Asbury Park Press Takes Note of Chairmans Races

The print edition of the Asbury Park Press has an six paragraph article today about the Republican and Democratic races for County Chair.

“Pair look to replace Oxley as county GOP chairman” is the headline of the piece which appears on page 3 of the local Monmouth section of the paper. The lead is  “Former Senate President John O. Bennett III and Christine Giordano Hanlon, a behind-the-scenes political organizer, both hope to succeed Joseph W. Oxley as chairman of the Monmouth County Republican Committee

The article explains that GOP Chairman Joe Oxley has been nominated to the state Superior Court and reports that he said he is stepping down to spend more time with his 10 week-old daughter, Margaux.

Bennett received one paragraph that said he would officially notify party officials of his candidacy today and noted his position with the Dilworth Paxon law firm. Bennett did not elaborate due to a recent death in his family, the APP said.

Hanlon received two paragraphs on her background.

The last paragraph mentioned the Democratic race between Marlboro Democratic Chairman Frank LaRocca and Long Branch publisher Vin Gopal.

It is unusual that the APP would cover an internal party race.  They did not even mention the January election for Freeholder until days after Serena DiMaso was already sworn in to replace Rob Clifton.

Given the extreme, to put it mildly, coverage that Bennett received from the APP in 2003 over his double billing of Marlboro Township while serving as the municipal attorney, many Republican leaders have been worried about the impact a Bennett chairmanship would have on the party and the coverage it receives from the press. 

The APP’s coverage of Bennett’s double billing his widely believed to the cause of his 2003 loss of his 12th district Senate seat, the losses of his running mates seats in the Assembly, and ultimately the exile to minority status of the Republican Party in Trenton which has continued to this day.

MMM will update this piece with a link the story on app.com, if and when it gets posted on the pay site.

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Asbury Park Press Takes Note of Chairmans Races”

  1. C'mon, Art.. said at 1:48 pm on May 23rd, 2012:

    no need to tweak them.. when anything is negative on any Rep., they have done/will do anything to exploit it.. their bias is pathetically constant and ridiculous,for many years, and everyone with half a brain, who even bothers to look at it, knows it..we all know they just engage in vain attempts to boost their anemic circulation for a day or two…. on the other hand, there’s never any positive credit where it’s due: example:their newly-re-opened Oceanic Bridge article gave obvious and zero positive credit to either the county Freeholders, staff and contractor, or Sen. Kyrillos, for funding it, and coming in on budget and ahead of time for this weekend.. but, it’s nothing new there: one had to go to the county’s website to see the ribbon-cutting article to learn all the positives on another successful accomplishment for this county, largely by many long-serving and newer GOP officials.. and, if they want to start with the ancient crap all over again, predicting major zone-outs, loud snoring, and a hearty: “move on, people!”….

  2. Freespeaker1976 said at 3:49 pm on May 23rd, 2012:

    Ah yes, John Bennett’s double billing. Yet another reason why I can’t voter for John. I had forgotten about that

  3. APP Has Not Exploited Negative Bias said at 4:21 pm on May 23rd, 2012:

    If I recall the Bennett case in Marlboro, he outsourced his work to other law firms that charged lesser rates than his firm did–pocketing the difference. I don’t know if that qualifies for “double-billing” but does raise the spectre of ethical questions. Its my understanding numerous firms engage in this practice.

    As for the Asbury Park Press having a bias against the Republicans–I can’t agree on that. First of all, Monmouth County is predominately Republican; therefore, any news–positive or negative will most likely involve Republicans. The article below has been festering for quite some time, and it has never been reported by the APP. Therefore, I can’t seem to think of a bias one way or another. Perhaps the APP being so short handed with underpaid staff is the leading cause of failed coverage. But read the article below, and you will see my point.


  4. no county paychecks said at 5:08 pm on May 24th, 2012:

    for county chairs!..