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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.
and

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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APP: Lack Of Compelling Candidates Leads To Incumbent Endorsements In The 13th LD ??

The Asbury Park Press Editorial Board came up with some really scary reasoning as to why it decided to once again back incumbent Republicans as opposed to endorsing any of their opponents in the 13th Legislative District race this year.

In doing so they have attempted to dispel readership criticism of their obvious bias toward incumbent Republicans and the lack to follow through on their own rhetoric towards incumbency.

“…We often bemoan the power of incumbency and the lack of competitive legislative races in this state. A big part of the reason so many races are uncompetitive is that those who run against the incumbents are not compelling candidates….”

Not compelling candidates? Really? That one is a bit hard to believe.

How much more compelling candidates do you need than 2 former mayors of Hazlet and the first Democrat elected to the Middletown Township Committee in over 25 years, who have stressed the importance of maintaining the line on property taxes and getting hard hit middle-class families struck by the recession back on their feet and back to work?
Mayor Christopher Cullen who is running for the Senate against Joe Kyrillos was elected in 2000 to the Hazlet Township Committee. His focused was on preserving open space,preserving a record amount of open space and improved Hazlet’s quality of life. while stabilizing property taxes, and improving youth recreation. He served on the Planning and Zoning Boards and was liason to the Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, Recreation Commission. He is also a committed environmentalist.

Mayor Kevin M. Lavan who along with Patrick Short is running against incumbents Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scalon, served as committeeman, deputy mayor, and then mayor, during which time he increased transparency in local government, improved youth recreation, and delivered the lowest property tax increases in a generation. Prior to beginning his tenure on the Township Committee, Kevin served on the Planning and Zoning Boards as well as the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority.

Committeeman Patrick Short became the first Democrat elected to the Township Committee in nearly two decades. During his tenure, he voted to increase transparency, fought for fair and ethical bidding practices and against municipal tax hikes.

How much more compelling do these guys need to be? They all have a list of accomplishments which have shown that they have the voter’s best interests in mind first over their own or Party’s.
In the dismissal of Cullen and Short’s candidacy, the APP admits that they are credible but dismisses Cullen because they perceived his stance to protect district workers and families and speaks of the frustration faced by local officials who must deal with unfunded mandates and shrinking state aid as being in “lockstep with standard Democratic positions“.
In Short’s case before dismissing his candidacy, they actually say that he is “...a credible, well-spoken candidate who favors reducing property taxes by increasing income taxes and expanding the sales tax to other items.
And for no apparent reason at all Kevin Lavan wasn’t even considered.

Here is what a few readers of the APP had to say about the endorsements of Kyrillos, Handlin and O’Scalon:

watchdoggg
5:42 AM on October 31, 2011

Kyrillos, Handlin and O’Scanlon.

These three stand out alright, as doing the LEAST as representatives.
All three are in lockstep with the Christie administration which has done absolutely NOTHING to curtail property tax increases which continue unabated, contrary to the claims of this self serving Gov.

Kyrillos has been with the Monmouth County “boys” for how many YEARS, and what noteable legislation has HE ever passed ?? Interesting how many officials were arrested by federal officials, and more importantly, HOW MANY WERE NOT (from the republican side). I wonder if Christie made a deal with the then GOP party chairman (Kyrillos).

Handlin. How many years did she sit in with the boys from Club Monmouth, and claim she never knew what was going on.

O’Scanlon. The right hand boy to then state senator John Bennett, whom Christie (then federal prosecutor) vilified as the biggest double dipper in NJ.

These three standout alright, for all the wrong reasons to be reelected.
GRIP,,,.Get Rid Incumbent Politicians.
NOPOLITICALPARTY
6:26 AM on October 31, 2011

Three more incumbents endorsed by the Press. And come the new year the Press will be writing editorials telling us the problems we have are because voters always re-elect incumbents. They will call for new blood later, but for now they are satisfied with the same old-same old. Go figure!

gaborbacchi
10:36 AM on October 31, 2011


Totally irresponsible journalism. Declaring some candidates as “no shot at winning”, “does not warrant serious consideration”, and “a wasted vote” WITHOUT ANY REASONS WHY is hack at its best. Why not list the stance of each and let voters decide. Sure the APP can endorse, but to DENOUNCE without any reason is journalistic treason that is insulting to readers who are not robots that need to be told who to vote for. We are looking for where candidates stand, idiots! Tell us!

bchbum
3:31 PM on October 31, 2011

the LAST thing this district needs is MORE of the same! UNELECT kyrillos, handlin and o’scanlon!

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Profiles Of The 13th District Race Online At The APP and NJ Spotlight

The both the Asbury Park Press and NJ Spotlight have race profiles online for the NJ 13th Legislative District races featuring the issues and candidates in those races.

In the 13th race for State Assembly Democrats Kevin Lavan of Hazlet and Patrick Short of Middletown are running against Republicans and current members of the State Assembly Amy Handlin 0f Middletown and Declan O’Scanlon.
This race also features two other candidates running together for the State Assembly William Lawton and Frank Cottone, as members of the Constitution Party.
In the 13th race for State Senate Democrat Christopher Cullen of Hazlet is running against current State Senator Joe Kyrillos of Middletown.

The candidates for Monmouth County Surrogate race have also been posted online at the APP website. In this race Democrat Michael Steinhorn from Rumson is looking to unseat Middletowner Rosemary Peters. The APP headline “Monmouth County surrogate race not drawing attention” is an understatement, which is a shame because Steinhorn is an extremely capable and affable guy, who deserves more attention.

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Join Assembly Leader Joseph Cryan For LD13 Candidates Cullen,Lavan & Short Fundraiser

Please join
Assemblyman Joseph Cryan
The Majority Leader
for a
Wine & Cheese Reception
in honor of

Mayor Christopher Cullen
Candidate for State Senate

Mayor Kevin M. Lavan
Candidate for State Assembly

Committeeman Patrick Short
Candidate for State Assembly

Wednesday, October 5
Six o’clock to nine o’clock in the evening
Philomena’s Restaurant
344 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright
A donation of $60 per person or $100 per couple is suggested.
Hors d’oeuvres and a selection of wine will be served. Cash bar available.
Please make checks payable to:
The Committee to Elect Cullen, Lavan & Short 2011
56 Fieldcrest Way
Hazlet, New Jersey 07730
Created in house. Labor donated by the Committee to Elect Cullen, Lavan & Short 2011
56 Fieldcrest Way, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730

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Fundraiser to support Freeholder Amy Mallet

Please join us for a cocktail reception to support Freeholder Amy Mallet.
Amy has proven her tireless dedication in serving all the residents of Monmouth County.
With your help we can ensure her re-election.
Also meet her running mates:
Bill Shea for Freeholder and Michael Steinhorn for Surrogate.
Hosted by
Mary Mahoney & Linda Baum.
Special guests:
Patrick Short & Kevin Lavin, Candidates for Assembly District 13.
Jim Grenafege and Carol Fowler, Candidates for Middletown Township Committee.
Suggested donation:
$30 per person, $50 per couple
Friend: $50

Thursday, October 6 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Mahoney Residence
286 Everett Rd.
Lincroft, New Jersey

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Comedy Night in Support of District 13 Democrats

Please join us for
“A Night of Laughter”
Presented by Comedy Blast Inc.
Supporting
Kevin Lavan & Patrick Short
For New Jersey State Assembly
13th Legislative District

Christopher Cullen
For New Jersey State Senate
13th Legislative District
Friday August 19th 2011
Doors open at 7pm, Showtime 8:30pm
Bayshore Senior Recreation Center
100 Main Street, Keansburg NJ
Supporter: $40
Friend: $75
Co-Host: $150
* Buffet included*
For more information or to RSVP contact:
Michael Morris at mikeinmiddletown@gmail.com
John Amberg at jamberg825@gmail.com
Make checks payable and mail to:
Committee to Elect Cullen, Lavan & Short 2011
174 Geary Drive, Middletown NJ 07748

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Lavan & Short Pick Up Endorsement Of NJ AFL-CIO

Former Hazlet Mayor Kevin Lavan and former Middletown Committeeman Patrick Short, Candidates for the NJ State Assembly for the 13th Legislative district, each picked up a key endorsement from the NJ AFL-CIO labor union today at the unions endorsement conference.

Over at Blue Jersey, CWA NJ Area Director Hetty Rosenstein is quoted as stating, “Public workers and their many allies in the private sector stood together today to endorse those who stood with us this year and to deny endorsement to those who attacked collective bargaining. The majority of Democrats in NJ believe in and defend collective bargaining. They deserve a labor endorsement. A minority do not. That group should not get a labor endorsement.”, in reference to all those that earned the labor endorsement.

This is the second big labor endorsement the pair has gained within the past month, back on July 18th the pair, along with NJ Senate Candidate Chris Cullen garnered the backing of Monmouth/Ocean Building Trades Council And New Jersey Building & Construction Trades Council.

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13th Legislative District Candidate Kevin Lavan Supports Unions and the Middle Class

I support unions. While the consequences of the recent pension deal between Governor Christie and Trenton lawmakers remains to be seen, now is the time for New Jerseyans to consider how best to protect the middle class in an era of high unemployment and declining pay. Unlike my opponents, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, I recognize that union membership translates into higher wages and better workplace conditions for Garden State workers. Handlin and O’Scanlon not only want to reform public employee benefits — an idea that has merits — they want to restrict the rights of private sector workers to negotiate with management.

O’Scanlon is the sponsor of a bill that repeals the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act and the Public Works Contractor Registration Act, a move that essentially ends prevailing wage standards. That’s an assault not only on union members, but on non-union construction workers and others in the building trades who rely on fair wage protections as a guarantee that they will be paid at a rate commensurate with their work.
Just this month, O’Scanlon and Handlin introduced a bill that makes New Jersey a “Right to Work” state. Although the legislation was pronounced dead on arrival, I am disappointed that my opponents are pursuing such a radical agenda. Right to work really means right to be fired. Passage of Handlin and O’Scanlon’s legislation will result in lower wages and have a negative impact on workers safety and health.
My opponents are not only on the wrong side of working families, but quite literally, they are writing the laws that will set back the clock one hundred years and remove the protections that helped build our middle class.
It is important that New Jerseyans, especially those residing in the Thirteenth Legislative District, understand that the current debate extends far beyond public employee pensions. Elected officials should do everything in their power to protect taxpayers. While in office, I did just that. However, Garden State workers — both union and non-union — deserve to know that Handlin and O’Scanlon seek to undermine the very provisions that have allowed countless families to enter the middle class. I want no part in that, and if I am fortunate enough to be elected to the Assembly, I will be a champion of working families.
Kevin M. Lavan
Democratic Candidate
13th Legislative District

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Upcoming Fundraisers In Support Of Amy Mallet, Bill Shea, Christopher Cullen, Kevin Lavan & Patrick Short

The following is a list of upcoming fundraisers for Democratic Candidates Freeholder Amy Mallet, Freeholder Candidate Bill Shea and 13th Legislative District Candidates Christopher Cullen, Kevin Lavan and Patrick Short.

Each event should be a great time for those that would be interested in showing their support of the candidates by attending:

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Fundraiser in Support of Freeholder Amy Mallet
6:30-8:30pm
Home of Sean Byrnes, 880 West Front Street, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
For more information or to RSVP:
email info@amymallet.com

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Haskell Invitational Fundraiser in support of Bill Shea for Freeholder

Monmouth Park, Oceanport, New Jersey
$65/supporter, $120/sponsor, $250/gold sponsor
Please make checks payable to:
Friends of Bill Shea for Freeholder, P.O. Box 155, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730
Please RSVP to:
Maryellen Principe at 732.888.1862

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Labor Leaders of the 13th District Reception In support of
Kevin Lavan, Patrick Short and Chris Cullen

7-9pm
Assaggini di Roma

3253 Highway 35 North, Hazlet NJ 07730
RSVP to Joe Caliendo at 732.671.0870

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Golf outing in Support of Bill Shea for Freeholder

11am
Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oak Drive, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
$250/guest, $500/sponsor, $1,000/silver sponsor and $2,500 gold sponsor
$50 guest dinner with paying golf participant, $75 for dinner only (no golf)
Please RSVP or for more info call:
Ron Principe at 732.888.1862
email ronprincipe@gmail.com or votebillshea@gmail.com
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
Fashion Show in support of Bill Shea for Freeholder

Lakeside Manor, Route 36, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730
$40/supporter, $80/sponsor, $150/gold sponsor
RSVP to Maryellen Principe at 732.888.1862

Please make checks payable to:

Friends of Bill Shea for Freeholder, P.O. Box 155, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730
Friday, August 19th, 2011
A Night of Comedy supporting Kevin Lavan, Patrick Short and Christopher Cullen for 13th Legislative District

7-11pm
Bayshore Senior Recreation Center
100 Main Street
Keansburg, New Jersey
$40/supporter, $75/friend and $150/co-host
Buffet included
RSVP to:
John Amberg @ jamberg825@gmail.com or 732-291-4272

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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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