Booker comes to Monmouth, Only Raises $25K

Selfie via twitter.

Selfie via twitter.

Senator Cory Booker’s fundraiser for the Monmouth County Democrats only yielded $25,000, according to a report on PolitickerNJ.

Booker has had much better nights in Hollywood and on Twitter than he had last night in the county he lost by 10,000 votes last year to former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.

Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal confirmed the take and said he was happy with it.

Democratic Freeholder candidate Larry Luttrell was excited in his remarks at the Wall Township home of Gary Faraci, the Wall Democrats only nominee for three Township Committee seats this fall.

“This is different. This isn’t like any other year. This year is special. We have a rock star on top of the ticket,” said Luttrell, of Holmdel, an attorney, as he pointed to Booker. “He’s here to help us, and that means a lot. We’re going to out work them, we’re going to out raise them, and we’re going to make it happen.”

OK Larry.

Luttrell’s running mate, Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo, said that the Republican Freeholder Board is ignoring the needs of Monmouth County’s small businesses.

“For too long, we’ve had too many people without a voice in this county,” said Grillo, of Asbury Park, a businessman. “We’re talking about small business owners, people who are trying to raise their young families in Monmouth County and feel like they’re getting priced out. It’s getting tougher and tougher. They’re looking to the county for help, and they’re not seeing it. Larry Luttrell and I will be that voice for each and every one of you. Public service is not about the greatness of your office, but about the goodness of the people of Monmouth County who we want to serve.”

I know Grillo reads MMM. He must have missed the articles about express trains on weekends to Monmouth County beaches, the Made In Monmouth Expos, and the Grow Monmouth program, including Freeholder Tom Arnone’s frequent Mayor’s Roundtable discussions with business owners, mayors and county representatives.

If Grillo is really concerned about Monmouth County businesses, he should ask Booker to stop supporting President Obama’s failed economic policies.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , | 45 Comments »

45 Comments on “Booker comes to Monmouth, Only Raises $25K”

  1. Jim Granelli said at 2:46 pm on July 26th, 2014:

    Is Grillo smoking something? Democrats are anti business, what with regulation after regulation. As to “raising their kids in Monmouth County” Mr. Grillo, Monmouth County Republicans have made this one of the best counties in the state and very tax friendly as well.

    Republicans are business friendly. But then, sometimes the Democrats live in Bizzaro World.

    Yes, the Monmouth County Democrats have taken another stab at desperation measures.

  2. Kathy Baratta said at 5:12 pm on July 26th, 2014:

    Regulations? We don’t need no stinking regulations! Who cares if the water coming out of the faucets of thousands of homes throughout West Virginia, Ohio and so many others can be ignited like a blow torch? Frack it, right?! Who cares.

    Who needs the FDA making sure a new medicine is okay to take before putting it on the market when that could lower the pharmaceutical company’s profits? After enough people are dead, we’ll be able to figure it out on our own.

    And why should I care if some kid in some state I don’t live in is given a sub-standard education? If Mississippi wants to teach kids that families used to be able to have a pet dinosaur how is that my business?

  3. Silence Dogood Redux said at 8:45 pm on July 26th, 2014:

    Kathy is off her meds again. Please make her stop Mr. Gallagher.

    Now, Kathy, you must know you are talking hyperbole. We are not talking about basic regulation that prevents harm to citizens. We are talking about extreme over regulation that prevents the growth of business.

    May I suggest that you start reading up on such?


    Or how about this?


    Gee Wilikers Ms. Baratta, take a chill pill.

  4. How much said at 8:37 am on July 27th, 2014:

    did the republicans raise this week? Just ask in’- need to get “on the stick”…

  5. Proud Republican said at 10:19 am on July 27th, 2014:

    Kathy Baratta is the best example of how liberals operate and how disastrous liberalism is as an ideology. If you say “government spends too much” KB’s response is “you want to let children starve.”. If the U.S goes into some hellhole after terrorists KB complains about US imperialism. So predictable. Silence hit the nail on the head. As conservatives, we have to remember to ignore the silly, shrill rhetoric
    and just do what is right. Once you get past the childish liberal namecalling and sarcasm, there is nothing of substance to their argument.

  6. @ Proud Republican said at 1:03 pm on July 27th, 2014:

    I find the following article quite telling about how hard core liberals respond to things


    Invariably, they most always hit the nail on the head with the first two, and always wander into the weeds.

    Jim Granelli

  7. Scott Neuman said at 3:32 pm on July 27th, 2014:

    The President’s failed economic policies? Stock market went from a crash to the highest ever. Unemployment is down from the highs. More to do but wrong dig.

  8. Poor Scott Neuman said at 7:35 pm on July 27th, 2014:

    Are you delusional there boy?

    a) Highest ever stock market because of monthly Quantitative Easing, ie printing money.

    b) Unemployment down from the highs because people have left the job market because there are no jobs. You ever heard of the UE6 number there buddy?

    Please, go get a degree in economics before you talk such silliness.

  9. Proud Republican said at 9:22 pm on July 27th, 2014:

    Hey Scott Neuman – stay away from Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s talking point. The community activist in the White House has done everything he can to torpedo this economy – including having that buffoon Joe Biden encourage people to leave full time jobs so they can “follow their passion.”. The number of able bodied people who have dropped out of the workforce is at an all time high. Ninety percent of the jobs that have been created are part time. Almost 50% of college graduates can’t get a job in their field of study. Obama is the most anti-business, anti-capitalism president we ever had. Now he wants to destroy entry level jobs by raising the minimum wage. His ineptitude is frightening. I’m sure his pals Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright are proud. They finally got someone who has a chance to destroy the country in a way they have only been able to talk about.

  10. Bob English said at 9:55 pm on July 27th, 2014:

    The fact is that in the months prior to Obama taking office the economy was LOSING 700k jobs/month. For several years now the economy is averaging 175k and more recently 200k+ NEW jobs/month being created…..Those are not talking points just the facts.

  11. Bob English said at 9:58 pm on July 27th, 2014:

    should have inserted 175k-200k new jobs “every month”

  12. @ Mr. English said at 1:11 am on July 28th, 2014:

    Here’s some REAL talking points for you.

    First, you need about 175,000 jobs to keep up with the population growth. So, 175K to 200K jobs are meaningless.


    Second, you discount the U6 number, the amount of people who have given up looking for work.


    In May, it was 12.4% That’s NOT healthy, too many people who want to work and could be paying taxes, reducing the deficit.

    We really need DOUBLE than that to get us out of the “death spiral” that is killing our tax base and to provide jobs to bring down that U6 number


    Third, most jobs created now are part time jobs, 88% in 2013


    And they are not high paying jobs:


    So Mr. English, you too need to put down the DNC/Debbie Wasserman Schultz talking points and PUUUUHLEASE get together there with Scotty Neuman and get an education in Econ 101

  13. DEM said at 9:11 am on July 28th, 2014:

    What have the Republicans done in congress on jobs immigrations taxes NOTHING. they are the party of no and take away.

  14. Art Gallagher said at 9:16 am on July 28th, 2014:

    Republicans are not the party of no and take away, DEM. They are the party of help yourself, we’ll stay out of the way.

  15. @ Dem said at 9:37 am on July 28th, 2014:

    To prove Art’s point, take a gander at this:


    Jim Granelli

  16. DEM said at 10:53 am on July 28th, 2014:

    Right Jim and Art but the facts are the Republican party equal pay NO increase in minimum wage NO reproductive rights NO.Do away with social security YES voter suppression YES and any Republican job bills NO.

  17. Art Gallagher said at 11:08 am on July 28th, 2014:


    Increasing the minimum wage is equal to a government subsidy for the manufacturers of self check out cashier machines.

    Reproductive rights? Help yourself to your contraception.

    Do away with social security? Are the Dems breaking out the old Torricelli playbook? No one credible is advocating doing away with SSI.

    Voter suppression? Please. I have to show my ID to the last standing cashier when I make a credit card purchase over $50 at a self checkout machine. Opposition to Voter ID is a canard to assist voter fraud.

    Every Republican vote to repeal ObamaCare was a jobs bill.

  18. Barry said at 12:47 pm on July 28th, 2014:


    What does SSI (federal Welfare for the aged, blind or disabled ) have to do with a discussion of Social Security?

  19. Art Gallagher said at 12:49 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    Please explain the difference, Barry. You are the expert.

  20. proud Republican said at 1:11 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    Hey DEM – why the belligerent attitude? What’s the matter, lines at the welfare office too long? Planned Parenthood server down? No Chuckles at the supermarket to be paid for with food stamps? Whatever it is, take heart in knowing that there are many people still working to pay for you Democrat leeches.

  21. Bob English said at 2:01 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    A few things to ponder:

    1) I would go by the BLS for accurate numbers.

    2) The number of jobs that need to be created every month to stay even can vary but it in the ballpark of 100k/month.

    3) If you take the number of jobs lost during the Great Recession (8.8 million) and the number of new jobs not created (100k/month), that means the country was roughly 10 million jobs short/lost after the recession.

    4) While there have been months (both in this recovery and in history) when more than 200k/month new jobs were created, in terms of a sustainable average number over several years, 200k/month is pretty darn good.

    5) To illustrate how deep that hole is/was though, if the economy creates 200k jobs per month and 100k is just to keep even with new workers coming into the workforce, that means it would take roughly 100 months (over 8 years) to make up for all of those lost 10 million that were lost or not created during the Great Recession.

    I think a fair summary is that a lot of progress has been made but there is still a ways to go.

  22. @ Bob English said at 2:58 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    88% of jobs created are part time jobs, mostly in service industries and not high paying jobs. Even the NY Times admits to that.

  23. Part Timer said at 4:09 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    And they are part-time jobs because Obama’s policies have made it more beneficial for employers to hire additional part time help and less full time help. Worse than that, more young people aren’t making an effort to get started in the work-force because Obama’s policy is to treat everyone under 26 like a baby and have their parent’s healthcare cover them. The wimpy kid in the White House is growing a nation of even wimpier kids. Arnold was right to call Democrats Girlie-Men.

  24. Dem said at 4:51 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    @Proud You make my point every time you talk.Why every person should vote 4 a Democrat.

  25. Silence Dogood, Redux said at 6:41 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    Oh my oh my,

    See here good citizens. Obama DOES desire seal the border!


    Oh, and goodly Mr. English, OF COURSE you would want to use a set of numbers that makes Da Obama look better, but the truth is that no one trusts the BLS because they are cooking the unemployment numbers.

    My gosh, I wouldn’t even trust their unemployment numbers because of such. They might just be higher ya know.

    I desire a good old, non governmental view.

    Now, silly Mr. Dem, you are so, so silly with your harsh rhetoric. Is that all you have fella?

  26. proud Republican said at 6:50 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    Interesting logic DEM. In your bizarro world, pointing out the disastrous policies and failures of the Democrats will make people want to vote Democratic. In the words of Arte Johnson – velly interesting, but stupid.

  27. jrsmith said at 8:28 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    All the Republicans here are just AHOLE.

  28. proud Republican said at 8:32 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    Wow jrsmith – you really know how to win an intellectual argument.

  29. DEM said at 8:58 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    @proud you don’t gave an intellectual argument your just a right-wing nut who just talks from fox news talking points.Talking to you is a waste of time

  30. proud Republican said at 9:12 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    @Dem – when all else fails (and it always does with you guys) call names. Next stop for the Democrats – ring Republican doorbells and run away.

  31. DEM said at 9:36 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    Hey proud explain how calling Democrats leeches and stupid is not name calling?

  32. jrsmith said at 9:43 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    @proud go back and rob the Asbury taxpayers some more.You hate all Democrats all blacks and everyone who does not think the same way you do or are you to stupid to know it?

  33. Proud Republican said at 10:42 pm on July 28th, 2014:

    @dem – glad you brought that up Ace. You see,, after laying out the core of the Democrat platform, which is welfare, food stamps and taxpayer subsidized infanticide, the term “leeches” is simply a descriptive term which aptly describes an organism that feeds off of another. It is neither derogatory nor is it inacurrate – it is simply an apt characterization of those who are bankrupting this nation. Now calling someone “ahole” as the beginning and end of one’s argument is quite another story. As for jrsmith – can anyone from any party please translate what he is talking about and why he is obsessed with race?

  34. Barry said at 7:52 am on July 29th, 2014:

    This is a thumbnail explanation of both programs. It can go on much more:

    Social Security benefits whether retirement, survivor, or disability are paid based on a workers earnings. Bemefits are paid without any restriction to what you own. If you are over full retirment age you can collect your full Social Security Benefit. However 1/2 to 85 % benefits are taxable as income if your Modified Gross income exceeds certain limits.

    SSI pays a flat rate to indigent individuals who are over 65, blind or disabled. The disability and blind criteria is the same as for social security. Some states supplement the federal benefit (NJ is one of those states.) An individual cannot own more than $2000 in countable assets (residences and autos are excluded), couples are limited to $3000 in countable assets. Income of more than 20 per month (or 85 if from wages/self employment), including indirect payment of food or shelter reduces your flat rate payment. In addition someone on SSI automatically qualifies for Medicaid.

    Someone can be eligible for Social Security and SSI if the Social Security payment is low and they are indigent.

  35. Jim Granelli said at 10:10 am on July 29th, 2014:

    Very true comments from Joe Sinagra o Facebook:

    “The hiring in the job market has added an average of 230,000 jobs each month, but a deficiency in wage increases is leaving a large gap in economic growth.

    A growing workforce does not necessarily mean you are going to have a booming economy, especially if wages do not warrant spending more than the necessities needed to survive.”

    And, as we have seen, worse than the fact that part time jobs make up most of these new jobs, real income has dropped, not only during the recession, but during the so called “recovery.”


    Add to that, the 2.9% CONTRACTION in GDP, and we are far from a real recovery.

  36. bob walsh said at 10:33 am on July 29th, 2014:

    Being in the mortgage industry allows me to see the financial information of many in our middle class. Lets face it the real rich don’t need mortgages as they have personal banking and the poor cannot buy homes.The middle class is in bad shape overall.Income has went up no where near the pace of costs.

    If this is what people think when they say this is a recovery all I can say is hold on in the next downturn. We are going to think 2007 -2010 was a walk in the park. Lets face it ,food ,gas, utilities, health costs,college tuition, and taxes to name a few are not going go down and have increased significantly more than peoples income in this so called,”RECOVERY”!!

    The me generation has failed our children and let down the ,”GREAT GENERATION”, of the past in my eyes and both parties in Washington are one of the major causes.There are other reasons but representatives with true courage and vision could right the ship but in my opinion the ship has sailed.

    God Bless the America I grew up in and I pray for his help in our country going into the future. I think man has proven it’s to much for us to handle.

  37. Bob English said at 12:11 pm on July 29th, 2014:

    Silence…if you have evidence that the BLS is “cooking” the unemployment numbers please post here and also send to the FBI and the House Oversight Committie. Funny how nobody accused the numbers of being “cooked” when Obama first took office and the unemployment numbers were much higher.

  38. Explain It Like I'm 5 said at 3:01 pm on July 30th, 2014:

    Mr. Walsh, can you “Explain It like I’m 5” — why, exactly, won’t taxes go down? Why do taxes continue to rise despite growth in population, and growth in the number of households, as well as commercial growth? How do the expenses and budgets continue to increase but the added revenue from additional payers is still never enough and everyone still pays more and more every year?

    For example, the land I bought my home on used to be a 20 acre working farm, no homes on it. There are now 3 residential homes on that same land, each with a well and septic and a total of 8 people; two adults per home and one home has 2 teenagers in high school The taxes on the 20 acre farm were about $2000/yr and obviously there were no people to pay into utilities or local sales taxes, etc. Each of these new homes is now paying close to $16,000/yr in property taxes — that is $48,000 into the property tax system or $42,000 more this year than an accountant should have been expected had the farm continued to operate and pay $2,000/yr. Not to mention those people must have paid some amount in building permits and other fees to the township in addition to the taxes. I don’t understand the problem or why taxes are “not going to go down”, ever, despite more people paying into the system every year. It’s not as if the three families abandoned their old homes and moved across town, their old homes are, likely, now occupied by some other taxpayers.

    Thanks in advance for the education lesson.

  39. Silence Dogood, Redux said at 4:19 pm on July 30th, 2014:

    @ Mr. English –

    I’ll take Jack Welch’s opinion over yours. It’s been a common thought over the last few years


    Very few people trust this government anymore, what with the lies. the lack of transparency, comments like “not one smidgeon of corruption” regarding the IRS and so much more.

    It would not be a far fetched idea to believe they are indeed doing so.

  40. Didn't think so... said at 9:08 am on July 31st, 2014:

    Ohh well. I don’t know why I would have thought Bob Walsh would humor my question and attempt to give a thoughtful, honest and straight answer.

    Can anyone else to take a shot at why “taxes … are not going [to] go down”, as in ever?

  41. bob walsh said at 10:47 am on July 31st, 2014:

    Sorry but blogging is not a top priority.Family,working, and golf take up most of my time in the summer months.I’ll give you some examples as a businessman and councilman that can help explain my thought process but I have neither the time nor inclination to go in depth.

    First off in Howell 64 % of our taxes go to schools that the governing body has no control over. Another 4% goes to fire districts and app.15 % to the county. As a governing body we take the hit because we are the collector of taxes for all.Less than 18 % do we have control of at all.

    Just like a homeowner or citizen our health care costs have more than doubled in the last 10 years. Electric, gas ,salaries, vehicles, insurances,pension costs,and many other costs of doing business have went up at some alarming rates while others have been lessened but have still went up. Capital projects for roads, bridges, and other infrastructure improvements are ongoing and much more costly in many ways than 10 years ago.Some were neglected and to catch up at a higher dollar figure becomes a burden on the taxpayer today.

    Yes there are more rateables but they do not equate to the pace of costs. In Howell we have app.50 less employees than 10 years ago but that doesn’t mean our costs for employees, pensions ,benefits, and incidentals has went down.

    I do believe the system that is in place will negatively impact the current young generation like none before. My generation in my eyes was suppose to make the world a better place to live and secure a financially sound foundation for our children. We failed miserably and have left our kids with underfunded obligations, a faulty neglected infrastructure,and a business model that will greatly hinder their abilities to provide for their families.

    We all pay for our sins and it is my belief that my selfish generation has dropped the ball and will gladly let our children pay.

    Imagine where we would be today in pensions or social security had the stock market not doubled in the last 6 years.It only put off the inevitable as politicians as a general rule,”not all”, care more about being reelected than doing what they know to be the right thing.

  42. Thanks Bob! said at 12:07 pm on July 31st, 2014:

    Thank you, Bob! I really do appreciate your time and answer and I honestly do hope other people see your response and think of it as a positive effort to explain the current tax situation.

    If/when you have more time….

    Does the municipality, by federal or state law, have to collect taxes on behalf of the other agencies or can the municipal governing body tell, for example the school board, to GFY and make them responsible for collecting their own 64% of taxes. Do you think that more people would vote in their school board elections if it was more clear that 64% of their property taxes went to those people on the school boards, who are usually elected with incredibly poor voter turnout? Do you suspect that doing so would also entice more than 250 people (yes, literally, 250 people out of some 60,000 in Howell) to vote in their fire district elections? It seems like voter turnout for county elections (at 14% of the budget) is always high, municipal (at 18% of the budget) is usually pretty high, but very few people seem to vote for school or fire elections, at 68% of their tax bill, sad.

    If the city council doesn’t have the authority to refuse to collect certain taxes (and I assume you don’t), then do tax payers have any options to refuse to pay certain taxes or is your only option to exercise your one vote every (two or three?) years for a school board or fire district member?

    Thanks again Bob.

  43. Jim Granelli said at 9:32 pm on July 31st, 2014:

    @ Thanks Bob…

    One thing that you may not know about school board budgets and votes is that if your election was moved to the November General Election, you do NOT get to vote on the budget (just candidates) unless the budget exceeds a 2% cap.

    This is a license to steal from tax payers, because the school board can increase revenue via taxes just under 2% a year, COMPOUNDING the increase over future years.

    Worse, voting on candidates during a political election gets candidates mixed up in politics when Boards Of Education are supposed to be non partisan. It costs candidates more to run in general elections to cut through the clutter of political candidates.

    And thus, the political persuasion of a town can lead to spenders getting in, to your detriment.

    Is moving it to November a good thing as far as participation? The jury is out on that because people will be voting on school board issues that have no inkling as to what is going on.

    Hell, they vote on candidates without knowing what is going on. If they can’t brush up on political candidates, you think they will on school board candidates?


  44. @ Bob said at 9:47 am on August 2nd, 2014:

    The real story about the failed Obama economy…


  45. Jim Granelli said at 9:52 am on August 3rd, 2014:

    Since this went way off subject into taxes, found this APP article interesting.