Pallone will debate Sonnek-Schmelz

Plainfield Today photo

Plainfield Today photo

Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-6) is accepting his opponent’s challenge to debate.

Matthew Montekio, Pallone’s campaign manager, issued the following statement to MoreMonmouthMusings in response to the public challenge issued by the Republican challenger earlier today:

Congressman Pallone looks forward to the opportunity to debate. The Congressman continues to travel around Monmouth and Middlesex Counties talking directly with voters about the concerns of our community.

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Posted: September 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Arnone: Casino referendum is bad for Monmouth County

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone today announced his opposition to the public question that would amend the New Jersey Constitution to allow casino gambling in Northern New Jersey.

“My first responsibility as a Freeholder is to make sure Monmouth County’s interests are my top priority,” Arnone said in an announcement released by ‘Trenton’s Bad Bet,’ the group that has been campaigning against the constitutional amendment, “Unfortunately, the ballot question on casino expansion is misguided, shortchanges our horse racing industry, and favors a small group of out-of-state, special interests.”

“In no way does this legislation help Monmouth County,” Arnone concluded.

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Posted: September 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Casinos, Joe Irace, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Sonnek-Schmelz challenges Pallone to two debates

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz

Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, the Republican candidate for congress in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District (parts of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties) publicly challenged Congressman Frank Pallone to two debates today after not hearing back from the 28 year incumbent after extending a private invitation.

“Congressman Pallone should live up to his own words and debate me.  The people of the Sixth District deserve to hear him defend his failed policies and tell us why after 28 years in Congress, the loss of Fort Monmouth and the government corruption following Sandy, he deserves reelection,” said Sonnek-Schmelz.  “Pallone was chomping at the bit for debates when it would have benefited him politically during his failed U.S. Senate campaign. Failure by Mr. Pallone to agree to these debates would reveal him to not only be a hypocrite, but a brazen one at that.  I am hoping he exceeds my expectations and agrees to stand on a stage with me and contrast our competing visions for the country and our district face-to-face.”

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Posted: September 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Gopal blames County Republicans, MoreMonmouthMusings for Middletown High School North controversy

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Monmouth Democratic Chairman “Goofy” Gopal and Belmar Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty also blamed a protest at a campaign fundraiser on the Monmouth GOP and this website

In an email to the members of the Middletown Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. William George, Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal blamed the controversy about his candidates for Surrogate and Freeholder campaigning in a Middletown High School North honors Government, Law and Public Policy Program (GLP3) seminar on the Monmouth County Republicans and this website.

“I feel sorry for the school district that the County Republicans and a local blogger are trying to create a witch hunt and create an issue that does not exist,” Gopal wrote in his email last evening.

There he goes again. Whenever things go wrong for Gopal he blames the Republicans, this website and the boogeyman. 

That’s one of the reasons why we call him Goofy.

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Posted: September 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Matt Doherty, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Belmar and Sea Bright voters have decisions to make on Tuesday, September 27

voteThe big one is not until November 8, but for Belmar and Sea Bright residents, Tuesday September 27 is also election day as both borough’s are holding special elections with a public question.

In Belmar, voters are asked to approve or reject “Matt’s Law”, an amendment to the borough’s pay to play and ethics ordinance which significantly loosens to reporting requirements of campaign contributions and allows borough officials to act in their official capacities in matters involving campaign donors like liquor license holders, developers and other borough vendors.   The ordinance is nicknamed for Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty because it was passed by the council at roughly the same time Doherty became a Democrat candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder.  Doherty said the ordinance had nothing to do with his candidacy, but was designed to make it easier for Belmar Republicans to raise campaign funds.

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Posted: September 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Monmouth County News, Sea Bright | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Get your flu shots in Atlantic Highlands on Tuesday

Scott Eagelton, co-owner of Bayshore Pharmacy, administers a flu shot to his partner, Richard Stryker

Scott Eagelton, co-owner of Bayshore Pharmacy, administers a flu shot to his partner, Richard Stryker. photo via facebook

Are you ready for flu season?

Bayshore Pharmacy, Card and Gift Shop is hosting a flu shot clinic at the Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall, 100 First Ave, on Tuesday, September 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m   There is no charge for Medicare patients. Most insurances will pay for the shot.  Residents not covered for the shot by insurance will be charged $25.00

Richard Stryker, Co-owner of the pharmacy said that the same deal is available at his store, located at 2 Bayshore Plaza (the same location as Foodtown) on Route 36 in Atlantic Highlands for resident who can not attend the clinic at Borough Hall on Tuesday.  “No appointments. No excuses,” Stryker said.

Posted: September 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Monmouth Democrats threaten to sue over the Middletown High School North story

Snapshot 2 (5-26-2016 10-48 AM)For the second time in less than a month, the Monmouth County Democrats have threatened to sue MoreMonmouthMusings.

Earlier this month Maggie Moran, former Governor Corzine’s campaign manager and Deputy Chief of Staff and the wife of Belmar Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty threatened to take legal action against us if we did not correct or retract a story wherein we claimed she worked for Ashbritt, the company that made millions cleaning up the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy and the company Belmar hired after Dirty Doherty fired a local clean up contractor.  We responded by publishing her lawyer’s letter and proof that Maggie worked on behalf of Ashbritt, in the form of marketing materials with Maggie’s name and phone number on it.

Yesterday, Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal, threatened to sue, not about something we wrote, but about something we might write.

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Posted: September 26th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Matt Doherty, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Talk of Christie’s impeachment is ridiculous

The media buzz about the possibility of Governor Chris Christie being impeached is nothing more than click bait.  It’s not going to happen. The people writing that it could or should happen either know it won’t happen, don’t know what they are talking about or are trying to ensure that Christie has no political future.

The buzz got started when both the prosecution and the defense attorneys in the Bridgegate trial claimed that Christie knew that the George Washington Bridge lane closures in September of 2013 were political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich while the lanes were closed and not a part of a traffic study.  Christie has already been convicted of that in the court of public opinion.

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Posted: September 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Monmouth Democrats were invited to campaign at Middletown High School North during school hours

Second Middletown Teacher caught engaging in Democrat partisan activity during school hours this year

middletown-north-signA photo of Monmouth County Democrat candidates for Surrogate and Freeholder speaking to a seminar of Middletown High School North freshmen and sophomore participants in the school’s honors Government, Law and Public Policy Program (GLP3) Pathway was posted on the campaign facebook page of Surrogate candidate Vincent Solomeno last Tuesday with the caption “Thrilled to join Matt Doherty and Sue Fulton for Monmouth County Freeholder 2016 and speak to students about county government at Middletown High School North.  Get involved!”

None of the three candidates have any experience in county government.

The seminar was supervised by Patti May, a teacher who is a Democrat candidate for Borough Council in Eatontown.  Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal held a fundraiser for the teacher at the Jumping Brook Country Club in June.

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Posted: September 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Elections, Education, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments »

Sheriff Golden Shares Counter-terrorism and Homeland Security Practices With Jewish Federation

Sheriff Shaun Golden and members of the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey

Sheriff Shaun Golden and members of the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden met with members of the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey on Monday at the Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Center in Freehold to discuss emergency action plans for faith based organizations as part of his ongoing commitment to training faith based organizations in keeping their members and children safe.

During the fortuitously scheduled event which followed terrorist attacks in nearby Ocean and Union Counties and New York City last weekend, Golden spoke about the Sheriff’s Office’s continuing proactive approach to addressing homeland security and counter terrorism issues, and, offered advice and assistance to the attendees.

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Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »