Devoid of ideas of how to improve Monmouth County’s government and running on so called “issues” that have failed in the last few campaigns, the Monmouth County Democratic Freeholder candidates, Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo are apparently hoping they can win in November by mimicking Congressman Frank Pallone’s odd facial expressions. Even their campaign volunteers are doing it.
Luttrell and Grillo have been handing out literature that blame Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and Deputy Director Gary Rich for the misdeeds of Peter Burnham at Brookdale Community College and Andrew Lucas’s alleged misdeeds in the the sale of development rights to a farm that he owns to the farmland preservation program.
That’s like blaming Derek Jeter for A-Rod using steroids. Monmouth County voters didn’t fall for it last year and won’t likely fall for it this year, leaving Luttrell and Grillo to do the Pallone squint.
Pallone is kicking off his campaign with a BB-Q on Sunday afternoon. It won’t be on Greg’s List, but click here if you want to RSVP to eat Frank’s free food.
Posted: July 22nd, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Frank Pallone, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: A-Rod, Andrew Lucas, Brookdale Community College, Derek Jeter, Frank Pallone, Frank Pallone's free food, Gary Rich, Joe Grillo, Larry Luttrell, Lillian Burry, Lucas Farm Deal, Monmouth Dems, Peter Burnham | 6 Comments »
I like butter.
Maybe the Azzolina and Scaduto families that run Food Circus-Foodtown bought a marketing program that spits out rewards for products their customers like, but the “NOT COUPONS” I received the last couple of days are not motivating me to fill the freezer by Thursday by purchasing another $350.19 worth of groceries.
The four sticks of free butter if I spend $350.19 by Thursday doesn’t make me feel appreciated either.
That their staff greets with me a smile and some of them know me by name makes me feel appreciated. The gift cards, free turkeys or hams, at Thanksgiving and Christmas make me feel appreciated. But I would shop there even if they didn’t do those giveaways.
That Food Circus-Foodtown opened in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, before they had power, so that Bayshore residents could get non-perishable food, really makes me appreciate them.
Lou Scaduto and his team run a fine business. They missed the mark with this promotion.
Posted: July 21st, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Humour, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County | Tags: Azzolina family, butter, Food Circus Super Markets, Foodtown, Scaduto family | 2 Comments »
The Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore is hosting a “high-spirited, beach-casual” fundraiser at Windows on the Water, Thursday July 24 at 6 PM. Tickets are only $75, almost all of which will go directly to families and individuals who are still displaced after Hurricane Sandy. The food, alcohol and entertainment have all been donated.
Co-founded by businessmen Warren Diamond, NFL Veteran Phil Villapiano and Kevin Leahy after they personally witnessed the destruction of Sandy in their own and surrounding communities on the Jersey Shore, The Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore assists local families, businesses and municipal leaders in rebuilding. Click here to read some of what they have accomplished.
“The news media may have moved on from the devastation of Sandy, but we haven’t,” Diamond said, “Although much of the visual damage has been addressed through repair and demolition, we are looking at thousands of our neighbors who are still struggling to get back into their homes. They are committed and tenacious—they refuse to walk away, and that keeps us focused and inspired.”
Tickets to the event can be purchased here.
Posted: July 21st, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Sea Bright | Tags: fundraiser, Kevin Leahy, Phil Villapiano, Sea Bright, Shore Thing, The Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore, Warren Diamond | No Comments »
Over the objections of citizens who urged them not to restrict their 1st Amendment Rights and to avoid expensive litigation, the Marlboro Township Council unanimously passed an ordinance that prohibits the placement of temporary political signs on public property and rights of way, limits the time before and after an election that signs may appear on private property and rights of way adjacent to private property, and regulates the size of signs and the distance they may appear from each other on private property.
At the request of Councilman Frank LaRocca, the ordinance was amended to eliminate the imposition of a 90 day jail sentence for violating the ordinance. Candidates, Committee Chairmen, Campaign Treasurers and private property owners now face fines ranging from $100 to $1250 if signs appear more than 45 days before an election, 7 days after an election or if signs promoting the same candidate are posted within 50 feet of each other on the same property. The total square footage of all political signs on any one tax lot must not exceed 16 square feet.
Matthew Rasmussen, an attorney representing the Marlboro Republican Committee told the council during the public hearing prior to the adoption of the ordinance that it contained numerous “constitutional infirmities, some of them fatal” and urged the governing body to defeat the ordinance in order to avoid expensive litigation that they would certainly lose.
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Posted: July 18th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Marlboro, Monmouth County, News | Tags: 1st Amendment, Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, Anthony Wilkinson, Christopher Dean, Councilman Frank LaRocca, Danny Matarese, Free Speech, Louis Rainone, Marlboro, Marlboro Township, Matthew Rasmussen, Mayor Jon Hornik, Political signs, temporary signs, William Waple | 4 Comments »
By Art Gallagher
News12 New Jersey has effectively fired reporter Sean Bergin for telling the truth.
In a report about Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago’s murder, Bergin went off script and closed the segment by saying, “The underlying cause of all of this, of course: Young black men growing up without fathers. Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject.”
News12 executives responded by proving Bergin’s point about the spineless media. They suspended him and then offered him a one day a week job, for $300 per week, covering fluff like broken fire hydrants or other inane subjects. They covered their asses by saying the discipline was for breaking company policy. Bergin turned them down and quit.
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Posted: July 17th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Media, News, NJ Media | Tags: Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago, News12, Sean Bergin | 15 Comments »
Domenic DiPiero, the new owner of the Two River Times. photo via uhnj.org
RedBankGreen is reporting that the news weekly, The Two River Times‘s, ownership has changed hands.
Domenic DiPiero, founder and president of Newport Capital Group bought the paper from Mickey Gooch, founder and president of GFI Group under terms that have not been disclosed.
DiPiero is a lifelong Two Rivers area resident, according to an announcement of the paper’s sale posted on it’s website on Monday.
“I look forward to continuing the great tradition that The Two River Times has built. I want the newspaper to continue to be a source of pride and news in the community,” DiPiero said, according to the TRT announcement.
Gooch, and his now ex-wife Diane, bought the paper from Geraldo Rivera in 2004.
Posted: July 17th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, News, NJ Media, Two River Times | Tags: Diane Gooch, Domenic DePiero, Geraldo Rivera, Mickey Gooch, Two River Times | No Comments »
A proposed Marlboro temporary sign ordinance on the agenda for adoption by the Township Council on Thursday evening July 17 has Marlboro Republicans contemplating a federal court challenge should the all Democratic Council enact the measure.
Mayor Jon Hornik, named the best mayor in New Jersey in an unscientific PolitickerNJ poll earlier this month after the Township’s resident email list was used to rally online votes, told MMM that political signs create clutter and traffic safety issues in the Township and that his administration has been working on an solution that protects free speech rights while improving public safety since 2008. “It’s not just local races, but every level…county, state, and federal. Marlboro gets littered with campaign signs every fall,” Hornik said, “It is a safety issue that has gotten worse since the Board of Education elections were moved to November. The council has been working hard to make sure the safety and clutter issues are addressed while at the same time protecting free speech rights. I will support what they come up with.”
The proposed ordinance, which can be found here, would prohibit temporary political signs on Township property and public rights of way, with the exception of rights of way adjacent to private property (that strip of land between sidewalks and curbs), regulate the size of signs to 16 square feet, and allow signs to be placed on private property only 45 days prior to an election or event and seven days after an election. Candidates, Committee Chairmen, Campaign Treasurers and private property owners with signs on rights of way adjacent to their property would be subject to fines ranging from$100 to $1250 and/or 90 days in jail for violations.
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Posted: July 16th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Jon Hornik, Marlboro, Monmouth County, News | Tags: 1st Amendment, Christopher Dean, Councilman Frank LaRocca, Hanlon and Niemann, Marlboro, Marlboro Democrats, Marlboro GOP, Marlboro Township, Matthew Rasmussen, Mayor Jon Hornik | 22 Comments »
Governor Chris Christie’s Town Hall in Long Branch this afternoon has been postponed due to expected back weather.
The Governor’s office said it would be rescheduled soon.
Posted: July 15th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Christie, Long Branch, Monmouth County | Tags: Chris Christie, Long Branch Town Hall, Rain out | 2 Comments »
Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan has responded to his announced demotion by Mayor Steve Fulop by alleging that the mayor order traffic jams at Port Jersey and the Holland Tunnel. That Cowan objected and interfered is the reason he is being demoted, he says, according to reports in the Jersey Journal.
Fulop announced plans to sue the Port Authority of NY/NJ for $400 million. Cowan’s attorney said Fulop’s plan was “designed solely to create havoc for the Port Authority.”
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Middletown) wants the joint legislative committee that is investigating the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures to investigate the allegations against Fulop as well.
In a letter dated today to Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Co-Chairs of the New Jersey Select Committee on Investigation,of which Handlin is a member, the assemblywoman asked that the committee immediately issue subpoenas to Fulop and Cowan
As you know, the mission of the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation is to “investigate all aspects of the finances, operations, and management of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and any other matter raising concerns about abuse of government power or an attempt to conceal an abuse of government power including, but not limited to, the reassignment of access lanes in Fort Lee, New Jersey to the George Washington Bridge.”
Because the allegations against Mayor Fulop raise significant concerns about the repeated abuse of government power directly related to the Port Authority, I respectfully ask the committee to investigate this matter including the immediate issuance of subpoenas to Mayor Fulop and Chief Cowan.
Handlin’s letter can be found here.
Fulop is widely considered to be a contender for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2017, or sooner if Governor Chris Christie does not complete his term.
Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Jersey City, New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority, Steve Fulop | Tags: Holland Tunnel, Jersey City, Mayor Steve Fulop, Police Chief Robert Cowan, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Port Jersey, SCI, Select Committee on Investigation | 2 Comments »
Jeffery W. Foster resigned from the Wall Township Committee last week. He is applying to be the Director of Public Works for the Township and wants his application to be considered on it’s merits, not based upon his political position.
Foster was elected to the Township Committee in 2007 and served as mayor in 2012. He has been chairman of the Public Works Committee throughout his tenure.
If only a certain former Manalapan Township mayor had taken the same approach when he wanted to sell the development rights to his farm to the government.
Foster, 59, has been looking to get a municipal public works position for last the last few years. He applied to be the Director of Public Works in Belmar two years ago. Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said Foster’s application was given serious consideration. “Jeff would make an excellent Public Works Director,” Doherty told MMM in a phone interview.
Foster has also applied to be an Assistant Public Works Director in Middletown. He sold his auto repair and towing business last summer. He started working as a maintence worker at the New Jersey Department of Transportation last September. “They let me use the heavy equipment,” Foster said, “I love this work. ”
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Posted: July 14th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Wall Township | Tags: Anne Marie Conte, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Eric Brophy, Gary Faraci, George Newberry, Jeffrey Foster, Public works, Robert Hendrickson, Vin Gopal, Wall Township, Wall Township Committee | 12 Comments »