How About A Celebrity Candidate In the 13th?!

By Art Gallagher

Now that the Monmouth Democrats don’t have a candidate officially running for Senate in the 13th district, maybe they should take a page from the Burlington County Democrats and get a celebrity to run.  In case you missed it, former Olympian and former music video star Carl Lewis is running for Senate as a Democrat in the 8th legislative district.

Hat tip to Save Jersey for the video.

As much as I would like to see Tea Party Democrat Mark Falzon muck up the works by waging a write in campaign for the 13th Democratic Senate nod, the district has numerous celebrity residents that would make terrible candidates but be great for blog traffic.

Jon Bon Jovi has strong Democratic credentials.  He’s hosted fund raisers for Al Gore and Barack Obama at his bee farm in Middletown.

Bruce Springsteen has recently become a policy wonk.  The anti-poverty activist has estates in Rumson and Colts Neck.  If he’s registered to vote in Rumson he can run in the 13th.   If Bruce is registered to vote in Colts Neck, we’ll know who the third vote is for Democratic Township Committee candidate, our friend Rick Ambrosia, is in November.

Film maker Kevin Smith hails from Highlands.

Drummer and real estate developer Max Weinberg was a trustee of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation before subdividing his Middletown estate.

Is there no liberal hypocrite willing to challenge Kyrillos?

Posted: April 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Joe Kyrillos, Legislature | Tags: , | 19 Comments »

19 Comments on “How About A Celebrity Candidate In the 13th?!”

  1. Rick Ambrosia said at 10:07 am on April 13th, 2011:

    Wow…that was cold!…Funny, but cold.

  2. Justified Righ said at 10:22 am on April 13th, 2011:

    Why is he wearing a girl’s onesy to work out?

    I’m faster than him anyway.

  3. Francis Marion said at 12:38 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    He is precious.

    I think he makes an absolutely fabulous candidate.

  4. Mark said at 1:14 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    Art, I would council any Tea Party candidate to not run as a write in candidate. This obviously includes myself. We just don’t have the “machine” for that type of effort.

    A horse of another color is a third party ballot position, however….i.e Constitution or Independent Parties. Those petitions don’t have to be filed until June…..I am getting plenty of e-mail and phone traffic to do just that, including a die-hard Monmouth county GOP figure. What has this Kyrillos done in the past to foster such interest? I am surprised by this.

  5. TR said at 2:13 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    Joes been doing better lately.
    I’m voting for him.

    But just remember Joe, I’m still keeping an eye on you.

  6. TheDigger said at 3:44 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    I agree with TR – we wouldn’t have Chris Christie if it weren’t for Joe Kyrillos – CC is the right man at this time with all the problems we face in NJ.

    Mark would better serve Tea Party and Conservative interests (lowering taxes, reducing government spending) by channeling all efforts to dump dem liberals – running against a friend only helps divide Conservatives and actually serves to possibly elect a liberal dem. It also wastes valuable resources which could otherwise go to challengers against current liberal officeholders in other legislative districts.

    We need to take back control of this state legislature so Christie can implement his much needed and long overdue reforms, starting with the “Toolbox”.

    I would suggest that the Tea Party and other Conservatives would be better advised to target five or ten incumbent liberal legislators and go after them. Now that would make a real impact!

  7. Chris said at 5:07 pm on April 13th, 2011:

    Jon Stewart also has a house in the Chapel Hill area of Middletown, not sure if he registered to vote in NJ though.

  8. TR said at 8:24 am on April 14th, 2011:

    BTW great point about hypocrites.
    Springsteen the great working voice of the working man advocate for the poor has two mansions in Monmouth County and buys his daughter a horse for over $600 grand.
    The you have the celebrities that want taxes raised but take advantage of every loophole they can to avoid taxes.

    I got another candidate for you. Queen Latifah lives in Colts Neck.

    Too bad maury povich and Connie chung moved.

    One more thing.
    Rick do you have a website? can people leave comments? 😉

  9. James Hogan said at 3:29 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    Those guys are Democrats??? I thought they were all hardworking farmers??? http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/investigative/farm-tax-breaks-for-nj-celebrities-20110209.

    And a BTW for Jim Sage – from that article:
    State Senator Jennifer Beck thinks the time may be right to change the law.

    Beck says, “I think it is unfair to our other property taxpayers. If you are a fake farmer, and you don’t legitimately farm, you are getting a property tax break you are forcing your neighbor to pick up your tab. And that was not the intent of the law. It’s violation of the public trust.”

  10. Rick Ambrosia said at 3:39 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    Hey TR…no, not yet…but I will and you will have ample time to skewer me…

    To Jimmy Hogan…and she caught a whole bunch of crap from the Queen of Monmouth Republicans, Judith Stanley for that stance since Judith ALSO took advantage of the LEGAL use of the farmland tax break.
    She had bees.

  11. James Hogan said at 10:43 am on April 15th, 2011:

    So what’s your point Rick? That you REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVE Jen Beck since she’s not only lookin’ out for the little guy, or something, but also willing to take on the “establishment”? It’s ok Rick, I won’t tell anyone that you HEART Jen Beck.

  12. Rick Ambrosia said at 11:07 am on April 15th, 2011:

    No Jimmy…quite the opposite. She has done nothing for her constituents..including her own. Just shows that she would throw anyone under the bus to get elected. Your kinda gal, I guess.

  13. Tr said at 2:49 pm on April 15th, 2011:

    You know the whole farmland preservation thing attack sticks in my craw.

    These people meet the legal requirements. It is not a breach of the public trust. You want to point fingers . Point at the legislature who can’t write a friggin statute that works.
    There is no one out there who would not take advantage of this or any tax break that they are entitled too if they can. I will admit I will take any legal tax break I can qualify for. ( plus I always wanted to keep bees but my wife won’t let me maybe she would change her mind if I got a tax break.)

    What is pathetic are the people who push for government to raise taxes to pay for all sorts of programs that do not work or for things like public TV AND THEN try to minimize their taxes any way they can.
    If they think I need to pay more taxes then they should be willing to pay all their taxes.

    Taking a farmland assesment. Not a problem.
    Being a Hypoctite. Big Problem.

  14. TR said at 2:52 pm on April 15th, 2011:

    I meant Hypocrite. Figners nto wrking tdoay

  15. AP Plaza said at 3:39 pm on April 15th, 2011:

    Do we all have short term memories? The D’s in Burlco obviously took notes from the John Runyan school of strategery. It is not necessary to really know anything as long as you are famous.
    As for the tax “loopholes” used by bee farmers and others, should they also choose not to take dependent deductions too in order to comply with your sense of honor? Would you be willing to do that? They are all equally appropriate tax deductions. Just because they are in a situation to take the deduction does not make them hypocrites anymore than complaining about double dipping, but then supporting Chris Christie or the Monmouth GOP who continue to appoint double dippers to new positions. It’s silly to argue that they are hypocrites, especially from those who support Dave “It’s not illegal to run 5K’s when I’m on a disability pension, so therefore, ok” Rible. Change the law and then gripe about those who violate it. Otherwise you are just spitting into the wind. Just come common sense from those in the peanut gallery.

  16. Rick Ambrosia said at 4:04 pm on April 15th, 2011:

    Hey…I don’t mind the farm loophole..hell, as long it keeps the developers from buying up the land, then I’m all for it. And (I can’t believe I’m even saying this..) but I agree with TR ( OMG)…if you can take advantage of the legal loophole, then go for it. I like open space and if it costs a little to keep it open, then God bless. Also, on most places like that, they pay a hefty property tax bill anyway. My point was that Beck would sell out anyone to get elected. Even people that helped her along the way, such as Judith Stanley. She’s not a very nice person.

  17. TR said at 5:36 pm on April 15th, 2011:

    You don’t think its hypocritical to advocate for more govt. spending and higher taxes and then take steps to (legally) avoid taxes? I do.

    As far as Rible is concerned if it is not illegal to run a 5k whan you are on a state disability pension it should be.

    If you had a private disability pension and did that you would be prosecuted for fraud.
    that is another example of the incompetence of the people writing these laws.

    Finally Double dipping hurts no one. if they retired and someone else took the “double” position you would still be paying the same amount.
    the problem is not that people double dip. The problem is that the law is written so public employees can retire at a young age.
    they should not be able to draw a pension untill 62.

  18. Jim Sage, Marlboro said at 2:29 pm on April 18th, 2011:


    You are 100% correct. She had done nothing for her constituents. She is nothing more than a publicity hound.

    In my opinion (and we know what they say about opinions) her political career, with the new redrawn lines, is in jeopardy. That, coupled with her anti-equality stance in marriage (didn’t she just enjoy equality with her second marriage?) will make it difficult for her to prevail; especially when the opposition is from the largest town–Freehold Township.

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