The reaction to Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal’s declaration of victory has been hilarious…and has overloaded MMM stat counter!
Two Tinton Falls officials called first thing this morning unable to contain their laughter at Gopal’s delusional claim of credit for Jerry Turning’s election as mayor.
Tinton Falls Mayor-elect Jerry Turning
“I’m the most conservative Democrat you’ll ever meet,” Mayor-elect Turning said when we got him on the phone. “I registered as a Democrat over 40 years ago when I was 18 and Jerry Brown was running for President. I don’t consider myself a partisan. I vote for the best candidates.” Turning said he voted for Mitt Romney for President last year, Chris Christie for Governor on Tuesday and Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate last month.
“Neither the Democrats or Republicans in Tinton Falls were involved in my campaign. We spent no money. I’m proud of that. I’ve never run for office before and don’t consider myself a politician,” said Turning, “I have good relationships with John Bennett (the Monmouth GOP Chairman) and Gopal and I want to keep it that way. But I am not a partisan person and Tinton Falls is not a partisan town. The residents like it that way,”
A Manalapan resident said via facebook, ”Gopal’s letter is actually very funny. He states, ‘In MANALAPAN, Ryan Urgo, Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary and David Goldstein ran a strong campaign for township committee but lost due to an onslaught of negative attacks from the Republicans.’ Manalapan Democrats: In fact, the Republicans never mentioned the Democrats, not wanting to give them publicity since they were all unknowns. The Democrats, on the other hand, spent their entire campaign attacking Andrew Lucas and the farmland preservation, rather than running against the Republican candidates.”
Asbury Park Councilman John Moor said, “Funny that he claims the Asbury Park referendum a victory, I thought it was going to be non partisan.”
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Posted: November 8th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2013 Election, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats, Vin Gopal | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Asbury Park, Doug Card, Frank Nolan, Highlands, Jerry Turning, John Moor, Manalapan, Monmouth Democrats, Rebecca Kane, Tinton Falls, Vin Gopal | 1 Comment »
Asbury Park Mayor Myra Campbell said she wasn’t trying to embarrass her fellow council members at Tuesday evening’s National Night Out Celebration when she announced their names and asked that they come forward when they weren’t present.
“Everyone was invited, but attendance was not well coordinated,” Campbell said in on a phone call with MMM, “Susan Henderson (Deputy Mayor) told me she didn’t get her email about the event until after she got she home.”
“All the council members except John Loffredo, who was on vacation as I said, attended the event. When they arrived, I invited each of them to speak. Councilwoman Quinn and Henderson did speak. Councilman Moor did not.”
“We’re a council. Whenever we’re at public events, I will invite each member of the council to speak.”
Posted: August 8th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Asbury Park | Tags: Amy Quinn, Asbury Park, John Loffreddo, John Moor, Mayor Myra Campbell, Myra Campbell, Susan Henderson | 1 Comment »
Asbury Park Mayor Myra Campbell went out of way to embarrass her colleagues on the city’s governing body last evening during the National Night Out celebration.
While introducing Congressman Frank Pallone as a candidate for “State Senator” (Pallone is running for the Democratic nomination to succeed the late United States Senator Frank Lautenberg), Campbell went off script with a spiel about the importance of citizens knowing their governmental representatives.
“I represent you as mayor of Asbury Park and I want you to know your other representatives,” Campbell announced to the crowd of a few hundred, “If you are a member of the council, please step forward.
“Susan Henderson, Deputy Superintendent, uh, Deputy Mayor Susan Henderson. I know John Loffredo is on vacation. Councilman John Moor, are you here. Amy Quinn?
“I guess they’re not here. They are your representatives.”
The council members were not scheduled to join the other dignitaries on stage for the kickoff of the event.
Councilwoman Amy Quinn was seen arriving to the celebration about 10 minutes after the formal remarks concluded.
Quinn told MMM that “unequivocally” Moor and Henderson attended after the formal remarks to kickoff the event.
Posted: August 7th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Asbury Park | Tags: Amy Quinn, Asbury Park National Night Out, John Lofreddo, John Moor, Myra Campbell, Sue Henderson | 6 Comments »
John Lofreddo, left, Myra Campbell, center and Susan Henderson.
The hope of a new beginning was replaced with anger today in Asbury Park when the new city council was sworn in.
John Moor, the top vote getter in the May 14 non-partisan election, was expected to be appointed mayor by his colleagues, as is the tradition. He had the 3 votes he needed on the 5 person council by virtue of his own election and that of two of his running mates, Amy Quinn and Myra Campbell who ran on the One Asbury ticket in the non-partisan election.
Then sometime over the weekend, Campbell split with her running mates and made a deal with returning council members John Lofreddo and Susan Henderson, who ran for reelection on the Forward Asbury ticket, to get the mayoral title for herself.
The mayor’s office in Asbury Park is largely ceremonial in the city’s form of government. The appointed City Manager, a full time employee appointed by the council, runs the day to day operations of the city. Asbury Park elects their entire council once every four years.
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Posted: July 1st, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Asbury Park | Tags: Amy Quinn, Asbury Park, Forward Asbury, John Lofreddo, John Moor, Myra Campbell, One Asbury, Susan Henderson, United Asbury | 11 Comments »
By Tommy DeSeno
John Loffredo (Forward Asbury Park ticket) and Amy Quinn (One Asbury ticket) are the top guns in the Asbury Park City Council race. That’s not news for me; I’ve known it for years and have let them both know they should be together.
In fact, I thought it was a foregone conclusion that they would run together since it makes so much sense. Had I known they would overlook the obvious I would have lobbied them vigorously over the past 4 years to create a political marriage (or civil union, if that’s your preference).
Just look at the last election. Tickets make it easier for candidates to win, particularly weaker candidates, but Amy Quinn fell just short of being elected while running as an independent. That means she carries a great deal of support on her own, perhaps as much as any individual candidate running this year.
How Loffredo didn’t see the benefits of scooping up Quinn and all her support befuddles me. She was clearly the off-season prize; the league’s most valuable free agent. How Quinn didn’t see the benefits of picking up support from the team who won for the past dozen years amazed me more. It’s like she passed up an opportunity with the Yankees to start her own team. That hasn’t worked out well for the Mets, has it?
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Posted: May 10th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2013 Election, Asbury Park | Tags: Amy Quinn, Asbury Park, Asbury Pulp, John Loffredo, John Moor, Kevin Sanders, Tommy DeSeno | 3 Comments »