindy Burham broke the Democratic grip on the governing body of 6 council members and the mayor and Sean DiSomma came within 1o2 votes of winning a second seat for the GOP.

DiSomma was subject to a malicious smear campaign, over a traffic ticket, by Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal in the final week of the 2013 campaign.

DiSomma is running again this year.  He is joined on the ticket by Brian Hanlon, a former member of the borough’s park and recreation commission.

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Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Middletown Democratic TC Candidate Lives in Rumson?

One of the Middltetown Democrats candidates for Township Committee says he lives in Rumson.

Criminal defense attorney George Mardinly’s facebook page lists his home as Rumson.

More interesting that Mardinly’s address exaggeration (he actually lives in the graceful Locust section of Middletown, on the north side of the Navesink) is his history of political giving.  Mardinly contributed $2700 to Republican Senator Jennifer Beck’s 2013 reelection campaign and $2000 to Senator Joe Kyrillos’s 2012 U.S. Senate race against Democratic U.S.Senator Bob Menendez.

Maybe Mardinly is angling to be a Judge. Kyrillos and Beck are both members of the New Jersey Senate Judiciary committee and have senatorial courtesy in the

Patrick Short knows he lives in Middletown

Patrick Short knows he lives in Middletown

appointment of Superior Court Judges in Monmouth County.  Or maybe he just likes Republican legislators.

Neither Middletown Democratic Chairman Don Watson or Monmouth Democratic County Vin Gopal were available to comment of Mardinly’s political giving.

Former Township Committeeman Patrick Short is the Democrats other candidate. Short was elected in 2006 in the wake of Operation Bid rig, and was defeated by Steve Massell in 2009 in the first Christie landslide.  Short ran for Assembly in 2011, losing to Declan O’Scanlon and Amy Handlin.

Short and Mardinly will face off against Republican incumbents Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore in November.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Middletown Democrats | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Jacobson has his eye on Beck’s Senate seat

Dan Jacobson

Dan Jacobson

Former Assemlyman Dan Jacobson, publisher of the triCityNews weekly newspaper and AsburyParkSun hyper-local news website, launched his campaign to return to the legislature last week with his tCN column urging Senate Jennifer Beck to run for governor.

Jacobson served one term in the General Assembly, 1990-1991.  He was swept out of office, along with the Democratic majority in the 1991 election over Governor Florio’s $2 billion tax increase, including sales taxes on toilet paper and food.  In 2011 Jacobson registered as a Republican in order to challenge then Senator Sean Kean for the 11th district Senate nomination in the GOP primary.  But the legislative redistricting commission foiled Jacobson’s plans by moving Kean’s hometown of Wall out of the 11th district into the 30th, and moving Red Bank, Beck’s hometown into the 11th.

Jacobson didn’t want to run against Beck.  They’re friends and agree on most issues. And Beck’s political stardom is one of Jacobson’s major journalistic accomplishments. Just ask him.  Jen Beck never even would have been elected to the Red Bank Borough Council if not for Dan Jacobson pumping her up in the triCityNews.

So Jacobson ran a pax-on-both houses Independent race for Assembly in 2011 to make a point.  2304 voters, 3%, got the point and have long since forgotten it.  Obviously his heart wasn’t in the Assembly race.  He really wants to be in the Senate, but he doesn’t want to run against Beck.

The obvious solution is for Beck to step up and run for governor.  Jacobson rightly argues that the NJ GOP doesn’t have a viable alternative for a post-Christie candidate.   The NJGOP is actually weaker now than it was before Christie was elected in 2009.

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Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, Dan Jacobson, Jennifer Beck | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments »

Fiore and Murray Seek Reelection in Middletown

Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore tour North Middletown with Congressman Frank Pallone and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez last week.  photo via facebook

Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore tour North Middletown with Congressman Frank Pallone and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez last week. photo via facebook

Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore, a former mayor, will be the Republican candidates for Township Committee this fall, according to an announcement on the Middletown Township Republican Organization’s facebook page this weekend.  If reelected, Murray will serve her second term; Fiore his third.

The Middletown Democrats have yet to announce their candidates.  On Sunday, Party Chairman Don Watson told MMM that he would be filing candidates petitions today, the deadline for candidates seeking a partisan nomination, but declined to name the candidates.  Watson indicated it was possible he could change candidates overnight.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Middletown Democrats, Tony Fiore | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Monday, March 31—NEW! Adult Learner “Encore Center” Info Session

Brookdale Community College

Brookdale Community College is the recipient of a $15,000 two year grant from The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program to assist adults
age 50 and older complete a degree or certificate programs in healthcare and social services.

Tonight beginning at 6PM is your chance to learn about the new
“Encore Center”for the Adult Learner at Brookdale.
The Encore Center will streamline the process for returning adults
looking to pursue new careers in Healthcare and Social Sciences.
There will be a brief presentation about the services available and an opportunity to meet with College representatives from all the supporting services including counseling, continuing education, financial aid and Veterans.

Held in the Warner Student Life Center on the campus of Brookdale Community College located at 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
in Twin Lights Room I & II
Please Click Here to Register

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Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BizEturtle, Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Breaking Up PA Would Solve Christie’s Transportation Trust Fund Problem

Breaking Up PA Would Solve Christie’s Transportation Trust Fund Problem (via NJSpotlight)

Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to dismantle the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in order to give each state control more than $1.3 billion in annual tolls would solve his biggest fiscal headache: where to find $1.6 billion a year in state…

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GWB panel co-chairs spar on Sunday TV with report’s author, Giuliani

GWB panel co-chairs spar on Sunday TV with report’s author, Giuliani (via NJ.com)

Democrats’ battle to challenge a report commissioned by Gov. Chris Christie on September’s George Washington Bridge lane closures took to the airwaves Sunday, when the co-chairs of a legislative panel looking into the matter squared off against…

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Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Sunday, March 30–Music on a Sunday Afternoon

Music on a Sunday Afternoon

 

Today, you have three marvelous choices to enjoy
some refreshing music on this on and off rainy afternoon.

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Posted: March 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BizEturtle, Manalapan, Middletown, Monmouth County, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Cory Booker Advises Vin Gopal to shave his head…

….and other interesting rhetoric at the Monmouth County Democratic Convention

Posted: March 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 U.S. Senate race, Cory Booker, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Play by play coverage of the California earthquake

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