Beck working for Schneider in Long Branch mayoral race

Former State Sen. Jennifer Beck was a featured guest at a campaign kickoff last weekend for Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider. Schneider faces a challenge from Councilman John Pallone in the May 8 municipal election.  It is a rematch of a 1994 mayoral race between the two that has become one of the longest-lasting political feuds in Monmouth County history.  Pallone is the brother of Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch).

Monmouth, Passaic GOP picks Hugin

Republicans in Monmouth and Passaic counties have chosen pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin to run on their organization line for U.S. Senate. “Bob Hugin will represent all New Jerseyans with honor in Washington and I’m proud to support his candidacy,” said Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden. “Bob has been a job creator here in New Jersey for decades and I know he’ll continue to fight for New Jersey in the

It’s now a three-way race in Long Branch

The big news out of Long Branch is the unexpected entrance of school board member Avery Grant in the race for mayor.  Incumbent Adam Schneider is already facing City Council President John Pallone, the brother of a popular local congressman. The Pallone-Schneider war is one of the states oldest rivalries and this is a rematch of the 1994 mayoral fight.  Grant ran against Schneider four years ago.

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

Monmouth will wait for Hugin

Monmouth County Republicans won't vote to endorse a U.S. Senate candidate at the convention on Saturday -- postponing their vote to accommodate the announcement schedule of pharmaceutical millionaire Bob Hugin. Hugin has not yet announced his candidacy, but party leaders who have spoken to him understand that he is running.  Party organizations have done this before, when the timeline of a potential top-of-the-ticket candidate and the local organization conflict.   There

Monmouth Chairman backs Menendez

Monmouth County Democrats are backing Bob Menendez for re-election to the U.S. Senate. “Whether it is fighting for progressive values or standing up to Donald Trump's disastrous and economic and environmental policies, Senator Bob Menendez has had our side,” said David Brown, the Monmouth County Democratic Chairman. Monmouth has been a solidly Republican county for decades, and went for Kim Guadagno in the 2017 governors race.  But Democrat Vin Gopal

Local Dems endorse Welle

Democratic congressional candidate Josh Welle has received endorsements from several local leaders in his bid to unseat Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton). Backing Welle, a former U.S. Navy officer, are: Bradley Beach Democratic Chairman Steve Lozowick; Farmingdale Democratic Chairman Beau Byrtus; former Neptune Township Mayor Jim Manning; and Steve Clayton, a member of the Ocean Township Democratic Executive Committee. “Josh has a new, clear, and clean voice for the Democratic Party

Report: Freeholders to punish Curley

Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley will be stripped of most of his committee assignments when the board reorganizes tomorrow, according to a post by   The freeholders voted to censure Curley last month for bad behavior.  Art Gallagher’s post explains it. Curley is up for re-election this year, and there’s no apparent chance that the Monmouth GOP will support him.  If 2018 continues toward the path of a mid-term election