Josh Welle, address none of your business, seems to think he has the Democrat nomination in the 4th Congressional District locked up before any of the votes have been counted.
The primary election between Welle and former Asbury Park councilman Jim Keady is tomorrow, June 5.
The Welle campaign has a meet and greet scheduled for Tuesday evening, June 12 in Ocean Grove.
Someone should tell Welle that the Monmouth County Democrats are having a convention that night.
Actually, someone should tell the Monmouth County Democrats that they need to have a convention that night. I guess I just did. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 4th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: 2018 elections, CD-4, Dave Brown, Jim Keady, Josh Welle, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Dems, NJ 4, Vin Gopal | 2 Comments »
Kudos to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop for voluntarily complying with federal Judge Naomi Buchwald’s ruling that public officials are violating the 1st Amendment Rights of their constituents when they block political critics from their social media accounts.
Now it’s time for U.S. Senator Cory Booker and State Senator Vin Gopal to follow suit. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 24th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: Cory Booker, Honorary Volunteer Firefighter Vin Gopal, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Matt Rooney, New Jersey, President Donald Trump, Save Jersey, Social Media, Vin Gopal | 2 Comments »
State Senator and honorary volunteer firefighter Vin Gopal finds the term “freeholder” offensive and, for Monmouth County voters in particular, confusing.
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 | 9 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 »
Josh Welle and Senator Vin Gopal
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 »
Senator-elect Vin Gopal and Tinton Falls Mayor Gerald Turning. photo via facebook, posted Oct 9
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.
Beck’s campaign closed with a Hail Mary pass and a fire drill. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 9th, 2017 | Author: 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 »
Vin Gopal, the candidate for State Senate in the 11th Legislative District, is not a first responder.
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 »