Welle Underperforms Against Keady, Smith Overperforms Unopposed

By Art Gallagher

While much of the media is reporting how poorly U.S. Senator Bob Menendez performed in the  Democrat primary yesterday, I couldn’t miss how poorly Josh Welle, address none of your business, performed against former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady, Spring Lake, in the 4th congressional district primary.

With all three county party lines, more money and the endorsement of his former landlord, State Senator and honorary volunteer firefighter Vin Gopal, Welle only got 57% of the vote against Keady’s 43%.

Congressman Chris Smith, Hamilton, overperformed expectations, especially given that he was unopposed in the CD-4 Republican primary.

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Posted: June 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Chris Smith, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Menendez math: $58,000 = $1,000,000

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is arguing that the $58,000 he reimbursed to Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen for private jet flights, prior to his corruption trial, covers the almost $1 million in extravagant gifts and contributions that the Senate Ethics Committee ordered he repay, according to report at Politico.

“I think the Ethics Committee was unaware that there were a series of payments that were made before they continued their review,” Menendez said.

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Posted: May 29th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Menendez, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Video: Pallone Declares His Love and Support for Bob Menendez

Congressman Frank Pallone responded to the Senate Ethics Committee’s severe admonishment of Senator Bob Menendez for abusing the powers of his office in exchange for extremely lavish gifts from Dr. Salomon Melgin by declaring his love and support of Menendez to reporters in Washington.

See the video originally posted by NorthJersey.com:

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Posted: April 29th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Menendez, Frank Pallone, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

DiMaso calls on Menendez to resign

Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R13) called upon U.S. Senator Bob Menendez to “do the right thing” and resign.

“Now that Senate Ethics has confirmed that Senator Menendez broke federal law and exploited his office to help Dr. Melgen instead of helping New Jerseyans, he should do the right thing and resign from office,” DiMaso said in a press release this afternoon.

DiMaso pointed to the highlights of the four page letter of admonishment issued by the U.S. Select Committee on Ethic yesterday.

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Posted: April 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Serena DiMaso | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Monmouth Democrats Back Menendez For Reelection

Monmouth Democrat Chairman Dave Brown

Monmouth County Democrat Chairman David Brown responded to the news that indicted U.S. Senator Bob Menendez will face a second trial on federal corruption charges by endorsing the senator for reelection in November, according to a report at PoliticsDW.

“Whether it is fighting for progressive values or standing up to Donald Trump’s disastrous and economic and environmental policies, Senator Bob Menendez has had our side,” said David Brown, the Monmouth County Democratic Chairman.

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Posted: January 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Menendez, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

N.J. delegation wants to know why state got so little Sandy aid

Tom Arnone, Dave Rible Serena DiMassoWASHINGTON — Members of the New Jersey delegation want to ask U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro why their state got just $15 million in disaster preparedness funds under a program funded in the Hurricane Sandy aid bill. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.), who arranged a meeting last March with Federal Emergency Management… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Hurricane Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Federal Flood Insurance Reformer Quits

IMG_3871 (640x427)Brad J. Kieserman, the federal official assigned to reform the National Flood Insurance Plan and to re-open thousands of Superstorm Sandy related claims amid allegations that thousands of homeowners were short changed, has resigned his post in order to take a job at the Red Cross, according to a report on Newsday.

A 28 year employee of the federal government, Kieserman took on the reform of NFIP only 3 months ago in February. FEMA annouced four months ago that it would settle every disputed case but only about a dozen checks have been issued.

Appearing in Hoboken last week with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, as well as Highlands residents Kerry and Jamie Gowan who where representing the 70,000 New Jersey residents with claims to be reviewed by FEMA, Kieserman pledged that the government would do better in the tasks of “people caring for people.”

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Posted: June 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

FEMA will soon contact Sandy homeowners who may want to reopen their damage claims

assetContent (3)WASHINGTON — The first of an estimated 141,800 Hurricane Sandy victims will receive letters next month asking whether they want to reopen their damage claims, a top Federal Emergency Management Agency official said Tuesday. Brad Kieserman, the deputy associate administrator who oversees the federal flood insurance program, said the letters will begin going out in May… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on FEMA will soon contact Sandy homeowners who may want to reopen their damage claims

Case against Menendez won’t be easy for prosecutors, experts say

Dr. Salomon Melgen, left and Senator Robert Menendez

Dr. Salomon Melgen, left and Senator Robert Menendez

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Federal prosecutors face many hurdles in making their corruption case against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, indicted Wednesday on charges of accepting close to $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions to benefit a wealthy Florida donor and friend, said several white-collar defense experts. The details in the indictment will likely raise the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Case against Menendez won’t be easy for prosecutors, experts say

Menendez prosecutors face several obstacles

menendez cryWASHINGTON—To show that Sen. Bob Menendez’s relationship with a prominent donor crossed the line from politics into political corruption, the government faces several hurdles that could make a quick conviction difficult, experienced white-collar defense attorneys said. Menendez, D-N.J., has said repeatedly that he has done nothing wrong, and on Saturday several defenders — Republicans and Democrats… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez | Tags: , | Comments Off on Menendez prosecutors face several obstacles