Golden Congratulates Thomson, Thanks LD 30 Republicans and NJ GOP

Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden issued a statement this morning congratulating newly elected Assemblyman Ned Thomson on his victory at the special election last evening and thanking all involved for a successful and orderly convention.

“Congratulations to Assemblyman Thomson.   I personally thank Ned for his willingness to take on the rigors of being a legislator as well as the demanding community and political commitments the job requires. Ned doesn’t need to do this.  I wholeheartedly welcome him to our leadership team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: August 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Thomson Is Elected On First Ballot In LD 30

Monmouth GOP Shaun Golden, Assemblyman Sean Kean, Senator Robert Singer, Assemblyman Ned Thomson and Ocean GOP Chairman George Gilmore

Former Wall Township Mayor Ned Thomson was elected to the State Assembly representing the 30th legislative district tonight at a special election convention of the LD 30 County Committee.

With 83 votes from the 154 delegates present, Assemblyman Thomson easily surpassed the 50% +1 requirement to be elected.

Justin Flancbaum, the Executive Director of the  Lakewood Municipal Utility Authority received 53 votes.  Former Belmar councilman Jim Bean received 18. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: August 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Turnout will determine the LD 30 Assembly race

Bean, Flancbaum and Thomson

If a quorum of the the 30th district GOP County Committee members show up at the convention at the IBEW Local #400 union hall tonight, a new member of the State Assembly will be elected.   122 Committee members must show up for the convention to proceed.

The winner must get 50% +1 of the delegates present to vote for him.

Of the three candidates to replace Dave Rible in the Assembly and on the ballot in November, former Belmar Councilman Jim Bean, Lakewood MUA Executive Director Justin Flancbaum, and former Wall Mayor Ned Thomson, only Bean is confident of victory going into the convention.

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Posted: August 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

McKenna Slams Singer’s Endorsement Of Flancbuam In LD 30 Race, Questions Candidate’s Qualifications

By Bob McKenna

Bob McKenna

So there it is, finally out in the open. In his comments to MMM regarding his endorsement of Mr. Flancbaum for the LD 30 Assembly position, Senator Singer is quoted as saying, “ I had to defend my county “ ( Ocean ). I’m confused, I thought this Assembly seat, as well Senator Singer’s position, was about the representation at the state level of the residents, businesses and taxpayers of the 14 municipalities comprising LD 30, 12 of which are in Monmouth County.

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Posted: August 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion, Wall Township | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

LD 30 Race Narrows As Rich and Addonizio Withdraw

Ralph Addonizio

Monmouth County Freeholder Gary Rich and Wall Township Board of Education member Ralph Addonizio will not be on the ballot on Monday night when the GOP County Committee select a candidate to fill Dave Rible’s seat in the General Assembly.

In an email to Wall Township County Committee members, Addionizo wrote, “I just wanted everyone to know that I had a meeting with Shaun Golden this afternoon at my request.   It was a very positive meeting. I informed him that I would be withdrawing my name for consideration for the Assembly seat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: August 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments »

Field of Five Seeks To Replace Rible In The NJ State Assembly

ABC Director Dave Rible

Five candidates have emerged to fill the vacancy in the State Assembly in the 30th Legislative District created by Dave Rible’s resignation to become the Director of the Alcohol Beverage Commission.

Rible, 49 of Wall Township, was the Assembly Republican Conference Leader until his July 17th resignation. The GOP County Committees from the 30th Legislative  District will select a candidate to fill vacancy and take Rible’s place on the general election ballot at a convention that is tentatively scheduled for August 9 at the IBEW #400 Union Hall in Wall.  The 30th District is comprised of Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach,Brielle, Farmingdale, Howell, Lake Como, Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, and Wall in Monmouth County as well as Lakewood and Point Pleasant in Ocean County.

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Posted: July 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Dave Rible, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Beck Announces Her Selected Assembly Candidates In LD 11

Michael Whelan, Rob Acerra and Jennifer Beck

Senator Jennifer Beck announced that she has selected Ocean Township Deputy Mayor Rob Acerra and Red Bank Councilman Michael Whelan as the Assembly candidates who will seek to unseat rookie Democrat Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey in the 11th legislative district this November.

Before a crowd of over 600 Republicans at the annual Monmouth GOP Lincoln Day dinner in Freehold Township on Friday night, Beck thanked the many potential candidates who she interviewed for the GOP nominations for Assembly in the 11th legislative district and announce that she, Acerra and Whelan would start their door to door campaign the following morning.

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Posted: March 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Marchese drops out of LD 13 Assembly race, Endorses Handlin and DiMaso

Fair Haven Councilman Bob Marchese

Fair Haven Councilman Bob Marchese told MMM that he will not submit his Letter of Intent to run for Assembly in the 13th legislative district and that he is throwing his support behind incumbent Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and Freeholder Serena DiMaso.

“We are fortunate that Amy Handlin has chosen to continue her career in the Assembly,” Marchese said of Handlin who, until this morning was in a race to replace Senator Joe Kyrillos with her district mate, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon. “Declan was always my guy to replace Senator Kyrillos.  The notion of losing two accomplished incumbents in the district, Kyrillos and either O’Scanlon or Handlin, in one election cycle was not ideal.

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Posted: March 2nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Arnone Endorses O’Scanlon in LD 13 Senate Race

Asemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Sheriff Shaun Golden. Freeholder Serena DiMaso, and Freeholder Tom Arnone

Freeholder Tom Arnone has endorsed Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon to replace Senator Joe Kyrillos in the upper house of the legislature next year.

“I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Assemblyman O’Scanlon with our shared goal to maintain the high quality of life our residents deserve.” Arnone said. “Serving as the Assembly Republican Budget Officer since 2012, he has consistently made fiscally responsible decisions on behalf of our constituents. Assemblyman O’Scanlon will serve as a tremendous asset and voice for Monmouth County against the special interest groups in Trenton, and I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure our municipalities are being fairly represented. As such, I am proud to endorse Assemblyman O’Scanlon in his bid to replace Senator Kyrillos. He will certainly have big shoes to fill, but I am confident he will serve us well.”

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Posted: February 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Endorses O’Scanlon in LD 13 Senate Race

Is Christie setting Guadagno up for failure?

If Governor Chris Christie was still popular in New Jersey, or Washington, the New Jersey press corps would be pushing a narrative that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno “is no Chris Christie.”

But Christie is less popular in New Jersey than Anthony Weiner is with Hillary Clinton supporters. Thus the narrative is that Guadagno has been Christie’s second in command and has stood behind him (literally and figuratively) for seven years while New Jersey’s economy has remained stagnant, our credit rating downgraded continuously, and traffic was a mess in Fort Lee for a few days in 2013.

Thus, as Guadagno is running to replace Christie next January, she has to show New Jersey voters that she is no Chris Christie while threading a needle to avoid Christie’s famously vindictive wrath. That’s a difficult endeavor.

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Posted: February 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »