Steinhardt: Murphy just a “hollow politician”

Republican leaders slapped Gov. Phil Murphy today for the firing of Gerry Scharfenberger, a Monmouth County Freeholder who was terminated on Monday after refusing to attend a Murphy press conference. But Democrats sources have a different take.  They say Scharfenberger had agreed to speak at the press conference, but backed out under pressure from the Monmouth GOP Chairman, Shaun Golden. Murphy was in Marlboro last Friday to push for a

Murphy fires Scharfenberger

Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger lost his job today as Director of the state Business Action Center, three days after the Republican refused to attend Gov. Phil Murphy's press conference supporting a federal property tax deduction. Murphy was in Marlboro last Friday to push for a plan that would allow New Jersey residents to pay property taxes as charitable contributions to their municipalities as a way of preserving a deduction capped

Scharfenberger is new Freeholder

As expected, former Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger has won a special election convention for Monmouth County Freeholder.  He will replace Serena DiMaso, who took her seat in the State Assembly last month, and will run for the unexpired term in November. Republicans nominated Hazlet Mayor Sue Kiley to run for the seat currently held by GOP Freeholder John Curley.  Curley, who was censured by his colleagues last year amidst allegations

Two candidates, one seat right now

It looks like Monmouth County Republican leaders are coalescing around Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger and Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley as their 2018 Freeholder candidates.  Still undecided is which one gets the seat open right now and which one might have to face an incumbent, if embattled Republican John Curley seeks re-election in the GOP primary or as an independent in the general election. Both potential candidates would prefer the

Guadagno ally wants to stay

The Republican mayor of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’ home town is lobbying to keep his $120,000-a-year state job with the New Jersey Business Action Center and the Office for Planning Advocacy.  I’m told that Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger has asked mutual friends to help save his job.  That could be a tough sell, since Scharfenberger works directly for the Secretary of State, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Scharfenberger is also a potential