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>Monmouth County Democratic Chairman’s Ball Huge Success

>I just got in a few minutes ago from the Monmouth County Democratic Chairman’s that was held at Sterling Gardens in Matawan this evening and based on what I witnessed there I have to say that it was a huge success.

I got there late due to the fact that I had came directly from work. I knew I was in for a special evening when I couldn’t find a parking spot and had to double park along the back fence of the lot.

Inside I was stunned to see that it was wall to wall Democrats that came out to see special guest, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who took the time out of his busy schedule to stop by Monmouth County and honor Democratic Chairman Victor Scudiery.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a large turn-out as this, with ticket that cost $125 a person they really raked in some cash.

I wish that I could remember exactly what Booker spoke about, I was still a little disheveled from arriving late but from what I do remember, Mayor Booker gave a very inspirational speech about his father and growing up. He related those experiences to how he now perceives himself and how he wishes to help others.

I was very impressed.

I heard him speak before at an Obama Rally in Newark last year but was to far away to appreciate what he was saying. He definitely has the “IT” factor. He will be a huge force in politics both locally and nationally for a long time if he chooses to be.

After Mayor Booker left the reception center, Congressman Frank Pallone and the candidates for County Office, Sheriff candidate Eric Brophy, Freeholder Candidate Janice Venable and Freeholders Amy Mallet and John D’Amico spoke about the issues and the upcoming election.

They really got those in the audience fired-up, which I was happy to see, because it seems that Democrats have just been going through the motions this year with little enthusiasm. I felt that those that walked out of the reception center were really going to start engaging full throttle in this years election as they left.

Speaking of “as they left”, I want to thank Chairman Scudiery for stopping Mayor Booker on his way out the door long enough to introduce him to me so that I could grab a picture with him. I also want to thank John McCarthy for being in the right place at the right time. As I was standing there trying to get a picture of Mayor Booker my camera’s batteries died, if he wasn’t there to remind me that I had another camera built within my cell phone and was willing to take the photo, I would never have forgiven myself for walking out the door early this morning without back-up batteries. Thank you both.

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>Jersey Scandal – Could Another Operation Bid Rig Be Far Behind In Monmouth County?

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FREEHOLDER CANDIDATES SUGGEST MEASURES TO PRESERVE AND IMPROVE THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY IN MONMOUTH COUNTY

For Immediate Release: August 10, 2010
Press Contact: Shane Derris (732) 739 8888 or Dems.Monmouth@gmail.c
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Freeholder Candidates John D’Amico and Janice Venables are extremely disappointed with the recent findings of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on NJ Gaming, Sports and Entertainment and the Governor’s strong support for its suggestions. Freeholder D’Amico said, “Closure of Monmouth Park on top of the closure of Fort Monmouth would devastate the economy and quality of life of Monmouth County. This year’s successful meet should motivate us to sustain and improve the racetrack, not shut it down.”

Venables, a Spring Lake Councilwoman, said “A dismantled horse racing industry would threaten as many as 13,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of taxable revenue that the state and municipalities depend upon to pay for essential services. Over the last several years, the better horses and jockeys have gravitated to other states that allow slot machines and can offer greater prizes because of increased revenue and attendance. It is time New Jersey reads the writing on the wall. We must bring slot machines to the racetracks or face the destruction of the industry in the entire state. The increased revenue garnered by “racinos” in surrounding states has saved numerous racetracks from closing their doors, and most professionals agree this is the biggest hurdle facing the industry. We call upon the Governor and the Legislature to take the necessary steps to place the “racino” option on the ballot in November so that the racing industry can join the Atlantic City casinos as a major contributor to taxpayer relief, education, and programs for senior citizens.”

Pending the holding of a ballot referendum, D’Amico and Venables suggest that the following steps be taken: (1) Renewal of the annual casino revenue supplement of $30 million for the racing industry; (2) A substantial increase in the number of off-track wagering facilities pursuant to the 2001 authorizing legislation; (3) Possible purchase from the Meadowlands Authority of the development rights to the Monmouth Park property with the stipulation that the funds be used to support the racing industry; and (4) Stronger measures to support the Standard Bred Racing Industry.

Venables said, “We don’t object to the sale of the facilities to private investors, but they won’t want to buy the race tracks if they cannot make any money. The Governor seems to have decided that the Atlantic City casinos are more important than the horse racing industry and its supporting infrastructure throughout the state. Yet the report to the Governor states, for example, that 2,100 slots at the Meadowlands would cost Atlantic City gaming revenue a mere .01% loss. This minor drop in Atlantic City revenue could save New Jersey’s and Monmouth County’s horse racing industry.”

D’Amico observed that “at a time when Monmouth County is suffering from already excessive suburban sprawl and traffic congestion, we can ill afford to lose the thousands of beautiful acres dedicated to horse racing and its supporting industries. Preservation of the horse racing industry in Monmouth County is not only critical to the economy but is also essential to the preservation of the quality of life we have come to cherish and enjoy.”

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Best Quote of the Day, From Yesterday

“The facts surrounding the freeze versus layoff issue belie Sheriff Guadagno’s claim that she is the rare elected official who hasn’t backed down from the public-employee unions,”… Guadagno “essentially sabotaged the county’s plan as it related to the unions within the Sheriff’s Office,”.

Monmouth County Freeholder Jonh D’Amico quoted in the Asbury Park Press about Monmouth County Sheriff / Republican Lt. Governor candidate, Kim Guadagno and her efforts to undermine negotiations with county union members.

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Monmouth County to receive $1.2 million in federal stimulus money

In a press release just issued, the Monmouth County Freeholders have announced that the county will be recieveing $1.2 million from President Obama’s economic stimulus package and is to be used for the prevention of homelessness in the county. The money will be dispersed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the emergency shelter grants program.

Deputy Freeholder Director John D’Amico, is expecting the the county will collect more funds from the stimulus package in the coming months based on the following qoute from the release.

“The county stands to benefit from President Obama’s economic stimulus package in many ways, not only are we in line for stimulus money to help prevent homelessness, but the county has a number of shovel-ready construction projects that are awaiting approval. These include bridge replacement and road resurfacing projects.”

Below is the text of the press release:

FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders received confirmation today from Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s office that it will receive $1.2 million from President Obama’s economic stimulus package for the prevention of homelessness in the county.

The money will be dispersed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the emergency shelter grants program. Typically, money from this fund is used to keep people in their homes by assisting with rent, relocation and utility bills.

“This is good news for Monmouth County, where despite our relative affluence we have a great many people who struggle on a daily basis just to get by,” Freeholder Director Barbara J. McMorrow said. “That situation is only compounded by the economic downturn, placing additional pressure on our many nonprofit agencies that help prevent homelessness. This will be welcome news.”

“Just last month the county, in partners with our nonprofit agencies, conducted a program to help those who are homeless or who are facing homelessness,” said Freeholder Amy H. Mallet, liaison to the Department of Human Services. “The problem is very real for many county residents, and this money will go a long way toward helping those among us who are in need of assistance.”

News of the grant comes just days after the county received word that it would receive $810,000 from the Economic Recovery Act of 2009 for Community Development Block Grants. These grants will be dispersed among municipalities and nonprofits that do public services. Typically, they are dispersed among municipalities and nonprofits on a competitive basis.

Details of how the stimulus money in each of these grants can be appropriated has not yet been finalized and, therefore, exact use of the funds is still to be determined.

“The county stands to benefit from President Obama’s economic stimulus package in many ways,” Freeholder Deputy Director John D’Amico said. “Not only are we in line for stimulus money to help prevent homelessness, but the county has a number of shovel-ready construction projects that are awaiting approval. These include bridge replacement and road resurfacing projects.”


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McMorrow To Seek Re-Election In Monmouth

Making front page headlines today in the Asbury Park Press is the story that Freeholder Director Barbara McMorrow, will be seeking re-election to her seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Why is this such big news? Did people think that she wouldn’t seek re-election?
Anyone who has followed the Monmouth County Democrats like I have, have known for months now that McMorrow would seek re-election. It really should not have come as a surprise to anyone.
I believe that naysayers and rightwing republican bloggers out there have been floating the idea that she wouldn’t, trying to drive a wedge between McMorrow and her fellow Democrats. 
Even though Director McMorrow has been drifting closer to the right then the rest of her Democratic colleagues, seemingly causing a rift between them, nothing could be further from the truth. 
I can tell you first hand, having been to many Democratic function over the past months, Barbara McMorrow is extremely well liked and admired by Democrats in Monmouth County.
Democrats know that McMorrow will be facing a tough re-election.  Joe Oxley the Monmouth County GOP Chairman, will stop at nothing to defeat McMorrow and regain the control of the County.  Democrats in Monmouth understand this and are willing to give her some leeway in her decision making even if it seems to ruffle a few feathers.
The perceived split between McMorrow and fellow democratic colleagues John D’Amico and Amy Mallet, is not all that other want you to believe it is. This is politics and everyone understands it.  She has to take a stand against COAH and she comes across as a fiscal conservative if she is against the creation of a Solicitor General position for the county.
Barbara McMorrow is a smart and shrewd woman, who is doing what she can to be re-elected and  I think that she will be re-elected by a huge margine come November. 

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McMorrow To Seek Re-Election In Monmouth

Making front page headlines today in the Asbury Park Press is the story that Freeholder Director Barbara McMorrow, will be seeking re-election to her seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Why is this such big news? Did people think that she wouldn’t seek re-election?
Anyone who has followed the Monmouth County Democrats like I have, have known for months now that McMorrow would seek re-election. It really should not have come as a surprise to anyone.
I believe that naysayers and rightwing republican bloggers out there have been floating the idea that she wouldn’t, trying to drive a wedge between McMorrow and her fellow Democrats. 
Even though Director McMorrow has been drifting closer to the right then the rest of her Democratic colleagues, seemingly causing a rift between them, nothing could be further from the truth. 
I can tell you first hand, having been to many Democratic function over the past months, Barbara McMorrow is extremely well liked and admired by Democrats in Monmouth County.
Democrats know that McMorrow will be facing a tough re-election.  Joe Oxley the Monmouth County GOP Chairman, will stop at nothing to defeat McMorrow and regain the control of the County.  Democrats in Monmouth understand this and are willing to give her some leeway in her decision making even if it seems to ruffle a few feathers.
The perceived split between McMorrow and fellow democratic colleagues John D’Amico and Amy Mallet, is not all that other want you to believe it is. This is politics and everyone understands it.  She has to take a stand against COAH and she comes across as a fiscal conservative if she is against the creation of a Solicitor General position for the county.
Barbara McMorrow is a smart and shrewd woman, who is doing what she can to be re-elected and  I think that she will be re-elected by a huge margine come November. 

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