Ben Timberman, former freeholder, dies

Benjamin W. Timberman, an extremely popular local official known as “Gentle Ben” during his 24 years as a Salem County Freeholder, passed away on Tuesday night.  He was 86. A Democrat, Timberman was elected freeholder in 1971, and was re-elected seven times before retiring in 1995.  His daughter, Beth, followed in his footsteps and began her own four-term career as a freeholder in 2003. His only electoral defeat came in

The Life and Times of Paul DiGaetano

There was a time back about a generation ago when Paul DiGaetano was a bright, rising star in New Jersey Republican politics.  He he was one of the most powerful politicians in the state.  Some Republicans openly fawned over the idea of a young, blue-collar, Catholic, Italian-American Republican running for statewide office.  He was likeable, popular, and incredibly ambitious. Jump ahead thirty years, and sadly for him, the only thing