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O’Scanlon Clarifies His Position On Legalized Marijuana

By Senator Declan O’Scanlon

In the ill-fated recent rush to pass legislation that would legalize, tax, and regulate recreational adult use of marijuana, my position on the legislation, and the issue, has been misunderstood and mischaracterized by some New Jersey media outlets.

With regard to the bill package that Senate President Sweeney removed from the Senate calendar on March 25, I was a hard ‘NO’ vote. It has been reported that I was willing to trade my vote for funding for projects or causes specific to my Monmouth County district. It has also been reported that I was a “soft ‘yes’” vote.  Those reports are fake news that were published by outlets that either did not speak with me or misunderstood/mischaracterized what I told them.

I want to firmly destroy and denounce these false, offensive assertions. Those that know me know I’m not for sale – not for personal gain and not for political-favor-purchasing bacon brought back to my district. Not once have I, and never will I, make such trade-offs. The only way to earn my vote is to give me good policy. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 26th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Marijuana, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Cory Booker Owes the LGBTQ Community an Answer about Sin

By Thomas DeSeno

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Despite Article 6, Clause 3 of the Constitution outlawing religious tests for public office, Democrats have been inquiring about the religious beliefs of government appointees.

This modern Democrat “Star Chamber” has revealed itself in several recent incidents.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., California) told Catholic federal court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s a concern…”.

Then came the double teaming of federal Court nominee Brian Buesher by Senators Kamala Harris (D., California) and Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii).  They questioned Buesher about various Catholic beliefs, followed by Hirono requesting he quit the Catholic fraternity Knights of Columbus before being sworn; a clear violation of his Constitutional rights. Harris and Hirono were formally rebuked by the entire Senate for this religious inquisition.

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Posted: March 26th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Presidential Politics, Cory Booker, Opinion, Tommy DeSeno | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Cory Booker Owes the LGBTQ Community an Answer about Sin

Arnone Report: Monmouth County Spending $43.8 million less than in 2010

By Tom Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder Director

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Happy Spring!

Last week the 2019 Monmouth County budget was approved during the March 18th meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The adopted budget is $449.6 million, for comparison, in 2010 the County Budget peaked at $493.4 million, before its steady descent to $449.6 million in 2019, a decrease of $43.8 million.

In 2010 the County spent $173.6 million on salaries and wages, and in 2018 the county spent $166.8 million.  That amounts to a $6.8 million reduction in payroll spending while providing salary increases to our employees in each of those years, and maintaining services. This can be credited to an aggressive approach to vacancies and the provision of services including job consolidation, shared services, and outsourcing.

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Posted: March 25th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , | 6 Comments »

Einstein Invites Jewish Community to Grassroots Activist Training

Hoboken – NJ GOP State Committeeman Joshua Sotomayor Einstein invites the Jewish community to join fellow conservatives, libertarians, and Republicans to learn the fundamental tools needed to hold your elected leaders accountable at NJ’s premier Grassroots Activist Workshop. On Sunday, Mach 31, from 11am–5pm, at the beautiful Barsky Gallery (49 Harrison St) in Hoboken, smaller government and tax reform inclined citizens will learn how to get involved and make a difference in local elections and governance. The training will bring together Jews, Christians, Atheists, and people of many backgrounds from across New Jersey who want to build better communication, messaging, advocacy, and leadership skills. Parking is available free of charge; kosher lunch will be provided. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 25th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Press Release | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Congressman Smith Announces Service Academy Info Night On April 18

Class of 2022 Service Academy Students from CD-4 were recognized by Rep Chris Smith and Capt. Pierre A. Fuller in a ceremony in Neptune last June

WASHINGTON, D.C.— High school and college students from the Fourth Congressional District who are interested in attending a United States Service Academy are invited to Congressman Chris Smith’s Service Academy Information Night, to be held Thursday, April 18, 2019.

The event will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Naval Weapons Station Earle, 201 Highway 34 in Colts Neck, NJ. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Students, as well as parents, counselors and educators, who wish to learn about competing for a nomination to one of the Service Academies, are invited to attend. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 20th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, March 22-24, 2019

By Greg Kelly

Friday, March 22

  • Music Café Showcase (Middletown) – MORE INFO
  • Icing Bridal Event at Monmouth Mall (Eatontown) – MORE INFO
  • Summer of Love IX at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • “The Addams Family” by RFH Tower Players (Rumson) – MORE INFO
  • “The Drowsy Chaperone” by RBE Casey Players (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • “Big the Musical” by Spotlight Players (Matawan) – MORE INFO
  • “Catchpenny” at Jersey Shore Arts Center (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO
  • The Source by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

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Posted: March 20th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County News, News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, March 22-24, 2019

Jeopardy – Politics Style

By Stuart J. Moskovitz, Esq

Stuart J Moskovitz

No matter the category, the answer is always Donald Trump to the liberal media and late night talk show “comedians.” All they need to do is figure out the question.

The latest foray into insanity was CNN’s blaming Trump for the disaster in New Zealand. There is so much wrong with that, it is difficult to know where to begin. The attack on the mosque in New Zealand is unacceptable. It is a tragedy. It is a further example of a world moving away from the civilization we thought had grown since World War II. That it would be exploited by anyone for political purposes is disgusting. That it is exploited by an organization claiming to be a “news” organization is not just reprehensible, it is a red flag that major changes are needed, beginning with the complete remaking of our media institutions.

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Posted: March 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Opinion | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Jeopardy – Politics Style

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, March 15-17, 2019

By Greg Kelly

Friday, March 15

  • Taming of the Shrew at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • “Big the Musical” by Spotlight Players (Matawan) – MORE INFO
  • The Source by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Mamma Mia at Axelrod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO
  • “All Shook Up” by CBA’s Pegasus Productions (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • “Theo” at Two River Theater (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Girl Scout Cookies Sale at Monmouth Mall (Eatontown) – MORE INFO
  • Bert Kreischer at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

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Posted: March 13th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, March 15-17, 2019

A Gas Tax Musing

By Rosalie Avin

Rosalie Avin

In 2016, Chris Christie raised our gas taxes 23 cents on the gallon. It was “HUGE” and not in the President Trump, positive way. The people of New Jersey were angered once again by Christie’s brazen disregard for the middle class. He had shown his apathy by playing with the pensions of state employees including teachers and the police. He flaunted it by refusing to negotiate contracts in a timely fashion. The one reason this tax was accepted was the governor’s promise that the money would be directed towards infrastructure.  Our roads, tunnels and bridges were in disrepair therefore the taxpayer would finance the renewal.

Christie did not keep his word. As I drove on major routes like the Garden State, I often wondered, “Where did that money go?”

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Posted: March 13th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Al Alvarez Testifies in Trenton…watch it live

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Posted: March 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Al Alvarez Testifies in Trenton…watch it live