Happy Gerri Popkin Day!

Gerri PopkinToday is Gerri Popkin Day in Monmouth County!

Well, officially it will be (will have been?) tonight when the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders declare it so in a proclamation honoring Gerri’s nearly 30 years of public service.  I never understood why the Freeholders honor people with a day in their name at the end of that day.  Gerri has made a deep enough positive impact in Monmouth County in both her professional career and her political activism that the Freeholders should name an entire month or a building, at the very least a conference room, in her honor.


Popkin is retiring as Monmouth County’s Director of Purchasing after 28 years on July 1.  As Director of Purchasing, she supervised a staff of 12 and was responsible for acquiring $100 million in goods and services annually. Prior to becoming Director of Purchasing, Gerri was the Director of Consumer Affairs. For two years in the mid-1980’s, she was a executive with the New Jersey Lottery.

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Posted: June 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Monmouth GOP Affiliated Club | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Happy Gerri Popkin Day!

Atlantic Highlands Mayor Fred Rast Encourages Republicans and Independent Voters To Vote For Lou Fligor on June 2

Dear Citizens of Atlantic Highlands,

Over the past seven years that I have been your Mayor, I have made sure that politics played a very small role in operating our town. The successes we Fred Rasthave had during these years are 100% due to the fact that I, as Mayor, and most of our Council, have worked together to protect and enhance our town.

I have also never allowed political interference in my appointments and actions. As a matter of fact, approximately half of my appointments have been people who are not registered Republicans.

The County, as is their prerogative, have chosen to support the request of the Atlantic Highlands Chair of the Republican Party to place Jack Archibald as the “Party Line Candidate”. The vote of the local Republican Committee between Lou and Jack was a split vote of 4 to 4. We believe the people should have a choice so the Atlantic Highlands Republican party will have a primary on June 2, 2015.

Lou Fligor is his own man. He is the most dedicated public servant of the people of our town, a champion of our town’s people. He has led the battle to force the Gas Company’s clean-up operations. He spearheaded the committee to dissolve the Atlantic Highlands/Highlands Regional Sewer Authority, which has saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last year alone. Lou is the person we all see working for our town 365 days a year, not just during election time. He is a self-made man, who keeps his actions above political considerations. He is a true, loyal friend to all of our town’s people. Lou wants the job, not just the title as Mayor.

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Posted: May 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

Edith T. Nowels: Rest in Peace

Edith T. NowelsIt is with great sadness that I report the death of Edith Thorne Nowels.

Edith was tireless, passionate and loving advocate who dedicated herself completely to causes she believed in. Edith T. Nowels was a patriot who loved America, and loved the men and women who fought for our freedom in our military.

Edith was a member of the Monmouth County Republican Committee for 41 years. For many of those years she was the Municipal Chairwoman of Brielle.

Edith spent much of her last years making sure that the Veterans of World War II were honored as those who survived the war aged and met their natural deaths.

She was forever promoting the memory of her brother, Cpl. Horace “Bud” Thorne, who sacrificed his life in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.

Below the fold, please view the videos of Edith parachuting last November with The All Veterans Group and the video tribute to her brother Bud’s life and sacrifice.

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Posted: April 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

Golden: The Next Generation is a Republican Generation

Shaun Golden

Chairman Shaun Golden

Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden released a statement this morning announcing that his slate of municipal candidates this year included six Young Republican Leaders under the age of 35.

Candidates for local office filed to run with their respective Municipal Clerks all across Monmouth County on Monday. It is clear by the two parties’ selection of nominees, that Republicans in Monmouth County are the only ones offering voters a chance to elect a new generation of leaders with fresh, bold ideas for the future.

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Posted: April 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Insiders: Monmouth Dems will only compete in LD 11 this year

Vin Gopal

Vin Gopal

Monmouth County Democratic insiders tell MMM that all Monmouth County and Legislative Republicans except Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande and Mary Pat Angelini will essentially get a free pass to election this year as Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal has been unable to recruit candidates or raise money for the legislative races in legislative districts 12, 13 and 30, or the County Offices of Freeholder and Clerk.

Gopal is expected to leave the candidate recruitment in LDs 12 and 30 to the other counties included in those districts.  The 30th district, currently represented in the Assembly by Republicans Dave Rible and Sean Kean, has 12 towns in Monmouth County and two in Ocean County. Seven of the fourteen towns in the 12th district are on Monmouth County.  The other seven are split between Burlington, Ocean and Middlesex Counties.  The 12th district is represented by Republicans Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton.

Gopal’s trial balloon last December of making a second run for Assembly in the 11th himself( he ran in 2011) went over like the Hindenburg with State Democrats, other County Chairs and Special Interest donors who he had convinced that the money they invested in Monmouth County last year would lead to a pick up of Freeholder seats.

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Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 13th Legislative District, 2015 Legislative Races, Legislature, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 6 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 »

Christie nominates Hanlon as Monmouth County Clerk


Christine Giordano Hanlon and Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French at the Assembly Republicans event in Atlantic City, February 2, 2015. photo by Art Gallagher

Governor Chris Christie has nominated Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq., to replace M. Claire French as Monmouth County Clerk.

French, who has served as Clerk since 1997 and been elected four times, announced her retirement effective in March last month. Her term was scheduled to expire at the end of 2017.

Hanlon, of Ocean Township, is an attorney at Archer & Greiner’s Middletown, NJ office.  She serves as Deputy Borough Attorney in Tinton Falls, Prosecutor in Atlantic Highlands and as a Commissioner of the Monmouth County Board of Elections.  A member of Christie’s transition team in 2009, Hanlon is also Vice Chair of the Monmouth County Republican Organization.

Hanlon’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the State Senate.  It is expected that Hanlon will be nominated to run for a full five year term by the Monmouth GOP and stand for election in November.

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Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christine Hanlon, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 51 Comments »

Golden and Curley DO AC

Shaun Golden, John Curley, Atlantic City

Monmouth County GOP Chairman Shaun Golden and Freeholder John Curley made their statewide debuts on Monday before the assembled Republicans in Atlantic City.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Monmouth County, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

How to make a new political blog a success

William H. Seward

William H. Seward

By Art Gallagher

This post is being written for my friends in politics.  Consider it a post in the nature of the early days of MoreMonmouthMusings.blogspot.com when I had only a few hundred readers per day, most of whom were the politicians I was writing about, their staff members and political junkies.

Many politicians can’t help but read about themselves.  It’s an addiction stronger than cocaine, nicotine or heroin.  The unfortunate thing, for the the politicians and their families, is the “bad stuff” sets them off and is a much stronger addiction than the good stuff.  That is especially true about the “good” politicians.

We can all think of examples of politicians who started to believe their positive press and then turned into assholes.  This post is not for them.

This post is for the “good” politicians who read blogs that nobody else reads (yet) that are writing “bad” stuff about them, either true or false…accuracy doesn’t matter in the short term  for a new site to gain traction.

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Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

On the air: Lawbreakers Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo — the Monmouth GOP Hits Back

The Monmouth County Republican Committee has launched a radio ad campaign against Democratic Freeholder Candidates Larry Luttrell and Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo.

The 60 second spots refer to the challengers as “Obama Democrats” who will do to Monmouth County what Obama did to wreck our economy. The ads emphasize “Lawbreakers” Luttrell and Grillo’s difficulties in following the law before ending on a positive note outlining Freeholders Lillian Burry and Gary Rich’s records of fiscal stability while providing outstanding parks, schools and safe communities.

There are three different editions of the ad that will be playing on the radio airwaves in Monmouth County for the next week.  One version of the ad is posted above and another below the photo.

Democratic Freeholder Candidates Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo and Lawrence Luttrell talked about their arrests and the Lincroft Village Green candidates forum

Democratic Freeholder Candidates Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo and Lawrence Luttrell talked about their arrests and the Lincroft Village Green candidates forum

Posted: October 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, Middletown Democrats, Monmouth County, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »