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Christie dancing with the star

Governor Chris Christie danced with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show last night and said that “hypothetically” he could beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election.

The appearance made me feel nostalgic for the #Stonger Than The Storm ad campaign and Jay Leno.

Posted: June 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton, News | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Stronger than the storm?

New Jersey’s economy should be booming with reconstruction. It isn’t.

There should be hundreds of construction workers in Highlands, Union Beach, Sea Bright and other Sandy impacted communities every day.  They are not working and don’t look to be anytime soon.

Short changed by insurance companies/the National Flood Insurance Plan. Arduous applications for aid followed by red tape, bureaucratic incompetence and rules that halt rebuilding.  Expensive and time consuming zoning approvals to rebuild what was there before.  Pleas for help are answered with finger pointing between bureaucrats at different levels of government who are getting paid for their bullshit and going home every night.

“GO, GO, GO, REBUILD, you’ll get reimbursed,” we were told after the storm. We trusted our government. They lied.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, FEMA, National Flood Insurance Plan, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Stronger than the storm?

Stronger Than The Storm: Sport Illustrated’s Swim Suit Edition Features The Jersey Shore

Sport’s Illustrated’s annual swim suit edition, usually shot in tropical island locations, features supermodel Hannah Davis enjoying the boardwalk at Seaside Heights and the beaches of Island Beach State Park and Cape May.

It is not known at this time if any federal Sandy Relief funds were used to recruit SI and Davis to the Jersey Shore, but Congressman Frank Pallone will probably call for an investigation.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Stronger Than The Storm: Sport Illustrated’s Swim Suit Edition Features The Jersey Shore

Pallone’s Lies to HUD, The Media, Continue To Unravel

Congressman Frank Pallone  moving his lips, and fingers

Congressman Frank Pallone moving his lips, and fingers

On early Monday morning, 6:54, in the midst of the Bridgegate network and cable TV media feeding frenzy engulfing Governor Chris Christie, CNN reported an “Exclusive” story that  “federal officials” were investigating whether Christie had “improperly used” some of the Sandy Relief money used to produce the Stonger than the Storm tourism ad campaign.  The source of the “Exclusive” was Congressman Frank Pallone.

Within the hour, Pallone had widely released a statement to the media and posted it on his federally funded website, that contained the information reported “Exclusively” by CNN.

That should have been the media’s first clue that Pallone is not trustworthy.  He offered an exclusive to CNN, and then spread, the story, like a crack whore needing another fix.

But no, the media lapped up the story.  It led the 8 am hour of most network morning news shows, and dominated the the political news of the day as an “additional federal investigation” that Christie was facing.

The story was a lie. Not an exaggeration. A lie.

MMM was the first media outlet to fact check the story. We started doing so immediately upon reading it on CNN.

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Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Frank Pallone, Pallone | Tags: , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Pallone Lied To HUD Inspector General When Asking For #Stronger Than Storm Audit

Christie was not first choice as star of #STTS campaign

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Congressman Frank Pallone during the 2013 Democratic U.S. Senate Primary Debate

Congressman Frank Pallone lied to the Department and Housing and Urban Development’s Inspector General when he asked that they audit the Christie Administration’s 2013 post-Superstorm Sandy Shore Tourism ad campaign.

In his August 8, 2013 letter to HUD Inspector General David Montoya, Pallone said:

Recently released documents relating to the bidding process and contract award for this marketing campaign show that the contract was awarded to a firm that is charging over $2 million more than the next lowest bidder to develop the marketing plan.  The winning firm is being paid $4.7 million for their work, while a comparable firm proposed billing the state $2.5 million for similar work.  This large discrepancy between the competing proposals raises concerns as to whether these federal funds are being spent in the most cost effective manner, and should be reviewed by your office.

I am also concerned that the winning bid proposed including Governor Chris Christie in the advertisements, while the lower cost proposal that was not selected did not.  As you know, the Governor is running for reelection this year in a high profile race.  It is inappropriate for taxpayer-funded dollars that are critical to our state’s recovery from this natural disaster to fund commercials that could potentially benefit a political campaign.  In these sensitive circumstances, even the appearance of a conflict of interest should be avoided.

The fact that this particular proposal was chosen despite an obvious conflict of interest, in addition to the higher costs, raises serious concerns with the entire process.  I fought hard for passage of the Sandy aid package in Congress by assuring my colleagues that this funding was critical to our recovery and that it would be spent responsibly without waste, fraud and abuse.  Many in Congress objected to this funding precisely because of concerns their citizens’ tax dollars would be misspent.  In that regard, the state’s mismanagement of taxpayer funds for this marketing campaign is extremely troubling, especially when there are so many New Jersey residents still in need of assistance to recover and rebuild from this historic storm.

But the firm behind the #STTS ad campaign, MWW of East Rutherford, said their proposal was $2.745 million under the $25 million budget and $1.47 million lower than the runner-up’s bid.  MWW said their proposal offered the lowest hourly rate of all bids.

(Vote Here: Which song would Frank Pallone choose for the New Jersey Tourism ad?)

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Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this Labor Day Weekend

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Sunday, Sept. 1

• BBQ & Craft Beer Festival at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO

• Garden State Wine Festival at Allaire Village – MORE INFO

• St. Benedict’s Festival (Holmdel) – MORE INFO

• NY Yankees vs. Orioles via Seastreak Ferry (Highlands) – MORE INFO

• Asbury Fresh Local Artisan Market – MORE INFO

• Last Blast of Summer at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park) – MORE INFOkayaking_1(1)

The B Street Band (Sea Bright) – MORE INFO

• Free “Spectacular Fireworks” at Keansburg Amusement Park – MORE INFO

• NJFC Flapjack Fundraiser (Ocean Twp) – MORE INFO

• Labor Day Regatta (Oceanport) – MORE INFO

• Labor Day Weekend Sale at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets (Tinton Falls) – MORE INFO

• Presentation: Exciting New Products from Microsoft (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

• Fireworks on the Beach (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

Pat Guadagno (Monmouth Beach) – MORE INFO

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• Cove Trail Hike (Howell) – MORE INFO

• Holiday Express Sunset Clambake (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

• Manasquan Reservoir Boat Tours – MORE INFO

 

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Posted: August 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Seastreak Ferry, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this Labor Day Weekend

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, August 16-18, 2013

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Saturday, August 17

• West End Classic Car Cruise Night (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

• Spring Lake Summer Sidewalk Sale – MORE INFO

• Red Bank StreetLife – MORE INFO

• Dawn Patrol at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO

Navesink River Kayak Tour with NY/NJ Baykeeper (Locust) – MORE INFO

You’re Good Man, Charlie Brown by Center Players (Freehold) – MORE INFO

• The Guess Who (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO

• Monmouth County SPCA Yard Sale (Eatontown) – MORE INFOwindansea2

• Manasquan Fine Art & Music Night – MORE INFO

Grease by Garden State Players (Holmdel) – MORE INFO

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Posted: August 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, August 9-11, 2013

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 Sunday, August 11

• NY Yankees vs. Tigers via Seastreak Ferry (Highlands) – MORE INFO

• Ocean Township Italian Festival – MORE INFO

Saving Kitty at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

The Wizard of Oz at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO

Shade Tree Mechanics (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

• Kidz Bop Live! (Freehold Twp) – MORE INFO

Harry at Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO

• Kortney’s Challenge Fun Run/Walk at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO

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Posted: August 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Seastreak Ferry, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend. August 2-4, 2013 #STTS

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Friday, August 2

Manasquan Summer Sidewalk Sale – MORE INFO

The Diary of Anne Frank by Center Players (Freehold) – MORE INFO

Highlands Clam Festival – MORE INFO

Manasquan Firemen’s Fair – MORE INFO

Saving Kitty at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

Shakespeare by the Sea (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO

Memories of Elvis (Middletown) – MORE INFO

The Wizard of Oz at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO

Pat Roddy (Belmar) – MORE INFO

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Return to Asbury 2013 – MORE INFO

Children of Eden at St. John’s Community Playhouse (Hazlet) – MORE INFO

Visit Martha’s Vineyard via Seastreak Ferry (Highlands) – MORE INFO

Seining at the Bayshore (Port Monmouth) – MORE INFO

Embroidery for Beginners (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO

Red Bank Ghost Tours – MORE INFO

107.1 FM Live Broadcast from Pier Village (Long Branch) – MORE INFO

La Cage Aux Folles (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO

Exotic Driving Experiences at Raceway Park – MORE INFO

“No Relation Quartet” at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

Back-to-School & Fall Preview Sale at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets (Tinton Falls) – MORE INFO

 

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Saturday, August 3

Highlands Clam Festival – MORE INFO

Coin, Card & Currency Show (Colts Neck) – MORE INFO

Manasquan Firemen’s Fair – MORE INFO

NY Mets vs. Royals via Seastreak Ferry (Highlands) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 31st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend. August 2-4, 2013 #STTS

A Campaign We Can All Agree On

Boardwalk Breakfast Empire. photo via facebook

Boardwalk Breakfast Empire. photo via facebook

This is a first.  I’ve found a ticket of candidates that all MoreMonmouthMusing readers can rally behind.

Joanne Distefano Garelli and her friends Timothy Boulous and Ilene Winters are in the running  to win $50,000 and a food truck in the Food Network’s  The Great Food Truck Race.

Garelli and her husband Steve operated Steve’s Breakfast and Lunch in Sea Bright for 37 years before Superstorm Sandy destroyed the business that served up great omelets and muffins.

Now Joanne has joined with Timothy and Ilene as Boardwalk Breakfast Empire to compete against seven other teams from across the United States in the reality TV show that premieres for the season on August 18.

Boardwalk Breakfast Empire is leading in the fan voting with 44% over its closest competitor, Aloha Plate of Los Angeles and Hawaii.  Let’s join the All About Sea Bright facebook group in keeping our hometown team on top.

Voting is Hudson County style.  Fan voters are encouraged to vote 10 times per day.  Vote here.

Posted: July 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, Hurricane Sandy, Sea Bright, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »