State Senator Vin Gopal last week withdrew his support for Teddy Price, 58, a Democrat candidate for Ocean County Freeholder, ostensibly because of Price’s arrest record for alcohol fueled youthful indiscretions 37 years ago.
In a conveniently leaked letter to Ocean County Democrat Chairman Wyatt Earp, Senator Gopal asked that the $10,000 donation he made to the Ocean Dem coffers not be used for Price’s freeholder campaign because Price was arrested twice in 1981. The way Gopal tells the story, the charges against Price were pretty serious. “Mr. Price’s criminal history is deeply disturbing,” Gopal wrote. Assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, interfering with and fighting with police were the charges Gopal mentioned in his letter to Earp.
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Posted: September 10th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Politics, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: 2018 elections, Larry Luttrell, Lawrence Luttrell, Lunging Larry Luttrell, Monmouth County Democrats, Monmouth County News, Ocean County Democrats, Senator Vin Gopal, Teddy Price, Vin Gopal, Wyatt Earp | 32 Comments »
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced today that the drawing for ballot positions in the November general election will be held on Monmouth August 13 at 3:00 p.m.
The drawing, which by New Jersey law is to occur 85 days before the election, will be conducted by Deputy Clerk Judith Ricci at the Monmouth County Clerk of Elections Office located at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold.
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Posted: August 6th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Christine Hanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: 2018 elections, Ballot drawing, Ballot position, Bob Hugin, Bob Menendez, Judith Ricci, M. Clarie French, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County Clerk of Elections, Monmouth County News, Vin Gopal | Comments Off on Ballot Drawing To Be Held In Freehold On August 13
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 »