RUMSON — In 2012, Rumson native and Princeton University student Evan Soltas started an economics website that earned him a job with Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog at The Washington Post. Three years later, it has led him to a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University. The 22-year-old New Jersey man was one of 32… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 22nd, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Rumson | Tags: Evan Soltas, Monmouth County News, Rumson | No Comments »
OCEAN TOWNSHIP — Two men have been charged with having 118 bags of heroin in a car that was riddled with bullet holes in Ocean Township, authorities said. Police are still looking for one of those suspects, Robinson Marvilus, 26, of Elizabeth, who along with Lesly Valentin, 30, of Asbury Park, were stopped on Nov. 4… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 21st, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Ocean Township | Tags: Crime, Lesly Valentin, Monmouth County News, Ocean Township, Ocean Township Police Department, Robinson Marvilus | No Comments »
A heated exchanged between Howell Mayor William Gotto and a 19 year old Township resident, Chris Cohen, that ended with both parties apologizing, shaking hands and expressing their respect for one another has ignited a social media outrage now that a video of part of their encounter has been posted on facebook and YouTube, more than a month after the incident occurred.
On October 14, there was a petition drive at the Howell library to collect signatures of residents opposed to a proposed affordable housing development at West Farms on Route 9. Grotto and Deputy Mayor Robert Nicastro went to the gathering to answer questions about the proposed development.
The questions were heated and pointed when Cohen says he asked the mayor, “Whose pockets were being lined here?”
Gotto says he heard the question as an accusation of personal corruption. He lost his composure, as can be seen on the video:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: Chris Cohen, Facebook, Howell, Howell Township, Mayor William Gotto, William Gotto, YouTube | 6 Comments »
When a man who blew himself up as part of the attacks in Paris last week, was found to be in possession of a fake Syrian passport it highlighted just how easy it was to come by such a thing. To get a fake Syrian passport appears not very difficult at all in the Turkish capital… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 21st, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Syria, War on terror | Tags: Paris terror, Syrian passports, War on terror | No Comments »
Red Bank Councilman Michael DuPont told MoreMonmouthMusings that he will not contest the results of the election that has him losing to his Republican challenger Michael Whelan. Whelan increased his margin of victory from 2 to 3 votes as a result of an Election Recount and Recheck this morning that DuPont had requested.
“After consulting with my representatives who were present at the recount this morning, I have decided to accept the result and wish the new council members well in doing what is best for Red Bank, ” DuPont said.
“You haven’t heard the last of me,” the three term Democrat continued,”but for now it is best for Red Bank that we move forward.”
Whelan and his running mate Mark Taylor, the top vote getter in the four way race for two seats on the Council, will be sworn into office in early January,giving the Republican Party control of the Borough’s government for the first time time in two decades. Republicans will have a 4-2 majority.
“I hope the new councilmen do what is best for Red Bank and that they are not beholden to Party bosses,” DuPont said.
Red Bank Republican Chairman Sean DiSomma issued the following statement:Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: 2015 Election, Mark Taylor, Michael Dupont, Michael Whalen, Monmouth County News, Red Bank, Sean DiSomma | No Comments »
FREEHOLD-Republican Councilman-elect Michael Whelan increased his lead over incumbent Democratic Councilman Michael DuPont after the ballots were recounted this morning by the Monmouth County Board of Elections. Whelan now leads DuPont by 3 votes, a net pick up of one vote from the unofficial count on November 9 when the provisional ballots were counted by the Board.
All four candidates for the two Red Bank Council seats picked up votes as a result of the hand counting of Vote-By-Mail and Provisional Ballots, which prior to today have been tabulated electronically by a scanner. The results, which are expected to be certified my Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon today are: Michael Ballard- 937, Michael Dupont 968, Mark Taylor 1038, Michael Whelan,971. Republicans Taylor and Whelan have thus far maintained their victory and are on track to join Republican Councilwomen Cindy Burnham and Linda Schwabenbauer in partisan control of Red Bank’s local government for the first time in two decades.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: 2015 Elections, Cindy Burnham, Linda Schwabenbauer, Michael Dupont, Michael Whelan, Monmouth County Boar of Elections, Monmouth County News, Rajvir S. Goomer, Red Bank, Sean DiSomma | 1 Comment »
FREEHOLD — Two of the three men accused of beating a beloved Red Bank schoolteacher to death in a case of mistaken identity appeared Thursday in court where they proclaimed their innocence. One of the suspects, James Fair, 27, boldly declared himself not guilty of the seven charges lodged against him on Wednesday when he and… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 19th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Asbury Park, Gregory Jean-Baptiste, James Fair, Jonelle Melton, Monmouth County News, Neptune City, Red Bank | 1 Comment »
TRENTON — Three New Jersey municipalities in Union, Hudson and Middlesex counties are under investigation by the state for stalling property reassessments for decades and could be forced to conduct revaluations. The investigation of Jersey City, Elizabeth and Dunellen is a shot across the bow to municipalities in the three counties the state says have neglected… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 19th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, Property Taxes | Tags: Dunellen, Elizabeth, Hudson County Middlesex County, Jersey City, NJ Property Taxes, Property Taxes, Union County | 1 Comment »
TRENTON — New Jersey’s high property and income taxes contribute to its standing as the nation’s least attractive tax climate for businesses, according to a Washington tax policy group’s annual ranking of the 50 states. The Tax Foundation, a public policy group that has two former Republican lawmakers on its board of directors, considered five metrics,… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 19th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Economy, New Jersey, Taxes | Tags: Business Climate, Business Tax Climate, NJ Economy | 1 Comment »
Freehold,NJ- Three Asbury Park men, all currently incarcerated on unrelated crimes, have been charged in the 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a 33 year old Red Bank Middle School teacher who resided in Brighton Arms apartment complex in Neptune City.
James Fair, 27, Ebenezer Byrd, 35 and Gregory Jean-Baptiste, 26, were each charged with first degree Felony Murder, first degree Robbery, and other second degree charges. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced the charges during a press conference at Freehold office this morning. Melton’s husband, mother and other family members and friends were present for the announcement.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Asbury Park, Jonelle Melton, Monmouth County News, murder, Neptune City, Red Bank | No Comments »