Monmouth Republicans Boast Bi-Partisan Support At Summer/Campaign Kickoff

Bar A KimLake Como, NJ-Over 400 Monmouth County residents, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, packed into Bar Anticipation after the storm on Wednesday evening to kick off summer and to support the Republican slate of Monmouth County office holders who are seeking reelection in November.

The Republican team of Sheriff Shaun Golden, Surrogate Rosemarie Peters, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso held their 7th Annual Summer/Campaign Kickoff in the popular outdoor venue that features its own sand and cabanas a mile from the beach.  Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno was on hand to support her home county officials. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth Republicans Boast Bi-Partisan Support At Summer/Campaign Kickoff

Monmouth GOP: Doherty is bought and paid for by out of county special interests

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Republicans Sheriff Shaun Golden, Surrogate Rosemarie Peters, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso

The Monmouth County Republican Organization said that Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Freeholder in the June 7 primary, is bought and paid for by Trenton lobbyists, Wall Street executives and North Jersey political bosses “seeking to turn Monmouth County Government into their own Hudson County style patronage machine.”

In a press release distributed Monday afternoon, the Monmouth GOP organization said that Doherty’s latest campaign finance report indicates that over 60% of the $98,000 he disclosed the source of came from donors who reside outside of Monmouth County.

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Posted: May 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Elections, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Monmouth Dems Have A Freeholder Primary

Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal blames MMM publisher Art Gallagher for his primary fight

By Art Gallagher

Monmouth Dem Freeholder candidates Brenda Sue Fulton and Matt Doherty face a primary challenge from Bernie Sanders supporters Angelica Ashford and Laury Wills

Monmouth Dem Freeholder candidates Brenda Sue Fulton and Matt Doherty face a primary challenge from Bernie Sanders supporters Angelica Ashford and Laury Wills

The two Democrat nominees for Monmouth County Freeholder will be decided by voters in the Democrat Primary on June 4 as two candidates affiliated with the Bernie Sanders for President campaign filed to run for the nominations on Monday in Freehold.

Angelica Ashford of Manalapan and Laury Wills of Little Silver will be running against Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty and Brenda Sue Fulton in the Democrat primary.  Doherty and Fulton are the choice of Monmouth Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal and will be bracketed on the primary ballot with the Hillary Clinton for President campaign.

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Posted: April 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Monmouth Freeholders Cut Taxes and Spending

DEMOCRATS TRY TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso at the Asbury Park St. Pat's Parade

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso at the Asbury Park St. Pat’s Parade

The all Republican Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a budget which included a $18.2 million spending cut and a $4.5 million property tax cut last Thursday.

“This budget reduces the tax impact on residents and businesses and returns the amount to be raised by taxation to the 2010 level,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “In January, I called for a roll back of last year’s 1.4 percent tax increase and we have achieved that.”

“Cost cutting and belt tightening over the past six years and the sale of the two County care centers have made it possible for this Freeholder Board to present a budget that resets our spending to below the 2007 amount,” Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso said.

Monmouth County’s government now spends $5.5 million less on salaries than it did in 2008 and has 1000 fewer employees than it did seven years ago when the Republican Party won control of the Freeholder Board back from the Democrats.

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Posted: March 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Pryor Wins Neptune City Special Election, Monmouth GOP prevails over bus loads of Democratic canvassers

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Neptune City Councilman Richard Pryor, center, celebrates his reelection with Neptune City and Monmouth GOP leaders. Click photo for larger view

The streets of Neptune City were reminiscent of Newark, Jersey City or Chicago on election day Tuesday as out of town canvassers worked the town to get Democrats to come out and vote in a Special Election for a Council seat that was vacated as a result of a tie vote last November.

The State Democratic Party emailed Democrat activists statewide, imploring them to knock on doors and make phone calls in Neptune City, “because it is the home of Monmouth County Freeholder Director and Republican Leader Tom Arnone, who previously served as mayor.” U.S. Senator Cory Booker made a robocall for the Democrat candidate. An estimated 30 out of towners were bused in on Tuesday to to find Democratic votes to drag to the polls.

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Posted: March 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Neptune City, Tom Kean JR | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Sen Jen Beck: Christie should lead or quit

Jen Beck

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank) told the Asbury Park Press Editorial Board today that Governor Chris Christie needs to choose between campaigning actively for Donald Trump or leading the State of New Jersey.

“If he is going to go on the campaign trail with Donald Trump, he cannot continue to serve as our governor,” she said in an editorial board meeting Wednesday with the Asbury Park Press. “The governorship of the state of New Jersey is more than a full-time job.”

Beck noted the success Christie had during his first term while he was engaged and leading the the way in Trenton. “I think he can lead if he is here,” she said.

Assemblywomen Amy Handlin echoed Beck’s sentitment, according to APP.

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Posted: March 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

Monmouth GOP endorses Brent Sonnek-Schmelz to challenge Pallone

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Brent Sonnek-Schmelz

Freehold Township- The Monmouth County Republican Committee endorsed Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, a member of the Atlantic Highlands Board of Education, to challenge Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr in the November 8, 2016 election last night during their annual nominating convention at iPlay America.

Sonneck-Schmelz, 39, is an Eagle Scout, attorney, Wharton educated MBA and entrepreneur who announced to the world that he likes to wear short shorts in the summer when he won $100,000 as a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.  He currently works as the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of The Soccer Post, a family owned franchise system of soccer stores with 33 locations nationally, and as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of City Sports, a Boston based sports apparel retailer that he is working to relaunch.

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Posted: February 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, 2016 Elections, 2016 Presidential Politics, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Golden, Peters, Arnone and DiMaso Announce Reelection Campaign

Sheriff Shaun Golden and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Sheriff Shaun Golden and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Before an enthusiastic crowd of over 600 Monmouth County supporters at the Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale, Sheriff (and County GOP Chairman) Shaun Golden announced that he, Freeholders Tom Arnone and Serena DiMaso, and Surrogate Rosemarie Peters are all running for reelection in November.

“We don’t need to make Monmouth County great again,” Golden declared with a reference to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Monmouth County is great!”

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Posted: January 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Monmouth and Assembly Republicans Support Marlboro GOP

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnik (center-right) presents a check to the "Positively Marlboro" GOP candidates, Sui Allex for Council, Ira Goldberg for Mayor and Council candidate John Dwyer, far right, as campaign treasurer Mario Giudice licks his lips

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (center-right) presents a check to the “Positively Marlboro” GOP candidates, Sui Allex for Council, Ira Goldberg for Mayor and Council candidate John Dwyer, far right, as campaign treasurer Mario Giudice licks his lips in anticipation in the background photo bomb.

Republican activists and leaders from throughout Monmouth County and beyond gathered with the Marlboro Party faithful last night at the Bella Vista Country Club, providing the “Positively Marlboro” GOP slate of Ira Goldberg for Mayor and Council Candidates Sui Allex and John Dwyer with a boost of enthusiasm and campaign cash for their uphill battle to unseat Democratic Mayor Jon Hornik and his “Right Team” slate of incumbent council members Randi Marder and Mike Scalea.

“Two hours ago I was in the Governor’s backyard,” Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, the headliner of the event, said as he started his remarks. “Where are you going?,” Bramnick said the Governor wanted to know as he prepared to leave.”  “Marlboro.”  “Why?” “Because Selika Josiah Gore (Chair of the Marlboro GOP) called me an wouldn’t get off the line until I agreed.”

“This is the most energetic Republican event I have seen this season,” Bramnick said during his remarks and announced that he would write a check to the campaign from his own account on the spot.

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Posted: September 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Marlboro, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth and Assembly Republicans Support Marlboro GOP

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!