Gopal co-sponsored a last minute change–a substitution– in legislation that passed in the Senate last week which, if passed in the Assembly and signed by Governor Murphy, will mandate that the name of the office of Freeholder be changed to County Commissioner. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: April 20th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Freeholder, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Freeholder v Commissioner, Gerry Scharfenberger, Honorary volunteer firefighter, Monmouth County News, Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Senator Vin Gopal, Vin Gopal | 8 Comments »
State Senator Vin Gopal is developing a national and international name for himself. The young senator and honorary volunteer fire fighter is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Young Democrats of North Carolina’s convention on Saturday afternoon in Charlotte. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: April 2nd, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: Democratic National Committee, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Vin Gopal, Young Democrats of North Carolina | 3 Comments »
State Senator Vin Gopal has endorsed Josh Welle, address unknown, for the Democratic nomination to lose to Congressman Chris Smith.
Welle, who has already violated the Ethics in Government Act with late and inaccurate Financial Disclosure Reports, rented office space from Tic Tac Toe Development, LLC last fall, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Tic Tac Toe is Gopal’s company that paid $900K in cash last year for an office building in Tinton Falls. The Tinton Falls property still has no mortgages or liens filed on it with the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.
Posted: March 21st, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: CD-4, Congressman Chris Smith, Josh Welle, Mike Keeling, New Jersey, NJ 4, Senator Vin Gopal, Vin Gopal | 1 Comment »
By Tommy DeSeno
Election night we listened to pundit after pundit (some admitting they know little about the 11th District) proclaim Vin Gopal’s victory over Senator Jen Beck was an “upset.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Every indicia of prognostication said Vin Gopal was the favorite, and it starts with the previous census.
I’ve lamented for some time that voting in “districted elections” is like not voting at all. After each census, 10 political big shots, 5 from each party, meet in a hotel room and draw crazy lines that allow them to divvy up the state between the two parties. Democrats having an advantage in this state, their “map” wins, by an 11th man tiebreaker. This is followed by us sheep doing our civic duty and voting even though the pols already stacked the demographic deck. The winning party acts like it was political prowess that won them the election, when in fact the day was won in the hotel room where the map is drawn every 10 years. This system is an inhibitor of democracy. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 16th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: Analysis, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Tom DeSeno, Vin Gopal | 8 Comments »
By Art Gallagher
Jennifer Beck had an internal poll showing her leading Vin Gopal by 17% in September. Gopal had a poll showing him losing to Beck by 6% in mid October. Another Gopal poll showed him winning by 1% last week. Beck said last week that she thought it was a 3% race. So how did Gopal pull off a 7% victory on Tuesday night?
Gopal’s campaign knocked on 40,000 doors in Asbury Park, Eatontown, Long Branch, Ocean Township and Tinton Falls, according to a veteran Democrat operative who participated in the effort.
The Senator-elect had a fresh and energetic army of volunteers and paid canvassers join his committed troops in the field on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 elections, Analysis, Jennifer Beck, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | 10 Comments »
Senate President Steve Sweeney fought off a surprisingly tough challenge from his Republican opponent, funded by NJEA money. New Jersey voters went to the polls yesterday and turned their attention to all 120 seats in the Legislature, ending a busy election season that was rife with special interest spending, political attack ads and controversial mailers, as… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 8th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 elections, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, NJ Legislature, NJEA, Steve Sweeney, Vin Gopal | 1 Comment »
Kim Guadagno will be elected the 56th Governor of New Jersey by less than 2000 votes.
The Associated Press will not call the NJ gubernatorial race until Thursday due to the failure of the vote reporting systems in Essex, Hudson, Camden and Middlesex counties which will prevent the vote from being counted. CNN and NJ.com will report rumors that the New Jersey election was hacked by the Russians.
Steve Sweeney will survive the millions spent against his reelection by the NJEA. The teachers’ union will lose considerable influence in Trenton and its membership will revolt against leadership and reform the association. Guadagno and Sweeney will have a stronger and more effective reform agenda than Christie and Sweeney had during the first Christie’s term. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 7th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2017 Elections | Tags: 2017 election predictions, 2017 elections, Amy Handlin, Ann Marie Conte, Chuck Todd, Declan O'Scanlon, Derek DeLuca, Ed Gillespe, Eric Houghtaling, Greg Buontempo, Jennifer Beck, Joann Downey, John Dwyer, Kim Guadagno, Larry Luttrell, Lillian Burry, Michael Whelan, Middletown, Ned Thomson, Patricia Branch, Patrick Impreveduto, Rob Acerra, Rob Clifton, Robert Singer, Rocco Pascucci, Ron Dancer, Sam Thompson, Sean Kean, Serena DiMaso, Stephanie Murray, Steve Sweeney, Sue Kiley, Tony Fiore, Vin Gopal, Vincent Solomeno | 4 Comments »
Long Branch Official: Mr. Gopal is not listed as a qualified, trained firefighter in the City of Long Branch
Gopal apparently knows he’s been caught lying to the public for months and is now trying, poorly, to explain himself.
The Asbury Park Press knows about Gopal’s misrrepresentations. Inexplicably, APP has yet to report on Gopal’s dishonesty. APP endorsed Senator Jennifer Beck for reelection over Gopal.
In his TV commercials, Gopal claims he volunteers as a first responder in Long Branch. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Jennifer Beck, Long Branch, Monmouth County News, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 elections, Colts Neck, EMS, EMT, Firefighter, Freehold, Jim Schatzle, Kevin Hayes, LD 11, Lester Preston, Long Branch Fire Department, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Sam Tomaine, Senator Jennifer Beck, Vin Gopal, Vin Gopal is not a first responder | 7 Comments »
After getting a brief taste of cool autumn temperatures during the first few days of October, New Jersey has been stuck in a warming trend that has made it feel more like late summer the past few days. Thanks to warm air flowing in from the southwest, much of the state was 10 to 15 degrees… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 10th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Al Gore, Global Warming, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: Al Gore, Climate Change, Global Warming, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Dems, New Jersey, october, Phil Murphy, Vin Gopal | Comments Off on Global Warming to continue through the weekend for Al Gore’s Monmouth County rally
By Michael J. Panter
Like Kevin Asadi and other residents, I recently received the letter from Senate candidate Vin Gopal which denounces the Assessment Demonstration Program (the “ADP”), implemented in 2013, as the source of high property taxes.
Since I have run in four state elections in Monmouth County, I have been in Mr. Gopal’s shoes. Political operatives refer to the weeks before an election as the “silly season”, since candidates will say almost anything about their opponents to generate a headline.
However, there is a line which should never be crossed – candidates should not issue false or misleading information, since it not only subjects them to legal liability, but most importantly, it does a disservice to taxpayers. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 8th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Property Taxes, Taxes, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, Assessment Demonstration Program, Assessment Pilot Program, Kevin Asadi, LD 11, Michael J. Panter, Michael Panter, Mike Panter, Monmouth County News, NJ Property Taxes, Property tax assessments, Vin Gopal | 7 Comments »