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>Tough Cop Bob Brown Takes on Governor Christie

>Democratic State Senate Candidate Bob Brown, who is running for the open Senate seat in the new 12th legislative district, has hit the campaign trail running even though the general election is some 7 months away.

Bob Brown, who has run unsuccessfully for the State Assembly during the past two campaign cycles in the old 13th district has filmed a Youtube video (see below) that stakes out his position on the under funded NJ pension system.

It’s definitely worth checking out.

Former police officer and attorney Bob Brown is speaking out for current and retired New Jersey police and firefighters. The New Jersey police and firefighters pension fund is underfunded by seven billion dollars! Bob blames Governor Chris Christie and past governors for taking a tax holiday and not contributing to the fund while police and firefighters continued to contribute. Bob says it’s time to stop blaming police and firefighters for the state’s fiscal incompetence and is asking the Governor to be less of a bully and sit down with him to come up with a solution.

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>Mulshine Talks Up His Favorite Democrat, Bob Brown, In Today’s Column

>Paul Mulshine’s talks about favorite Democrat,Bob Brown,in his column today over at NJ.com.

Brown, as anyone who reads this blog knows, has become a friend of mine over the past few years. Brown after losing State Assmebly races in 2007& 2009 in the old 13th district to Sam Thompson, vowed that he wouldn’t seek office again, that was until Democratic State Chairman Steve Wisniewski contacted him.

Wisniewski wanted to know if Brown would be interested in taking on his old nemesis Sam Thompson for the vacant State Senate seat in the new 12th district. After hearing how Thompson is has been “double-dipping” (collecting both a state pension and salary), Brown couldn’t refuse.
Here’s what Mulshine has to say about Brown today:

You might recall that upon the release of the new legislative map last week, I put in a call to a guy from Middlesex County named Bob Brown and asked about whether he’d run in the gerrymandered district into which his town had been inserted.

There was no way he’d run again after his town got stuck in a district that runs from the Raritan Bay almost to the Delaware River. That was laughable, he said.

Brown’s not laughing anymore. He’s running.

Brown is a Democrat, but he’s more conservative than most Republicans. He’s a colorful ex-cop from Old Bridge who was shot in the line of duty and decided he’d be better off pursuing law. At Seton Hall School of Law, he often ran into an affable guy from Livingston who even then “seemed like he was running for office,” Brown recalls.

Chris Christie is now running New Jersey. As for Brown, he lost a run for the state Assembly in 2009. That’s when I first wrote about him. It was unusual to hear a Democrat saying things about school funding like, “We gotta send that money back to the suburbs,” at a time when Christie was tiptoeing around the issue.

At the time he and I spoke, any Democratic run in the largely suburban 12th District seemed doomed. Right after my column ran, however, the Republicans announced the name of their nominee for the Senate seat in the new district, Sam Thompson, who is currently an assemblyman and who also hails from Old Bridge.

On the same day, Thompson’s name appeared in an article in this newspaper because he and another Republican assemblyman are “double-dipping,” collecting state pensions while also collecting legislative salaries.

The day after that article ran, Brown got a call from state Democratic Chairman John Wisniewski. “The Wiz,” as the assemblyman from Middlesex County is known, asked Brown if he might want to take that Senate run seriously after all. Brown did, and yesterday he filed the signatures. Brown said he’ll base his campaign on the pension issue. Brown himself gets $14,000 a year as a result of his retirement following that shootout, which he won, by the way. But “I will not double-dip,” Brown promised. “If I get elected, I will not take my pension.”….

Read more >>> Here

This race between Brown and Thompson will be closely watched by many, Brown has more than an excellent chance at winning it even though the newly drawn district leans republican.

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>NJ 12th District Senate Candidate Pledges to "Cut the Fat"

>Anyone that follows this blog on a regular basis knows Robert (Bob) Brown. Bob is a friend of mine whom I’ve gotten to know over the past 5 years, while he was busy running twice for the NJ State Assembly in the old 13th District in 2007 & 2009.

When I congratulated him on receiving the Democratic line for the open NJ State Senate seat in the new 12th legislative district, I asked him if he had anything that he wished to comment on for the blog and for any potential voters in his new district.

In pure Bob Brown fashion he asked me to pass along his pledge:

“I pledge to tighten my belt and cut the fat by losing 40 pounds between now and election day. I ask the Governor to share in the sacrifice and cut his fat first before cutting other peoples benefits.”


I can tell already that Bob Brown’s campaign for a State Senate seat will be one to remember and I wish him all the best!

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>Bob Brown; Former police officer who survived gunfire speaks to News 12

>Bob Brown, former District 13 Democratic Assembly Candidate was on News 12 New Jersey yesterday speaking out about the need to reestablish the death penalty in the aftermath of the shooting death of Patrolman Chris Matlosz of Lakewood.

Bob is a former Old Bridge, NJ police officer who was shot in the line of duty. He stated to News 12 that, “you murder someone, you take their life and state should be able to take after yours.” He also points out that the death penalty would save New Jersey about $1 million from housing, a trial and other costs.

You can watch the video of Brown on News 12 New Jersey >>> Here

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Handicapped parking permits: New Brunswick picked the wrong car to tow

Bob Brown the former Old Bridge cop turned lawyer, who unsuccessfully ran for the State Assembly this past year, is a friend of mine and I like to keep tabs on him to see what he has been up to.

Earlier today I was surfing the web looking for something interesting to post on the blog when I stumble upon Paul Mulshine’s blog that just so happend to be about Bob and his daughter.

Bob’s daughter Sarah, is a student at Rutgers University and is somewhat disabled due to a back condition, she needs to use crutches to get around and therefore qualifies for a handicap placard that allows her to use handicap parking around the campus and state.

It seems as though however her handicap placard is no good in New Brunswick because last Saturday night her car was towed from a handicap parking space while visiting a friend, she happend to discovered her car missing at 2 a.m when she went to return home!

Mulshine tells the story far better than I could so below is a reprint of his blog post:

I’ve heard it said that the Tasmanian Devil is the only animal on Earth that looks forward to being cornered.


Whoever said that never met Bob Brown.

I first met him last year when he was running for a state Assembly seat, unsuccessfully, as it turned out. Though Brown is a right-wing kind of guy, he ran as a Democrat in a safe Republican district. He likes to get into a fight for the pure fun of it.

Brown was a cop in Old Bridge until he got shot in the line of duty. He ended up becoming a lawyer, but one of those bullets is still stuck inside him. The slug seems to have turned a switch. It’s not a good idea to get him started.

Last weekend, the city of New Brunswick made that mistake. Brown’s daughter, Sarah, was visiting a fellow Rutgers student a few blocks off campus. She is handicapped due to a back condition that requires her to use crutches. So when she spotted a handicapped parking spot she pulled her new Nissan into it.

When she got back to her car a little after 2 a.m., it was gone.

“They left my daughter out in the cold on the sidewalk at 2 a.m.!” Brown said when he called me Sunday. He then unleashed a string of invectives that can’t be printed here.

For an invective-free opinion, I called Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, a Democrat from Jersey City:
“I never heard of that before,” said Quigley. “They’re never supposed to tow cars with handicapped placards unless they’re blocking a fire hydrant or creating some obstruction.”
Quigley should know. She helped write the law. Over the years, Quigley has established a reputation as the drivers’ friend in the effort to fight off public officials who ticket or tow cars for fun and profit.

But back to Brown. On Tuesday evening I visited the scene of the crime with him. Brown had spent the last three days obsessing on this outrage. He has every intention of working on it for the next 10 years, he told me. “I’m going after their federal funding, ” he told me. “I could do this til I retire.”

Brown said he will argue in court that New Brunswick violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Not only did they leave his daughter stranded on the street, they also deprived her of access to the medication she had left in the car, he said. The towing company that took the car is closed on Sunday, and she couldn’t get access to the car until Monday, he said.
As we drove, Brown handed me sheet after sheet of photocopied documents and pages from legal pads as well as a copy of his daughter’s state-issued handicapped ID, which he said was hanging from the mirror, next to a Rutgers handicapped placard when the car was towed.
We got to the spot and looked at the sign. It had the words “Reserved Parking” and the wheelchair symbol, like other such signs. It also had a small metal plate that said “Parking Permit P381367.”

“If it had said, ‘This spot is reserved for this house,’ then my daughter wouldn’t have parked there,” said Brown.

Of course, if it had said that, people might wonder why the residents of the house don’t just use the driveway. The house has a large one, as well as a garage. And Brown pointed out that the ordinance permitting the creation of these zones specifically precludes granting permits to people who have driveways and/or garages. So why did this house get to hog a precious parking space?

Lt. Antone Johnson of the parking authority told me he didn’t know. “This was done back in 1997 and I’ve only been doing this job for seven or eight years,” he said. Meanwhile, the mayor’s office questioned whether the state-issued ID was visible that night. A spokesman said in the call to police, the resident said the car only had a Rutgers handicapped placard visible. That will be sorted out in court.

Like just about every other Jersey driver, Brown wonders just how many of these permits are handed out as political favors.

Quigley told me Jersey City had to declare a moratorium on these permits.
“It became a bit of a scam,” said Quigley. “It looked like every doctor would write a letter saying this person or that person shouldn’t have to walk.”

But even in Hudson County, not exactly a font of good government, they don’t have the nerve to tow handicapped driver’s cars. Picking on handicapped people seems to be a New Brunswick innovation, one every bit as ill-advised as picking on a Tasmanian Devil.

Mulshine also posted a follow-up to his post to see who was telling the truth about whether the
Brown car had a state placard which you can read >>> Here

It seems obvious to me that New Brunswick screwed up and it just so happen that they picked the wrong car tow and screw up on.

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Bob Brown Back on Strategy Room This Morning At 11:00

Old Bridge attorney and former Democratic candidate for NJ Legislative District 13, Robert”Bob” Brown will make another appearance this morning at 11:00 am on Fox News’s online web program “The Strategy Room“.

This marks the 14th time Bob has been a guest on the show.
During the 11:00 hour Bob will be joining host Lis Weilh and fellow guests Psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer (DrDaleArcher.com) and Personal Injury Attorney Keith Sullivan to discuss “Cops and Cases”
If you have the time to tune in you should check out the show. Anytime Bob Brown has made an appearance on the show it has always been a lively and interesting discussion that has lead to some insightful T.V.

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Bob Brown To Make 12th Appearence on Strategy Room This Morning At 11:00

Bob Brown, former Democratic candidate for the 13th Legislative District will be making his 12th appearance on Fox News’s online web program the Strategy Room.
For those of you who are not familiar with Bob Brown, he is a retired Old Bridge NJ police officer who was shot in the line of duty. He attended Seton Hall Law School during his time on the force and is now a practicing lawyer.
Brown will be joining the panel discussion during the 11:00 hour to discusst “COPS AND CASES” and will be joined by:
Bill Stanton-Former NYPD Officer
Keith Sullivan-Personal Injury Attorney
Dr. Dale Archer-Psychiatrist, DrDaleArcher.com
Joseph DiBenedetto-Criminal Defense Attorney
They will be discussing of cases, civil or criminal that have been in the news during the week.
If you would like to watch Bob on the Strategy Room, you can see it >>> Here at 11:00 am

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