Category Archives: election day

2 Hours Until Polls Close

There are two hours left until polls all across the state close and from what is being reported statewide and what I see locally, voter turnout is light.

I am heading back out in a few minutes to keep an eye on my local district and then when polls close will be heading over to Middletown Democratic HQ for the results. I will also be stopping by over at Yesterdays restaurant in Hazlet to check in on how the candidates for the 13th District, Cullen for Senate, Lavan & Short for Assembly are making out.

If anyone is interested I’ll be sending out updates and observations via my twitter account so make sure to check it out.

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Election Day 2011

When you head out to the polls today in Middletown the only thing you should be worried about is shown below. If you want more of the same then vote for Fiore and Murray. If you want people that will be sitting on the Township Committee that will be thinking of you first before themselves you need to vote for Grenafege and Fowler.

In the past 31 years of Republican control in Middletown, NOT ONE Democrat ever voted for a tax increase, not one! Every municipal tax increase has been a Republican tax increase, 22.2% during the past 3 years, over 42% during the past 8 years.

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Freeholder Amy Mallet Is Asking for Your Vote Tuesday November 8 (Tomorrow)

Please vote on Tuesday! Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

I will never forget the oath I took when first elected three years ago. Difficult decisions are being made constantly, but my policies have always put People Before Politics. In the words of the Asbury Park Press where they endorsed my re-election bid for Freeholder, “Mallet has been the strongest voice for open government and fiscal restraint.”

My proud accomplishments include leading the charge in opening the Monmouth County Veterans Service Office, initiating the first major installation of solar power for County buildings, and the Wellness Discount Card for all residents of Monmouth County. I sent the library budget back because I would not accept tax increases to fatten up a reserve fund which resulted in saving taxpayers $6 million.

As the “watchdog” of the board, I’ve successfully fought for more transparency in government. While it has improved, there is still more work to do. What sets me apart is my commitment to serving all the people of Monmouth County. I am the only member of the present board who supports a healthy policy of term limits for members of our autonomous boards and commissions. I have stood up against costly cronyism and maintain a very high ethical standard. It is my hope that the people of Monmouth County will come out to support me in this year’s election since there is more work to be done.

On Tuesday, November 8, I ask you to cast your vote for Amy Mallet and my running mate, William Shea for Freeholder.


Freeholder Amy Mallet

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>Live Twitter Updates Starting @ 8PM

>For those that are interested in what is happening in Middletown as the polls start closing, I will be twittering election results as they make it into the Middletown Democrats election HQ starting @ 8 pm. Watch for twitter updates in the lower righthand sidebar underneath the Bayshore news widget.

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>Election Day 2010


When you go out to the polls today in Middletown remember to

And pull the lever for Sean Byrnes and Mary Mahoney

(And while you’re at it, a vote for Holt, Pallone, Venables, D’Amico and Brophy would be in order also)


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>Tomorrow Is The Day To Make Your Voices Heard

>Dear Fellow Democrat,

Tomorrow is the day our voices will be heard, as we cast our votes at the ballot box. Our hardworking Democratic candidates share our values and will stand up for middle class families. Their GOP opponents not only embrace the failed Republican policies that nearly drove our country and our state into a ditch. But amazingly, many of the GOP candidates want to double down and go even further. They’re selling fear to prevail over hope and solid planning for a better day tomorrow.

It is understandable that people are concerned, given the current economic climate we are facing. But it is essential that when times are tough, we don’t throw out our best principles and leaders – because elections have consequences. We’re witnessing those consequences right now in the actions of this Governor.

You know the saying: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. The steps we take, exercising our right to vote tomorrow and helping elect Democratic candidates, will determine the course of our state, and our country.

Here in New Jersey, we have seen many elections, not just on a local level decided by less than 100 votes. Please don’t underestimate the importance of each and every vote, including your own.

Do you need to find your polling place? Click here. Polls are open from 6am to 8pm. If you have further questions, you can contact us at the Democratic State Committee at 609-392-3367 or on the web by clicking here.

Please join me in exercising our right to vote and making a difference at the polls on Tuesday, November 2nd. Thank you for all you do.


John Wisniewski, Chairman
New Jersey Democratic State Committee

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>Kucinich to liberals: Vote or surrender to the ‘forces of nihilism’


WASHINGTON – As Democrats fear a wave of losses in next Tuesday’s elections, due in part to a lack of enthusiasm within their base, one progressive champion made an impassioned plea for liberals to head to the polls and and vote.

“We can get out there and make our voices heard, or we can let the forces of nihilism take over,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) told Raw Story in an exclusive interview late Tuesday afternoon.

The Cleveland Democrat warned progressives that a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives – a likely scenario, according to election experts – could surrender the levers of power to “megalomaniacal neoconservatives who are more in need of mental attention.”

“There’s no question about it,” he said. “We have to vote.”

Kucinich, a seven-term congressman who seems to be in no danger, sympathized with liberals who are disenchanted with the Democratic Party, but insisted they must “work within the system” to achieve the results they want, arguing that tuning out wasn’t a better solution.

“I would never try to minimize their concerns. I understand them,” he said. “I wish we had broader options. I certainly don’t like our political system, but I’m not prepared to walk away.”

If there’s anyone in Congress who shares liberal misgivings about the Obama administration, it’s Kucinich. From health care to the economy to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, he has been outspoken about his criticisms. “But this election is a choice,” he said.

Studies reveal that both of the major parties are unpopular with the public – some even say Americans still prefer Democrats – but polls consistently show that Republicans are far more likely to vote next Tuesday.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey last week found that Republicans are more likely to head to the polls on Nov. 2 than Democrats by a whopping 20 percentage points.

Kucinich, who ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 2004 and 2008, said he doesn’t envision any circumstance in which he’d run again in 2012.

“I don’t see it,” he said. “I think anybody who runs against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination would be handing the presidency to the other party on a silver platter.”

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>President Obama’s Weekly Address 10/30/10: Working Together on the Economy

>Ahead of the elections, the President says no matter what happens both parties must work together to boost the economy, and expresses concern about statements to the contrary from Republican Leaders.

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NJPP Monday Minute: 11/2/09 Secession Shenanigans End November 3

Election Day tomorrow brings something new to the state – the election of New Jersey’s first lieutenant governor.

In most states (42 to be exact), the lieutenant governor takes over when the governor resigns, leaves the state or is incapacitated. In three states, the secretary of state or the attorney general takes over; in five states it is the state Senate president.

Until the state’s recent law change, New Jersey was one of those states where the Senate president became the acting governor when the governor could no longer serve. In New Jersey this has led to some bizarre circumstances–one where the state had six governors in just under a year and five governors who served during one week in 2002.

For those who don’t remember, that one week period was a curious one. Five people were governor of New Jersey between January 8 and January 15 in 2002.

Here’s the story:

  • Senate President Donald T. DiFrancesco was governor until January 8, 2002. When Christine Todd Whitman resigned as governor on January 31, 2001 to become head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency under President Bush, Mr. DiFrancesco served as both Senate president and governor from that date until January 8, 2002.
  • James E. McGreevey had been elected governor and was to take office on January 15, 2002.
  • On January 8, 2002, Donald T. DiFrancesco was replaced as Senate president by two senators–Senator John O. Bennett (a Republican) and Senator Richard J. Codey (a Democrat). The office was shared because the Senate was evenly divided, 20-20 between Republicans and Democrats.
  • For the one hour period separating the end of Mr. DiFrancesco’s Senate term and the appointment of the two new Senate presidents, the state’s Emergency Succession Act required Attorney General John J. Farmer, Jr. to serve as governor.
  • Once the two senators were appointed co-presidents of the Senate, a determination had to be made about who would serve as governor before the newly elected governor was officially sworn in. As co-Senate presidents, it was decided that Senator Bennett would be governor from January 8 until January 12 and Senator Cody from January 12 until January 15, when the newly elected Governor James McGreevey took office.
  • What New Jersey had was a bad system, as NJPP noted back in a 2004 commentary. The Senate president was elected to the Legislature to represent one of 40 legislative districts–not a state of more than 8 million. His colleagues in the Senate elected him president in a vote that required at most 21 votes. No one elected him to run the state. Further, as governor and Senate president, the person holding that office was the head of the executive branch and head of the Senate–clearly a violation of the separation of powers and a situation ripe with potential conflicts of interest.

And this is how and why New Jersey came into compliance with the majority practice in the nation. And why Tuesday November 3 will mark a new era in New Jersey history.

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