Back in February of 2013, Governor Chris Christie said that Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal practices “the politics of yesterday.”
Gopal had issued a statement threatening Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long with “the restructuring of the Democratic Party in Sea Bright, to ensure that the true voice of Democrats is one that prevails” in response to the news that Long was endorsing Christie’s reelection as governor.
Long has since left the Democratic Party and is running unopposed, as an Independent, for another term as Sea Bright’s mayor. But that is another story.
Since Christie accused Gopal of practicing the politics of yesterday, it has become very clear that Christie was and is practicing politics with an eye towards a future office. Gopal seems to be doing the same.
While Gopal’s Monmouth Democratic Party has no candidates in multiple municipal races and few can name his candidates for county and legislative offices (you can’t even find the names of those candidates on the Monmouth Dems website), Vin is traveling the state raising money for North Jersey Democrats.
On Wednesday night, Gopal was the host of a fundraiser for Hudson County Assemblyman Rah Mukherji.
If I were a Monmouth County Democratic candidate for Assembly, Freeholder or Clerk, I’d want to know why the Party is not promoting local candidates while the chairman is on the road.