Monmouth Dems Nominate Murphy For Governor

photo via Julie Roginsky, facebook

The Monmouth County Democrats endorsed former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy, of Middletown, to be the Party nominee for Governor in the June 6 Democrat Primary at their secret convention in Wall Township this afternoon, according to a facebook post by Fox News Contributor Julie Roginsky.

The endorsement traditionally gives the favored candidate superior ballot positioning within the County in the Primary election.

Murphy has been considered the runaway front runner for the nomination since Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced he would not seek the nomination last September.  Fulop endorsed Murphy, as did several Democrat County Chairs and Party Leaders.  Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that he would not be a candidate in early October and backed Murphy.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Monmouth County Life, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Monmouth Democrats To Hold Secret Convention To Nominate Gubernatorial Candidate

The Monmouth County Democrat Organization is holding a secret convention this afternoon to choose the County Party’s nominee for Governor.

The  convention will take place at 2 p.m., according to the Party’s website.  Only delegates have been informed of the location. Delegates are Elected officials, Municipal Chairs, State Committee members, Executive Board Members, Caucus Chairs, and Club Presidents.

Only delegates will be allowed into the convention, according to the Dem’s website.

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Posted: January 22nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Life | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Junction Boutique: A Made in Monmouth Success Story in Middletown

Jeanine Riegler, left, and Chris Slater of Junction Boutique

Junction Boutique opened their doors in a small retail space in Belford’s Campbell’s Junction less than two years ago.  The cooperative effort of local artisans selling their homemade jewelry, heirlooms, clothes, candles and bath products and other art started with eight local crafters.

Two months later Chris Slater, the organizer and inspiration of the group, attended a Made in Monmouth trade show at Monmouth University, where she met other Monmouth County based small business owners/artist. They weren’t competitors, they were collaborators.  The number of businesses selling their products at the tiny store quickly grew and by the end of 2016 the 28 participants had outgrown their space.  Slater said that all but a handful of the Junction Boutique artisans were connected through Made in Monmouth and all are New Jersey based.

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Posted: January 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Fort Monmouth Reopens Between Eatontown and Oceanport

Freeholder Tom Arnone and Freeholder Director Lillian Burry commemorate the reopening of County Road 537 in Fort Monmouth

Less than two months after Monmouth County financed the purchase of the remaining available acreage of Fort Monmouth, thereby removing federal red tape from the redevelopment decisions of the property, the gates were removed from the entrances on Route 35 in Eatontown and Oceanport Ave in Oceanport as County Road 537 opened for vehicular traffic.

County, state and local officials gathered at the fort on Tuesday morning to commemorate the reopening.

“Government usually doesn’t work this fast.  In Monmouth County it does,” declared Freeholder Tom Arnone as he acknowledged the men and women of the County Department of Public Works and Engineering and their director, John Tobia, for their work in opening the road.

The road was closed to the public in 2011 when the U.S. Army moved the operations of the fort to Aberdeen, Maryland following the 2005 decision by the federal BRAC (base realignment and closure) commission decision to close the historic facility.

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Posted: January 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Fort Monmouth, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Guadagno’s running for N.J. governor, and away from Christie

KEANSBURG — As Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno formally launched her 2017 bid for governor Tuesday, she avoided any talk of the unpopular governor who gave her a shot in statewide politics eight years ago. Promising that “better days are ahead in New Jersey,” Guadagno in her 22-minute speech at a Mexican restaurant La Playa did not… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: January 17th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Christie attempts to step on Guadagno’s launch. Will the press corps go along?

Governor Chris Christie is holding two events tomorrow, according to the daily schedule released by his office.

The first event is in Newark, at 11:30 a.m., one half hour after Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno launches her own campaign for Governor at LaPlaya in Keansburg.  Christie is signing an Executive Order and holding a round-table with recovering addicts at Integrity House.  His second event is a bill signing at outside his office in Trenton at 2:30 p.m.

Christie’s schedule says the events are open to the press but there will be no availability– meaning he won’t take questions from reporters.

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Posted: January 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Guadagno launches gubernatorial campaign

Lt Governor Kim Guadagno will kick off her campaign for the GOP nomination for Governor on Tuesday morning, 11 a.m. in Keansburg, at LaPlaya, 2 Beachway Ave.

The Guadagno campaign released a video on youtube and facebook on Monday evening in anticipation of the launch.

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Posted: January 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Project Veritas: Leftist domestic terrorists are planning on disrupting Inaugural celebrations

Project Veritas, the investigative journalism organization founded by James O’Keefe, released a video today that revealing that alt-left domestic terrorists are planning to disrupt Inaugural celebrations in Washington later this week by releasing butyric acid into the HVAC systems of celebration venues and/or by rigging the venues’ fire sprinkler systems to go off during the parties.

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Posted: January 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: James O'Keefe, Project Veritas | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

O’Scanlon Raises $121K in two months for LD13 State Senate Race

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Middletown Township Committeeman Steve Massell at Monmouth County’s Reorganization, January 5, 2017

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon announced today that he raised $121,075 in the two months since he declared his candidacy for State Senate in New Jersey’s 13th Legislative District.  O’Scanlon is seeking to replace Senator Joe Kyrillos in the Senate.  Kyrillos announced in late October that he would not seek another term.

“The job of a State Senator is so much more than going to Trenton and voting on bills,” OScanlon said. “The job includes being a leader in the community and the Party.  That means having the resources to support your own campaign, the campaigns of other great candidates and most importantly, civic and charitable organizations in the district.  I am deeply grateful to my friends and supporters who have enabled me to support great candidates and organizations during my eight year career in the Assembly.  I am humbled that they have stepped up so strongly to support my candidacy for Senate.”

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Posted: January 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Amy Handlin, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Freehold Man Admits Strangling His Pregnant Girlfriend

Sender Neftali Villatoro-Reyes, 27, of Freehold Borough, pleaded guilty on Friday to first degree Aggravated Manslaughter for the May 16, 2014 strangulation death of Lucenay Fermin Gallegos in their borough home, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Fermin Gallegos, who was 30 years old at the time of her death, was five months pregnant.

Villatoro-Reyes called 911 at about 2:15 a.m. on May 16, 2014 and reported that he killed his girlfriend.  Freehold Borough police officers responded to the couple’s 51 Hudson Street home where they found Fermin Gallegos dead on the couch.  She was pronounced dead at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center at 3:27 a.m., according to Gramiccioni’s announcement.  Middlesex County Medical Examiner Diane Karluk ruled the cause of death as asphyxia due to manual strangulation following an autopsy performed the same day.

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Posted: January 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »