Golden: Passion and pride, not personal gain, will grow the Monmouth GOP

Sheriff Shaun Golden

Sheriff Shaun Golden

Speaking at the first of three breakfast meetings he has scheduled for Monmouth Republican County Committee members, Sheriff Shaun Golden said this morning that he started to considering seeking the Monmouth GOP Chairmanship over a year ago, even if it meant challenging incumbent John Bennett, because of the decline of participation and enthusiasm he observed as he attended Republican events across the county.

“We have over 200 vacant county committee seats,” Golden declared, “that’s nearly an all time high.  That’s our base that’s shrinking.”

Golden said that he would bring back monthly breakfast meetings, scheduled regionally, fill the vacant county committee seats and and bring new growth the Republican Clubs in the Monmouth County municipalities.

“Communication is the key to growth and new enthusiasm.  We can’t update our website and email newsletters only before a Chairman’s election. It is embarrassing that our 2013 candidates were featured on our site until just recently.  Our opponents see that.   We need to increase our use of electronic communication, our website, email and social media to increase our base, expand participation and get our great message out. We need to communicate and reach out constantly, not just before a convention.”

“I am passionate about our Party.  It is passion and pride that will have us grow, not personal gain.  I have nothing to gain personally, I won’t make more money by doing this,” Golden said.

County Committee members from Matawan, Atlantic Highlands, Union Beach, Middletown, Keyport, Holmdel, Howell and Ocean Township attended Golden’s meeting this morning at the Yellow Rose Diner in Keyport.

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Click for full view.this morning at the Yellow Rose Diner in Keyport.  Freeholders Tom Arnone and John Curley were present to support Golden’s candidacy.

Arnone said, “There’s been a disconnect between the municipalities and the county, but all 53 town are Monmouth County.  We need to grow together.”

Golden said the Monmouth GOP is not appealing to or attracting young voters, and that has to change. “Take a look at the county committee list and you’ll see what I mean,” he said, “Vin Gopal (the Monmouth Democratic Chairman) is a young guy and he’s bring in Cory Booker and his twitter feed to attract youth.  We can’t stand idly and let that happen.”

Golden said that the Monmouth GOP is missing the opportunities that Governor Chris Christie’s reelection presented.  “Governor Christie won 54% of the Hispanic vote. Where are our Hispanic leaders?  Where is our outreach?  We need to attract youth and embrace diversity.”

Leading up to the GOP convention on June 10, Golden has free breakfast meeting scheduled for Saturday, May 24 in Freehold at the Park Nine Diner and Sunday, June 1 , at Sunsets in Neptune.

If Chairman John Bennett has events, MMM will cover them.


Posted: May 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: John Bennett, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , | 36 Comments »

36 Comments on “Golden: Passion and pride, not personal gain, will grow the Monmouth GOP”

  1. So, Their was an Advanced Conspiracy on Golden's Part said at 7:58 am on May 19th, 2014:

    So, he admits what others have long expected. A coup d’état was in its infancy a year ago because he claims interest is waning.

    Well, I give him that. Republicans are not leaving the party—The party is leaving them! What ever happened to good old Republican ethics and morals.

    Shaun Golden has none– period! The disgrace as to what happened in the Sheriff’s Office is still an abysmal stain on his record. To place someone in a phony fictitious position to receive both a salary and a pension—to permit circumvention of pension laws, is outright disgusting!

    Then when his little secret is exposed–he says nothing! He does nothing! How about Sheriff (Mr. “law enforcement man”), say something, like: ‘It was wrong. I will look into it.’ Or better yet, ‘I will have my friend pay back the pension system monies that never should have been obtained under my watch.”

    How utterly disgraceful! Now you want to
    bring the party together??? For what? Perhaps you have some future ambitions you want to fulfill???

    This is just another scheme for Golden’s self promotion and future aspirations.

  2. Monmouth Girl said at 9:06 am on May 19th, 2014:

    Hi Jim Sage. So nice you could join in. I quess if Shuan had given you the phony fictitous position you demanded you would be praising him.

  3. Angry Jim is at it again! said at 9:29 am on May 19th, 2014:

    Maybe instead of attacking Sheriff Golden, you should be praising Bennett?

    But you can’t because there is little to nothing to praise him about. Maybe you could congratulate him on his new position as the Town Administrator of Oceanport. Or praise him over the swell in legal work that he has received as Chairman! Those are all great things that Bennett has done! Right???

    Well maybe 20 years ago when you could get away with swindling and backdoor deals, and scaming the system!

    What does Golden have to gain from this? No legal contracts, no better job!
    Golden will move the party in the right direction and make you proud again to say your a Republican in Monmouth County!
    Look at how the proud the officers of the MCSO are to say they work for him!

    Hands down Shaun Golden brings a positive message, enthusiastic energy, and will move the party into the right direction!

  4. Kathy Baratta said at 12:23 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    I have a question. Who will run the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office while Shaun Golden is doing all this extra work running the County Republican organization?

    Isn’t his a full time job and if it isn’t, why does he make a six-figure salary?

  5. And who said at 12:39 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    If that your question then who has been the administrator of Oceanport and legal counsel for most of the towns in Monmouth county?

    The logic is almost laughable…

  6. Hmmm said at 12:43 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Maybe Bennett should not take such a literal meaning to the GOP and get some younger people more.

    Old party + Old ways = Game Over!

  7. @ Kathy Baratta said at 12:44 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    I have a question. Who will run the Monmouth County Republican Party while Chairman Bennett pursues his legal work.

    That’s a canard.

    All of our chairman have had full time jobs. And you have vice chairs that help.

    @And Who – NAILS it.

  8. Kathy Baratta said at 1:10 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Full time jobs with salaries that were private sector I believe and not paid for in-full by taxpayer monies.

    Didn’t Oxley wait until he left office to take on the position?

    If the Sheriff can slough off his duties to a subordinate to such a degree then the question really is why is his position necessary at all.

  9. Unmm Kathy, said at 1:25 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Bennett is the FULL TIME Borough Administrator of Oceanport!

    You should probably reward over his credentials next time BEFORE you post anything!


  10. Look at that, he is said at 1:29 pm on May 19th, 2014:


  11. Kathy Baratta said at 1:30 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Try to stay on-point. I believe my post was about Golden. I notice you sidestepped my question about Oxley not taking the position UNTIL he LEFT the ELECTED job of county sheriff.

    Bada Bing!

  12. Kathy Baratta said at 1:48 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    P.S. With regard to John Bennett’s position in Oceanport, I will leave it to the good people of that town to decide whether or not they are getting their money’s worth. I don’t live there so I won’t speak to that as my tax dollars aren’t the ones being spent to pay his salary there.

    However. A COUNTY position is paid for by every COUNTY tax payer which means I do have a stake in the outcome.

    Either the sheriff’s salary is grossly inflated or his duties are such that they demand his full-time attention and participation.

  13. Who are you? said at 1:48 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Sounds like a Lilian Burry blurb…wait your turn!

  14. Which side said at 1:52 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    I think I can hear you starting to whistle, open your mouth and stop trying to talk out of one side or another, your getting confused!

    Just call Bennett and just ask him what he wants you to say! He very well may be your towns lawyer, so check and get back to us, those are your tax dollars at work !

  15. Good Points Are Being Made By Kathy Baratta! said at 2:01 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    I just love the obfuscation and attempts to discredit. Ms. Barratta asks a very valid question, and all we get is off-topic bullcrap.

    How can he do his FULL TIME law enforcement/administrative chores and be Chairman???

    Could someone just answer the question without negative, snide comments?

  16. Kathy Baratta said at 2:01 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    I’m not sure to whom “Which Side” was replying. If it was to me then I must be allowed to brag. I reside in Freehold Township. You’ve probably heard of it seeing as it is probably the best run town in the entire county. In fact, it’s who all the other towns want to be when they grow up.

    And no, Bennett is not our attorney.

  17. @bad points said at 2:20 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    The same as Bennett does ! Lol

  18. Seems as though said at 4:56 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Chairman Bennett has had quite a bit more practice in multi- tasking over the years: since as an assemblyman and senate president, he also had his lawyer jobs, as most part-time electeds also work in other jobs,as well.. with Shaun, it remains to be seen if that quite large and responsible, full-time position,with some 600 employees,would lend itself to additionally tending to the endless fundraising for a big,Rep. county, attending the loads of events, and trying to herd the large and varied bunch of scrapping cats,day in and day out.. These are all things folks must honestly consider, without all the snide remarks and polarizing comments,before casting their vote.

  19. Yes, said at 5:02 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Oxley was done serving as sheriff and back in private law practice, when he took over as chair.

  20. And said at 5:59 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    And John Bennett was chairman and in private practice when he started as Borough Administrator of Oceanport… not a peep when that happened… Shocking!

  21. Little Piggy said at 9:51 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    How does anyone have time to be chairman when they are a full time Borough Administrator and attorney in about 30 different Monmouth County towns? Talk about feeding from the public trough.

    Oink, Oink.

  22. Little Piggy said at 9:51 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    How does anyone have time to be chairman when they are a full time Administrator and attorney in about 30 different Monmouth County towns? Talk about feeding from the public trough.

    Oink, Oink.

  23. You must've missed said at 10:05 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    the “peeps”from the peepers! Seems some are above reproach/jealousy,while others are whacked for their industriousness..

  24. Well, said at 10:08 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    one can’t dispute the success of increased fundraising and big victories the man has brought to the organization these last two years: the numbers just don’t lie.

  25. Beware All Ye of Little Faith! said at 10:59 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Matthew 26:47
    And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people betray him unto them!

    Luke 22:3 – 22:6
    Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
    And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude!

    Matthew 26:24
    The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born!

    Revelation 17:1
    And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters!

  26. Beware All Ye of Little Faith! said at 11:18 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Revelation 17:10
    And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space!

    Revelation 17:11
    And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition!

    Revelation 17:13
    These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast!

    Revelation 17:14
    These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful!

    Revelation 17:15
    And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues!

  27. Beware All Ye of Little Faith! said at 11:23 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    Beware The Whore of Babylon!

  28. Wow. said at 11:52 pm on May 19th, 2014:

    At this point, I don’t care who winds up being the chairman. It’s not gonna change how I vote, who the candidates are that I support, or how hard I work for them. Nope. Not one bit.

    On the other hand, YOU people (yes, you know who you are) are acting batsh*t crazy.

    That’s right. 100%, off the charts, batsh*t crazy.

  29. I'm With said at 7:33 am on May 20th, 2014:


    the keystrokes being typed here have gone beyond incredulous, everything from Sage’s tired old war chants about something that really isn’t there, to now; scripture.

    Get a life folks.

  30. CountyWork said at 8:37 am on May 20th, 2014:

    Slow day in county purchasing again?

    How does Chairman Bennett allow the head of County Purchasing to run fundraisers for the County Republican party? Clearly that is a bigger conflict of interest than any mentioned above.

  31. Misinformed and misguided said at 2:16 pm on May 20th, 2014:

    not to mention pathetically wrong. Some people really need to back off defaming people and their careers when they don’t know what the heck they are talking about- (thanks for checking in, Bob.)

  32. Aren't we said at 2:18 pm on May 20th, 2014:

    the party that is supposed to support work ethic, personal achievement,capitalism and success? Some of the oink- y’s are sounding like liberals and Democrats.

  33. First amendment, said at 2:21 pm on May 20th, 2014:

    First amendment, first amendment- repeat…you don’t get to say who gets that right- the US Constitution and Bill of Rights does..

  34. Respect is earned not owed... said at 10:09 am on May 21st, 2014:

    Never have I seen such idiocy.

    A small group of zealots so desperate to hang on to their superficial power, that within a heartbeat of the challenger’s announcement, they began cannibalizing their own.

    Take it offline, you fools.

    Every time you open your mouths you shame yourselves and harm all others. Tell me, what will be left of this great party for you to dominate, if you continue to destroy it in the

    Bahhh. You have learned nothing. Self-gratification blinds you.

  35. Respect...??? HAHA said at 12:30 pm on May 21st, 2014:

    Self gratification? You mean self preservation… Bennett is only in this game for himself, as you can see by his ACTIONS, not what he says. Bennett is interested in lining his pockets and pension, not the party.

    Old ways be gone!

  36. Michael S. Golub said at 12:43 pm on May 24th, 2014:

    Every organization that seeks to genuinely serve the greater good in any community must be concerned and primarily focused on three things. If their not focused on these three things, their merely a private self-serving club. 1) Message, 2) Membership and 3) Money. I have no particular problem with the private club approach either, but those groups are far less likely to attract long-term loyalty and experience increases in participation. Number 1) is by far the very most important, with numbers 2) & 3) being significantly more vital if by chance number 1) is weak, lacking or absent. While I applaud the current chairman’s success in raising much needed financial resources, I also at the same time recognize our Republic message of economic growth, personal responsibility and individual opportunity is not getting out, or at least reaching as far as the more urban – less affluent communities throughout Monmouth County. Example: we should by scheduling people like Col. Alan West or Dr. Ben Carson to make appearances in our ethnically diverse neighborhoods. An not at a cocktail party in Rumson, or a wine tasting in Brielle either. That would be like seeking converts in Church on Sunday. Everyone’s already on the team in those places. These leaders should be speaking at curb-side lemonade stands and flea markets in Long Branch, Freehold Boro and Asbury Park. Meeting with people at the grass roots level and making the visual case, in addition to the ideological arguments in favor of conservatism and the values and principles that founded our great party. Taking the opportunity to transfer creditability to local leaders and candidates who share their moral opinions, legislative priorities and to a lesser degree, social beliefs. We need to show people what they want to see and stop telling them what they want to hear! We need to develop a strategy for producing content, and then we can be best be prepared to do battle with those (Republic, Independent and democratic alike) who only market themselves with slick political packaging. We need a vision for the future that depicts opportunity, education, sensitivity and inclusion, that also incorporates our rich traditions and heritage, but that welcomes new prospective members to immunized and inoculated against the pressures of race-baiting and the peddling of fear and mistrust. It is for these reasons that, with all due respect to John Bennett, I support Shaun Golden from Monmouth County Republican Chair. It is more important at this time to assertively engage the citizenry to join us and look ahead, than it is to look back or around, and celebrate the past & present. Any journey is successful when it has a goal or objective to either finish somewhere, or achieve some level of anticipated performance, staging itself for continued progress. With so many County Committee seats open or unfilled, no one can make the case that one issue alone is being acknowledged and addressed.