Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal is only 27 years old, but he’s over the hill politically according to Governor Chris Chrisite.
Speaking in Sea Bright while accepting Mayor Dina Long’s endorsement for reelection, Christie responded to the statement Gopal issued criticising Long and threatening her political future by saying,
“Vin represents the party of yesterday,” Christie chimed. “To put out a statement like that is a product of yesterday. Maybe Chairman Gopal will see the wisdom” (of Christie’s brand of bipartisanship),” according to PoltickerNJ.
The following is a joint statement from Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal on behalf of the Monmouth County Democrats Executive Committee and Monmouth County Democrats Women’s Caucus Co-Chair Patricia Teffenhart on behalf of the Monmouth County Democrats Women’s Caucus regarding Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long’s endorsement of Chris Christie:“Mayor Long has gone through extraordinary challenges with her town ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. We are empathetic to these challenges, as a Democratic Mayor, relying on our Republican Governor to support her town as it rebuilds. However, Mayor Long has a history of aligning herself with Republicans when it’s convenient; being sworn into office by the Republican Freeholder Director and appointing Republicans to every major position in Sea Bright, including Municipal Attorney, with her appointment of former Republican County Chairman Joe Oxley. Since the Monmouth County Democrats reorganized in Summer 2012, Mayor Long has neglected to attend a single Democratic event or meeting, calling us to question her commitment to the party far in advance of this latest news. As a result, we will be taking the appropriate steps of restructuring the Democratic Party in Sea Bright, to ensure that the voice of true Democrats is one that prevails. The Monmouth County Democrats have been working diligently to increase involvement of dedicated, passionate Democrats that will advance the ideals for which our party stands. Mayor Long’s most recent endorsement of Governor Christie is in stark contrast to our Democratic principles, and those of the over 250 top Democratic elected officials and party leaders across Monmouth County who have endorsed Barbara Buono for Governor and will be working hard for her to elect her in November.”
Long shot back this morning, according to PolitickerNJ:
“Whether Vin Gopal likes it or not, I am still a Democrat,”
Gopal may be having a hard time keeping the party that elected him chairman by an overwhelming margin last June united. One moderate Monmouth County Democratic Committee member when informed of Christie’s characterization of Gopal said, “Vin is representing the party of left wingers and homosexuals.”
But Gopal’s opponent in for the chairmanship, Marlboro Council President Frank LaRocca, came to his defense.
“Mayor Long can vote for whoever she wants to, but as a Democrat she shouldn’t be endorsing Republicans.”said LaRocca in a phone interview with MMM, “Yes, Christie did an outstanding job after the storm. He had the flu and was still out over the State. But if you stand for Democratic principles, you shouldn’t be publically endorsing Republicans.”
Gopal did not respond to MMM’s request for comment on Long’s endorsement. He did say that the Monmouth Democrats would nominate a full slate of candidates at their convention on Saturday. He wouldn’t say who the candidates for Sheriff or the legislature would be, beyond what we reported on Monday.