Speaking at the first of three breakfast meetings he has scheduled for Monmouth Republican County Committee members, Sheriff Shaun Golden said this morning that he started to considering seeking the Monmouth GOP Chairmanship over a year ago, even if it meant challenging incumbent John Bennett, because of the decline of participation and enthusiasm he observed as he attended Republican events across the county.
“We have over 200 vacant county committee seats,” Golden declared, “that’s nearly an all time high. That’s our base that’s shrinking.”
Golden said that he would bring back monthly breakfast meetings, scheduled regionally, fill the vacant county committee seats and and bring new growth the Republican Clubs in the Monmouth County municipalities.
“Communication is the key to growth and new enthusiasm. We can’t update our website and email newsletters only before a Chairman’s election. It is embarrassing that our 2013 candidates were featured on our site until just recently. Our opponents see that. We need to increase our use of electronic communication, our website, email and social media to increase our base, expand participation and get our great message out. We need to communicate and reach out constantly, not just before a convention.”
“I am passionate about our Party. It is passion and pride that will have us grow, not personal gain. I have nothing to gain personally, I won’t make more money by doing this,” Golden said.
County Committee members from Matawan, Atlantic Highlands, Union Beach, Middletown, Keyport, Holmdel, Howell and Ocean Township attended Golden’s meeting this morning at the Yellow Rose Diner in Keyport.
Arnone said, “There’s been a disconnect between the municipalities and the county, but all 53 town are Monmouth County. We need to grow together.”
Golden said the Monmouth GOP is not appealing to or attracting young voters, and that has to change. “Take a look at the county committee list and you’ll see what I mean,” he said, “Vin Gopal (the Monmouth Democratic Chairman) is a young guy and he’s bring in Cory Booker and his twitter feed to attract youth. We can’t stand idly and let that happen.”
Golden said that the Monmouth GOP is missing the opportunities that Governor Chris Christie’s reelection presented. “Governor Christie won 54% of the Hispanic vote. Where are our Hispanic leaders? Where is our outreach? We need to attract youth and embrace diversity.”
Leading up to the GOP convention on June 10, Golden has free breakfast meeting scheduled for Saturday, May 24 in Freehold at the Park Nine Diner and Sunday, June 1 , at Sunsets in Neptune.
If Chairman John Bennett has events, MMM will cover them.