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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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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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Mulshine: N.J. Suburbs Still Get No Respect

The Star-Ledger’s Paul Mulshine had a pretty good column today, he points out how Chris Christie is making a big mistake by trying to court urban voters at the expense of the suburban voters. Mulshine points out that it was Monmouth and Ocean Counties that pushed Christie over the top, not Essex or Hudson. Why would he expect to make inroads in counties that are clearly opposed to his ideals?

Also of interest to residents in the 13th District, Mulshine gives another shout-out to Bob Brown. Brown ran as a Democrat in District 13 against Amy Handlin and Sam Thompson and did a better than expected job at the polls.

According to an internal Republican opinion poll that was leaked, Brown actually was leading Thompson with a week and a half left in the race but was done in by the anti-Corzine tsunami that washed over the bayshore area.

It’s a good read, check it out:

After I wrote a column last week critical of Gov.-elect Chris Christie’s transition team, which is packed with Trenton insiders and McGreevey administration retreads, I got an e-mail from Bob Brown.

“Where is the average Joe, the taxpayer from the suburbs?” Bob asked.

Nowhere, that’s where. If Christie was in the mood to put Democrats on his team, then he might have considered a Democrat like his old Seton Hall Law School classmate Brown. Brown is an ex-cop from Old Bridge who ran for the Assembly as a Democrat more conservative than the incumbent Republicans.

Brown didn’t win. But he did succeed in highlighting the issue that should be the No. 1 priority of the incoming Republican administration. And that’s the need for property tax relief for the suburbs.

A Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Friday revealed that “New Jerseyans want their taxes cut; no other priority comes close,” in the words of the poll directors. And the tax they most want to see cut is the property tax, the poll showed.

But Christie made it clear immediately following his victory that the cities, not the suburbs, are his first priority. He spent the day after the election visiting Newark to kiss the ring of Democratic party boss Steve Adubato.

After paying his respects to Essex County, which went for Gov. Jon Corzine by a 65,000-vote margin, he blew a kiss to Hudson County, which went Democratic by a 46,000-vote margin. He included on his team a member in good standing of the Hudson Democratic machine, state Sen. Sandra Cunningham.

As for the aforementioned “average Joe from the suburbs,” Christie will be making the transition without him, even though it was the suburbs that gave Christie his victory, specifically the suburbs in the middle of the state.

Patrick Murray of the Monmouth University Polling Institute notes that turnout was down this year in every county except Ocean and Monmouth. And those two counties voted Republican by unprecedented margins, 70,000 and 64,000 respectively. But Republicans can’t count on that happening again, Murray said.

“It’s not clear this was a sea change in the way in which Jerseyans vote,” said Murray. “It was clearly just an anti-Corzine vote.”
In Murray’s view, and mine, Corzine committed political suicide with that ill-fated 2007 tour of the state to win support for his plan to borrow $38 billion against future tolls. That was the main factor in his losses in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties, all of which are heavily dependent on the toll roads.

Another factor was Corzine’s decision not to go on radio station 101.5 FM, which hosted that “pigs will fly” Statehouse rally in early 2008. That decision meant that Corzine got bashed without rebuttal by the station’s always amusing talk-show hosts for two months leading up to the election.

This permitted Christie to win despite his strategy, which was to focus on the cities rather than the suburbs. That strategy was a failure.

“Look at Newark, they were upside down 32,000 for him,” said Steve Acropolis, who is mayor of Brick Township in Ocean County. “East Orange was upside-down 10,000 for him.”

What saved Christie were the big suburbs in the 101.5 listening area such as Brick, where he piled up an 11,000-vote margin, and Toms River, where he got his biggest margin, more than 12,000.

Yet in a post-election meeting with the Ocean County mayors, the governor-elect told them they can’t expect to be getting more state aid as a result of their support. Acropolis said the suburban mayors don’t want special favors, just an equal share of state aid.

“I don’t want him to say we gave him the second highest vote total so we’re going to get extra stuff,” said Acropolis. “I just want what’s fair for our residents.”

Suburban residents realize next year will be a tough one because of the budget problems facing the state, he said. But their patience has a limit.

“He’s got four years and if he doesn’t do anything, he’ll be a one-term governor,” said the mayor.

That’s not a threat so much as a cold reality. The new map of New Jersey politics is not a promising one for Republicans. Bergen County used to ring up Republican margins as reliably as Ocean or Morris. But Christie managed to lose Bergen by a small margin. As for the cities, Christie is now the third Republican gubernatorial nominee in a row to fail miserably in a try at breaking the Democratic stranglehold on the urban vote.

That leaves those midstate suburbs as the battleground for any future elections. And they produced those huge margins not out of any great love for Christie, but out of intense dislike for Corzine, said pollster Murray.

“Nothing motivates a voter like anger,” said Murray. “And Christie had better hope they’re not angry in 2013.”

If he keeps up the way he’s going, they will be. And not at the Democrat.

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Bob Brown,Democratic Assembly Candidate for Distrct 13, To Appear on Radio 970 AM David Webb Show

This morning Nov. 1st, Democratic District 13 Assembly Candidate Bob Brown, will make an appearance on the “Grinder” David Webb radio program 970 Am ” The Apple of New York”.

Bob Brown will be calling into the program between the hour of 11:48 to 11:53 am to discuss the Bob Brown & Jim Grenafege Economic Plan for the 13th Legislative District and New Jersey.

David Webb is a Conservative Republican and nationally syndicated radio host who first met Bob Brown while appearing on the Fox News program the “Strategy Room” and has endorsed his candidacy for the NJ State Assembly.

Bob Brown has also been endorsed by the Star-Ledger’s Paul Mulshine, NJ 101.5 Morning Host Jim Gearhart, the NJ AFL-CIO and the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ).
Tune in to hear what he has to say.

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Even Loud Mouths Vote !

Late last night I received and email from District 13 Assembly Candidate Bob Brown. He wanted to pass along a funny little story about what had happened to him earlier in day while putting out campaign signs.

The several people that he copied this email to also thought that it was very funny, including Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine, who included Bob Brown’s email as part of his column today.
Here’s what Brown’s email said:
You may like this short story about putting out those political signs along the roadway.

After 4 hours of placing signs along the roads, I had this guy yell out his window, “Take Downs Those Signs!!!”. I told him to “Go F*&K Yourself”.


He stops the car and gets out yelling. “What did you say to me!”, I told you did you have a hard time hearing, I told you to “Go F^#K Yourself!”.

Then he yells “Are those signs for your friend or for you?”. I told him that I was the top name on that sign. He then backs down and says “Finally a politician with some backbone” and then
adds “That anyone that stands up to me, deserves my vote and my family’s vote”

I gave him my card directing him to my website and he was on his way.

The moral to the story, even loudmouths have a vote. The trick is to get them to vote for you.

Robert “Bob” Brown
Democratic Candidate
13th Leg. Dist, NJ State Assembly

P.S. I might be a Candidate and an Attorney but that old police attitude sometime gets out to settle matters and right to the point.

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13th District Assembly Race Up For Grabs; Poll Shows Brown Up On Thompson, Within Striking Distance of Handlin

It seems as though an upset is in the making in the 13th legislative district, according to a recent poll.

According to this poll, Democratic challenger Robert “Bob” Brown, has opened a commanding lead over Republican incumbent Sam Thompson and it has the Thompson/Handlin campaign scrambling for last minute cash to flood mailboxes throughout the district with campaign literature. Thompson/Handlin campaign signs have also been flooding the area within the past 24 hours since the results of the poll has been know to the campaign.

Both men, Brown and Thompson reside in Middlessex’s Old Bridge Township, and it is in Old Bridge where Thompson has lost a significant portion of his base to Bob Brown.

Brown in the mean time, has also been polling very strong throughout the rest of the district, thanks inpart to two major endorsments by the Newark Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine and NJ 101.5 Morning Show host Jim Gearhart:

Paul Mulshine said…. “Bob Brown is the sole democrat worth a damn in this state…..” (October 19, 2009)

Jim Gearhart added “I endorse Bob Brown completely” (Oct. 22,2009)
Thanks to these endorsements Brown is also within striking distance of the other incumbant in the race, Amy Handlin. And what makes this poll even more eye opening is that Brown’s coattails seem to be extending towards his running mate Jim Grenafege, who is also within striking distance of Thompson.
You can learn more about both Bob Brown and Jim Grenafege by watching their campaign video’s (below) or by logging onto their website assembly13.org

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If A Democrat Can Come Up With A Property Tax Plan, Why Can’t A Republican?

That’s the question that Paul Mulshine asked in today’s Star-Ledger when he talked about 13th District State Assembly Candidate, Bob Brown.

Mulshine’s column today,Sen. Richard Codey and property taxes: Crossing the West Orange line, dealt with property taxes in West Orange and why Senate President/former Governor Richard Cody, decided recently to flee West Orange for Roseland.

What does the West Orange line mean? Mulshine uses the term to define when one’s monthly property tax bill is close to or exceeds one’s monthly mortgage payment, For most in West Organge that time may be coming soon.
When Mulshine asked Cody why as Senate President and a former Governor he couldn’t deliver on property tax relief he didn’t have an answer. All Cody could come up with was “Hopefully, you bring back as much money as you can.”
Mulshine went on to note that when he asked Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Christie, that same question he pretty much had the same answer. “A governor can’t do it by himself,” Christie said. “You have to work with municipalities and you have to get citizens to actively say, ‘We’re going to demand more out of our school districts and towns in terms of reduction of property taxes.’ So, we’re just telling the truth.” And the truth, he said, is that “there’s no silver bullet.”
Mulshine used that cliche to then talk about Bob Brown and his plan for property tax relief which would cap local costs and:
I would take the state income tax that is dedicated to only school property tax relief and take that money and distribute it equally per child all over the state of New Jersey, which would reduce your school property taxes by 50 percent,” says Brown..

“Brown is a Democrat, by the way. So if a Democrat can come up with a property tax plan, why can’t a Republican?” Mulshine concluded.
In his column posted on NJ.com, Mulshine included Bob Brown’s recent campaign video for readers to watch. I posted this same video last week, but here it is again:

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