William F. Dowd, Longtime Monmouth GOP Chair, Dies at 74

William F. Dowd, 1943-2018

Bill Dowd, the longtime Monmouth Republican Chairman and a former State Assemblyman passed away on Saturday night.  He was 74 years old.

NewJerseyGlobe was the first to report Dowd’s passing.

Born on November 11, 1943 in Long Branch, Dowd graduated from Seton Hall University in 1966 and earned his law degree from Rutgers in 1970. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Politics, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Bob Hugin wins Monmouth GOP endorsement for U.S. Senate

Rich Pezzullo gets the CD-6 endorsement by acclamation 

Former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin won the endorsement of the Monmouth County Republican Committee for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination tonight besting Brian Goldberg by a margin of 121-17. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Hugin, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Pezzullo Says He Will Support Hugin For U.S. Senate

Bob Hugin and Rich Pezzullo

Rich Pezzullo declared that he would suspend his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate if Bob Hugin, the recently retired Executive Chairman of Celgene Corporation becomes a candidate.

Speaking to several hundred Monmouth County Republicans at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Pezzullo, of Freehold, said, ” I actually like the guy and trust him to advance our agenda vigorously and fearlessly. I encourage him to quit waffling and get into the race.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Hugin, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Curley says he won’t challenge Kiley in the primary, might run as an Independent

Disgraced Freeholder John Curley told The Asbury Park Press that he will not be a candidate for the Republican nomination for freeholder in the June 5 primary.   The Monmouth Republican County Committee, the grassroot volunteers who Curley called a “political machine” and “Club Monmouth,” endorsed Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley for the nomination on Saturday morning at a convention at iPlayAmerica in Freehold.

 

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Posted: February 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

Scharfenberger sworn in as Monmouth County Freeholder

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon issues the Oath of Office to Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger as his family looks on.

Freehold Township- Gerry Scharfenberger of Middletown was sworn in as a Monmouth County Freeholder on Saturday immediately after the Republican County Committee elected him by acclamation to fill the vacancy on the Board that occurred when Serena DiMaso took office in the State Assembly last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Gerry Scharfenberger, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Sue Kiley | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Curley blows his chance for the GOP endorsement for reelection

Disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley

Disgraced Freeholder John Curley will not be on the ballot on Saturday, February 3 when the Monmouth County Republican Committee selects its nominee for the freeholder seat that he currently holds.

Sue Kiley, the Deputy Mayor of Hazlet, is the only candidate for the nomination who submitted a letter of intent on time and with the required number of signatures from County Committee members per the Party By-Laws. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 29th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Monmouth GOP launches women’s leadership initiative

The Monmouth County Republican Party is inviting women who want to make a difference in their communities and get involved in government to participate in a GOP Women’s Leadership Initiative.

The first event will take place on Saturday, February 24, 9am, at Monmouth Republican Headquarters, 20 Route 537 in Colts Neck. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 23rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth GOP launches women’s leadership initiative

Will the Monmouth Dems Take Curley?

By Art Gallagher

Regardless of the outcome of Freeholder John Curley’s federal lawsuit to prevent the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders from Censuring him and to seal the investigative report into complaints of his harassment of County employees that he obviously believes will destroy his reputation, it is hard to imagine a scenario where Curley is nominated for reelection by the Monmouth GOP.

Curley’s term is up next year.  The Republican and Democrat Party nominees for the primary will be chosen by early April.

In his lawsuit, Curley alleges that the investigation and proposed censure is a “political hatchet job” by Freeholder Serena DiMaso.  The current mess does nothing for DiMaso politically.  Curley and DiMaso were successful running mates in 2012.  DiMaso is leaving the Board in January when she will be sworn into the State Assembly.  Nothing about this situation benefits DiMaso politically. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 4th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Golden Congratulates Thomson, Thanks LD 30 Republicans and NJ GOP

Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden issued a statement this morning congratulating newly elected Assemblyman Ned Thomson on his victory at the special election last evening and thanking all involved for a successful and orderly convention.

“Congratulations to Assemblyman Thomson.   I personally thank Ned for his willingness to take on the rigors of being a legislator as well as the demanding community and political commitments the job requires. Ned doesn’t need to do this.  I wholeheartedly welcome him to our leadership team. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Golden’s Touch: The magic power of “the line” is a myth

Photo by Marielanina LaRosa

Many pundits are explaining away Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s victory in the NJ GOP gubernatorial primary to the power of “the line” — the party organization’s column on the ballot, particularly in Monmouth and Ocean Counties where Guadagno earned 20,106 of her 37,712 vote margin of victory.

InsiderNJ pointed out this morning that Guadagno had the line in counties accounting for 46.4% of the average GOP vote share.  She won 46.8% of the vote.  Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli had the line in counties with 31.2% of the vote.  He earned 31.1% of the vote.

The implication is that a candidate is endorsed by a county political party is a shoe-in. Primary voters will magically show up on election day and vote down the line.

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Posted: June 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Golden’s Touch: The magic power of “the line” is a myth