Senior citizen accosted by Democratic legislators’ staffers
Downey, Sweeny and Houghtaling. photo via facebook from a previous meeting
Senate President Steve Sweeney held a meeting with public officials and education stakeholders at the Freehold legislative office of Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey this morning to discuss the school funding bill the three legislators are sponsoring.
Houghtaling told MMM about the meeting this morning during a phone call regarding former Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini’s call for him and Downey to join Sweeney in demanding that the U.S. Attorney and NJ Attorney General investigate the NJEA’s alleged extortion of Sweeney. Houghtaling repeatedly said that the Freehold meeting is “non-poltical.”
So why was Senator Jennifer Beck, a Republican excluded? Members of the Freehold Borough Council were invited. The state senator representing Freehold was not invited? That sounds like a political meeting with only Democrats invited. Beck’s spokesman Mike Hughes told MMM that the senator was not invited to the meeting in Freehold.
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Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, NJ State Legislature, NJEA, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: Andrew K. Landman, Art Gallagher, Education, Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey, Joe Libutti, Joseph D. Libutti, Monmouth County News, Muriel J. Smith, Muriel Smith, NJEA, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Jennifer Beck | 5 Comments »
Hougtaling and Downey’s spokeman denies hearing of Sweeney’s call for a criminal investigation into NJEA
Mary Pat Angelini
Still smarting from her shocking loss last November, former Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini yesterday issued a statement calling on the Democrats who unseated her to join Senate President Steve Sweeney in his demand that the U.S. Attorney and N.J. Attorney General investigate the teachers union for extortion.
The Democrat leader of the State Senate accused the NJEA of extorition eariler this week after Democrat County Chairmen and other power brokers told him that NJEA leaders told them that the union would withhold campaign contributions to Democrats unless Sweeney allowed a vote in the Senate on an amendment to the State Constitution that would compel specified contributions to the teacher’s pension fund every year.
Angelini said that Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey would not have defeated her if not for the “vicious lies” the NJEA broadcast about her and the non-profit drug abuse prevention organization she runs during the final days of the 2015 election campaign.
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Posted: August 5th, 2016 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Mary Pat Angenlini, Monmouth County News, NJEA, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: 2015 Election, 2017 Legislative election, Eric Houghtaling, extortion, Joann Downey, Joe Libutti, Mary Pat Angelini, Monmouth County News, NJEA, Senate President Steve Sweeney | 1 Comment »