Predictions: 2015

The Green Bay Packers will eliminate the Dallas Cowboys from Super Bowl contention with a victory in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs next Sunday.

Governor Chris Christie will announce that he is a candidate for President of the United States.  Christie’s independent polling numbers will drop to the low 40’s in New Jersey, but his national popularity will rise.

Kim Guadagno will officially be the Governor of New Jersey on more days than Christie will be in 2015. Yet, Guadagno’s name recognition will not exceed 20% in independent polls.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman will announce 3-4 indictments in the George Washington Bridge/Port Authority fiasco.  Christie will not be one of them. Neither will Acting Governor Guadagno.

The November election, which will has the General Assembly on top of the ballot, will have a record low turnout.

There will be no change in the partisan balance of the General Assembly as a result of the November election.

Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French will retire in March.

In the 11th Legislative District, Vin Gopal and Joe Grillo will receive the Monmouth County Democratic Organization’s endorsements for Assembly.  Former Assemblyman Dan Jacobson will challenge in the primary.  Jacobson and Grillo will win the primary and be the nominees against Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande.

Gopal and the Monmouth County Democrats will not participate in the candidate selection process for Assembly Candidates in the 12th or 30th districts.

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty will be the Democratic Freeholder candidate.

Incumbent Republican Freeholder John Curley will face at least two challengers for his renomination by the Monmouth GOP.  If Curley survives the party selection process, he will face a well funded primary opponent.

Lou Fligor will be elected Mayor of Atlantic Highlands.

Frank LaRocca will become a Municipal Judge in Keyport and resign as Marlboro Democratic Chairman and and as Corresponding Secretary of the Monmouth County Democrats.

Posted: January 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Predictions: 2015”

  1. Monmouthgirl said at 2:29 pm on January 5th, 2015:

    Art who are the contenders to replace Ms. French (I assume there is a ton):

    My 2 cents:

    Assemblywoman Caroline Cassagrande
    Freeholder Serena Dimaso
    Freeholder John Curley
    Former Freeholder and Freehold Committeewoman Barbara McMarrow
    Former Freeholder and Assemblyman Rob Clifton
    Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen
    Middletown Mayor Steph Murray
    Former Freeholder Anna Little

  2. @ Monmouth Girl said at 2:42 pm on January 5th, 2015:

    You can drop Little from that list

  3. Believe Guadagno WILL get Indicted!! said at 3:39 pm on January 5th, 2015:

    She is shrouded in too many controversies and scandals at the current moment. Her strong arm tactics with Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will prove to be her downfall.

    She escaped Hunterdon County Pension Gate and Monmouth County Pension Fraud Gate because Christie refused to assign a special prosecutor. The first matter is being investigated by Fishman–a through and methodical prosecutor.

    As for Curley: It will kill Shaun Golden to place him on the ballot; however, he has no choice–John is a breath of fresh air and honesty not seen in any other Freeholder.

    As for Dimaso getting a look at County Clerk–wasn’t she one of the co-architects in getting rid of John Bennett????

  4. Correction Re Guadagno said at 3:40 pm on January 5th, 2015:

    I meant Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Gate NOT pension gate.

  5. Aw, shucks, folks, said at 6:16 pm on January 5th, 2015:

    as the “short- list gets longer,” seems maybe you forgot one of our vice chairs, who has to calculate which choice makes them more money, going forward!

  6. Good Lord, give it up already on Kim! said at 6:24 pm on January 5th, 2015:

    -whether it’s disgruntled people who did not get promised jobs, or simply jealous people who want what someone else got, the same old, same old against this very qualified woman,is becoming more tedious by the day. While the big-guy appears less in NJ,and seems hell- bent on his obvious ( in some of our minds, incredulous and often embarrassing) pipe dream, this lady is a solid, experienced, articulate, loyal team player, following orders, and doing what she was told, who must now come into her own, before one of “dah- boys” in Trenton steals the next nomination away from her- Kim, a lot of us in your home county are with you, when/ if you are ready to take charge!- you know whom to call on..

  7. Congrats, "Deputy"Serena: said at 6:31 pm on January 5th, 2015:

    not many around here can boast that both”sides” of the last chair’s race apparently blame the outcome on you! Cut the woman some slack: she, as several did, was wise enough to know we all had to live with whomever won: and, she’s a smart enough and good enough team player and Freeholder to know how to conduct herself- which has been very well, so far: she is a bright and dedicated representative for us and the people, and we are lucky to have her in Freehold. Best wishes to our new Director, and her, in 2015.

  8. I vote for said at 9:50 pm on January 5th, 2015:

    Serena DiMaso for county clerk, and Susan Cohen for freeholder, to replace Serena: absolute vote- getters, and both genuine, proven, totally- qualified candidates!! Must have a great base, and past, ELECTIVE success, to be able to move UP, and bring something positive to this year’s ticket- word to the wise: pay attention, please, think, don’t emote, and do the right things!