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Clean sweep for Republicans in Legislative and County Races in Monmouth

Besides being an other tough election night in Middletown it was also a tough night for Democratic candidates that were running in the 11th, 12th and 13th Legislative Districts as well as Monmouth County.

The Teams of Santiago, Gopal & Horigan (11th), Brown, Spedding & Rome (12th) and Cullen, Lavan & Short(13th), Morlino, Klienhendler & O’Rourke (30th) as well as, Monmouth County Freeholder Amy Mallet, her running mate Bill Shea and Surrogate candidate Michael Steinhorn all lost their respective races.
The big upsets out of this bunch needless to say, are the losses of Amy Mallet and Vin Gopal who both gained the endorsements of the Asbury Park Press.
Mallet presence on the Board of Chosen Freeholders will be missed. She was responsible for spear heading the effort to create the County’s Department of Veterans Affairs (at no cost to tax payers), the County’s solar initiative and was a leading voice for the ouster of the Brookdale trustees who where responsible for giving such lavish perks and contract to former Brookdale President Peter Burnham. Mallet was also an advocate for term limits for appointees of various boards and commissions through out the County so that abuses like the one discovered at Brookdale would not be repeated elsewhere.
After picking up the endorsement of the Asbury Park Press expectations skyrocketed for Vin Gopal to wrestle 1 of the 2 available Assembly seats away from the incumbent Republicans. The Republicans thought that Gopal’s election to the Assembly was such a strong possibility, they resorted to an all out personal attack on him by sending out inflammatory and totally misleading campaign material about him that both the Newark Star Ledger and the Asbury Park Press condemned as dirty and false.
Below are the official results of each race from the Monmouth County Clerks webpage:
11th District Senate
REP – Jennifer Beck 20,156 – 56.59%
DEM – Raymond Santiago 15,419 – 43.29%

11th District Assembly
REP – Mary Pat Angelini 18,420 26.39%
REP – Caroline Casagrande 18,679 26.76%
DEM – Vin Gopal 15,333 21.97%
DEM – Kathleen Horgan 15,000 21.49%
– Daniel Jacobson 2,340 3.35%

12th District Senate
REP – Samuel D. Thompson 6,089 59.20%
DEM – Robert ‘Bob’ Brown 4,182 40.66%
12th District Assembly
REP – Ronald S. Dancer 6,155 30.27%
REP – Robert D. Clifton 6,090 29.95%
DEM – William ‘Bill’ Spedding 3,995 19.65%
DEM – Catherine Tinney Rome 4,076 20.05%
13th District Senate
REP – Joe Kyrillos, Jr. 24,041 59.89%
DEM – Christopher G. Cullen 14,739 36.72%
– Karen Anne Zaletel 515 1.28%
– Stephen J. Boracchia 554 1.38%
– MacDara F. Lyden 257 0.64%
13th District Assembly
REP – Amy H. Handlin 23,993 30.49%
REP – Declan O’Scanlon 22,685 28.82%
DEM – Kevin M. Lavan 15,118 19.21%
DEM – Patrick Short 15,286 19.42%
– Frank C. Cottone 830 1.05%
– William H. Lawton 751 0.95%
30th District Senate
REP – Robert W. Singer 12,991 63.58%
DEM – Steve Morlino 7,419 36.31%
30th District Assembly
REP – Sean T. Kean 14,058 34.22%
REP – David P. Rible 12,704 30.92%
DEM – Howard Kleinhendler 6,451 15.70%
DEM – Shaun O’Rourke 7,112 17.31%
– David Schneck 729 1.77%
Monmouth County Freeholder
REP – Gary Rich 54,979 26.60%
REP – Lillian G. Burry 54,969 26.59%
DEM – Amy Mallet 46,413 22.45%
DEM – William Shea 43,457 21.02%
– Thomas Markowski 5,418 2.62%
– Patrick Noble 1,389 0.67%
Monmouth County Surrogate
REP – Rosemarie D. Peters 62,108 60.23%
DEM – Michael Steinhorn 40,894 39.65%
Write-In 124 0.12%

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Star Ledger’s Truth-o-Meter Says GOP Attack Ad Against Gopal In Assembly District 11 Race = Pants On Fire !

The Star Ledger broke out the Politifacts Truth-o-Meter and has chimed in on the controversial GOP attack ad against 11th District Assembly candidate Vin Gopal.

Politifacts has determined that the attack ad sent to thousands of residents in the the 11th district is a clear case of Pants-on-Fire deceit and called this dirty tactic to discredit their opponent “utter filth”

Here is what they had to say:

Dirty politics is nothing new in the art of campaigning, especially in the final days running up to an election.

But sometimes, those dirty tactics reach the point of utter filth.

Take the case of an attack ad by the New Jersey Republican State Committee against 11th District Assembly candidate Vin Gopal. Democrats Gopal and Kathleen Horgan are challenging Republican incumbents Caroline Casagrande and Mary Pat Angelini for the seats to represent parts of Monmouth County.

“Corrupt Political Bosses. Money Laundering. Fraud. It’s Just Another Day At The Office For Vin Gopal,” reads a campaign mailer circulating in the district.

The ad shows a $100 bill hanging from a clothesline and features Star-Ledger headlines from articles about former Assemblyman Joseph Vas, who was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for stealing affordable housing funds when he was Perth Amboy’s mayor and for committing federal election fraud. From February to June 2006 — when he was a 20-year-old political science student — Gopal was a campaign manager for Vas during his primary campaign for congress. The ad also shows a washing machine with money inside and a statement below it that reads “To you, this might look like someone illegally laundering money … To Vin Gopal, it looks like Pay Day!”

The ad seems to imply that Gopal had a connection to Vas and his criminal activities, but does not accuse Gopal of any criminal act.

PolitiFact New Jersey found that readers of the ad could infer improprieties by Gopal, but there’s no proof that he did anything wrong.

One of the article headlines shown in the ad reads “Aide to former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas pleads guilty to money laundering.”

Gopal, a Long Branch resident and business owner, said what bothers him most about the ad “is the implying and lying that I was that aide.”

We pulled the Star-Ledger article and found that the aide in question was Raymond Geneske, who was a campaign adviser to Vas. Geneske was sentenced in January to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for participating in a scheme to funnel contributions to Vas’s congressional campaign. Gopal, who told us that he was never contacted by any law enforcement agency or official about Vas, is not mentioned in the article.

We checked further by running Gopal’s name through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records database covering federal courts and bankruptcies and found that he was never charged with a crime. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said it had never heard of Gopal and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office confirmed that Gopal had no connection to the Vas case.

“The (Republican) State Committee is not suggesting Mr. Gopal committed a crime,” Communications Director Rick Gorka said in an email. “Rather, it is suggesting that he had a front row seat for the corruption that plagues New Jersey’s political process. The fact is, Mr. Gopal, a career political operative, was the campaign manager of Vas for Congress, a campaign of a sitting State Legislator who was at the center of federal and state corruption investigations and charges. He was paid from Joe Vas’s campaign account.

“Indeed, as the campaign manager he was presumably responsible for expenditures from that account,” Gorka continued. “If he didn’t know where the money was coming from, he should have. In the past he has been proud of his association with that campaign, touting it in his bio when he was deputy campaign manager for the short-live Kucinich for President Campaign. Now he’s seeking to run away from it. The State Committee thinks the voters have a right to know about Vin Gopal’s connections to those sordid events.”

A “career political operative?”

Gopal, 26, became involved with the Vas campaign when he was a 20-year-old student at Pennsylvania State University majoring in political science and wanted to work on a campaign for class credit and to gain experience in politics. Gopal told us he applied to 20 campaigns and eventually went to work as a campaign manager for the Vas campaign. He had also worked on other campaigns. Vlad Gutman, campaign manager for the District 11 Democrats, said that although Gopal had the title of campaign manager with Vas, he managed no personnel and “was the most junior position” on staff.

“I would talk to the press briefly about events he (Vas) would do in a day, set up phones, work with volunteers, handle scheduling,” Gopal said of his responsibilities. “I never had anything to do with money, never saw money, never was at any fundraisers.”

Gopal said he learned about the case against Vas when he saw a newspaper article about it two years after leaving the campaign, and attributes the current spate of attack ads to what he called “desperation.”

“The things they’re doing are borderline slanderous,” Gopal said. “It’s unethical. They’re lying and misleading the public in every way possible to hide their failed actions in this district.”

Our ruling

The Republican state committee distributed an ad in the 11th Assembly District that links Gopal to Vas, a disgraced politician convicted of election fraud and other offenses. Gopal worked four months on Vas’ unsuccessful congressional campaign. Gopal dealt with scheduling, phone banks, volunteers and occasional media queries. Given that law enforcement and a public database all confirm that Gopal had no connection of any kind to the Vas criminal case, the implications made by the ad aren’t just ridiculous, they’re also outrageous. Some laundering is definitely needed because this claim is Pants on Fire!

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NJFMBA District 11 Commercial In Support Of Democrats Santiago, Gopal & Horgan

The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association is this 30 second campaign ad for the 11th Legislative District Candidates Ray Santiago, Vin Gopal and Kathy Horgan. It will be running all week long on News 12 New Jersey.

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11th District Assembly Candidate Vin Gopal, Speaks Out Against "Ugly" And Slanderous Campaign Mailer From Angelini Camp

11th District Assembly Candidate Vin Gopal, issued the an email (printed below) to friends and supporters this morning denouncing the ugly and unsubstantiated claims of his Republican opponent Mary Pat Angelini.
The Angelini campaign sent out an inflammatory and inaccurate campaign flyer to constituents after Gopal won the endorsement of the Asbury Park Press. The questionable campaign mailer insinuated that Gopal had been involved in money laundering and other corrupt activities while earning college credits, working as an intern, for former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas, who pleaded guilty to and was convicted of numerous campaign fraud charges and lying to federal investigators.
To claim that a 20 year old college student, working on a campaign as an intern to earn credits towards graduation, is somehow tainted and corrupt himself is a new low and shows how desperate some are to hold onto power.

In this campaign I’ve only talked about real issues, not personal attacks. When I talk to voters, have interviews with members of the press, send out material I talk about my ideas for New Jersey and what’s happened to us these last four years. What happened is the largest property tax increase since 2007, as high as 23.5% in some parts of the state. What happened is an unemployment rate that exceeds Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. What happened is schools forced to end arts and foreign language programs while charging fees for extracurricular activities.

But my opponents are running an ugly campaign. They’re accusing me of being a party boss, of laundering money, of deep political corruption…for a job I had for college credit when I was 20 years old. That’s a desperate tactic—the incumbents are spending tens of thousands of special interest dollars trying to ruin me because they know that Monmouth County voters are ready for a real change.

I’m not upset that they’re attacking me. They wouldn’t be doing it if they weren’t worried. But this proves what I’ve been saying all along. My opponents are a part of a Trenton system more committed to reelection than protecting middle class families. They’re willing to poison the dialogue and destroy reputations if that means that they can hold on to their cushy jobs, funded by lobbyists and PACs who are interested only in their bottom line.

We need new people in Trenton. People like my running mates and I who are committed to incentivizing small businesses and restoring property tax rebates. Our campaign isn’t built on special interests, so we have no favors to pay back. We’re committed to the middle class because we are a part of it. That’s why our priorities will never change—because the policies that hurt regular people will injure us as well.

Can you help me push back against my opponents’ slander? Can you forward this email to every voter you know? We have just seven day left to get the word out that for the first time in a long time Monmouth County voters have the opportunity choose leaders committed to them.

With your help, we can make a real change for the better on November 8th.

Sincerely,

Vin Gopal

PS The incumbents are going to desperate lengths to destroy my reputation and our hope for change in Monmouth. We have to get the word out to stop them. Will you help me by forwarding this email to your friends, telling people about this election and signing up to volunteer?

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APP Endorses Gopal For Assembly While Backing GOP Incumbents

This past Thursday the Asbury Park Press’s Editorial Board came out with its endorsements for the new 11th Legislative District, in so doing the board once again has recommend that voters split their votes in the district, which leaves some to scratch their heads.

After reeling against incumbents all year long in their editorials, the APP has chosen to endorse two of them in Jen Beck and Caroline Casagrande, both Republicans that have shown that they will do or say anything to get reelected. They have both flipped-flopped on many issues that directly relate to their new district this year, gay marriage, women’s health care issues and the funding of Planned Parenthood, just to name a few. It seems as though the only reason why the APP has chosen to endorse these two is because they seem to “tow the party line” on most, if not all the other issues that don’t seem to have a direct impact on their reelection bids.
On the flip side of these endorsements the APP has decided to endorse Democrat Vin Gopal for one of the other Assembly seats up for grabs over Casagrande’s running mate, Mary Pat Angelini.
In it’s endorsement the APP had this to say about Gopal, “… we believe Gopal, who owns several small businesses including a group of community newspapers, would offer a fresh, perceptive set of eyes on the continuing set of problems plaguing New Jersey. In addition, he seems to be a candidate willing to compromise in order to get much-needed work done….
Gopal, who was born in Neptune and grew up in Freehold currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and was elected to a three year term as President of the Hazlet Business Owners Association in January of 2010. Vin Gopal also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Monmouth County where he is a member of their Finance Committee. Gopal also serves on the Advisory Board of New Leaders Council – New Jersey, is clearly the right choice for the State Assembly in the 11th district.
The same can’t be said for Beck who is running against Ray Santiago in the for the open State Senate seat. She received a number of negative reader comments left by posters on the APP website.
Here are a few:
PoorBob
8:03 AM on October 28, 2011

It seems the APP glossed over Jennifer Beck’s record. She IS NOT an ally of Chris Christie (have you seen the governor endorse her?). Beck attempted to override Christie’s defunding of Planned Parenthood–the largest provider of abortions. She was one of two Republicans that attempted that ghastly deed. Thank god Chris Christie prevailed on that issue.

Jennifer Beck also received campaign contributions from Solomon Dwek. When it was exposed, Beck claims she “donated” it to charity; however, she refuses to be transparent and show proof of such donation. Isn’t she the one that wants others to be transparent??

She is now for gay marriage. In her old district, she was against it. Gee, you think the large population of gay and lesbians in her new district had something to do with her flip-flopping??

Read below, and decide if you want Jennifer Beck around (again).

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dump-State-Senator-Jennifer-Beck/181295051917672

sir99
11:35 AM on October 28, 2011


Beck is nothing more than a shill for her special interest contributors. When the Freehold Regional district wash awash with the Call me Doctor Wasser issue, she refused to get involved. That is up until it became the story of the year in the APP. Only then did she say a single word. Beck had the opportunity to go to bat for all the school districts that feed the regional but chose to only speak up for the regional who was fronted by one of her major contributors.

fraudfinder
7:05 PM on October 28, 2011


Are you kidding me?? Beck received money from Solomon Dwek??? What was she supposed to do..do what the other politicians did–vote for something and get something in return???

I read that “Dump Beck Site” I just can’t believe her driver’s license got suspended so many times. What a hypocrite, she likes to make laws, but not obey them.

It seems the people in Tinton Falls are angry with her for the same reason the people in the Freehold Regional HS District are angry–she did not go to an important Board meeting regarding the Fort Monmouth (non-military) kids going to their schools and costing them a huge amount. They reside within the jurisdiction of Colts Neck–why haven’t they accepted them??? Where is Casagrande on this???

I can’t believe they were endorsed by the APP—It is indeed time for a change!!!

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LD-11 Assembly Candidate Vin Gopal On My-9 Talking Issues

http://www.my9tv.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=11212

New Jersey Now: October 16, 2011: My9TV.com

If you missed it last weekend LD-11 State Assembly candidate Vin Gopal was interview by Brenda Blackmon on a segment New Jersey Now on My9 news.

Vin talks about his campaign and the issues that are effecting the 11th legislative district

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Red Bank Councilwoman Kathy Horgan Will Be Nominated To Fill 11th District Vacancy

(Councilwoman Sharon Lee, Mayor Pat Menna and Councilwoman Kathy Horgan)

Monmouth County Democrats will nominate Red Bank Councilwoman Kathy Horgan tonight for State Assembly in the 11th District. Horgan will run with businessman Vin Gopal of Long Branch for Assembly and former prosecutor Ray Santiago of Freehold for State Senate.

Horgan, who has served one term on the borough council, works for a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to AIDS research. Horgan will replace Asbury Park restauranter Marilyn Schlossbach, who stepped down last week due to her restaurants getting hit hard due to Hurricane Irene.

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