James Devine, a well known New Jersey Democrat operative and local newspaper publisher from Union County, responded to the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and three others yesterday by creating the hashtag #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen on his social media accounts. Devine declared that Democrats are “in a war” with Republicans.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Democrats, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, New Jersey, NJ Democrats, NJ Politics | Tags: #HuntRepublicanCongressmen, #HuntRepublicans, Amy Handlin, Asbury Park Press, Deborah Howlett, James Devine, Jim Devine, Joe DiBella, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Sam Thompson, Steve Scalise, Vin Gopal | 9 Comments »
Former Howell Mayor Joe DiBella resigned from the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees because the “personal and professional” threats that prompted him to take a leave of absence last fall have continued and intensified, according to his resignation letter which has been obtained by MMM.
DiBella said that “the loudest voices against” him within the college community “are from those who opposed the needed actions and reforms” that he “recommended as a Trustee…”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County News | Tags: Brookdale Board of Trustees, Brookdale Community College, Carl Guzzo, Joe DiBella, JR, Monmouth County News | 52 Comments »
Joe DiBella, the former mayor of Howell, resigned from the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday, according to a report in The Asbury Park Press.
DiBella had been on a leave of absence from the Board since last September following a controversy over his allegedly “liking” racist and sexist posts on twitter. DiBella took his leave of absence after receiving death threats over the tweets. The tweets had caused an uproar on campus. Students and faculty demanded he resign.
DiBella has consistently denied “liking” the tweets. He has suggested that either his twitter account was hacked or the images were altered to make it appear he “liked” the offensive posts. At DiBella’s request, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into the alleged hacking. The status of the investigation is unknown.
Posted: March 23rd, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Joe DiBella, Monmouth County News | Tags: Brookdale Board of Trustees, Brookdale Community College, Howell, Joe DiBella, Monmouth County News | Comments Off on DiBella resigns from Brookdale Board
Posted: October 3rd, 2016 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Joe DiBella, Monmouth County News | Tags: Brookdale Board of Trustees, Brookdale Community College, Joe DiBella, Monmouth County News | 1 Comment »
MIDDLETOWN – A Brookdale Community College trustee and the center of a Twitter controversy has taken a leave of absence due to a “death threat” aimed at him, the Asbury Park Press reported. Brookdale Community College Trustee Joseph DiBella has been under fire in recent weeks after allegedly “liked” racist post on Twitter. Students at the… Read the rest of this entry »
By Joe DiBella
I was disturbed and disappointed to learn that a group of residents have filed a petition to recall our Deputy Mayor, Rob Nicastro.
I have lived in Howell for nearly 20 years and have not seen a more hard working, devoted public servant than Deputy Mayor Nicastro. I met the Deputy Mayor Nicastro while he was leading the fight to correct an issue with how his neighborhood was being unfairly charged for water services. In dealing with the issue facing he and his neighbors he worked tirelessly with local, county and state officials and he got results. When he disagreed with a policy issue he did not try and overthrow the government or overturn a legitimate election. Instead he rallied people together and worked collaboratively to get results. He has applied that same tenacious approach while serving as an elected official in Howell. He was recruited to run for office based and at first declined the opportunity to run. Having seen him in action these past few years I for one am glad he was convinced to seek office.admin | Filed under: Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: Deputy Mayor Rob Nicastro, Howell Township, Joe DiBella, Monmouth County News, Recall, Rob Nicastro | 15 Comments »
Deception and Distraction: An Inaccurate Report on Health Benefits Remains Inaccurate Nearly 4 Year later
Recently the Asbury Park Press published a story based on a widely criticized and discredited State Comptroller’s 2012 report examining the state of health benefits for public workers of municipalities, county governments and school districts. The report, which was panned by most benefit and insurance professional at the time as being actuarially and statistically invalid, also failed to accurately reflect the process local governments must use when selecting benefits for its employees. The report made for good headlines, but it didn’t make for good policy.
The takeaway of the report was that local entities in New Jersey — counties, townships, boroughs, school districts — could simply join the state health benefit plan and save the state $100 million dollars. But that wasn’t correct then and it isn’t correct now. The report overlooked the fact that benefits are collectively bargained for and can’t simply be changed on whim or all at once. It also made the false assumption that just by merging all the groups across the state, their claims history, which is how insurance policies are priced, would miraculously get better and generate savings. Finally, the report largely blamed local benefit brokers and consultants for the high cost of health care for public plans even though the cost of brokerage services is about 2% to 3% of the total cost of healthcare. The state plan is a solution for many public employers as are other private plan options. The key is to examine all of the options and align the entity with the best solution for their circumstances.
The report was largely discredited and dismissed at the time of its issuance by industry experts for being naïve and non-factual. But because it includes an eye-popping alleged savings number, the nearly 4 years old report is regularly dusted off and re-circulated by political operatives and media types looking to re-create a controversy that never existed.admin | Filed under: Health Care, Monmouth County News, ObamaCare, Opinion | Tags: Affordable Care Act, Health Care, Howell Township, Joe DiBella, Joseph M. DiBella, Monmouth County News, ObamaCare, Opinion | 3 Comments »
Asbury Park — An overflow crowd of Asbury Park residents attended the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting in the city last evening to rally the county’s governing body to save the north end beachfront property known as Bradley Cove.
iStar Financial, the city’s master developer, owns the development rights to the site and has a proposal to build 15 town homes on the property. The Asbury Park Council passed a resolution earlier this month to apply for Green Acres funding to preserve the property.
The freeholders were sympathetic to the public outcry to prevent the development, but made it clear that the ball is in Asbury Park’s court. Prior Asbury Park administrations sold the development rights to the property and approved a tax abatement to support the development. Community members are now trying to undue that deal, and seem be hoping that Freeholder Board has the power to make that happen.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders | Tags: Amy Mallet, Amy Quinn, Asbury Park, Bradley Cove, Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, iStar Financial, Joe DiBella, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, North End's Beach | 7 Comments »
Citing his personal experience on how difficult the job of Party Chairman is, former Monmouth Republican Chairman Fred Niemann issued an endorsement letter for John Bennett today.
Niemann served one term as Monmouth GOP Chair from 2004 -2006, a tumultuous time in the Party’s history that included the Operation Bid Rig arrests, raucous nominating conventions and the emergence of blogs and other new media.
While praising both Bennett and his opponent for Chairman, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Niemann argued that an elected official can not manage the conflicts or make the tough decisions a Chairman must make.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, John Bennett, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Anna Little, Joe DiBella, John Bennett, Monmouth GOP, Monmouth GOP Chairman's race, Shaun Golden, Ted Narozanik | 23 Comments »
Former Howell Mayor Joe DiBella issued the following statement this morning:
Posted: February 24th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races, 2014 Elections, Frank Pallone | Tags: CD 6, Frank Pallone, Joe DiBella, NJ6 | 17 Comments »
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden told MMM that he will not be a candidate for Congress this year.
Monmouth County Republican Chairman John Bennett has been urging Golden to take on Congressman Frank Pallone due to the sheriff’s strong record of accomplishment and his popularity at the polls.
“I would love to see Shaun Golden run for Congress, ” Bennett said earlier this month, ‘Not only is he popular and a demonstrated vote getter, he has an outstanding record with a documented ability to get things done.”
Golden said that it is just not the right time for him to take on a congressional campaign.
Former Howell Mayor Joe DiBella said last week that he “would love to run against Pallone” if Golden doesn’t. Bennett told MMM that he received a message from DiBella expressing his interest. DiBella has not returned several phone calls inquiring about his candidacy from MMM this week.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races, 2014 Elections, Anna Little, Frank Pallone, Joe DiBella, Shaun Golden | Tags: Anna Little, CD 6, Congressman Frank Pallone, Frank Pallone, Joe DiBella, John Bennett, Middlesex GOP, Monmouth GOP, NJ-6, Sam Thompson, Shaun Golden, Sheriff Shaun Golden | 15 Comments »