GOP Freeholder candidates Nick DiRocco and Tom Arnone and Sheriff Shaun Golden are running to defend Monmouth’s great quality of life
The Monmouth County Democrats held a mini-convention on Saturday in Long Branch to endorse their candidates for Assembly in districts 11,12,13 and 30 for the June 4 primary. The also endorsed primary candidates for Monmouth County Sheriff and and two Freeholder seats.
The Monmouth GOP held their annual nominating convention last Saturday, March 9 at iPlayAmerica in Freehold, where over 400 enthusiastic Republican County Committee members came out to endorse their County and Assembly candidates by acclamation. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 17th, 2019 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 13th Legislative District, 2019 elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: 2019 elections, Allison Tucker Friedman, Barbara Singer, Caroline Casagrande, David Lande, Eric Houghtaling, Gerry Scharfenberger, Joann Downey, Kevin Tuohy, Malini Guha, Mary Pat Angelini, Matt Woolley, Michael Penna, Mike Amoroso, Moira Nelson, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Nick DiRocco, Rob Clifton, Ron Dancer, Serena DiMaso, Shaun Golden, Steven Farkas, Tom Arnone, Yasin Celik | 1 Comment »
Republican Assembly candidates condemn Murphy’s budget and tax hikes
LD 11 Assembly Candidates Matt Woolley and Mike Amoroso
Matt Woolley and Mike Amoroso, the presumptive Republican nominees for Assembly in the 11th legislative district denounced Governor Murphy’s “reckless state budget proposal”in a statement released on Tuesday evening.
“Despite Governor Murphy’s characterization, there is nothing ‘responsible’ or ‘fair’ about his budget proposal. His irresponsible plan will continue to force residents to flee from New Jersey to low-cost states, amplifying the financial burden for those who remain and already struggle to live here,” said Woolley, 29, of Ocean Township. “$1.2 billion in new spending, in addition to last year’s $2.7 billion budget increase, only hurts the state’s middle class.”
“New Jersey taxpayers should be very worried today,” said Amoroso, 50, the President of the Freehold Township Board of Education. “Instead of adding more taxes on the backs of hardworking residents, our leadership in Trenton needs new, creative talent to finally work toward solving the current tax and spend frenzy.”
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Posted: March 6th, 2019 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2019 elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2019 elections, LD 11, Matt Woolley, Mike Amoroso, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Assembly, NJ Assembly Republicans | 10 Comments »
Senator-elect Vin Gopal and Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning. photo via facebook, posted Oct 9
By Art Gallagher
Jennifer Beck had an internal poll showing her leading Vin Gopal by 17% in September. Gopal had a poll showing him losing to Beck by 6% in mid October. Another Gopal poll showed him winning by 1% last week. Beck said last week that she thought it was a 3% race. So how did Gopal pull off a 7% victory on Tuesday night?
Gopal’s campaign knocked on 40,000 doors in Asbury Park, Eatontown, Long Branch, Ocean Township and Tinton Falls, according to a veteran Democrat operative who participated in the effort.
The Senator-elect had a fresh and energetic army of volunteers and paid canvassers join his committed troops in the field on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Beck’s campaign closed with a Hail Mary pass and a fire drill. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 9th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 elections, Analysis, Jennifer Beck, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | 10 Comments »
By Joe Hadden
These days it seems that in order to oppose someone politically, it is necessary to “ist” them. If they disagree with you they must be a fascist, communist, racist, sexist, socialist, etc. I don’t need to do that to voice my opposition to Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey. Demonizing them is not necessary.
Mr. Houghtaling and Ms. Downey are not evil, they’re just incompetent as elected representatives. They voted yes on a budget that took state aid away from many school districts in LD11, including Ocean Township. During the LD11 debate, Mr. Houghtaling was asked if New Jersey should become a Sanctuary State since his party’s candidate for Governor said it should. Mr. Houghtaling responded that he didn’t have an opinion on the issue. I dare say he might be the only person in New Jersey who doesn’t. He still hasn’t come up with an answer. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 28th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County Life, Opinion | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 elections, Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey, Joe Hadden, Michael Whalen, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion, Rob Acerra | Comments Off on Opinion: Elect Rob Acerra and Michael Whelan to Assembly in the 11th District
Freehold Boro Councilman Jaye Sims announced his support for Senator Jennifer Beck’s reelection in the 11th legislative district.
An eleven year veteran of the Boro’s all Democrat governing body, Sims pointed to Beck’s record of success in delivering results for Freehold Borough and its overcrowded, underfunded schools as the main reason for his across-the-aisle endorsement.
“Senator Jennifer Beck has always been an independent voice who has consistently been an advocate for our residents, our children and our schools. Senator Beck has been instrumental in obtaining additional funding for Freehold Borough’s public schools, culminated in her success in securing $25 million in capital funding to renovate and enlarge Freehold Borough’s schools” said Councilman Sims. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 19th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Legislative election, Councilman Jaye Sims, Freehold Boro, Freehold Borough, Jaye Sims, LD 11, Monmouth County News, Senator Jennifer Beck | Comments Off on Freehold Boro Councilman Jaye Sims, a Democrat, endorses Senator Jennifer Beck
By Michael J. Panter
Like Kevin Asadi and other residents, I recently received the letter from Senate candidate Vin Gopal which denounces the Assessment Demonstration Program (the “ADP”), implemented in 2013, as the source of high property taxes.
Since I have run in four state elections in Monmouth County, I have been in Mr. Gopal’s shoes. Political operatives refer to the weeks before an election as the “silly season”, since candidates will say almost anything about their opponents to generate a headline.
However, there is a line which should never be crossed – candidates should not issue false or misleading information, since it not only subjects them to legal liability, but most importantly, it does a disservice to taxpayers. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 8th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Property Taxes, Taxes, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, Assessment Demonstration Program, Assessment Pilot Program, Kevin Asadi, LD 11, Michael J. Panter, Michael Panter, Mike Panter, Monmouth County News, NJ Property Taxes, Property tax assessments, Vin Gopal | 7 Comments »
By Kevin I. Asadi
Kevin I. Asadi
Monmouth County residents: I received this letter in the mail today from Vin Gopal. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but a letter like this shows such a gross and shocking misunderstanding of how property taxes work, that I fear what damage he might do to all of us, should he win.
I handle property tax appeals as part of my law practice. Here is how it works, basically: the property you own is given an assessed value by the local tax assessor or by a revaluation company. In most counties, that assessment will remain the same year after year, until the town decides to perform a revaluation or a reassessment.
Whether your assessed value is $100,000 or $1,000,000, either way, your town needs a certain number of dollars in the kitty each year in order to operate. Take the amount of money the town needs divided by their total assessments, and the quotient is called the “general tax rate.” The property tax dollars you pay is the product of your assessed value times the general tax rate. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 5th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, Assessment Demonstration Program, Assessment Pilot Program, Kevin Asadi, Kevin I. Asadi, LD 11, Monmouth County News, NJ Property Taxes, Property Tax Assessment, Property Taxes, Vin Gopal | 3 Comments »
DNC Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison preaching hate in Asbury Park, March 31, 2017. Vin Gopal and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, left, look on with approval
Congressman Keith Ellison, the Deputy Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, evoked the Holocaust on Monday, comparing illegal immigrants and their children to Jews in 1941 Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 21st, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, NJ Democrats, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Legislative election, Democratic National Committee, District 4 Coalition for Change, Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey, Keith Ellison, LD 11, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Opinion, Senator Jennifer Beck, Vin Gopal | 2 Comments »
By Declan O’Scanlon
Vin Gopal and the Easter Bunny photo via @gopalforsenate
Democratic state Senate candidate Vin Gopal, in his Aug. 20 oped “Consolidate small towns,” extolled the virtues of municipal consolidation as if he were presenting a new, fresh approach to the concept. An honest reading of his own words destroys both his credibility on the property tax issue, and his paralyzing duplicity as a candidate.
Let’s concede up front that in order to solve our high property tax problem we will need consolidation and sharing of services. But that’s a very small piece of the essential reform pie.
Gopal, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican state Sen. Jennifer Beck in the 11th District, tries to suggest that because those of us — like Beck and me — fighting the fight to reduce property taxes haven’t yet declared victory, he might be able to do a better job. But in his own words he actually says he would make things worse — actually make it harder to consolidate or enact reforms that will reduce property taxes. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Legislative election, Declan O'Scanlon, Jennifer Beck, LD 11, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Property Taxes, Vin Gopal | 3 Comments »