Bucco chief of staff loses local seat

Bruce Sisler, the chief of staff to Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, lost his bid for re-election to the Morris Township Committee. That shifts Morris Township from Republican to Democratic control next year as the GOP prepares to defend their seats in the 25th district State Assembly race. Democrats Jeff Grayzel (5,273) and Mark Gyorfy (5,141) defeated Sisler (4,251) and Joseph Calvanelli (4,129). Sisler, a former executive director of the New Jersey

Howell Republicans keep two Council seats, lose one

Howell Republicans successfully defended two of the three Council seats up for election in Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden’s home town. Republican Councilman Robery Walsh lost his seat to Democratic challenger John Bonevich, 9,604 votes to 9,513. Walsh’s running mates won their races, with Thomas Russo grabbing 10,157 votes and Pameli Richmond taking 9,857. Demcorats Kristal Dias and Paul Dorato  won 9,455 and 9,415 votes, respectively.

Republicans get solid wins in Monmouth freeholder race

Republican candidates for the Monmouth County Freeholder Board secured solid victories but fell short of winning in a landslide. Sue Kiley, who Monmouth County Chair Shaun Golden fielded after dropping Freeholder John Curley over sexual harassment allegations, won with 122,165 votes, about 50%. Democrat Amber Gesslein got 108,946 votes, or 45%. Roughly 4%, or 10,943, cast ballots for Curley. Freeholder Gerard Scharfenberger won with 125,055 votes, securing a four-point victory

Monmouth races to watch

Monmouth County has two freeholder races on Tuesday, as well as seven local races worth following closely. Republicans dropped freeholder John Curley from their ticket after allegations that he sexually harassed county employees.  He is seeking re-election as an independent and faces Keyport deputy mayor Sue Kiley, the Republican, and labor union official Amber Gesslein, the Democrat. In a race for a one-year unexpired term, Republican incumbent Gerald Scharfenberger faces

Asbury Park Press splits freeholder endorsements

The Asbury Park Press has endorsed one Republican and one Democrat for Monmouth County freeholder. The newspaper is backing Democrat Larry Luttrell for a one-year unexpired term against incumbent Gerry Scharfenberger but is supporting Republican Sue Kiley for a full-term. Kiley, the deputy mayor of Hazlet, faces Democrat Amber Gesslein, and incumbent John Curley, who is running as an independent.  Republicans dumped Curley from their ticket after charges of sexual

Monmouth GOP accuses Curley of violating campaign finance laws

Monmouth Republicans accused Freeholder John Curley, whom they kicked off the ticket after he faced sexual harassment allegations, of violating New Jersey’s campaign finance laws. “John Curley continues to deceive the public with his fire and brimstone rhetoric claiming to be a corruption fighter while he surreptitiously violates the laws he has sworn to uphold with impunity,” said Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden. “Curley is violating the pay to

Guadagno says Murphy VBM law may disenfranchise her son

Former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno tweeted on Sunday evening that her son, a U.S. Air Force officer currently deployed in South Korea, “just got a mail-in ballot in New Jersey.” The story was first reported by the digital news site SaveJersey. Active military officers are entitled to cast their votes by e-mail, but since a ballot was mailed to him at the family residence in Monmouth Beach, he will be

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