Daily Archives: November 2, 2008

>Quote of the Day

>”I cannot foresee a scenario that John McCain is elected president of the United States.”

— Republican strategist Frank Luntz, interviewed on the BBC.

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Quote of the Day

“I cannot foresee a scenario that John McCain is elected president of the United States.”

— Republican strategist Frank Luntz, interviewed on the BBC.

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>Dueling Tracking Polls Now Agree

>The two Gallup tracking poll likely voter models — with one that has consistently shown a close race and the other showing a likely Democratic blowout — have converged, with both models now showing Sen. Barack Obama way ahead of Sen. John McCain, 52% to 43%, and 52% to 41%, respectively.

– Political Wire

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Dueling Tracking Polls Now Agree

The two Gallup tracking poll likely voter models — with one that has consistently shown a close race and the other showing a likely Democratic blowout — have converged, with both models now showing Sen. Barack Obama way ahead of Sen. John McCain, 52% to 43%, and 52% to 41%, respectively.

– Political Wire

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>Ethics and Truth Exiled

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The  following is a  letter to the editor I received  from Jim Grenafege, Democratic Candidate for Middletown Township Committee:

In support of candidates Fiore and Brightbill, Republican Middletown Mayor Scharfenberger continues his practice of distorting facts whenever possible. When facts cannot be distorted he will fabricate them.

In a letter published in the Atlantic Herald (Middletown Mayor Supports Brightbill and Fiore for Township Committee, October 6) Mayor Scharfenberger stated: “Pam and Tony’s opponents … bring a record of astonishingly high tax increases, vocal support for high density development through low-income housing and support for the destructive policies of Governor Corizine and the Democratic Party in Trenton.”

As an opposing candidate for one of the open seats on the Middletown Township Committee, I unequivocally state that Mayor Scharfenberger has completely fabricated everything that he attributes to the “opponents”.

In a subsequent e-mail sent from Monmouth [University].Edu (message from the mayor, October 19). Scharfenberger duplicated this letter and as part of my alleged record added: “serious ethics problems”. This is more intentional fabrication. This letter was sent, publically published, using Monmouth University electronic mail resources. This letter is signed: “Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger”. In so signing, his political status as a mayor along with his partisan political message was solidly linked to his status as a Monmouth University instructor and employee. He sent it to thirteen people with the instructions: “Please forward to as many Middletown residents as possible.”

In his zeal to have Republican candidates win at any cost, I hope Mayor Scharfenberger has not damaged the “leadership” brand image and the political impartiality important to financial standing and credibility of the University.

My concerns in this matter were discussed with the University’s Assistant General Counsel. I have been told that Dr. Scharfenberger has been reminded of the appropriate university policy. As an internal matter it has been addressed.
As an external matter the intended damage by Dr. Scharfenberger to my and my running mate’s campaign has not been publically addressed by the University, nor has Mayor Scharfenberger publically repudiated his fabrications. Who really has serious ethics and integrity problems — possibly Mayor, or Doctor, Scharfenberger?

James Grenafege
Democratic Candidate
Middletown Township Committee

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Ethics and Truth Exiled

The  following is a  letter to the editor I received  from Jim Grenafege, Democratic Candidate for Middletown Township Committee:

In support of candidates Fiore and Brightbill, Republican Middletown Mayor Scharfenberger continues his practice of distorting facts whenever possible. When facts cannot be distorted he will fabricate them.

In a letter published in the Atlantic Herald (Middletown Mayor Supports Brightbill and Fiore for Township Committee, October 6) Mayor Scharfenberger stated: “Pam and Tony’s opponents … bring a record of astonishingly high tax increases, vocal support for high density development through low-income housing and support for the destructive policies of Governor Corizine and the Democratic Party in Trenton.”

As an opposing candidate for one of the open seats on the Middletown Township Committee, I unequivocally state that Mayor Scharfenberger has completely fabricated everything that he attributes to the “opponents”.

In a subsequent e-mail sent from Monmouth [University].Edu (message from the mayor, October 19). Scharfenberger duplicated this letter and as part of my alleged record added: “serious ethics problems”. This is more intentional fabrication. This letter was sent, publically published, using Monmouth University electronic mail resources. This letter is signed: “Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger”. In so signing, his political status as a mayor along with his partisan political message was solidly linked to his status as a Monmouth University instructor and employee. He sent it to thirteen people with the instructions: “Please forward to as many Middletown residents as possible.”

In his zeal to have Republican candidates win at any cost, I hope Mayor Scharfenberger has not damaged the “leadership” brand image and the political impartiality important to financial standing and credibility of the University.

My concerns in this matter were discussed with the University’s Assistant General Counsel. I have been told that Dr. Scharfenberger has been reminded of the appropriate university policy. As an internal matter it has been addressed.
As an external matter the intended damage by Dr. Scharfenberger to my and my running mate’s campaign has not been publically addressed by the University, nor has Mayor Scharfenberger publically repudiated his fabrications. Who really has serious ethics and integrity problems — possibly Mayor, or Doctor, Scharfenberger?

James Grenafege
Democratic Candidate
Middletown Township Committee

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Walsh and Grenafege Complete Walking Campaign and Have a Message for Middletown Voters


Yesterday marked end of the walking the districts in Middletown for Democratic Candidates for Township Committee, Patricia Walsh and Jim Grenafege.

Since September, Walsh,Grenafege and many of their democratic friends and volunteers walked through the township knocking on doors and answering questions from concerned citizens. In all, well over 5,000 doors where knocked on by Pat Walsh, Jim Grenafege and their supporters.

The show of local support from the citizens of Middletown to the team of Walsh and Grenafege has been outstanding. Many of the voices that have been heard from have expressed their displeasure at the seemingly lack of concern coming from Town Hall and the republican majority.

People have expressed their concerns on a wide range of issues from leaf and brush pick-up dates to the need for more police officers in town. A recent rash of brake-ins and vandalized cars, along with the need to spray for mosquitoes throughout district 17 was a big topic of discussion during the walk through the neighborhoods of that district.  

Transparency and the end to partisan bickering by Mayor Scharfenberger and his republican controlled committee were also big topics on the campaign trail throughout the township. 
When the walking was over yesterday, I got Pat Walsh and Jim Grenafege together and asked them what they wanted  most to say to the people of Middletown. 
The following video is what they had to say.

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Walsh and Grenafege Complete Walking Campaign and Have a Message for Middletown Voters


Yesterday marked end of the walking the districts in Middletown for Democratic Candidates for Township Committee, Patricia Walsh and Jim Grenafege.

Since September, Walsh,Grenafege and many of their democratic friends and volunteers walked through the township knocking on doors and answering questions from concerned citizens. In all, well over 5,000 doors where knocked on by Pat Walsh, Jim Grenafege and their supporters.

The show of local support from the citizens of Middletown to the team of Walsh and Grenafege has been outstanding. Many of the voices that have been heard from have expressed their displeasure at the seemingly lack of concern coming from Town Hall and the republican majority.

People have expressed their concerns on a wide range of issues from leaf and brush pick-up dates to the need for more police officers in town. A recent rash of brake-ins and vandalized cars, along with the need to spray for mosquitoes throughout district 17 was a big topic of discussion during the walk through the neighborhoods of that district.  

Transparency and the end to partisan bickering by Mayor Scharfenberger and his republican controlled committee were also big topics on the campaign trail throughout the township. 
When the walking was over yesterday, I got Pat Walsh and Jim Grenafege together and asked them what they wanted  most to say to the people of Middletown. 
The following video is what they had to say.

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Hazlet Democrats: Promises Made-Promises Kept


Fellow Hazlet Residents,

As Hazlet’s Democratic Municipal Chairman I would like to update you on the many fine things Mayor James DiNardo and the Democratic Committee have been doing for Hazlet. With the addition of Joe Marques this year they are energized, motivated, and hard working. Their main focus is to improve the quality of life for Hazlet residents by upgrading the Hazlet park system and adding recreational opportunities for our children while reducing municipal taxes. It has been a long timesince Hazlet has had a committee accomplishing this much.

The Democrats promised to keep the residents informed about what is going on in the township. A quarterly newsletter, The Hazlet Happenings, now reaches every home.

The Democratic Committee has been hard at work at controlling costs with shared service initiatives and cost control measures. Saving well over $460,000 so far. In August the Hazlet Sewerage Authority was closed saving over $200,000 a year. The Health Department has been outsourced to Monmouth County saving over $260,000 a year. The Township’s recycling program was streamlined saving more than $65,000 a year.

This year Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee secured over $488,000 in grants for Hazlet. This is a significant increase over previous years. These Grants covered Green Acres (Skateboard Park, Boardwalk around pond, Dredging the pond, Gazebos, etc.), DOT (Aggressive Road improvements-first time in years!), and Smart Planning. Efforts to improve the Roller Hockey Rink in Veteran’s Park have been completed. Hockey Leagues will be starting up in the spring for all those interested. For the second year the Hazlet Swim Club is turning a profit.

For 2009, Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee are pursuing plans for an Amphitheatre, a New Bridge for Veteran’s Park, Expanding the Veteran’s Park Zoo, and a New Pavilion. Other projects under consideration for 2009 include acquiring the Captain’s Cove Marina on Laurel Ave. This property is being considered for a small park and public boat launch. Plans are underway at 319 Middle Road (old Town Hall site) to convert this property to a small park. A walking trail will be installed around the perimeter of the property as well as several basketball courts. The existing basketball courts at Middle Road School will be converted to additional parking.

Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee are looking to the future with an eye on long term planning and cost reductions.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to come out and VOTE this coming Tuesday, November 4th. (Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.) This is a very important election for our country, our county, and our town.

Promises Made-Promises Kept

Sincerely,

Andrew F. Bace
Democratic Municipal Chairman

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Hazlet Democrats: Promises Made-Promises Kept


Fellow Hazlet Residents,

As Hazlet’s Democratic Municipal Chairman I would like to update you on the many fine things Mayor James DiNardo and the Democratic Committee have been doing for Hazlet. With the addition of Joe Marques this year they are energized, motivated, and hard working. Their main focus is to improve the quality of life for Hazlet residents by upgrading the Hazlet park system and adding recreational opportunities for our children while reducing municipal taxes. It has been a long timesince Hazlet has had a committee accomplishing this much.

The Democrats promised to keep the residents informed about what is going on in the township. A quarterly newsletter, The Hazlet Happenings, now reaches every home.

The Democratic Committee has been hard at work at controlling costs with shared service initiatives and cost control measures. Saving well over $460,000 so far. In August the Hazlet Sewerage Authority was closed saving over $200,000 a year. The Health Department has been outsourced to Monmouth County saving over $260,000 a year. The Township’s recycling program was streamlined saving more than $65,000 a year.

This year Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee secured over $488,000 in grants for Hazlet. This is a significant increase over previous years. These Grants covered Green Acres (Skateboard Park, Boardwalk around pond, Dredging the pond, Gazebos, etc.), DOT (Aggressive Road improvements-first time in years!), and Smart Planning. Efforts to improve the Roller Hockey Rink in Veteran’s Park have been completed. Hockey Leagues will be starting up in the spring for all those interested. For the second year the Hazlet Swim Club is turning a profit.

For 2009, Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee are pursuing plans for an Amphitheatre, a New Bridge for Veteran’s Park, Expanding the Veteran’s Park Zoo, and a New Pavilion. Other projects under consideration for 2009 include acquiring the Captain’s Cove Marina on Laurel Ave. This property is being considered for a small park and public boat launch. Plans are underway at 319 Middle Road (old Town Hall site) to convert this property to a small park. A walking trail will be installed around the perimeter of the property as well as several basketball courts. The existing basketball courts at Middle Road School will be converted to additional parking.

Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee are looking to the future with an eye on long term planning and cost reductions.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to come out and VOTE this coming Tuesday, November 4th. (Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.) This is a very important election for our country, our county, and our town.

Promises Made-Promises Kept

Sincerely,

Andrew F. Bace
Democratic Municipal Chairman

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