Murphy thanks Feds for FEMA aid without mentioning President Trump

Governor Phil Murphy issued a press release this afternoon in which he thanked the federal government for  disaster aid associated with the March 6 and 7 winter storm that impacted Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties and kept much of the area in the dark with extended power outages.

Murphy did not mentioned President Donald Trump or FEMA administer Brock Long by name in the release.  Former Governor Chris Christie regularly mentioned President Obama when thanking Washington for disaster assistance.

It was nice of the governor to mention the Republicans in New Jersey’s congressional delegation while thanking them for help with “the Trump Administration.”

Murphy has yet to sign the sport betting bill.

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Posted: June 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore to be discovered at Monmouth County Library

By Muriel Smith

Rick Geffken, author

MANALAPAN –  Noted author Rick Geffken will bring his stories of New Jersey amusement parks to the Headquarters Library Thursday, June 21,  at 7 p.m.

The author of “Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore,” and other books on local history will display images from the Library of Congress and local collections documenting how the Jersey Shore was the most famous vacation and recreational destination along the US coast in earlier times.

Geffken, who lives in Farmingdale,  will bring to life through word and photo the families who spent their days on the beaches of the Jersey Shore and their evenings sipping sodas, savoring candied apples and purchasing salt water taffy and souvenirs of their visits to Asbury Park, Highlands, Sea Bright, and other amusement parks. Geffken will also talk about the rides at these amusement parks and the varieties of personalities whose summers were enjoyed along the boardwalk and beach. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Library, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Mater Dei Prep graduates 109 scholars

Mater Dei Prep, the Catholic High School affiliated with St Mary’s Parish in Middletown, last week graduated its first class of scholars that attended all four years since the school was saved from closure by a $1 million grassroots fundraising campaign.

The 109 graduates of the Catholic preparatory high school collectively received $18.5 million in merit based college scholarships, an average of $169,725 per student, according to a write-up of the graduation on the school’s website.   That’s quite an accomplishment for a school that was slated to close for financial reasons before the school community raised $1 million to keep its doors open. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Sue Kiley | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

O’Scanlon: “The Murphy Delay” on sports betting is “a historic blunder”

Senator Declan O’Scanlon called Governor Phil Murphy’s delay of sports betting in New Jersey, “The Murphy Delay,” a policy blunder of historic proportions in a blistering post on facebook this morning:


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Posted: June 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Park, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Curley’s Defective Petitions

Disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley blew his chance to compete for the Republican nomination for Monmouth County Freeholder back in January, because he did not get his letter of intent and nominating petition filed on time.

Now, Curley might not make it onto the ballot as an Independent candidate because the petitions he filed with the Monmouth County Clerk on Tuesday are defective.

A review of the 398 signatures Curley filed indicates that only 165 of them are valid.  Only 100 valid signatures are required to get the misogynist, homophobe, anti-Italian bigot on the ballot, so his candidacy might be safe.  However, of the 165, there are apparent duplicates within Curley’s paperwork that are still being researched.   A review of Democrat candidate Amber Gesslein’s petitions and Republican Sue Kiley’s petitions for additional disqualifying duplicates is ongoing.

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Posted: June 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, John Curley, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

O’Scanlon slams Murphy for holding up Monmouth Park sport betting.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, blasted Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Racing Commission for standing in the way of Monmouth Park from taking sports bets this weekend.

“There are two aspects to the administration’s actions. The first is that they are taking their time to sign the legislation, and the second is that they are standing in the way of Monmouth Park opening while taking that time,” said O’Scanlon said in a press release this afternoon. “The Governor claims he needs to review this legislation before signing it, but there is no practical reason why Monmouth Park cannot start accepting wagers while that’s happening–the sky won’t fall, lions won’t roam the streets, locusts won’t ravage our fields. There is absolutely zero likelihood of any negative impact of Monmouth Park opening today. That being the case, one has to wonder about the motivation here. It’s disturbing.”

“The legislature came together in a bipartisan manner to get this done correctly and quickly. All of that bipartisan effort has been brought to a screeching and frankly irrational halt by the actions of the administration.”

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Posted: June 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Park, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Asbury Park Police seek assistance in locating missing 13 year old girl

UPDATE: Jhasyiah has been located!
The Asbury Park Police Department is seeking help from the public in locating Jhasyiah Torres, 13.   Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Snapchat with Governor Murphy

Moments ago Governor Phil Murphy invited the twitterverse to get updated on his behind the scenes activities via Snapchat.

Posted: June 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Murphy puts the brakes on sports betting at NJ racetracks despite legislature’s green light

Don’t count on placing a bet on the NBA Finals or the Yankees/Mets subway series games this weekend at Monmouth Park.  Governor Phil Murphy has not signed the bill regulating sports betting that passed the legislature unanimously yesterday and the New Jersey Racing Commission, which Murphy controls, warned the state’s three tracks not to take bets before he does, according to a NJ.com report.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the nationwide sports betting ban, except for Nevada, Dennis Drazin of Monmouth Park announced he was prepared to start taking bets at the William Hill Race and Sports Bar on Memorial Day. New Jersey already had a law on the books, and a state constitutional amendment, that allows sports betting, so with the federal ban overturned by SCOTUS, there was no legal barrier to accepting bets.

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Posted: June 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Marlboro Amends Its Parking Ordinance

Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik announced today that the Township has amended its parking ordinance to accommodate residents traveling to New York City on evenings and weekends.

Parking is now free of charge from the hours of 6:30 p.m. till 4:30 a.m Monday through Friday and throughout the weekends at the Union Hill Commuter Park and Ride, the lot at Cambridge Square and the spots marked “commuter spaces” at Costco/Texas Road. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 7th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Marlboro, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »