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Hackensack Meridian Health Waives Co-Pays And Deductables For Furloughed Federal Employees and Families

New Jersey’s largest healthcare network announced today that it is waiving co-pays and deductibles for emergency visits at all network hospitals and urgent care centers for furloughed federal employees and their insured family members.

“We have seen the financial impact the federal government shut down has had on many families and we want to ensure that people will receive the care they need without worrying about the cost,’’ said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

“We believe that we need to step forward and do our part to help furloughed federal employees and their families,’’ Garrett said.

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Posted: January 18th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, January 18-20, 2019:

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, January 18

  • The Elvis Birthday Bash at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Create Top Notch Resumes & Cover Letters (Shrewsbury) – MORE INFO
  • “Apple Season” at NJ Repertory Theatre (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Friday Night Open Ice Skating (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Ice at the Pier (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Atlantic Cinemas Movie Night (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • Collingwood Indoor Flea Market (Farmingdale) – MORE INFO
  • Live Harness Racing at Freehold Raceway – MORE INFO

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Posted: January 16th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Golden Slams O’Scanlon’s Marijuana Effort

In a rare public disagreement among Monmouth County Republicans, Sheriff Shaun Golden, the Party Chairman, slammed Senator Declan O’Scanlon’s effort to win fiscal and public safety reforms from Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney in exchange for three Republican votes in the Senate to legalize recreational marijuana.

Golden took to twitter last night, calling the the proposal “typical Trenton”

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Posted: January 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Serena DiMaso, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Governor Murphy’s State of the State Address

Governor Phil Murphy will deliver the annual State of the State address this afternoon at noon from the Statehouse in Trenton.

Watch it here courtesy of NJTV:

Posted: January 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Three GOP State Senators Willing To Trade Marijuana Support For Fiscal And Public Safety Reforms

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Three  Republican State Senators, including Monmouth County’s Declan O’Scanlon are willing to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey if Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney deliver the return of the Energy Receipts Tax to municipalities, a dedicated 911 System and Emergency Response Trust Fund, funding for addiction recovery services and a guaranteed reimbursement fund for municipalities paying to train police officers as Drug Recognition Experts who can assess if a driver is impaired by cannabis, according to an article on NJ.com

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Posted: January 14th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Gilmore’s Insanity Defense

By Art Gallagher

George Gilmore, NewJerseyGlobe photo

George Gilmore, the Ocean County Republican Chairman and Board of Elections Chairman who was indicted on federal tax evasion and bank fraud charges last week, didn’t pay his taxes and omitted tax debt from a loan application because he has a hoarding disorder, his lawyer told the Asbury Park Press.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office was aware of Gilmore’s disability before it sought an indictment, his lawyer, Kevin Marino told app.

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Posted: January 14th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Local Bank Offers Mortgage Relief For Borrowers Impacted By Federal Shutdown

OceanFirst Bank N.A. is offering a forbearance or temporary suspension of mortgage and home equity loan payments for up to 90 days to its customers who work for the federal government or businesses affected by the government shutdown, the bank announced last week.

“As a community bank, OceanFirst wants to provide support to every mortgage customer who works for the federal government or businesses that are affected by the current shutdown,” said Anthony Giordano, III, OceanFirst Bank’s Senior Vice President and Senior Operations Officer. “We recognize these are stressful times for these customers, many of whom are worried about meeting their mortgage and other financial obligations, especially if there is a prolonged shutdown. By offering the Mortgage Relief Program, we hope we can ease any concerns relating to their mortgage or home equity loan until they get back to work and are paid.”

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Posted: January 13th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Gilmore needs to step aside

POLITICO is reporting that indicted Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore, also the Chairman of Ocean County Board of Elections,  said in a text message that he intends to stay on in both roles while he fights to avoid the next 30 years in prison on federal tax evasion and bank fraud charges.

Who does he think he is?  Bob Menendez?

Hopefully that text was a knee jerk reaction from a proud man in shock and denial over his situation and the peril he puts his constituencies in each day he hold onto those positions now.

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Posted: January 11th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 10 Comments »

Ocean County GOP Chairman Indicted For Tax Evasion And Other Charges

George Gilmore

George Gilmore, the long time chairman of the Ocean County Republican Party, was indicted by a federal grand jury, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced this afternoon.

Gilmore, 69, is  an attorney, lobbyist and one of the most powerful Republicans in New Jersey. He was was charged in a six-count indictment with one count of income tax evasion for calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015; two counts of filing false tax returns for calendar years 2013 and 2014; failing to collect, account for, and pay over payroll taxes for two quarters in 2016, and making false statements on a 2015 loan application submitted to Ocean First Bank N.A.

According to Honig’s announcement, documents file in the case indicate:

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Posted: January 10th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 10 Comments »

Salman believes that Gopal’s leak tanks his chances for NJ Transit job

Bob Salman

Bob Salman, the 79 year old Democrat State Committeeman from Marlboro, believes that Senator Vin Gopal thwarted any chance he had to join the Murphy administration when the young senator distributed an email that Salman meant for Gopal’s eyes only. 

“I don’t need a job. My family doesn’t want me to work and now I probably won’t get the job,” Salman told MMM in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Salman said that the had been angling to return to the Department of Transportation, where he served as Inspector General during the McGreevey/Codey and Corzine administrations, since Governor Phil Murphy was elected last year. He told MMM that he advised the Murphy campaign and the transition on transportation issues.  “I had hoped to get a high level job after Governor Murphy took office,” Salman said. “I didn’t get it.  The legislation that reforms NJ Transit includes a Chief Ethics Officer,  That’s not an Inspector General but it is close. Now I’m probably not going to get that.”

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Posted: December 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »