Luttrell wants Scharfenberger to rule out Assembly run

Monmouth County Democratic freeholder candidate Larry Luttrell wants his opponent, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, to promise he won’t jump ship to higher office if the opportunity presents itself. “In his classic fashion, Gerry Scharfenberger immediately looks for a taxpayer funded raise as soon as he sees one for the taking. It is obvious that appointed Freeholder Scharfenberger is hoping to jump from his $27,000 a year salary as part-time Freeholder to

Menendez, Hugin trade jabs over Fort Monmouth

Bob Hugin appeared with local officials who lambasted Sen. Bob Menendez over the 2011 closing of Fort Monmouth, a former Army base that brought close to ten thousand jobs to the county, on Wednesday. “When the federal government closed Fort Monmouth, Bob Menendez failed to save thousands of New Jersey jobs. The federal government’s decision and the failure by our elected officials in Washington to stop it had a real

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