In Memoriam

Gene Ritchings, who founded the Ocean County Young Republican Club in the 1940’s, passed away on March 15.  He was 91.  Ritchings ran for the State Assembly twice in the 1950’s in GOP primaries against incumbent Lettie Savage.  He ran local campaigns in Point Pleasant and in Ocean County for decades and was the president of the Independent Voter League, which worked to oust longtime Point Pleasant Mayor Ralph Carlson

Carol Buckalew Dies

Carol Buckalew, the wife of civic leader and prominent political insider Joseph Buckalew for 62 years, passed away on March 9.  She was 85.  She was a New Jersey delegate to the 1984 Republican National Convention, pledged to Ronald Reagan, and was one of the owners of WOBM, Ocean County’s first radio station.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 3-7 PM at the D’Elia Funeral Home in Lakewood, and

Hugin wins Ocean County

There's no real news here: Bob Hugin won the endorsement of the Ocean County Republican Organization tonight in his bid for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. “Ocean County delivers the highest number of Republican votes of any county in New Jersey and we are fully behind Bob Hugin,” said Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore. “We need a Senator that New Jersey can be proud of again, and we

GOP businessman urged to seek House seat

A trucking company executive with close ties to former Gov. Chris Christie is being courted to run for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s congressional seat in New Jersey’s 11th district. Jerry Langer, who served on Christie’s presidential campaign finance committee and on his gubernatorial transition team, has been mulling a bid for Congress since Frelinghuysen announced his retirement on Monday. Former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore are

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

Smith gets primary opponent

Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) will face a challenge in the Republican primary as he launches his bid for a 20th term in Congress.  Dr. Felicia Stoler of Holmdel says she is running. "It's official, I am running," Stoler tweeted today.  "Even the GOP needs some new people to step up & restore people's faith in representative government." "Smith has lived in Virginia for the 38 years he's been in Congress.

YouTube guy helping Kim

Geoff Ginter, a medical assistant from Pine Beach who became a YouTube sensation of sorts when he took on Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) at a Town Hall meeting, is now fundraising for Democrat Andy Kim. “Tens of millions of people watched my confrontation with Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur. But not only did Tom MacArthur ignore us -- he led the charge for TrumpCare,” Ginter wrote. “His ‘MacArthur amendment’ gutted

NRCC slaps Kim’s CHIP attack

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is criticizing Democrat Andy Kim for continuing to attack Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) on Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding without taking a position himself. "You would assume that means Kim opposes Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer's reckless shutdown tactics. But we don't know for sure... because he hasn't taken a position," said NRCC spokesman Chris Martin.  "It's time for Andy Kim to take