O’Scanlon praises Supreme Court’s proposed Municipal Court Reforms—will introduce legislation to take the profit out of policing and local courts

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth County) today issued praise to the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Operations, Fines and Fees for their comprehensive report which, after a 16 month investigation, “revealed a number of significant concerns where aggressive reform is needed. Many of those issues identified by the Committee undermine both the administration of justice and the independence of the Municipal Courts.”

“In law enforcement and judicial systems, profit is the mortal enemy of justice,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “We must take real steps towards reforming municipal court and ticketing procedures. Policing for profit is an unacceptable practice that tarnishes the reputation of all our upstanding police officers and often results in devastating consequences for petty infractions.”

“Municipal Courts should be about the administration of justice, not a profit center to plug holes in local governments’ budgets,” O’Scanlon continued.   “In the twenty-five years since our Courts were last reformed, too many towns have come to rely on fines to fund their municipal operations and too many local judges have turned into de facto tax collectors.  This is not justice and it has to stop.”

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Posted: July 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News, NJ Courts, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Houghtaling and Downey complain that DiMaso hurt their reputation

Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey

The phones were ringing off the hook at Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey’s Ocean Township office after Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso’s July 5th robocall informing 11th legislative district voters of Houghtaling and Downey’s support for Governor Murphy’s massive tax increases and his cuts to school funding for local school districts.

DiMaso’s July 5 robocall:

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Posted: July 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Guadagno: Murphy’s $2 billion spending increase is insane but not a surprise

Former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno appeared on the Tommy G Show yesterday during which she said that the $2 billion in spending increases and $1.5 billion in new state taxes are insane but that no one should be surprised.

Guadagno said that moderate Democrats who are now calling for spending cuts “sound like Republicans, that’s what we’ve been saying all along!”

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Posted: July 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, July 13-15, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, July 13

  • Mike Birbiglia’s The New One at Two River Theater (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Mercy by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Boardwalk Book Fair (Avon) – MORE INFO
  • As You Like It: Summer Shakespeare at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Summer Concert & Car Show (Manalapan) – MORE INFO
  • Israel/Jewish Film Festival at Axelrod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 11th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

57 Countries Endorse Tools To Combat Human Trafficking Proposed By Congressman Chris Smith

The  Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA), an assembly of over 300 lawmakers from 57 countries in Europe and North American adopted “Implementing Trafficking-Free Communities,” a comprehensive resolution to combat human trafficking sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith, during their 27th annual session yesterday in Berlin.

Based upon best practices developed in the United States under Smith’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, the resolution encourages governments to implement multiple best practices simultaneously to significantly reduce trafficking in a community over the course of a year.

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Posted: July 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Congressman Smith Leads Dialogue With Russian Lawmakers In Prelude To Trump-Putin Summit

Congressman Chris Smith addresses the the 27th Annual Session of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Parliamentary Assembly, Saturday July 7. Photo courtesy of Congressman Smith’s office

Congressman Chris Smith had a candid, firm and respectful exchange with Russian lawmakers on Saturday in Berlin wherein he confronted his counterparts, led by Pyotr Tolstoy, Deputy Chairman of the Russian legislature, on an array of human rights violations and geopolitical issues, he told MMM in an phone interview following the meeting which the 27th Annual Session of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Parliamentary Assembly.

Smith heads the 13 member U.S. delegation to OSCE-PA. Tolstoy leads the Russian delegation.

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Posted: July 9th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Russia, Russian Federation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, July 6-8, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, July 6

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair – MORE INFO
  • Shrek the Musical at Spring Lake Community Theatre – MORE INFO
  • Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • “Summer at the Jersey Shore” Exhibit (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Mercy by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Danny White Band (Belmar) – MORE INFO
  • The Dynamic Duo (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Bluegrass Mini Golf at MP (Oceanport) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 5th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, July 6-8, 2018

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County on Independence Day, July 4, 2018

By Greg Kelly

 

Photo by Paul Scharf

Wednesday, July 4

  • Happy July 4th
  • OceanFest ’18 (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair – MORE INFO
  • July 4th Horse Racing at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) – MORE INFO
  • SRYC Parade of Boats (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Pipes & Stripes: A Holiday Concert (Ocean Grove) – MORE INFO
  • Pier Village Poetry Festival (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Independence Day Concert & Fireworks (Freehold) – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 2nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County on Independence Day, July 4, 2018

Shutdown Averted, Murphy, Sweeney and Coughlin Agree On Tax Increases

Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin came to terms on tax increased in the New Jersey FY2019 Budget today, averting a shutdown of state government.

While the Senate and General Assembly will not vote on the budget legislation before the midnight deadline tonight, Murphy said that he will not close the government.  Sweeney and Coughlin announced that their Chambers will be in session at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , | 11 Comments »

Coast Guard, State Police, Protecting Whale in Raritan Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook and the NJ State Police enforced a safety zone for an entangled whale, believed to be a humpback, in the Raritan Bay this afternoon, according to an announcement by the Coast Guard.

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Posted: June 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »