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Local Residents To Rally Outside Of Rep. Pallone’s Office Wednesday To Urge Him To Continue To Focus On Jobs Not Cuts

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Residents To Deliver New “Contract for the American Dream”
To Representative’s Office
Rally Wednesday at noon at
504 Broadway Long Branch, NJ 07740

In the wake of the final debt deal that raises the nation’s debt ceiling but fails to protect the middle class, local residents will gather Wednesday, at noon, at Rep. Pallone’s office to ask that he continue to stand up for the American Dream and focus on job creation, while many in Washington are focusing on cuts to vital programs that Americans depend on.

The recently passed debt deal, which will do nothing to create jobs, forces deep cuts to important programs that protect the middle class while asking nothing of big corporations and millionaires. And though it does not require cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid benefits, it opens the door for these down the road via an unaccountable Congressional committee.

“We need Washington to focus on protecting the American Dream and creating jobs, not pushing for more cuts to vital services,” said Marilyn Michaels, a local MoveOn member. “The Republicans in Washington are holding our economy hostage in pursuit of their extreme ideological agenda. We need Representative Pallone to continue to stand up for the folks in our community and demand more jobs not more cuts.”

The rally will take place on Wednesday at noon at 504 Broadway Long Branch, NJ 07740.

Participants will also deliver to Rep. Pallone a new Contract for the American Dream: a plan, written by over 125,000 Americans, to create jobs rather than destroy them. The Contract was released Monday and is attached.

The rallies being held this week are being organized by the new American Dream Movement. In July, over 800 rallies were held across the country to protest the final debt deal that fails to protect the middle class. The American Dream Movement is a growing movement inspired by protests in Wisconsin and fueled by the brutal right-wing attacks on


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Contact: Marilyn Michaels

973-727-6424-cell phone

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Asbury Park, NJ – The Green Party of Monmouth County and the Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ) will host a conference addressing healthcare and labor issues on Sunday, February 27, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, 1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ. The event, which will be held at the Dauphin Grille within the hotel, includes a full buffet lunch and live music by singer-songwriters Jeff Saxon and special guest Tom Neilson.

Registration is $50 per person, with subsidies available to those who require a discount. Contact registrar David Petrovich at or 732-571-9464. The event home page can be accessed at:

Keynote speakers include Baltimore pediatrician Margaret Flowers, M.D., Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program; Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York State in 2010; and Hugh Giordano, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 152, in Philadelphia;.

“Sooner or later the country is going to have to reduce the wastefully high cost of corporate for-profit health insurance,” said Steve Welzer, a member of the Green Party’s state executive committee. “A single-payer system (Medicare for All) would eliminate the corporate insurance middle-man, cut the price of coverage, and assure that every American enjoys guaranteed quality health care. A goal of the Feb. 27 conference will be to educate the public about the real issues in order to counter the propaganda that dominated the debate last year.”

“The Green Party message on healthcare is eminently reasonable,” added Lynn Petrovich, C.P.A., who will present a “Rip-off Report” on hospital accounting at the event. “Our health care system, which places profits before people can no longer be tolerated and it is up to Americans to demand change.”

Synergy and mutual support among labor activists, healthcare reformers, and those committed to the building of a green economy will be a common theme throughout the conference presentations.

Media Contact: David Petrovich,; 732-571-9464

States, the system drives 700,000 families to bankruptcy from medical bills (the majority of whom have medical

“The Green Party is no longer the alternative, the Green Party is the imperative”

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>Reform Party of NJ Plans Anti-Eminent Domain Gathering In Asbury Park Jan.22nd


Press Release –

(Long Branch, NJ, 01/06/2011) – Jacob Zychick, chairman of the newly created Reform Party of New Jersey, recently visited the largely vacant storefronts of downtown Long Branch. The oceanfront resort’s business district, located along Broadway, is populated primarily by empty structures, a reminder of a failed “Broadway Center” redevelopment project.

Long Branch garnered national controversy in the early 2000s when the city, seeking to redevelop the boardwalk, utilized Eminent Domain to evict homeowners along the city’s oceanfront. Similar tactics were to be implemented on Broadway, however, the plan is largely viewed as dead, leaving the city’s once bustling business district an empty shell. In August of 2009, a New Jersey court ruled against the city in its redevelopment case.

“Long Branch is a city suffering economic stagnation,” said Zychick. “The public sector has let the people down, and now it is time to call them out on it!”

The Reform Party of New Jersey was first conceived in 2009 by a group of student activists seeking to form a viable alternative to the two major parties. The party is the successor to the original NJ Reform Party, which was founded in the wake of independent Ross Perot’s presidential bid in 1992.

While the original NJ Reform Party was dissolved in 2000, the new organization has made great strides over the past year, even sending members to Dallas to meet with national party leadership (and Ross Perot) in October 2010. The party, which seeks to serve “Main Street and not Wall Street,” has become vocally critical of Eminent Domain abuse, and local government’s failure to acknowledge their own flawed policies.

“Long Branch will become just a city-wide strip mall,” said Zychick. “The continued implementation of Eminent Domain abuse has caused a rapid deterioration in the city’s once prized character. This attempted corporate gentrification has, ironically, resulted in the loss of almost all businesses; I counted only one open business on the eastern portion of Broadway.”

Zychick plans on leading a group of Reform Party activists toAsbury Park, another oceanfront city plagued by Eminent Domain abuse, to discuss the issue with local business owners.

“The residents cannot allow the city’s government to blame the national economic downturn for this loss of businesses,” said Zychick. “They must remember that it was the lack of true
leadership that brought cities like Long Branch and Asbury Park to their own economic demise.”

In the wake of Zychick’s visit to Long Branch, the Reform Party of NJ has announced a meeting of anti-Eminent Domain activists to take place in downtown Asbury Park, on January 22nd, 2011.

The group hopes to meet with local business and homeowners, many of whom live under the constant threat of having their properties seized. The reformers will congregate in John F. Kennedy Park, located on Grand Avenue, starting at 2:30pm.

Further details and scheduled guests will be announced. “If you are as angry as I am,” said Zychick, “then join the Reform Party of New Jersey’s activists on our visit to downtown Asbury Park on January 22nd, 2011!”

Visit or e-mail for further information or to confirm attendance.

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Pallone: The Fight Begins Today

Not many people realize that Congressman Frank Pallone is also a blogger extraordinaire, he contributes regulary to the Daily Kos.

This morning he published the following piece that announces his campaign for re-election kick-off event in Long Branch on Sunday afternoon:

With yesterday’s primary election in the books, the journey to November’s general election starts right now.

While we still don’t know who our opponent will be, we do know she will either be a self-funding billionaire or the darling of the tea party. We also know that, no matter what, we will be facing a well-funded right-wing assault seeking to turn back the clock to the Bush/Cheney policies that have caused so many problems for our state and nation.

Congressman Frank Pallone’s diary :: ::

I treat every election the same, no matter who is on the ballot: run hard and let the voters know of the work we’ve done to make their lives better. I’ve been fighting hard every day to deliver real results for the 6th District. I’ve fought to create and protect jobs, while opposing trade agreements that destroy jobs and give tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. I’ve safeguarded our beaches and am holding corporate polluters accountable by forcing them to foot the bill for cleaning up their toxic waste sites. And I’ve worked hard on health care reform that will help everyone across the nation.

But there is still much work to be done, and I simply can not continue my work without your support. So I hope you will join me at my hometown headquarters, as we kick-off my re-election campaign. It’s not going to be anything fancy – just some food and refreshments – but it will give us all a chance to get to work, making sure the 6th Congressional District stays blue.

Sunday, June 13th
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Pallone for Congress Campaign Headquarters
495 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ
Please RSVP on
or to

Over the coming months, I am going to need help from all of you – the progressive activists who have always made up the backbone of my grassroots campaigns. Together, we will keep fighting to put people to work, make continued investment in renewable energy sources and our infrastructure, and make sure our most vulnerable citizens – children, the impoverished and our seniors – have access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Although it may almost be summer – when many of us are dreaming of days at the beach and barbecues with families and friends – we can not afford to be lackadaisical. Today is when the real fight begins.

So please stop by on Sunday, and be sure to bring your friends and family. As always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates on what I’m doing for New Jersey’s 6th District, both here at home and down in Washington.

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Van Pelt Testifies:" I had a middleman make a bribe payment like to the Mayor of Long Branch"

I have not followed the trail of Daniel Van Pelt very closely but I know damaging testimony when I read it and what he testified to will have damaging effect on the Mayor of Long Branch Adam Schneider’s reelecion campaign that could potentially put the mayor behind bars and start a new investigation into allagations of further corruption in Long Branch .

I was forwarded court transcripts from the trail that deal with Van Pelt’s testimony as it concerns Mayor Schneider, in sworn testimony at his trail Van Pelt stated:

” I helped pay his credit card bills and there were times where I had a middleman make a bribe payment like to the Mayor of Long Branch or council people of Long Branch or sometimes I vould give out auction tickets.

The Yeshiva would hold a charity auction, every year and I would at times give public officials, like council people in Long Branch, primarily it was the council people in Long Branch and others, free auction tickets for their official assistance in expediting my land use applications, my use for my zoning.”

This doesn’t sound good for Scheinder, lets wait and see what happens.

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Hey Middletown, Look What Long Branch Has Done With Their Budget

Hey Middletown, look what Long Branch has done with it’s budget! 
According to the Asbury Park Press, Long Branch was looking at a 6.3% increase to it’s municipal tax rate. That increase to the municipal budget, during these hard financial times, was unacceptable to the City Council.
After searching throughout the budget for additional savings and deferring some of their annual pension obligations, the tax rate increase has been cut from a projected 6.3% to a 2.2% tax hike, which would reflect a 4.1% savings from previous drafts of the budget.
Am I saying that I am happy that the people of Long Branch, with just a 2.2% increase, will have to pay more taxes this year? No, I’m not. In a perfect world there would be no need to increase the tax rate, but there is no such thing as a perfect world.  At least the City Council has found ways to keep from having such a large increase as earlier projected.
To me, that’s a job well done.  Middletown on the other hand, has a $7+ million budget deficit to fill, how are they going to manage that?
I suspect by having a huge tax increase. 
The republican controlled Township Committee thinks that it is more important to maintain services that people have become accustomed to and hold concerts in the park, then making tough choices that may risk their hold on the township committee.
With 40% of this years budget already spent they better figure it out.

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