Joe Grillo is for the birds

grillo-squareGiuseppe “Joe” Grillo, a Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder last year, has accepted a position as Director of Development at the New Jersey Audubon Society.

Working out of the non-profit’s Bernardsville headquarters, Grillo will be responsible for operations management, supervision of staff members overseeing membership, gift entry and prospect research.  He will collaborate with the VP of Development in designing and implementing a fundraising strategy.

Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal’s blog has not reported whether  Grillo will be commuting over an hour each way to Bernardsville from his current home in Asbury Park or if he will move to the Somerset County town where there are no parking meters. During his campaign for Freeholder last year, Grillo complained that it is impossible to live in downtown Asbury Park without getting parking tickets. Starbuck’s, where Grillo’s wife works as a manager, has a store in Bernardsville.  A shorter commute and free parking may prove compelling to the couple should the job work out for Joe.

Grillo’s new job comes at a tough time for Gopal as it reduces the size of his already weak bench of candidates for county and legislative offices.  By the end of March, the Democrats will need 10 candidates; one for Freeholder, one for County Clerk and eight Assembly candidates for the four legislative districts that are comprised all or in part by Monmouth County communities.

Posted: January 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth Democrats, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , | 14 Comments »

14 Comments on “Joe Grillo is for the birds”

  1. He'll probably keep said at 9:05 am on January 17th, 2015:

    a Monmouth address so he can still run for something and vote by mail, from there. You know,like Palloney,all these years. I think their bench of already- elected mayors in pretty big towns- say, Belmar, ( meaning the shore cluster of little towns,) the dreaded Marlboro, Neptune, Aberdeen, etc., could present a problem, especially if we get a clerk who’s never run for an office the general electorate could vote for. We need to be sharp, raise a lot of money, and be ready with answers to their usual lies and personal attacks. And, have a physical GOTV plan, that isn’t just robocalls people don’t like. No piece of cake, since it is the lowest- turnout kind of year.

  2. Republicans May Need Answers to Other Questions said at 9:37 am on January 17th, 2015:

    The article says by the end of March, the Democrats will need 8 candidates for assembly. To me, the Democrats will have an excellent opportunity to crack the monopoly of Republican legislators, if assembly members fail to override the governor’s veto of the Port Authority Reform Bill.

    Every Republican legislator in Monmouth County–and the state for that matter voted to make the Port Authority more transparent and accountable to the citizens of NJ. The governor, whose actions caused the bill to become reality, inexplicably vetoed the bill. Remember, it was his doings at the PA, that prompted the bill in the first place.

    A failure to override this bill by March 5th spells doom for Republican legislators, thus making them vulnerable to re-election.


  3. Jim Granelli said at 10:10 am on January 17th, 2015:

    Great article Art. I needed a chuckle this morning.

  4. Barry said at 2:06 pm on January 17th, 2015:

    News flash to you Dem fools, the bill is dead irrespective of any veto override. Governor of NY vetoed it and they have a new Legislature so the bill is dead as a door nail since each legislature must pass an identical bill. NJ override is irrelevant to the bill becoming law.

  5. Hey Barry... said at 2:18 pm on January 17th, 2015:

    News Flash: New York is re-introducing the Bill to create transparency and accountability at the Port Authority! Don’t you think that is the right thing to do? Regardless of being a Republican or Democrat? Remember, it passed both houses in both states–UNANIMOUSLY!

    Thank our governor for that!


  6. Barry said at 6:45 pm on January 17th, 2015:

    Reintroduce means it is starting over from scratch That means another potential veto from Cuomo. Is Shelly Silver for it with Cuomo against it? Because, if not, it will not even get on the floor of the Assembly. They have to negotiate a budget by April 1 so again this is all sound and fury signifying nothing.

  7. Name (required) said at 7:22 pm on January 17th, 2015:

    What a sum you are to being Joe wife in to this.Go back to the bar and spend the money burry paid you Art

  8. Kathy Baratta said at 8:10 pm on January 17th, 2015:

    Was that shot at the wife really necessary? And please don’t quibble with me that it wasn’t a “shot.” That was the whole reason for the article, was it not? To take a shot at Grillo. Who, it can be argued, put himself out there for public scrutiny and discussion when he decided to seek elected office. However, his wife was not a candidate and should therefore be off-limits – along with the children. I mean, even the Mafia left wives out of it.

    C’mon, Art. You don’t need an AK when you’re shooting fish in a barrel.

    A gentleman would apologize to the lady – I think, anyway.

  9. Art Gallagher said at 9:15 pm on January 17th, 2015:

    I took a “shot” at Grillo’s wife? I’m missing it.

    For what? Managing a Starbucks? That’s a good job and Seresa is apparently proud of it, as she should be:


  10. Democrat Bench makes me laugh said at 9:40 pm on January 17th, 2015:

    The Democrat Bench makes me laugh! Three towns, Marlboro, Aberdeen, and Neptune. Good luck with that. I had to look up who they even were. One guy’s name is Swindle! I really hope Vin picks him! Dems don’t like tarnishing their record, so why would any of them run and risk getting beat in a County wide race?

    Also – I didn’t see the shot at his wife either.

    And really, all these Asbury Park newbies, they need to move back to North Jersey anyway!

  11. Go ahead and laugh- said at 6:00 am on January 18th, 2015:

    why not go check the pluralities they win with in those towns, and then check how many years we have come up not only empty, but sometimes we lose nearly two to one. If you don’t think with a large base, and if they get the big money they got last year,that can’t give real trouble in a low- turnout, base-voter year, you may need to consider another avocation/ hobby. Yes, most incumbents win- but with the anti- incumbent sentiment out there, and the distracted, poor performance of “Cowboy Chris,”some of them could be in trouble: my guess is, we won’t see too many fliers with our guys or gals with the Gov. on them, as was last time. Ask all the losing Dems in DC if they ran from Pres. Dictator,and kept him out of their districts, in ’14.

  12. @Go Ahead and Laugh said at 8:27 am on January 18th, 2015:

    Your spot on! I remember when Christie ran, he used to refer to his Democratic opponents as “Corzine Democrats.” It now looks like Democrats will refer to Republicans as “Christie Republicans” getting pictures with big boy hugging each and every one of them, lol.

  13. More About "Christie Republicans" said at 9:02 am on January 18th, 2015:

    Our Republican legislators in Monmouth and Ocean County should start getting on the bandwagon with courageous Senator Doherty. What has Christie done for this state???


  14. Jim Granelli said at 9:51 am on January 18th, 2015:

    I didn’t see this a shot at Mrs. Grillo. But then, people like to take things out of context in order to prosecute attacks. We have seen this quite often from the left.

    Actually met Mrs. Grillo yestereday at Starbucks. Very nice and professional woman.