2012 Predictions

Serena DiMaso will be elected Monmouth County Freeholder at the Title 19 convention of the Monmouth GOP Committee on January 14.   Bob Walsh will withdraw during his speech before the convention.

Bill Spadea defeats Donna Simon and John Saccenti at a Title 19 convention of the 16th legislative district to fill the assembly seat vacated by the death of Peter Biondi.  After recounts and law suits, the November special election for the seat is declared a tie between Spadea and Democratic Princeton Committeewoman Sue Nemeth.  Another special election is scheduled for January of 2013.

Joe Oxley will be named Township Administrator and In House Attorney for Wall Township.  The appointment will forward a statewide trend of municipalities hiring either attorneys or engineers as their administrators as a cost saving measure.   Oxley is reelected GOP County Chairman by acclamation.  Senator Jennifer Beck will give the nominating speech.  Christine Hanlon will be Vice Chair.

Middletown will get a new Parks and Recreation Director.  It won’t be Linda Baum or Pam Brightbill.

Jim McGreevey is ordained an Episcopal priest.

Jon Corzine remembers where he put the $1.2 billion.

Senator Joe Kyrillos will be the GOP nominee for U.S. Senator, defeating Anna Little and Joseph Rudy Rullo in the primary. 

Congressman Steve Rothman defeats Congressman Bill Pascrell in the Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District nomination.  In the only surprise of the primary, former Bergen County GOP Freeholder Anthony Cassano, who had agreed to take one for the team in the 9th, was defeated when the Bergen County Tea Party Group organized a write-in campaign for Anna Little.  Little was on the ballot as a U.S. Senate candidate.  Having lost the Senate nomination to Joe Kyrillos, Little accepts the nomination, asks Kyrillos to host a fundraiser for her, and promises to move into the district if she wins.   She doesn’t.

Maggie Moran defeats Vin Gopal and Frank “LaHornica” LaRocca in a close election for the Monmouth County Democratic Chairmanship.

James Hogan of Long Branch is the GOP nominee for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District.  Frank Pallone is reelected by 8%.

Jordan Rickards of North Brunswick  is the GOP nominee for Congress in New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.  Rush Holt is reelected by 15%.

On August 28, the second day of the Republican National Convention, the National Weather Service warns that Hurricane Chris is heading towards the Jersey Shore.  Acting Governor Kim Guadagno gets on TV and says, “Get the heck off of the beach please.”

Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee for President of the United States.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be the Vice Presidential nominee.

President Obama nominates Vice President Joe Biden to be Secretary of State.  Biden submits his resignation as VP effective upon both houses of congress confirming his successor.  President Obama nominates Hillary Clinton as Vice President.   Speaker of the House John Boehner refuses to schedule confirmation hearings for the VP nomination on the constitutional grounds that their is no vacancy in the office.   Obama makes them both recess appointments.  Clinton is nominated for VP at the Democratic National Convention and Secretary of State Biden spends October in China.

Despite losing their home states of Massachusetts and New Jersey, the Romney-Christie ticket wins the electoral college by one vote, 270-269.   The winning vote comes from Maine, one of two states that awards electoral votes by congressional district.  Romney-Christie lose Maine 3-1 but win the election.  Obama-Clinton file suit to challenge Maine’s method of awarding electoral votes.  Romney-Christie counter with a suit in Nebraska, which they won 4 electoral votes to 1, using the same arguments that Obama-Clinton use in Maine.  The U.S. Supreme Court decides both cases for the plaintiffs, 5-4, and determined that in all future presidential elections that electoral votes are awarded on a winner take all basis nationally.  Tea Party leader Dwight Kehoe calls for the impeachment of the Justices who voted affirmatively, claiming that they don’t understand the 10th Amendment.

Robert Menendez defeats Joe Kyrillos for U.S. Senate by 1%.

U. S. Senator Frank Lautenberg resigns.   In one of his last acts as Governor before ascending to the Vice Presidency, Chris Christie appoints Kyrillos to Lautenberg’s Senate seat.

What do you think will happen?

Posted: December 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 Year in review, 2012 Predictions | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments »

20 Comments on “2012 Predictions”

  1. Barry said at 12:13 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    I see you spliced in some humor with some real predictions.

    By the way change Romney-Clinton to Romney-Christie in your legal challenge section.

  2. ArtGallagher said at 12:19 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    Thanks Barry. Fixed.

  3. Charles M said at 1:10 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    Sadly I think Obama wins.

    What about the ruling on Obama… PalloneCare by The U.S. Supreme Court this year?

  4. please, no.. said at 1:50 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    to much of your humerous, but scary, scenarios!..wish I could be optimistic for this new year, but, am very afraid we will lose on the national and even possibly the county level.. hope not, but, cannot see how such a lib ticket as Romney-Christie presents enough of a difference to the mess we are now in..thank God for the county that the popular county clerk, Claire French, is over the two freeholders, on the ballot..and, that Chris Smith is now Congressman for much of Monmouth, now.. look for a very aggressive freeholder race, probably from Mallet and Doherty, and pray that the Marlboro guy, with his No. Jersey Dem money connections, does NOT become their chair!.. much will be expected/required from all of us who love what’s left of our freedoms, make no mistake!

  5. James Hogan said at 1:52 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    I think you made a typing mistake there Art, I wouldn’t lose to Pallone BY 8%, I’d GET 8% of the votes. 🙂

    I offer these predictions:
    Ft. Monmouth will continue to rot while State Police patrol the buildings for rodents; and the State Police PBA will file a lawsuit claiming their officers are being exposed to hazardous asbestos.

    Ft. Hancock will continue to deteriorate, then fall into the ocean, or bay, further polluting the environment. The signs on Rt 36 will say “Sandy Hook Closed – Lot Full of Debris”. Toothless locals in Highlands will think “Debris” is the new word for “Bennys”.

    Speaking of Highlands, the new Rt 36 bridge will collapse into the river this year because we’ll get wind from a storm, likely to be named “Irene” that just knocks it over. Pallone will be too busy to travel from his home in Washington DC to NJ to check out the damage; but a Clean Ocean Action representative will make a speech, in front of 3 people, in Sea Bright.

    Joe Irace and company will offer additional common sense solutions to the state to save horse racing. Despite the efforts by Oceanport, Monmouth Park will not have a single race day. There will be no sports betting at Monmouth Park or anywhere. There will be no slots, video poker or table games. The “Polluted Water” signs in Branchport Creek will still be there for a 6th year.

    The City of Long Branch will spend another $5 million of taxpayer money engineering a pier that will never be built. Despite the spending, lower Broadway in Long Branch will still look like Mogadishu. (My apologies to Somalia, I meant to type Detroit and my backspace key is broken.)

    Police Unions in the State will continue crying that they are underpaid and understaffed, which puts the public in danger. Noting the potential for crime and the claimed inability for the police to respond. Jen Beck reverses her 2A stance, like she reversed her Gay Marriage stance, and leads the State Legislature to adopt a Shall Issue CCW permit process as well as a Castle Doctrine so that NJ residents can protect themselves while the police are busy being “understaffed”.

    NJ Judges argue their case to NJ Judges and win their lawsuit exempting them from pension and benefit reforms.

    Ocean County’s Joe Rullo takes the state by storm and to remain relevant, Art is forced to change “More Monmouth Musings” into “More Ocean Musings”. After using the term MOM for his website, NJT sues 1%er Art Gallagher in a DE court. NJT then uses the money obtained from Art in the lawsuit to build the MOM line. All of the stations along the route are named after Frank Lautenberg.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Charles M said at 2:06 pm on December 30th, 2011:


  7. TR said at 3:03 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    Hey James your predictions are funnier then Arts. LOL great job.

  8. James Hogan said at 4:04 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    I’d also like to predict the following comments will be made:

    HoganHater said at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2011:
    teh ownly funney thing a bout that loons rant is that he thinks he can get 8% of the votes! Ignore the date and time, I have friends, really…. Mahhhh!? Meat Loaf!

    Rullo is #1 said all of the time on everyday:
    Joe Rullo wears Superman underpants!

    NJ Watchdog said in every entry on every other comment:
    Jen Beck is a flip flopper!
    Sheriff Golden and the Lt. Gov are in cahoots!
    F**K Dave Rible!
    Mike Halfacre ____!
    [same old link to same old misleading, inaccurate or unfounded accusations here]

    Bayshore Tea Party said any time an entry that doesn’t mention their power and influence on any given day:
    You left us out again! We’re people too you insensitive clod!

    NotHoganHater said at 12:01 am on Jan 1, 2012:
    [email protected]#$(*[email protected]! … still waiting for that meatloaf.. but really, I’m a different guy I swear, I just want meatloaf too

    James Hogan said at 1:52 pm on Dec 31, 2012:
    I guess the world didn’t end this year? Better luck next year.

  9. Don't Guess said at 6:19 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    Spring, 2012 – After taking a close look at the Constitution, the Supreme Court will be unable to come up with a solution to the Obama-care question.

    Consequently, the Supremes will reinterpret the Constitution and declare themselves as superior and more powerful than the other two branches combined.

    Summer, 2012 – As their first act after taking control of the new government, the Supremes will declare something that everyone already knew; that they had the final decision on everything and no outside challenges to their decisions were allowed.

    Summer, 2012 – After ObamaCare becomes the unchallenged law of the land, primary candidate Romney will hold an emergency news conference to brag about his authorship and experience with Obama Care and how much everyone will like it when (if) he becomes President.

    Although Paul and Romney will have the bulk of the primary delegates, neither will have enough to take a win to the convention.

    Perry, Bachman, and Santorum will all demand a VP slot to release their delegates.

    Experienced Businessman Romney will recognize a good deal when he sees it, so he will jump at it. He will make Perry VP to put a little Texas bull back in Washington, Bachmnan Secretary of State so that she could go and bomb Iran, and Santorum the TSA chief , which he would use to use to oversee anticipated new morality laws.

    Although this will get Romney the nod on the first vote, six million Ron Paul supporters will quickly get together and donate a total of one $billlion to a draft independent Paul campaign.

    Paul, who never turns down a challenge, will accept the nod and it will immediately become a competitve three way race.

    During the final general election stretch, Romney will have a difficult time illustrating his differences with Obama. This will show up in the final vote:

    Obama 45%, Romney 33%, and Paul – 22%.

    Paul will declare “That will teach you a lesson”, scolding the Republican Party by saying that he would have beaten Obama if they had given him the Republican nomination.

    After President Obama wins, he will cancel all future elections, claiming that they would get in the way of his seventh TARP economic recovery plan.

  10. Dan Franks said at 8:49 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    Prediction: Kyrillos and Menendez give back their donation money to anyone arrested in operation bid rig.

    Prediction: Anna Little decides to run for Governor instead of Senate.

    Prediction: Joseph Rudy Rullo decides he can’t beat corrupt thugs and endorses no one.

    Prediction: Governor Chris Christie goes to fox news.

    Prediction: Ross Perot throws his hat in the ring to run Liberatarian.

  11. Bob English said at 9:46 pm on December 30th, 2011:

    Presidential Election: Obama/Biden in a close victory over Romney/Huckabee. If anyone but Romeny is the R nomine, Obama will not even have to campaign. I think Romeny would have to put someone on the ticket that would sure up Southern/Evangelical voter support. Would not expect him to repeat McCains mistake of picking a VP (Palin) with limited experience and knowledge that ended up being seen by voters as totally unqualified for office. If the current R candidates, the only one I could see as a possible VP candidate would be Santorum. The rest of them are basically trainwrecks and have already been rejected by R voters.

    Monmouth County: Nothing against the other people that Art mentioned, but I like Vin Gopal’s chances of winning the D County Chair position.

    Senate: Even with Romeny on top of the ticket, hard to see Menendez losing to any of the possible R candidates being mentioned. If it’s anyone but Romney on top, it’s at least a 10 point Menendez victory.

    Anna Little: Somehow involved with a 3rd party Presidential ticket. Maybe runs as VP with Ron Paul!!

  12. "Don't guess", not so much a guess, said at 12:16 pm on December 31st, 2011:

    you’re unfortunately, likely, not far from being plausible/correct, on several points!.. diligence, unification is much needed, or some of these dire things can come true: it’s critical mass-time: we MUST get rid of these socialists, or we’re done.. happy(?) new year, fellow patriots- this may well be the only year to save the republic/ America as we know it!!

  13. Jerseynut said at 5:29 pm on December 31st, 2011:

    You left out the second half of this sentence:

    “Jon Corzine remembers where he put the $1.2 billion….

    …as part of a plea-bargin with Justice officials in the Romney Administration to reduce his jail time…”

    And Rush Holt by 15%? Way to make the champagne go sour in my mouth…

  14. ArtGallagher said at 5:35 pm on December 31st, 2011:

    You left out the second half of this sentence:

    “Jon Corzine remembers where he put the $1.2 billion….

    …as part of a plea-bargin with Justice officials in the Romney Administration to reduce his jail time…”

    Hmmmm, that creates an interesting possibility. What if Chris Christie is Attorney General?

    U.S. Attorney Christie let the unindicted co-conspirator McGreevey off easy. All he had to do was resign. How would Attorney General Christie handle Corzine?

  15. TheDigger said at 6:32 pm on December 31st, 2011:

    To Bob English:

    I suspect Romney will pick Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to be his VP running mate.

    Obama/Biden or Clinton will lose by 8 or more points in the popular vote and will be destroyed in the Electoral College vote count.

    Happy New Year!

  16. Bob English said at 7:29 pm on December 31st, 2011:

    Digger…I was thinking about Rubio for VP and I’d bet sometime in the next 20 years he is on the R ticket but right now it would be impossible to make an argument that in terms of having someone who is ready to be President, he would be the best pick. After the Palin pick was a disaster for McCain, I think Romney would want to make the ability to serve a non issue this time.

    Note that it certainly seems as if a part of Rubio’s family history was embellished and that could be an issue that would dog a campaign. He is untested in a national campaign so if I’m Romney, I would take a flyer on Rubio and would be looking a current or former Southern Governor or Senator and at least eliminate the argument about being fit/qualified to be President.

    The other question would be…would Rubio actually want to be VP to Romney?

  17. Senator Palpateen said at 8:53 pm on January 1st, 2012:

    The Carrier Clinic opens the nation’s first inpatient hospital for political addiction, and admits it’s first two acutely addicted patients: Anna Little and Bill Spadea.

  18. Tim said at 10:51 pm on January 1st, 2012:

    One thing if for sure…..NO Bobby Walsh for Freeholder, thank heavens.

  19. Bob's doing well, said at 11:54 pm on January 2nd, 2012:

    at the club mtgs. and meet and greets, going on all around the county: has the most governing knowledge and honest stump speech..wouldn’t count him out..two of the other three are simply too new to the county and the process, may be ok to go sometime in the future.. see it as being between Walsh and Demaso..(usual, any R beats the D’s we’ve seen and heard about, though)..

  20. TR said at 11:29 am on January 3rd, 2012:

    Not an endorsement just a prediction.

    Walsh wins.