Golden Days: Monmouth GOP dominated county races

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Surrogate Rosemarie Peters, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Congressman Chris Smith, Freeholder Serena DiMaso and Freeholder Tom Arnone celebrate their victories on Election Night

By Art Gallagher

Monmouth County’s Democrat leadership is spinning the shellacking they took last week from Sheriff Shaun Golden, Surrogate Rosemarie Peters, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso as a function of President-elect Donald Trump’s performance in the county.

Vin’s spin is laughable on many levels.  Let’s hope he believes it.

The Monmouth GOP swept the county races because, under Golden’s leadership, they campaign the same way the govern.  They work smarter and harder with less money.

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Posted: November 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Monmouth GOP Sweeps

14425362_1173389592758147_640088883179729045_oMonmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, Surrogate Rosemarie Peters, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso have been reelected.

Monmouth Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal conceded to Golden who is the GOP County Chairman, via text message.

With 456 of 458 voting districts reporting and approximately 4000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots to be counted, Golden is defeating Marlboro Councilman Jeff Cantor 144,190 to 112,264.

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Posted: November 8th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Vin Gopal’s got a problem with powerful women

Boys Club: I bet you can't find a photo of Vin posing with three women

Boys Club: I bet you can’t find a photo of Vin posing with three women

The Monmouth County Democrats women problem goes beyond the fact that the party has only nominated 5 women to county or legislative offices, while nominating 26 men to higher office, since Vin Gopal became the Party Chairman in 2012.  The Monmouth GOP nominated 17 men and 14 women during the same period.

Gopal defended his abysmal record of nominating women by calling his candidates for county and legislative offices “sacrificial lambs” in The Asbury Park Press’s coverage of Democratic Surrogate candidate Vincent Solomeno’s  2007 facebook post bragging about “a swedish whore named cindy.”

“Yes, we do not run women as sacrificial lambs in races just for the sake of running women,” Gopal is quoted as saying to The Asbury Park Press.

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Posted: October 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Dirty Doherty, Gopal Accuse Monmouth GOP and MoreMonmouthMusings of staging Belmar protest

Monmouth GOP: We’re not run by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz or Hillary Clinton

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Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal has a canny knack for getting otherwise good journalists to print stories based on his libelous allegations that have no basis in fact.

In 2013 Gopal issued a Friday evening press release accusing a Republican Red Bank Council candidate of having a warrant out for his arrest in Texas. MoreMonmouthMusings contacted Texas authorities to confirm the story and found that it was false.  But several respected publications ran with Gopal’s lie before retracting their story after MMM published the truth.

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Posted: August 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Monmouth Republicans Boast Bi-Partisan Support At Summer/Campaign Kickoff

Bar A KimLake Como, NJ-Over 400 Monmouth County residents, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, packed into Bar Anticipation after the storm on Wednesday evening to kick off summer and to support the Republican slate of Monmouth County office holders who are seeking reelection in November.

The Republican team of Sheriff Shaun Golden, Surrogate Rosemarie Peters, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso held their 7th Annual Summer/Campaign Kickoff in the popular outdoor venue that features its own sand and cabanas a mile from the beach.  Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno was on hand to support her home county officials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: June 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth Republicans Boast Bi-Partisan Support At Summer/Campaign Kickoff

Monmouth GOP: Doherty is bought and paid for by out of county special interests

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Republicans Sheriff Shaun Golden, Surrogate Rosemarie Peters, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso

The Monmouth County Republican Organization said that Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Freeholder in the June 7 primary, is bought and paid for by Trenton lobbyists, Wall Street executives and North Jersey political bosses “seeking to turn Monmouth County Government into their own Hudson County style patronage machine.”

In a press release distributed Monday afternoon, the Monmouth GOP organization said that Doherty’s latest campaign finance report indicates that over 60% of the $98,000 he disclosed the source of came from donors who reside outside of Monmouth County.

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Posted: May 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Elections, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Pryor Wins Neptune City Special Election, Monmouth GOP prevails over bus loads of Democratic canvassers

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Neptune City Councilman Richard Pryor, center, celebrates his reelection with Neptune City and Monmouth GOP leaders. Click photo for larger view

The streets of Neptune City were reminiscent of Newark, Jersey City or Chicago on election day Tuesday as out of town canvassers worked the town to get Democrats to come out and vote in a Special Election for a Council seat that was vacated as a result of a tie vote last November.

The State Democratic Party emailed Democrat activists statewide, imploring them to knock on doors and make phone calls in Neptune City, “because it is the home of Monmouth County Freeholder Director and Republican Leader Tom Arnone, who previously served as mayor.” U.S. Senator Cory Booker made a robocall for the Democrat candidate. An estimated 30 out of towners were bused in on Tuesday to to find Democratic votes to drag to the polls.

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Posted: March 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Neptune City, Tom Kean JR | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

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 »

Golden, Peters, Arnone and DiMaso Announce Reelection Campaign

Sheriff Shaun Golden and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Sheriff Shaun Golden and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Before an enthusiastic crowd of over 600 Monmouth County supporters at the Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale, Sheriff (and County GOP Chairman) Shaun Golden announced that he, Freeholders Tom Arnone and Serena DiMaso, and Surrogate Rosemarie Peters are all running for reelection in November.

“We don’t need to make Monmouth County great again,” Golden declared with a reference to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Monmouth County is great!”

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Posted: January 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Tinton Falls Mayor Endorses Hanlon and Curley

Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald M. Turning

Tinton Falls, NJ—Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald M. Turning announced today that he will be voting for Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon and Freeholder John P. Curly on November 3rd. Turning urged all Tinton Falls and Monmouth County voters to do the same.

“I can personally attest to Christine’s abilities given my experience working with her while she served the people of Tinton Falls with distinction as the Deputy Director of Law,” said Turning.  “Christine’s keen intellect, strong work ethic and unshakeable integrity served Tinton Falls very well.”

“Christine has already brought new energy and enthusiasm to the job that serves Monmouth County very well,” continued Turning.  “I am looking forward to seeing what she accomplishes for the people of Monmouth County during her full term of office.”

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Posted: October 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Monmouth County News, Tinton Falls | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »