By Tommy DeSeno
Have you ever seen a news wave? It’s a real phenomenon in journalism. One outlet says something, then outlet after outlet says the same thing, never verifying if the first outlet was right. And you can’t stop a wave, even if it’s wrong.
As soon as the new 30th district was announced, immediately the word got out that Senator Singer would have the advantage over Senator Kean. I guess Senator Kean concurred, having agreed to move down to the Assembly.
I like Singer. But his comments in the Press yesterday that Sean Kean would be primaried even if Singer retired has me angry. It’s as if Bob is throwing down the gauntlet and declaring that the rest of us will be governed by Lakewood for the next 10 years.
Well, as a Howell boy, I’m pretty upset that I had to be governed by Lakewood the last 10 years. So I’m calling bullshit on Singer, which I can do even though we are friends, because I’m a journalist first.
Howell and Wall combined are larger than Lakewood, so if Howell and Wall got behind Kean, that could be a fair fight against Lakewood.
As for the rest of the district, those little Monmouth shore towns are larger than the 2 Pt. Pleasants, and Sean has name recognition there while Singer does not.
I know what the road block would have been – Howell Republicans. They rarely get along. But John Costigan is a strong Municipal Chair. He could have pulled the Howell Republicans together (which would be a nice thing all by itself) to back Kean. The rallying cry would have been provincial but effective – Monmouth needs to keep a Senator.
I really wish Sean decided to stay Senator. I’m not reading next week’s triCityNews, because I don’t want to know what Dan Jacobson will call Sean now.