What if Menendez resigns?

It’s not considered likely that Senator Bob Menendez will resign as a result of the bi-partisan admonishment he received from the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics.  NJ and Washington Democrats have become a much more forgiving people since Senator Bob Torricelli was forced out of office after his admonishment 16 years ago.

As Bret Stephens wrote in a Trump bashing piece in the NY Times yesterday, America’s standards have declined over the years.   Menendez’s admonishment for trading the power of his office for luxury travel and massive campaign contributions will likely blow over as the Democrats and their media partners continue their mission to destroy the Trump presidency.

But what if the Russian collusion with the Senate Ethics Committee works and Menendez decides to take a job running Dr. Salomon Melgen’s port security business in the Dominican Republic while looking over his luxury villa?

If Menendez resigns, Governor Phil Murphy gets to appoint someone to fill the vacancy until January. That person would run in Menendez’s place for a six year term in the November election. Who would Murphy choose? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Menendez, New Jersey, Opinion, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Pezzullo to challenge Pallone

Rich Pezzullo

Conservative businessman Rich Pezzullo announced last night that he will seek the GOP nomination to challenge Congressman Frank Pallone in the 6th Congressional District of New Jersey (parts of Monmouth and Middlesex counties).

Pezzullo declared his candidacy at the Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club’s annual Reagan Day celebration.

“We can no longer allow enemies of American progress like Frank Pallone to represent us when he and others like him are spending every day trying to hold our nation back. I am challenging him because I believe that the Sixth District deserves so much better — a representative they can rely on, that they can be proud of,” Pezzullo told the gathering. “Pallone was elected to Congress 30 years ago and has not accomplished anything. He is too far left even for his own rabidly leftist party. Isn’t it time for a Congressman who will work for a living?” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 5th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments »

Pezzullo Says He Will Support Hugin For U.S. Senate

Bob Hugin and Rich Pezzullo

Rich Pezzullo declared that he would suspend his candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate if Bob Hugin, the recently retired Executive Chairman of Celgene Corporation becomes a candidate.

Speaking to several hundred Monmouth County Republicans at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, Pezzullo, of Freehold, said, ” I actually like the guy and trust him to advance our agenda vigorously and fearlessly. I encourage him to quit waffling and get into the race.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 10th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Hugin, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Golden Congratulates Thomson, Thanks LD 30 Republicans and NJ GOP

Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden issued a statement this morning congratulating newly elected Assemblyman Ned Thomson on his victory at the special election last evening and thanking all involved for a successful and orderly convention.

“Congratulations to Assemblyman Thomson.   I personally thank Ned for his willingness to take on the rigors of being a legislator as well as the demanding community and political commitments the job requires. Ned doesn’t need to do this.  I wholeheartedly welcome him to our leadership team. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Field of Five Seeks To Replace Rible In The NJ State Assembly

ABC Director Dave Rible

Five candidates have emerged to fill the vacancy in the State Assembly in the 30th Legislative District created by Dave Rible’s resignation to become the Director of the Alcohol Beverage Commission.

Rible, 49 of Wall Township, was the Assembly Republican Conference Leader until his July 17th resignation. The GOP County Committees from the 30th Legislative  District will select a candidate to fill vacancy and take Rible’s place on the general election ballot at a convention that is tentatively scheduled for August 9 at the IBEW #400 Union Hall in Wall.  The 30th District is comprised of Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach,Brielle, Farmingdale, Howell, Lake Como, Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, and Wall in Monmouth County as well as Lakewood and Point Pleasant in Ocean County.

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Posted: July 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Dave Rible, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

RIP Rick Rosenberg

Rick Rosenberg

Rick Rosenberg, Jr, 32, was found deceased in his Lakehurst home this morning, according to an Ocean County law enforcement source.

Rosenberg was a well respected Republican political operative who started working on campaigns while a college student at Rutgers in 2004. Most recently he re-joined the Chris Russell Consulting firm after managing the GOP gubernatorial primary campaign of Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli.

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Posted: June 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News, NJ GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on RIP Rick Rosenberg

Ciattarelli’s Slate Puts Monmouth in Play

April 1, 2017

Gary Rich and Bob Walsh will challenge Lillian Burry and Pat Impreveduto for Freeholder

Friendly rivals? Lt Gov Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, Lt Governor Kim Guadagno’s only legitimate competitor for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in the June 6 GOP primary, conceded the Monmouth County GOP line to Guadagno at the Party convention on March 18.  But Ciattarelli is not conceding the County’s Republican primary votes to the “extraordinarily weak frontrunner.”

MoreMonmouthMusings has learned that the Ciattarelli campaign will file a full slate of Monmouth County legislative and county candidates with the Secretary of State and Monmouth County Clerk on Monday, the filing deadline.

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Posted: April 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

New hope for a Republican Majority in New Jersey

Snapshot 2 (5-26-2016 10-48 AM)With the news that Governor Chris Christie saying that he is staying in his current job until his term in expires in January of 2018, New Jersey Republicans are rethinking what little hope they had to winning the governorship and gaining seats in the legislature next year.

Don’t give up, New Jersey Republicans. There is hope.

PolitickerNJ’s 2016 list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey tabs Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal #50.  PolitickerNJ says Gopal is slated to become the next Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic Party.

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Posted: November 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Democrats win their largest N.J. Assembly majority in 36 years

IMG_2800TRENTON — Democrats tightened their control of the state Assembly in Tuesday’s elections, wresting three seats away from a Republican party ruled by Gov. Chris Christie, a presidential candidate whose popularity has dropped at home. It means Democrats will control 51 seats in the 80-seat lower house as of January — their biggest majority since 1979.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Legislative Races, Chris Christie, NJ GOP | Tags: , , | 5 Comments »

Cheney coming to N.J. for Reagan celebration, which includes jellybeans

assetContent (40)Former Vice President Dick Cheney will be making a rare appearance in New Jersey next month. The two-term vice president will join Garden State conservatives in Woodland Park as part of NJ Reagan Day, a commemoration of the country’s 40 th president, Ronald Reagan. The event will be held March 31 at the Westmount Country Club… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: NJ GOP | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Cheney coming to N.J. for Reagan celebration, which includes jellybeans