Labor Day is still a week off, but the political season is already underway in the most unlikely place; Marlboro Township where Democratic incumbents Mayor Jon Hornik and Councilwoman Randi Marder are running for their third terms with newcomer, Councilman Mike Scalea who is running for his first full term after replacing Frank LaRocca on the governing body. LaRocca resigned from the council and quit politics to become the Municipal Judge in Keyport in January.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Marlboro, Monmouth County News | Tags: Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Ira Goldberg, John Dwyer, Jon Hornik, Marlboro Township, Mike Scalea, Monmouth County News, Randi Marder, Shaun Golden, Sui Allex | 1 Comment »
Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Honik announced on facebook this morning that he has ordered that the name of former Mayor Matthew V. Scannapieco be removed from all Township property.
News broke this morning that Scannapieco, Marlboro’s mayor from 1992 until 2003, pleaded guilty to charges in Delaware that he raped an underage female relative 50-60 times between 2006 and 2008.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Jon Runyan, Marlboro, Monmouth County News | Tags: Jon Hornik, Jonathan Hornik, Marlboro, Matthew V. Scannapieco, Monmouth County News | 4 Comments »
New Jerseyans would rather see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush or Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker elected president in 2016 than their own Governor Chris Christie, according to a Monmouth University Poll released this morning.
“The message from New Jersey voters seems to be as simple as ABC – anybody but Christie,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
In fairness to Christie, it should be noted that Murray did not poll the Governor’s presidential bona fides against former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Frank Pallone, Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik, Freeholder John Curley, Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal or Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Christie isn’t even New Jersey Republicans first choice to the president. By 44%-30% New Jersey Republicans prefer Walker to Christie in 2016.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: 2016 Presidential politics, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Chris Christie, Frank Pallone, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Joe Kyrillos, John Curley, Jon Hornik, Lawrence Bathgate, Monmouth University Poll, Patrick Murray, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Vin Gopal | Comments Off on Jersey Prefers Clinton, Bush or Walker over Christie for President in 2016
Marlboro, April 1, 2015- Mayor Jon Hornik quietly changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican last week. On Monday, he filed his nominating petitions for reelection in the Republican primary.
Officially at this point, Hornik is an “off the line” primary opponent of Ira Goldberg, the Marlboro GOP’s choice for mayor prior to Hornik’s party switcheroo. However, Republican Party officials and attorneys are working to give Hornik the line. Hornik said that he would name Goldberg a Deputy Mayor with a portfolio in economic development and outreach to the business community. Goldberg could not be reached for comment.Art Gallagher | Filed under: April Fools, Monmouth County | Tags: April Fools, Jon Hornik, Marlboro | 5 Comments »
Marlboro Board of Ed VP, under political attack, suspects that a second alleged facebook post is a fabrication
Marlboro Board of Education Vice President Victoria Dean last night apologized for racially charged posts made on her facebook page on February 8, during public workshop meeting of the board in the Marlboro Middle School Auditorium.
The offensive post came to light over the weekend when Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal’s Jersey Shore Insider blog posted a story accusing Monmouth GOP Leaders of displaying racist posts on social media. The story accused Union Beach Mayor Paul Smith of posting a “rant” calling President Obama “A Communist, a Muslim and an Illegal Immigrant,” and Dean of displaying and liking a post on her facebook page that stating that “America isn’t America anymore! It’s run by foreigners including THIS RAG HEAD PRESIDENT!”
The Asbury Park Press picked up the story on Monday, attributing Gopal’s blog as the source without citing it as a partisan website as is their custom when they cite this website or other conservative websites.
Smith shared a meme on his facebook page that included a photo of Obama holding a pint of dark beer in one hand and while is other hand was raised with his thumb up. The meme caption was ” A Communist, a Muslim and an Illegal Alien walk into a bar……The Bartender says ‘Hello Mr. President…”
On her facebook page, Dean posted a link to a story about a Waterbury, Connecticut school district honoring the Muslim holidays Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha by not scheduling tests, field trips or major school events on those occasions. Dean added the caption “Pandora’s box opened” and tagged fellow board member Craig Marshall. Mark Garza, a Texas resident who Dean says is a childhood friend, posted the offensive rag head comment which Dean then liked.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Marlboro, Monmouth County | Tags: BonnieSue Rosenwald, Christopher Dean, Craig Marshall, Facebook, Huffington Post, Ira Levin, John Dwyer, Jon Hornik, Josh Pollak, Marlboro, Marlboro Board of Education, Marlboro Planning Board, Marlboro Zoning Board, Michael Lilonsky, Paul Smith, President Obama, Sami Elmansoury, Social Media, Victoria Dean, Vin Gopal | 21 Comments »
Ira Goldberg, a 36 year resident of Marlboro Township was in Atlantic City on Monday seeking support for Monmouth County Republicans present for his bid to unseat Marlboro Township’s Democratic mayor, Jonathan Hornik.
Goldberg’s son Brian, a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in the primary last year proudly introduced his father to Monmouth contingent at Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnik’s rally/convention.
Asked if he thought he could be the popular Hornik, the elder Goldberg said, “I’ve been in Marlboro 36 years and know everyone.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Jon Hornik, Marlboro, Monmouth County | Tags: Atlantic City, Brian Goldberg, Ira Goldberg, Jon Hornik, Marlboro Township, Monmouth County | 14 Comments »
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon led the effort to terminate New Jersey’s Red Light Camera Program.
O’Scanlon and Co. have been relentless in monitoring the Red Light Camera Program and telling the truth about it. They have hired independent experts to investigate complaints and document fraud within the program. They have sorted through data that has regularly been obfuscated by the red light camera companies (and bureaucrats friendly to them) to reflect improved safety conditions at RCL intersections where in fact conditions had often worsened. They have worked hard in getting the word out about the program’s failure and corruption. They have countered expensive advertising campaigns by the red light camera companies and countered expensive lobbyists working the halls of the Statehouse, without the benefit of the profits the red light camera companies stole from the motoring public to fund their efforts.
In thwarting the Red Light Camera Program’s renewal, O’Scanlon has proved himself to be “the real deal”….a leader who fights for the right thing because it is the right thing. He is an example of what a “public servant” should be.
Christine Giordano Hanlon
Dubbed The Architect by Monmouth GOP Chairman Shaun Golden, Hanlon designed Golden’s defeat of John Bennett for leadership of the County Party, avenging her razor thin 3 vote defeat by Bennett in 2012. By building a coalition of previous regional rivals and splitting Bennett’s 2012 coalition, which he failed to nourish, Hanlon demonstrated strategic leadership without seeking the limelight or accolades.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Opinion | Tags: Art Gallagher, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Christine Hanlon, Declan O'Scanlon, Governor Chris Christie, Jon Hornik, Juan Malave, MoreMonmouthMusings, Rob Nicastro, Vin Gopal, Winners and Losers, Winners and Losers of 2014 | 22 Comments »
Middletown Calls On Christie, Legislature To Allow Affordable Housing Funds To Assist Sandy Impacted Homeowners
Citing the shortage of federal and state funds available to assist Superstorm Sandy impacted homeowners in rebuilding their homes, the Middletown Township Committtee this week joined Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon in calling on the state legislature and Governor Chris Christie to put the more than $100 million in Affordable Housing Funds that are sitting dormant to work.
With a unanimous 5-0 vote, the committee passed a resolution on Monday, April 21, calling for legislation that would reinstate Regional Contribution Agreements (RCAs) “for the limited purpose of getting victims of Superstorm Sandy back in their homes during this time of need.”
RCAs were created in the original 1985 Fair Housing Act whereby towns with funds raised from developer fees or through bonding could transfer up to half of those funds to another community for the purpose of building affordable housing as required by the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Mt. Laurel decision.Art Gallagher | Filed under: COAH, Declan O'Scanlon, Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth County, National Flood Insurance Plan, NJ State Legislature, Tony Fiore | Tags: Affordable Housing, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, Chris Christie, COAH, Declan O'Scanlon, Jon Corzine, Jon Hornik, Jonathan Hornik, Middletown, RCA, RCAs, Regional Contribution Agreements, Steve Sweeney, Superstorm Sandy, Tony Fiore | Comments Off on Middletown Calls On Christie, Legislature To Allow Affordable Housing Funds To Assist Sandy Impacted Homeowners
Sweeney: RCAs “put poor white folk and poor black folk out of town”
Hornik: “No one in Trenton can honestly say that COAH is working”
Senate President Sweeney rejected out of hand an idea brought forth by Marlboro Mayor Jonathon Hornik this week that could potentially release $184 million in dormant funds for the benefit of Superstrom Sandy victims.
Hornik called for the reinstatement of Regional Contribution Agreements (RCA), in order to unlock $184 million in COAH funds to help residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy rebuild their homes in an OpEd piece published on MMM and PolitickerNJ.
RCAs were a practice that was in place to build affordable housing in New Jersey from 1985 through 2008 under the Fair Housing Act, whereby communities that had raised affordable housing funds through development could transfer those funds, and their obligation to build affordable housing within their own community, to other communities with an immediate need. The legislature and Governor Corzine outlawed RCAs in 2008.
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon issued a statement commending Hornik and said,”When the Democrat leadership in Trenton killed the RCA program it was bad, short sighted policy that many of us knew would come back to bite us. Its flaws are now magnified by the plight of Sandy victims as many towns struggle with the economic burdening of rebuilding.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: COAH, Declan O'Scanlon, Jon Hornik, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, HUD, Jon Hornik, Keansburg, RCA, Regional Contribution Agreements, RREM, Seante President Steve Sweeney, Steve Sweeney, Superstorm Sandy | 4 Comments »
Assemblyman urges Bayshore residents to ask Senate President Sweeney join the bi-partisan effort
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, issued a statement today welcoming Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik’s support of Regional Contribution Agreements (RCA) for use in getting Sandy victims back into their homes, and called upon residents of his Bayshore district to question Senate President Sweeney the use of Affordable Housing Funds when Sweeney visits the district for his Town Hall meeting in Keansburg on Thursday afternoon.
“Recently, Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik suggested that RCAs could be used by towns to help their neighbors continue to rebuild in the devastating wake of Sandy,” O’Scanlon said, “My Republican colleagues and I have been calling for the use of RCAs for years and I am excited to hear that Mayor Hornik is on board. When the Democrat leadership in Trenton killed the RCA program it was bad, short sighted policy that many of us knew would come back to bite us. Its flaws are now magnified by the plight of Sandy victims as many towns struggle with the economic burdening of rebuilding.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Housing | Tags: COAH, Declan O'Scanlon, Jon Hornik, Keansburg, Marlboro, Mt Laurel, RCA, Regional Contribution Agreements, Steve Sweeney | 4 Comments »