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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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Amy Handlin Gets Tony Palughi Loyalty Award

This scathing letter that doesn’t pull any of its punches against Republican Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, appears online at the Atlantic Highlands Herald.

The letter was written by the former Republican Chairman of Freehold Township Romeo Cascaes and gives some very strong reasons why she shouldn’t be supported by fellow Republicans in a reelection bid for her 13th District Assembly seat tomorrow.

Dear Editor,

I would like to nominate Amy Handlin for the Tony Palughi Loyalty Award. She has certainly earned it.

The Tony Palughi Loyalty Award, which I just created, should be awarded to the person who has consistently spit upon those most responsible for their own success.

As you know, some years back Tony Palugi got himself into a peck of trouble with the feds, then turned on Harry Larrison by incriminating him in order to receive a lighter sentence. Harry had been like a father to the bum.

Now, once again, Ambitious Amy throws Harry Larrison under the bus, when in fact she should thankfully pray for him and for all Harry did to further her career in politics (Harry would affectionately call Amy, “The Gentle Lady”).

First, he supported Amy in her initial quest for the nomination. Without his support she would never have advanced up the political ladder. Moreover, when Amy rankled many Republicans who had worked hard for her elections over the years, it was Harry Larrison who, on at least two occasions, saved Amy from being dumped from the ticket. When most Republicans abandoned her, it was Harry Larrison who asked me to help her raise funds for her empty war chest, produce campaign materials and other such necessities of a successful re-election effort. I assure you Harry did a lot more than I did on Amy’s behalf.

I knew Harry Larrison for 40 years. I never once detected a crooked bone in his body. He loved Monmouth County and worked very hard for it. He was a visionary who looked beyond the problems of the moment to plan for a Monmouth County “for our children’s children.” No one, dead or alive, has done more for this county than Freeholder Director Harry Larrison, Jr.
Now, on the eve of her latest re-election campaign Amy comes out with a new book about her years on the Board of Chosen Freeholders – calling it “Crony Capitalism.”

She was a member of the Board for 16 years; why has she waited so long to “expose” this nasty system. Where was she for 16 years? She had 16 opportunities to vote against Harry Larrison as Director of the Board, the leader and head crony; 16 opportunities to speak out and do something.

She did nothing!

Instead, for 16 years she was an integral part of it – she was a Principal Crony – and helped perpetuate its existence, if in fact it did exist at all, other than in her mind.

When Tony Palughi was appointed Bridge Superintendent, did Freeholder Handlin rise in protest? No! She did nothing! In fact, she willingly accepted Tony’s help in all of her re-election campaigns without so much as a whimper.

So now, Amy Handlin authors a book about the bad Republican freeholders just before her two Republican running mates are vying to retain their well-deserved seats on the Board. The timing of the release of her book is intended to help Handlin get re-elected but it sure won’t help her fellow Republican freeholder candidates.

As always, Amy Handlin thinks only of Amy Handlin.

Amy Handlin is a self-absorbed, self-righteous human being who doesn’t deserve the loyalty of Republicans nor the electorate.

Romeo Cascaes
Former Republican Chairman
Freehold Township

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Meet & Greet The Candidates Democratic Football Watch

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Congressman Frank Pallone

13th District Candidates Chris Cullen for State Senate, Kevin M. Lavan & Patrick Short for State Assembly.

Monmouth County Democratic Freeholder Candidates Amy Mallet & Bill Shea and friends, for a fun filled afternoon of football, food, and spirits.

$15 gets you food, open bar, and THE JETS!

Sunday, November 6 · 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Red Oak Diner
2973 Route 35 North, Hazlet

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Patrick Short; The three most important issues facing the State and how he would address them

Former Middletown Democratic Committeeman Patrick Short is currently seeking election to one of the two NJ State Assembly seats up for grabs in this years 13th Legislative District race.
He was asked recently by Patch.Com and NJ Spotlight to submit his thoughts on a few issues effecting the State and what he would do to address them in the event that he was elected to the Assembly this coming Tuesday, Nov.8th.
Knowing that only portions of his answers would be addressed in the columns written, Mr. Short sent me the outline that he submitted to the other publications.
His answers are insightful and well thought out. If elected on Tuesday, Short would bring his business experience, commonsense reasoning and solutions to the State House in Trenton as well as his personal discipline and principles that he learned as a cadet while attending the US Military Academy at West Point.
Here is what he sent:

1. Restore Trust in Government (Leadership, Trust and Responsibility)

I am a West Point graduate and a retired military officer who dedicated 22 years serving our country. I understand what unselfish service is about; that is my character. As a Middletown Township Committeeman (2006-2009), I kept all of my campaign promises. I did what I said I would do. I made it clear through my actions that I was a public servant; whose’ purpose was to serve and not to take. I was the only elected official in the State of New Jersey, who did not take Health Benefits, and refused to enroll into the State Pension System. In my last year in office, I refused to take a salary and further illustrated that I had chosen to serve the people and not myself. I lead by example. I take responsibility and am accountable for my actions. And, I want to restore confidence and trust in today’s government. As an elected official, it is my duty to serve all the people not a select few. I don’t ask one’s party affiliation before I provide assistance. I believe in political independence. I am a doer, not a talker. I find a way to fix problems. That is what I do as a certified project manager managing multi-million dollar projects to cost, schedule, and customer’s expectation. I would ask the District 13 residents to “Hire” me” rather than “Elect me”. Think of it as if you want some work done on your house. You hire the best qualified individual to do that work. I would say, “Hire me to do the work you want done in Trenton. In the end, if you are not satisfied, then replace me”. Many of today’s politician’s have lost sight of how lead, to be responsible and to gain people’s trust. I ask to look past the “Scarlet D” I wear on my forehead and vote for the person not the party. See my character, knowing that I will do what I say I will do and represent District 13 residents truthfully and unselfishly.

2. It is about Creating Jobs. Let’s put New Jersey Back To Work

While everyone was focused on the budget this past year, it reminded me of a youth soccer game. Everyone chased the ball to the “Spending” side of the field while vacating the “Revenue” side of the field. Managing spending is extremely important in business, but managing spending will not keep a business in operation. Making money and generating revenue is what keeps a business in operation. My record shows that I understand the importance of managing spending, what is spent, why it is spent and how it is spent. I consistently voted to cut taxes and reduce spending and never voted in favor of a tax increase as a Middletown Committeeman. I regularly disapproved monthly expenditures that I felt were unnecessary and inappropriate. While I will continue to be a watchdog on spending, a significant part of my time will be used to bringing revenue into New Jersey to create jobs. Today, there are businesses that are spending money. The problem is they are not spending their money in New Jersey. We need an aggressive approach to capture those business opportunities. I am not talking about offering more tax credits. To me, those are secondary measures that are only offered when there is some assurance that the expected Return on Investment (ROI) will be met. What I am speaking about is an approach that is taken by corporate businesses that use Capture Managers to aggressively seek out and capture business to preserve and grow market share. We have not done enough to actively go after business opportunities to bring revenue into New Jersey. I want to expose Trenton to existing business opportunities , where money is already being spent, that can be captured and brought into New Jersey to stimulate economic development and job creation. Here are a few samples.

a. Department of Defense (DOD)-Research, Development, and Procurement Funding: The DOD spends billions of dollars each year on military approved technology programs and projects. This funding stream flows into the States that have military bases that sponsor these programs. While New Jersey has the military facilities available for this business, clearly, Maryland values the economic impact that these military installation make and they have made it a priority to capture the DOD business. Unlike New Jersey, Maryland has created a “how to manual” on how to foster a partnership between the State’s military installation and private sector, in order, to gain revenue and to create jobs. They have Capture Managers at the Local, State and Federal level that aggressively go after this business. As a result, Maryland is ranked 4th out of the 50 States when it comes to obtaining funding for DOD military programs and projects. New Jersey, on the other hand, is ranked 48th. Subsequently, unemployment around Maryland military facilities is 4% as compared to 9+% around New Jersey facilities. Note: In 2009, over $3.4B flowed through Fort Monmouth for these technology projects, $38M, of which, was for salaries which the surrounding communities significantly benefited from. New Jersey no longer has Fort Monmouth, ironically Maryland does. However, New Jersey still has the tri-bases of McGuire, Dix and Lakehurst and other installations. We must value these military bases and their ability to sponsor these technology programs and projects. DOD money is being spent and will continue to be spent on these approved projects. We need to adopt a “Why not New Jersey” mentality and aggressively capture more of this DOD market share.

b. Film and TV Productions: New York is a major player in the film and TV industrial market; New Jersey is not. Since January, 70 new movie and TV projects have gone into New York, pumping $1 billion into their State and Local economy. A total of 4,700 industry-related jobs are being created. Pat Swinney Kaufman, executive director of the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development is New York’s “Capture Manager”. He has identified that this business is willing to spend money and he is aggressively going after a greater market share in this business sector. Again I ask, “Why not New Jersey”; an existing market that is going to spend money why not spend it in New Jersey. Important point, in many cases, tax credits need not be offered to gain this business. It is simply becoming a player; promoting what New Jersey has to offer and that we value their business.

c. High Tech industry and Job Creation: IBM, Intel, Global Foundries, TSMC and Samsung have committed to invest $4.4 billion over five years to create 2,500 permanent new jobs in New York to build next generations of computer chips. Officials credited the state government’s interest, cooperation between public and private sectors and an effective government working together on a coordinated economic strategy, to capture this business opportunity. “Why not New Jersey”. Where are our Capture Managers? If this market is available and these businesses are willing to spend their money, I want it done here in New Jersey. We have abundant facilities waiting to be filled and we have the high tech resources ready to be employed. Let’s find these business opportunities and get a larger piece of this market share.

d. Embrace the Federal initiative for Renewable Energy in support of NJ small businesses: If the Federal government has made it a goal to fund Renewable Energy projects, then our Capture Managers should aggressively capture business opportunities in this market for New Jersey. New Jersey small businesses are doing fairly well with solar products to expand solar technology. However, I want Capture Managers to aggressively promote more of what these small businesses have to offer; not only with solar technology but also with other Renewable Energy technology. For example, wind turbines are being installed throughout the United States but not with US manufactured wind turbines. “Why not New Jersey” if we have the leading technologist and manufacture of wind turbine products located in Toms River. I want New Jersey to own the solar panel and wind turbine market so these products can be manufactured here in New Jersey by New Jersey resources. Let’s go after the Renewable energy market and push New Jersey made products.

e. Repatriate foreign profit tied to US investment and job creation: American companies have more than a trillion dollars in profits that have been made overseas after foreign taxes have been paid but won’t bring the profit back to the US because the 35% US tax would be applied. Instead, they invest and hire abroad. However, these companies would return a huge portion of these profits to the US for investment, if it were taxed at a lower rate. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, recently stated that Cisco would not build a manufacturing facility in U.S. when one can be built in Ireland at the 17% tax rate. If we want to become a player in this market, which today we are not, then we must reduce the tax to gain more of a market share. The tax rate needs to be reduced at a flat rate or a sliding scale applied that is based on the amount that is invested and the total number of jobs created. Whatever the case, these companies are spending their profit but it is not being spent in the U.S. New Jersey Legislatures, at all levels, must advocate for change while Capture Managers reach out to these companies and promote New Jersey resources in order to capture this business after this change comes about.

f. Legalize gambling in all regions of the State: In business, you have to adapt to change or you will not remain in business. The gambling industry is changing and New Jersey is not adapting quickly enough to retain or grow shares in this market. The question is, “Do we want people to spend their money in New Jersey or do we want them to spend their money elsewhere”? The majority of voters in New York back legalize casino gambling in all regions of their state. A recent Zogby poll showed 64% of voters, in our neighboring State, think this would be good for the economy (Carl Camanile). New York Legislators have listened and are acting to legalize gambling in all regions of their State. Likewise, recent polls in New Jersey show a wide support of a constitutional amendment that would authorize the waging on sporting events at casinos and horse racetracks. It is time for our corporation, New Jersey, to adapt to this change and to change our business model so New Jersey can retain, if not gain, market share and its associated revenue stream that would otherwise be lost to our neighboring State.

g. Now is the time for Capital projects: Now is the time to invest in capital projects that would immediately put our trades back to work to fix our aging infrastructure of roads, rail, bridges, airports, tunnels and even school projects that have less start up time than many other projects. With 10 yr. Treasury bonds around 2% borrowing costs; there has never been a more opportune time to invest in these types of projects to put New Jersey back to work.

3. Property Tax Reform: Find a more equitable funding stream for schools and remove school tax from local property tax.
Currently, approximately 60% of one’s tax bill goes to school funding while the rest is divided between local municipal and county tax. The problem is, only people who own property pay this tax. I believe we can find a more equitable way to fund schools and lessen the burden that is currently being shouldered by only the homeowner. I would like to see if New Jersey can adapt a model that is currently being used in Michigan where school tax is funded on earned income from all residents and not just homeowners who own property. Not only would there be more contributors but it would be equitable since the amount paid would be based on one’s earned income rather than the value of the homeowner’s property. Michigan couples this approach with a sales tax that is dedicated to funding schools. The sales tax captures revenue from all residents, as well as, those traveling in and out of their state. In addition, the sales tax captures the undocumented income that is only seen when it is spent. Removing school tax from property tax and having it supplemented based on income and a dedicated sales tax would especially provide relief to those property owners with fixed incomes who struggle with property taxes increases and which often forces them to sell their property.

Patrick Short is the owner of – Patrick Short Consulting Services-specializing in Project Management

MA – National Security-Strategic Planning & Decision-Making), Naval War College, Newport, RI
MS – Contract Acquisition Management, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne Fl
MA – Management and Human Relations, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
BS – Applied Sciences and Engineering, US Military Academy, West Point, NY
• Taught Economics at the College Level
• Recognized by the State of New Jersey for Community Services
• Chairman, “Nick Rowe Memorial ” Committee; Union Beach
• Deputy Director, Concerned Civic Associations of Middletown
• Vice President; Concern Citizens of Middletown
• Board of Governor’s-West Point Society of New Jersey

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Hypocrite Handlin Is Wrong On "Right-To-Work"

Republican Assemblywoman Amy “the Hypocrite” Handlin (LD13), has a guest column appearing in print and online in this weeks edition of the Independent, in which she states that she will be introducing a bill that will essentially strip all workers of their right to collective bargaining.

This guest column of her’s first appeared online at back on May 31st and does not seem to have been updated since.

Since the first publication of Handlin’s column appeared over at the newsroom, I would be remised if I didn’t point out that her proposed legislation, which just so happened to be co-sponsored by her running mate in this years election Declan O’Scanlon, was dead on arrival. Good reporting and follow-up to Handlin’s commentary piece was done by Newjerseynewsroom reporter Tom Hester Jr.
In his follow-up which appeared July 8th, Hester spoke to NJ Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and is quoted as stating:
“This legislation is dead on arrival. It’s that simple. Dead on arrival.

Radical conservative ideology such as this has no place in New Jersey. This type of move may play elsewhere, but, quite simply, this anti-worker bill will never see the light of day.

Not only is this legislation an atrocious assault on worker rights, but it’s terrible economic policy, it would set back any chance we have under Gov. Christie of a strong recovery.”…

“Democrats and Republicans can work together for the common good and when appropriate to improve our economy and protect worker benefits, but this wage-cutting, anti-business bill is a line in the sand that cannot be crossed,”

Hester also quoted New Jersey AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech who stated, “The deceptively named “right to work” policy is currently law in 22 states and is considered one of the most anti-union policies in the nation,” about Handlin and O’Scanlan’s proposed bill (A-4223).
So what is the purpose of having this old and out of date commentary printed in the Independent other than to mislead and misinform readers of her district, many of whom are hard working members of unions in both public and private unions? It is obviously a play at gaining support from the more conservative residents in the district and members of the TEA Party, who feel that she is out of touch and a “do-nothing”.
If this legislation ever where to be signed into law here in New Jersey it would undermined the livelihoods of not only union members, but all workers, white collared as well as blue collared.
Wages would remain stagnant and pension and health benefits would slowly dwindle away anytime a employer was concerned that his bottom-line was no longer big enough to support his mansion or yacht club membership.
Below are a few reader responses to Handlin’s commentary posted on the NewJerseyNewsroom, it seems that they also have a problem with her proposed and non existent, dead on arrival typically hypocritical legislation that is meant to pander instead of providing serious answers to her district’s problems:

“Right to Work”is a misnomer. It’s really the opportunity for any company to pay any employee any amount the company wants. Just what we need: more people earning less than a living wage and without any access to health care other than visits to the emergency rooms. So good for NJ! The assemblywoman cannot be so naive that she believes employers would care about safe working conditions. After all, money spent on safe working conditions would be better off lining the pockets of the wealthy. And, by law, union dues cannot be used for political purposes. Members must choose to donate into a separate fund. Now, if members are too scared to tell the union bosses they won’t donate, shame on the members. (Sarah H)

“Unions need a balance” – For the most part I agree with Ms. Handlin. I don’t think it’s an all or nothing deal though, unions are good things to have in otherwise unsustainably-low paying situations, but for professionals it makes less sense. Let the legislation you craft not try to swing the pendulum so far that it undermines the good side of unions, or it will surely fail.
( Ashley_)

” Handlin comments” – According to Handlin:“Right to Work would also quicken New Jersey’s economic revival. Right-to-Work states had 497,000 new businesses from 1993 to 2009, compared with 340,000 in forced union states, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently cited by the Wall Street Journal. That’s remarkable because just 40 percent of American workers live in Right-to-Work states.”

It’s hard to believe so many people fall for statements like this of Handlin’s, and support radical legislation like this. The truth is, what’s really remarkable is that ALL of the businesses she cites to being created from 1993 to 2009 weren’t created in Right-to-Work states…after all, in their pursuit of profits, businesses will do anything to keep the costs of labor down. Why is all the greatest economic growth now going on in China, India, etc? Because people will work 16 hour days for $12. Handlin sees that success spreading to the south, and now wants to bring it here to NJ. If it’s been so great for those 22 states, why is our per-capita income and standard of living so much higher here?

Thanks but no thanks, Amy Handlin, you’re just a rich legislator who wants to be even richer like all the others in your party. Some of us can still see right through all your party’s BS. (Richard W)

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Cullen, Lavan & Short Pick Up Endorsements of Monmouth/Ocean Building Trades Council And New Jersey Building & Construction Trades Council

Democratic Candidates in the NJ’s 13th Legislative District Christopher Cullen, Kevin Lavan and Patrick Short, have received two important endorsements of support from labor unions representing building trade workers.

The three have received endorsements from both the Monmouth/Ocean Building Trades Council and the New Jersey Building & Construction Trades Council (AFL-CIO).
In his letter of endorsement William T. Mullen, President of the New Jersey Building & Construction Trades Council, states:
“… Our organization represents over 150,000 Building & Construction trade workers and families who will receive communications stating your pro-building trades positions and our support for your election. We will also work to ensure that targeted races will receive manpower and financial support needed to prove successful.

New Jersey State Building & Construction Trades Council stands proudly with you in your support of new growth in New Jersey business and the improvement of our citizen’s welfare by the means of fair wages, quality health care and secure retirements.”…
Former Hazlet Mayor Christopher Cullen is running against Joe Kyrillos for NJ Senate while another former Hazlet Mayor Kevin Lavan and former Middletown Committeeman Patrick Short, will be seeking to unseat incumbants Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon for positions in the NJ State Assembly.

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