Republican Assembly Members Should Vote Against Gas Tax Hike

By Art Gallagher

img_0858-800x531This column is for my Republican friends in the Assembly, especially those from Monmouth County.

Dave Rible, Rob Clifton, Sean Kean, Monmouth Republican Assembly Members who voted for gas tax in June, and Declan O’Scanlon who didn’t vote, should join Amy Handlin and Ronald Dancer, Republicans who represent parts of Monmouth and voted NO in June, in voting NO on Wednesday or whenever the bill that Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto agreed to on Friday comes up for a vote.

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Posted: October 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Dave Rible, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ GOP, NJ Politics, NJ State Legislature, Opinion, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Angelini: Houghtaling and Downey should break from criminal NJEA

Hougtaling and Downey’s spokeman denies hearing of Sweeney’s call for a criminal investigation into NJEA

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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: | Filed under: Mary Pat Angenlini, Monmouth County News, NJEA, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie Calls For Investigation Into Bridgegate Committee Leaders, Says Press Is Not Doing Its Job

Governor Chris Christie yesterday called on the New Jersey Press Corps and law enforcement agencies to deploy the same aggressiveness towards Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the co-Chairs of the Legislative Committee that investigated the George Washington Bridge scandal, that they have applied to him .

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Posted: August 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie Calls For Investigation Into Bridgegate Committee Leaders, Says Press Is Not Doing Its Job

Monmouth GOP endorses Brent Sonnek-Schmelz to challenge Pallone

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Brent Sonnek-Schmelz

Freehold Township- The Monmouth County Republican Committee endorsed Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, a member of the Atlantic Highlands Board of Education, to challenge Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr in the November 8, 2016 election last night during their annual nominating convention at iPlay America.

Sonneck-Schmelz, 39, is an Eagle Scout, attorney, Wharton educated MBA and entrepreneur who announced to the world that he likes to wear short shorts in the summer when he won $100,000 as a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.  He currently works as the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of The Soccer Post, a family owned franchise system of soccer stores with 33 locations nationally, and as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of City Sports, a Boston based sports apparel retailer that he is working to relaunch.

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Posted: February 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, 2016 Elections, 2016 Presidential Politics, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Angelini blasts Democratic colleagues on her way out of Trenton

assetContent (46)In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the state Assembly still had business to do before the two-year legislative session expired — including saying goodbye to all the departing lawmakers. Most of the time, it’s nice words followed by contrite thank-yous from the about-to-be-former legislators. Not so this time, when the object of praise was Assemblywoman… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Mary Pat Angenlini, Monmouth County News, NJ Democrats, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini Looks Back At Her Tenure in the Legislature

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Mary Pat Angelini

By Mary Pat Angelini

On Monday my term serving in the NJ General Assembly will officially end. As I look back on my eight years in the Legislature, I’m proud of my legislative accomplishments and to have represented my constituents with honesty, integrity and personal accountability. I’m especially thankful that I was able to shine a light on issues that affect the more vulnerable segments of our society, including young people and individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. I always felt that one of my duties as a public servant was to give a voice to those who are not always heard. Of course this was sometimes easier said than done, but I’m proud to say that I was able to make some tremendous headway.

During my tenure, I had numerous bills signed into law, including the state’s landmark “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” that has helped reduce bullying in NJ schools by requiring school employees to take action in addressing harassment, intimidation and bullying. Another landmark bill was my “911” or “Lifeline Legislation,” which established a “safe haven” from prosecution for minors who summon medical assistance for intoxicated underage persons. Furthermore, I became deeply involved with our state’s crippling heroin epidemic by supporting legislation to help those struggling with addiction and an advocate for defying the stigma of mental illness by supporting the pressing mental health needs of all Monmouth County residents.

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Posted: January 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, Mary Pat Angenlini, Monmouth County News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , | 6 Comments »

Year in review: November 2015

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Jonelle Melton

Three Asbury Park Men were charged with the 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a 33 year old Red Bank Middle School teacher.

Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey defeated Republican Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande in the 11th Legislative District.  A Democratic SuperPac funded largely by the NJEA spent $1.5 million in the race, including television commercials implying that Angelini is inappropriately profiting from the drug abuse prevention non-profit that she leads.

For all the special interest money spent on behalf of the Democrats, Angelini lost to Downey by only 253 votes and the top vote getter, Houghtaling had only 713 votes more than the low vote getter, Casagrande.  Low voter turnout in Republican strongholds Freehold Township and Colts Neck was the difference in the election.

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Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Year in review: November 2015

Year in Review: March 2015

Victor "Buddy" Amato photo via dogsdeservebetter,org

Victor “Buddy” Amato photo via dogsdeservebetter,org

The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders voted to sell the two county owned nursing homes.

FEMA announced it would review every Hurricane Sandy related flood insurance claim.

SPCA Chief Buddy Amato retired six months earlier than planned after being sued for sending sexist and racist text to agency employees.  MMM reported that Amato’s accuser, Suzanne DesMariashas a long history of suing her employers for harassment and work related injuries.

MMM reported that the Monmouth Democrats would consolidate their resources in the 11th Legislative District in an attempt to unseat Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande.

A federal jury in Trenton cleared the Monmouth County Correctional Institution of any wrongdoing in the death of a 22 year inmate who became violent after being refused the use of a cell phone.

The year in review: 2015

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Posted: December 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Democrats oust Republicans in Assembly’s 11th District

CasagrandeTRENTON — In maybe the biggest upset of Tuesday’s legislative races, Democratic challengers have ousted both Republican incumbents representing the Shore’s 11th District in the state Assembly. Democrats JoAnn Downey and Eric Houghtaling defeated Republican Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, according to the Associated Press. It’s the first time since 1991 that Democrats have… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2015 Elections, 2015 Legislative Races, Caroline Casagrande, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 21 Comments »

In LD 11, Angelini and Casagrande trailing Houghtaling and Downey

With 158 of 160 districts reporting, incumbent Republican Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande are in danger of losing their seats to Democratic Neptune Township Committeeman Eric Houghtaling and Attorney Joann Downey of Freehold.

Houghtaling is leading with 14,836 votes and Downey has 14,602. Angelini has 14,523 and Casagrande has 14,285.

Republicans are not conceding the race, which they are saying is “too close to call.”

 

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Posted: November 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2015 Elections | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »