Monmouth Legislators: Close Fort Monmouth Ebola Houses on June 30th

Fort MonmouthThe legislators of the 11th and 13th districts have jointly written the Acting Commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services requesting that the facilities designated to quarantine travelers from Western Africa arriving at Newark-Liberty Airport for 21 days to ensure that they have not contracted the Ebola virus be closed when the agency’s current agreement with the Fort Monmouth Redevelopment Authority expires on June 30th.

The letter, dated March 1 and signed by Senators Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Jennifer Beck (R-11) as well as Assembly members Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Amy Handlin (R-11), Caroline Casagrande (R-11) and Mary Pat Angelini (R-11) reiterates the law makers’ concerns expressed in a Februay 3 letter to Commissioner Jennifer Velez, Esq. regarding the lack of notice to the public and elected officials regarding the designation of the facility and the negative impact the facility could have on the marketing of Fort Monmouth properties.

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Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Monmouth Freeholders Step Up After Port Authority Reneges On Park Funding

Freeholder Lillian Burry, Open Space Champion

Freeholder Lillian Burry, Open Space Champion

Monmouth County will have a new 250 acre park in Aberdeen and Marlboro Townships, despite the fact that Port Authority of NY/NJ backed out of a commitment to fund $5 million to purchase 87.8 acres of the open space from a developer who had approvals to build 250 homes on the property.

Today, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders approved funding the entire $10.6 million land purchase from Aberdeen/Wilson Associates, LLC through the County’s Open Space Trust Fund.

“The Port Authority appears to be unwilling to honor its commitment of sharing to fund a project that will preserve significant portions of the Matawan Creek watershed and eventually provide a 250-acre park,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County Park System. “The Port Authority’s offer to help move this deal forward appears to have been withdrawn.  Fortunately, Monmouth County has an invaluable Open Space Trust Fund to finance the entire purchase.”

State Senator Joe Kyrillos praised the Freeholder Board, the NY/NJ Baykeeper and Aberdeen Township for making the park a reality and slammed Port Authority for backing out of the deal.

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Posted: February 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Park System | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Watch Christie’s Budget Address Live

Faced with an unexpected Court Order yesterday requiring a pension payment of $1.57 billion by the end of June and with a national media glare upon him, Governor Chris Christie will deliver his Annual Budget Address to a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature this afternoon at 2 p.m.

You can watch the address here live, courtesy of NJTV and Youtube:


Posted: February 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Monmouth GOP Honors Claire French

Monmouth County Clerk M. Clair French address the Monmouth GOP convention. Chairman Shaun Golden in background. photo by Art Gallagher

Monmouth County Clerk M. Clair French address the Monmouth GOP convention. Chairman Shaun Golden in background. photo by Art Gallagher

An impressive crowd of over 400 Monmouth Republican County Committee members gathered on Saturday morning to nominate their candidates for State Assembly, County Clerk and Freeholder.  The size of the crowd was impressive not only because of the weather but because the results of the convention were a foregone conclusion as there were no challengers to the incumbent Assembly Members, Freeholder or Governor Chris Christie’s nominee for County Clerk.

Free of any competitive tensions, the mood at Colts Neck High School was upbeat, friendly and proud among the grassroots leaders who came out for Chairman Shaun Golden first nominating convention.  Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso noted both the size and enthusiasm of the crowd. “This crowd is almost as large as last year’s convention when we had a competition for the freeholder nominations,” DiMaso said, “We’re in really great shape and that is a testament to Shaun’s leadership.”

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Casagrande Calls On Cumberland Prosecutor To Drop Gun Charges Against Retired Teacher

Says she will introduce legislation bringing New Jersey’s treatment of antique guns in line with federal standards

Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-Monmouth) said yesterday that the charges gun charges against a 72 retired teacher for transporting a 300 year old antique flintlock pistol are “ludicrous” and that the Cumberland County Prosecutor should dismiss the case.

Gordon Van Gilder, who taught in Millville for 34 years, faces 10 years in prison and the loss of his pension after a traffic stop last November during which he disclosed to the Cumberland Sheriff’s Officer who stopped him that he had the antique gun, unloaded , in his car.  Van Gilder’s attorney, Evan Nappen, said that his client was carrying a collectible and is being charged as if he was carrying a loaded .44 magnum.

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Posted: February 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Assembly Republicans, Caroline Casagrande, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments »

Who is Jon SalonisS?

You say SalonisS, I say Salonis

Jon SalonisAccording to the Ocean County Signal, Jon Salonis is a 29 year old Democratic operative who lives with his mother in the Ocean County town of Bayville.

Here in Monmouth County, we used to know Salonis as Vin Gopal’s partner in the John Heyer identity that the Monmouth County Democratic Chairman used when he launched his new blog as answer to MoreMonmouthMusings last month.

Thanks to OCSignal’s research, we now know that Salonis owns the consulting company that produced the “push-poll” robo calls for Cory Booker and the Monmouth County Democrats last year. We also now know that Salonis is the chairman of a Democratic PAC called Move NJ Forward.

In violation of facebook’s Community Standards, Salonis has at least * three 10 facebook pages;  the former John Heyer page, what appears to be his “real” page and a third page that spells his last name Salonis(emphasis added) that he is using to recruit Republicans to “like” the blog he edits for Vin.

Some Republicans fear that Salonis is using his secret identity for opposition research. “If I had accepted his friends request he would have had access to my entire timeline and things I share only with my ‘real friends’,” said one Monmouth County Republican elected official.  “He keeps adding our people to his facebook group and he is relentless,” said a Republican Party official.

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Posted: February 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments »

Middletown Man Found Alive and Well in Florida

Anthony TaselloAnthony Tassello, the 55 year old Middletown man reported missing by his family on Monday, was been located alive and well in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this morning, according to Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Proscecutor’s Office and the Middletown Police Department cancelled a press conference schedule for 11 a.m. this morning on the Tassello matter upon his location.  Detectives with the Middletown PD told MMM that the case is still being investigated and that more information will be forthcoming, perhaps this afternoon.

Tassello’s car was one of five burned in a suspicious fire at Tom’s Ford’s Keyport parking lot on Tuesday morning.

According to his facebook page, Tassello has been employed by Trap Rock Industries, a Princeton, NJ asphalt company owned by the Stavola family, since 1984.  Employees at Trap Rock declined to give any information about Tassello.

Posted: February 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

4 year old crashes car into Ocean Township building

Ocean Township Police LogoOcean Township- A four year old child who was left in a running car with his two year old sister climbed into the driver’s seat and put the car in reverse yesterday morning, causing the vehicle to back across a Rustic Drive parking lot before being stopped by a brick stairwell, according to a statement issued by the Ocean Township Police Department.  Neither child was hurt and there were no injuries reported.

The children’s father, Travaris S. Reevey, 41 of Ocean, was arrested on the scene by Officer Alisa Martinez and Detective Michael Melody.  Reevey was charged with child endangerment. During his arrest it was discovered that he was wanted on a Contempt of Court Warrant in Asbury Park.

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Posted: February 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Ocean Township | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Delayed Opening for State Offices

UPDATE:  Monmouth County’s Government offices open at 10:30 a.m. today.

New Jersey’s roads are open today, but Governor Chris Christie has ordered a delayed opening until 11 a.m. for State offices due to hazardous weather conditions. Essential personnel should go to work as normally scheduled.

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Posted: February 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: weather | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Gallagher on Power and Politics this weekend

Luke Margolis, Art Gallagher and Jay Lassiter on the News12 set

Luke Margolis, Art Gallagher and Jay Lassiter on the News12 set

Your favorite blogger appears on News12’s Power and Politics with Luke Margolis this weekend opposite the indefatigable Democratic activist Jay Lassiter.

Our topic was Congressman Chris Smith’s commitment to human rights and his controversial comments regarding LGBT rights vs human rights last month.

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Posted: February 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Art Gallagher, Chris Christie, Gay Marriage, Gender Equality, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Humanity, marriage, Marriage Equality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off