Daily Archives: October 20, 2010

>APP Editorial: Return Pallone to Washington

>Another sound editorial by the Asbury Park Press today endorsing the candidacy of Congressman Frank Pallone and his return to Washington D.C to represent the 6th Congressional District:

Veteran Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has been a tireless advocate for issues important to the people he has represented in his 6th Congressional District for the past two decades. He has been a staunch supporter of measures to protect the environment, provide affordable health care and preserve the Shore’s valuable tourism industry. He deserves re-election to a 12th term in the House of Representatives.

As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, he helped craft the health care reform package. While it didn’t go far enough in our view to ensure affordable, quality care for all Americans, many of the reforms, some now in place, were badly needed. Parents may now, for example, include adult children up to the age of 26 on their health insurance policies and pre-existing conditions soon will no longer be a bar to coverage. If re-elected, Pallone says he will concentrate on food and drug safety, strengthening the Medicare and Medicaid programs and improving health insurance coverage.

While the health care debate was front and center this term, Pallone has continued to work on other issues important to Jersey Shore voters. The House passed his Beach Protection Act this year. The legislation requires tough new beach water quality testing and public notification standards so that beachgoers are confident that the waters they are swimming or surfing in are clean.

Pallone also introduced bills to end interstate dumping of medical waste on our beaches and to create a Clean Ocean Zone off the coasts of New Jersey and New York in order to permanently prevent offshore drilling.

Republican opponent Anna Little, a former Monmouth County freeholder and current mayor of Highlands, won the GOP primary as a Tea Party candidate. She would work to repeal the health care reform package and believes all that is needed to put the health care system on the right track is more competition and tort reform.

Little supports replacing all federal taxes with the so-called Fair Tax — a national sales tax of 23 percent, she says. That figure is far lower than other objective estimates. The Fair Tax also is a misnomer. It would be more fair to wealthier Americans. While she is free with her criticism of the Obama administration, the issues portion of her website is largely devoid of specific, concrete policy proposals.

Jack Freudenheim of Plainfield, a technology jobs recruiter who is running as an independent, is a sincere centrist who is not ready for national office.

Faced with the choice between Pallone and Little, voters in the district, which includes all or parts of 28 municipalities in Monmouth County, 10 in Middlesex County and one each in Somerset and Union counties, should opt for the thoughtful, considered positions of Pallone instead of the often strident protestations of Little.

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>APP: MIDDLETOWN: Two Republicans and Two Democrats are vying for two seats

>Today’s edition of the Asbury Park Press includes the statements from the four candidates that are seeking election to Middletown Township’s Township Committee, Sean Byrnes, Mary Mahoney, Gerry Scharfenberger and Kevin (whatshisname) Settembrino.

In their statements issued to the APP, Byrnes and Mahoney come across as having a firm grip on what they wish to do and accomplish once re-elected(elected) to the Committee. While Scharfenberger was content at trying to ride Governor Christie’s coattails even though many of the Governor’s policies and positions are detrimental to municipalities throughout the State, Middletown included. Kevin(whatshisname)Settembrino the carpetbagger from East Rutherford, who has only lived in town for 3 years, decided to use his statement attacking Sean Byrnes.

This article makes Sean Byrnes and Mary Mahoney look good compared to the other two, Mary and Sean focused on what they would do and the others focused on what others will do for Middletown.

It seemed as if Gerry Scharfenberger and the Settembrino guy used this column in the APP to play out a good cop, bad cop type of routine. Gerry by taking the high road praising Christie, while bad cop Settembrino throws mud by launching into an attack on Sean Byrnes rather than state his credentials and what his vision for the town would be if elected.

Scharfenberger and Settembrino’s statements that were published here makes the Republican ticket for Township Committee look bad and doesn’t give voters a real reason to vote for them. This was a big mistake on their part.

Neither one of them came close to matching the insightfulness or passion for the community as Mary Mahoney, when she ended her statement with this sentence:

“...If elected, I would work to build a government that responds to the needs of all people, and I would serve as a responsible steward of the precious tax dollars sacrificed by the members of this community.”

The difference between Byrnes and Mahoney and Scharfenberger and Settembrino are very striking and really shows who has the best interests of the Middletown in mind. This round definitely goes to Sean Byrnes and Mary Mahoney.

If you haven’t read the candidates statements yet in the Asbury Park Press, you can do so by clicking >>>Here

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>Letter: Wife of former mayor supports Byrnes & Mahoney

>The letter below was written by Marianne Musella, wife of former Middletown Mayor Tony Mussella. It appears to day online at the website of the Independent.

By the sound of this letter, written by the wife of a former Middletown GOP insider, it doesn’t bode well for Gerry Scharfenberger and his running mate Kevin Whatshisname, once you loose your base the game is over. It would seem that by the contents of this letter that is exactly what is happening, longtime Middletown GOPers are tired of the same old, same old that is going on down at Town Hall and are clamoring for change:

As a lifelong Republican whose husband was a former mayor of Middletown, I was ashamed to see the latest attempt to smear Sean Byrnes with a mailer, which apparently was sent to all GOP households. This letter went in the trash where it belonged. This may be politics as usual, but it offended me greatly.

Sean Byrnes’ character, integrity and record speak for itself, and he deserves to be re-elected.

I also support his running mate, Mary Mahoney, who I have found to be equally honest, hardworking and dedicated to serving the residents of Middletown.

The current leadership has shown that the taxpayer is not first. It is time our elected officials work for the residents and not a political party.

Please join me and support Byrnes and Mahoney for Middletown Township Committee.

Mariann Musella



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