Trump: US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weapons

The United States, France and Britain together launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump announced the airstrikes from the White House.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Donald Trump, Syria | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

E.coli outbreak that hit N.J. linked to romaine lettuce from Arizona

Health officials have identified romaine lettuce out of Arizona as the culprit in an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 35 people in eleven states, including seven in New Jersey in the last few weeks. And they are warning everyone to toss out any romaine lettuce they have in the fridge. People “who have bought romaine… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Former Middletown Cop Arrested For Child Sex Trafficking

James J. Keenan

A retired Middletown Police Officer was arrested in Hazlet on Wednesday, April 11, following an April 5 federal indictment for Sex Trafficking of a Child, Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Child and Attempted Enticement.

James J. Keenan, 47, formerly of Hazlet and currently a resident of Vancouver, WA, was indicted by a Portland, Oregon federal grand jury following a month long investigation by detectives of Beaverton, Oregon Police Department and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force.

His alleged victim is a Beaverton female child, according to Officer Jeremy Shaw, spokesman for the Beaverton PD.  Officer Shaw confirmed that Keenan is a former Middletown Police Officer. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, April 13-15, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, April 13

  • Monmouth County Spring Job Fair at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Englishtown Spring Swap Meet & Auto Show – MORE INFO
  • Long Branch Police Department’s 150th Anniversary Ball – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Shore Restaurant Week – MORE INFO
  • Into the Woods at Spring Lake Community House – MORE INFO
  • “Pippin” at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • “Much Ado About Nothing” by Holmdel Theatre Company – MORE INFO
  • West Side Story at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • Men’s College Baseball: Monmouth U. vs. Maine (WLB) – MORE INFO

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Posted: April 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Pezzullo Blasts Pallone For Taking Money From Facebook

Rich Pezzullo

Rich Pezzullo, the Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District, blasted Congressman Frank Pallone today for accepting $7000 in campaign contributions from facebook.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Pallone has received $7000 from facebook since 2010, including  $2,500 for this year’s election.

“Frank Pallone has taken $7,000 from Facebook since 2010,” Pezzullo marveled. “Seven thousand dollars,” he repeated, to a group of voters in Middlesex County. “And he has the gall to sit up there and claim he’s an unbiased observer, to claim he’s representing his district?” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Congress, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Politics | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Gopal calls Trump supporters sneaky and underhanded

State Senator Vin Gopal referred to supporters of President Donald Trump as “sneaky and underhanded”  in an email to Monmouth County Democrats today, according to a report at NewJerseyGlobe.com .

“This type of sneakiness and underhandedness is something I would expect to see from Trump supporters or the far-right, not someone who claims they are acting in good faith to build the Democratic Party,” said Gopal.

Gopal was referring to Jennifer Fluharty, a self-proclaimed nasty woman, who is supporting former Asbury Park councilman Jim Keady for the Democrat nomination to lose to Congressman Chris Smith in November. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Congressman Smith calls on President Trump to bring abducted children home

Congressman Chris Smith listens to Patricia Apy, a Red Bank attorney, testify about the need for the State Department to step up the enforcement of the Goldman Act

While most of Washington and the media was focused on why you see the ads you see on facebook yesterday, Congressman Chris Smith and his colleagues on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights were focused on reuniting kidnapped children with their American parents.

Smith, as chairman of the committee, called on the Trump administration to step up where the Obama administration failed by imposing sanctions on countries that are not enforcing court orders, including from their own courts, for families suffering from international parental child abduction.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Congressman Chris Smith to chair hearing on International Child Abduction this afternoon–Watch it here

Congressman Chris Smith, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, will preside over a hearing this afternoon to provide an update on how well the Goldman Act is being enforced.  The panel will examine inconsistencies in previous annual reports on international child abduction, which are required by the Goldman Act for the State Department to submit to Congress each year by April 30. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Hornik calls for Murphy administration to dramatically reform pension system

Gov Phil Murphy and Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik today noted that the State of New Jersey historically shirks its obligations to the “chronically underfunded” pension system while local governments have been meeting their obligations.  Hornik’s comment came in a press release touting S&P Global Ratings reaffirming his township’s AAA bond rating.

S&P noted that while the Township continues to make its annually required pension contribution to the State of New Jersey, the State pension system is chronically underfunded. “Local government continues to pay its share, and historically the State has shirked its obligation,” stated the Mayor. “In the context of our review, S&P reiterated its concern regarding the long term health of the State system. I am hopeful that with a new Administration in Trenton, the State will take a more responsible approach to its stewardship of the pension system.”

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Posted: April 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Jon Hornik, Marlboro, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Politics, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Pensions, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

NJ Dem Chair Gets Pension Boosting Job

NJ Dem Chairman John Currie, standing between Congressman Frank Pallone and state Senator Vin Gopal in 2014. That’s Dem Freeholder candidate Lawrence Luttrell, left of U.S. Senator Cory Booker

Congratulations to NJ Democratic Party Chairman John Currie on his new job as the Public Information Officer of the Passaic County Board of Social Services.  And congratulations to the Board on finally finding the right man for the job after an exhaustive 14 year search.

Currie is the perfect man for the $92,000 part time job because, as the head of the Passaic County Democrats, the New Jersey Democrats, the Passaic Board of Elections and his partnership in a Chevrolet dealership, “he knows everybody,” BSS director Tony Desimone told The Record. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth Democrats, NJ Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »