Monmouth Dems have not filed Assembly candidates petitions

Trenton, we have a problem

Trenton, we have a problem

The Monmouth County Democrats held their nominating convention last Monday night at the IBEW Local 400 union hall in Wall Township. However, as of Saturday March 28, no Democratic candidates for Assembly from the four districts that include Monmouth County have filed their nominating petitions with the New Jersey Division of Elections.

The nominating petitions are due with the Divisions of Elections by Monday, March 30th at 4 p.m.  Should no candidates file petitions with 100 valid signatures, the Democratic nominations for Assembly will be up for grabs to write-in candidates in the June 2 primary.

There has been radio silence from Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal’s  office and on his blog since the convention on Monday. Even MMM’s spies at the convention have been mum.  The silence has lead many Republicans to speculate that Vin has a problem.


Have previously announced candidates backed out?  Has Vin’s announcement that Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik’s reelection race is his top priority discouraged Assembly candidates from making the sacrifice of running for office without full party backing?

Maybe Vin’s potential candidate pool has realized that the Chairman’s preferred campaign style…character assassination…does not work and does not go unanswered.

Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Legislative Races, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , | 20 Comments »

20 Comments on “Monmouth Dems have not filed Assembly candidates petitions”

  1. Jim Keady said at 9:02 am on March 29th, 2015:


    The petitions will be filed on Monday. Your wild speculation did give me a good Sunday morning chuckle, thank you for that.

    Peace, Jim Keady
    Democratic Candidate for NJ’s 30th District

  2. Anony Mouse said at 9:33 am on March 29th, 2015:

    Mr. Keady,

    I was wondering.

    How much union support and money will you be taking from the IBEW union which is located in your district?

  3. Jim Keady said at 9:58 am on March 29th, 2015:

    Anony Mouse,

    I have been clear from the outset that I do not want institutional money from any organization. I want small donations $10, $25, $50, $100… from individual citizens. I want this to be a campaign of, for, and by the people.

    If you would like to be one of those citizens, please click the link below and give to the Keady for Assembly campaign.

    This is not craigslist. Link edited

    Peace, Jim Keady

  4. Jim Granelli said at 10:41 am on March 29th, 2015:

    Wow, now there’s a surprise. NOT

    A Democrat looking for something for free, as in advertising. Nice catch Art.

    Mr. Keady tried the same thing the other day trying to make a political play out of a comment over at the Asbury Park Press in a comments section.

    Mr. Keady,

    Get a website, get a mail list and an email list and promote yourself that way. That’s the proper way to do things, not sneak in the back door.

    Earn your way.

  5. @Anony Mouse said at 10:47 am on March 29th, 2015:

    Who cares how much money Keady receives from IBEW. Who would care if he takes money from any fireman’s or cop unions? This governor has to be stopped in his tracks with the pension reform. Remember that? The law that the governor signed himself, and refused to comply with.

    And speaking of money, didn’t Jennifer Beck and Joe Kyrillos take Solomon Dwek money?? What ever happened there? Did they return it? Did they show proof that they returned it? NOT!

  6. Joe D. said at 12:45 pm on March 29th, 2015:

    Early prediction; Keady gets about 25% of the vote, if that.

  7. @ @Anony Mouse said at 1:40 pm on March 29th, 2015:

    Seems to this mouse that your questions don’t matter because Mr. Keady has declined such money. Now, we will see if he is a man of his word.

    As to Beck and Kyrillos, it is what it is. Not something I would be proud of.

  8. No Democrats Allowed said at 2:28 pm on March 29th, 2015:

    After seeing Mr. Keady’s embarassing antics at the town hall in Belmar, I wouldn’t vote for him to pull deer carcasses from the side of the road. On top of it, he runs as a democrat. That’s the party that has given us activist judges, Abbott funding, prevailing wage, Obamacare, and taxes, taxes, taxes. Every solution that a democrat comes up with begins and ends with raising taxes. They are destroying this country with overregulation, Obamacare, amnesty for illegals, coddling of terrorists, and on and on. They don’t want voter ID so they can cheat at the ballot box, they want to disarm law biding citizens, and support every job-killing, liberal intiative that comes along. And now, because he got his 15 minutes of fame by acting like a classless blowhard, he feels that he is qualified to run for elected office. You know what Gopal? You can have him. Joe Vas would be proud.

  9. Teddy Ehmann said at 2:49 pm on March 29th, 2015:

    Get a Life People. Your already talking about campaign contributors. Did you go to NJ Election LAW, database. David Rible supposedly opposed to “common core” $6000. from NJEA, Maggie Moran’s old job- NJ State Laborers Union $13,200 since 2011. IBEW, Wall $5,500. since 3/25/13. So all this means is that Keady will have to earn this. Obviously Rible has already earned it. As I always say “same pig, different lipstick.” Keady ( unfortunately )
    believes that they ( see friends on Facebook ) have his back. Talk about naïve. Power and money talks to power and money. It is one thing for Maggie Moran to friend you on facebook, it is quite another to get tens of thousands from LIUNA. ( like Christie did.)

  10. RWS said at 4:51 pm on March 29th, 2015:

    I guess inferring candidates are having affairs or saying that someone is a child molester isn’t character assassination?

    Maybe your moles realized that you are nothing more than human garbage?

    Keep driving that limo and continuing your personal, nasty and hypocritical attacks on people’s families, all paid for by your friend Lillian Burry. Maybe the strategy meetings you did with her and Gary Rich last year on press statements you wanted to put out warranted additional paychecks post election?

    Delete this comment, I assume you will but at least you will read it first.

    Deep down, hopefully God has mercy on your soul because no one else thinks are you anything but a very evil and horrible person, who takes pleasure in trying to attack others personally.

    Hope your own house is in order because you keep making personal and nasty attacks on others, it may be important for the public to continue to know about your house.

  11. Bob English said at 5:04 pm on March 29th, 2015:

    @No Democrats Allowed…..I see you still like to remind everyone how the New Jersey Republican State Committee ran what was probably the sleaziest most dishonest campaign advertisement in the history of New Jersey politics.

  12. Idea for Vin said at 9:45 pm on March 29th, 2015:

    Vin and co would be doing themselves a favor to not file a petition and let write-ins have at it. I’d bet Art lunch at the diner that every D ballot slot gets filled by some self serving RINO, like Woodbridge’s own Howell mayor Gotto, who will change their party affiliation at the 11th hour to advance their own agenda. The battles and divide the move would create in the R party will result in some well known, well liked, well funed RINOs running as Ds in a 2016/presidential year, and winning. No matter what, tax payers lose.

  13. Sancho Panza said at 11:49 pm on March 29th, 2015:

    @”what was probably the sleaziest most dishonest campaign advertisement in the history of New Jersey politics”

    Not even close. Corzine is solidly far out in front — and holding his lead — with this financing of a fake third-party candidate.

  14. No Democrats Allowed said at 6:44 am on March 30th, 2015:

    @Bob English – could you tell me what you are talking about? I simply listed the Democrat platform. All facts, all true. Guess it is painful to see it in print.

  15. Bob English said at 9:27 am on March 30th, 2015:

    @No Democrats Allowed…I was referring to what you were implying in the last sentence of your post…

  16. No Democrats Allowed said at 12:53 pm on March 30th, 2015:

    Wow – how very thin skinned you are. just the mere mention of a convict who VIN happened to work for is somehow a problem to you?

  17. Jim Keady said at 3:02 pm on March 31st, 2015:

    No democrats allowed:

    I offer the following for your consideration. It is an excerpt from the Coast Star newspaper. I ask that you make judgements based on my policy decisions in the past as an elected official, my professional experience, and my proposed platform. These (below) are only a handful of the issues I plan to campaign on, more are coming soon. Given your stated concern about taxes and spending, I hope you will take particular note of my position on fiscal accountability.

    If you have questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected].

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Peace, JWK


    Mr. Keady, who grew up in Belmar where his mother still resides, has lived in Spring Lake since September 2014. He also previously lived in the borough from 2009 to 2011.

    Mr. Keady has a daughter, Reese, 6.

    Though he has never served on the Spring Lake Council, Mr. Keady is not new to serving on a governing body.

    He served a term on the Asbury Park City Council from 2005 to 2008.

    “During my tenure on the city council, I was responsible for the oversight of a $36-million-dollar city budget as well as oversight of all city programs, departments and initiatives,” Mr. Keady said.

    Mr. Keady said he also co-chaired the subcommittee on affordable housing, the Asbury Workforce Development Advisory Board, the Springwood Avenue Redevelopment Advisory Committee, the subcommittee on homelessness, the parking commission, and was a member of the Wesley Lake Commission.

    He holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from St. Joseph’s University, Pennsylvania, where he was also a scholarship athlete with the men’s soccer team.

    He also holds a master of arts degree in theology from St. John’s University in New York where he was a member of the coaching staff with the men’s soccer team.

    Mr. Keady currently runs the Lighthouse Tavern for his family and has been doing so since his father died in 2013. The Lighthouse Tavern is located in Waretown, in Ocean County.

    Mr. Keady said he is responsible for oversight of all business operations and management of the physical plant.

    Additionally, Mr. Keady also still runs the nonprofit organization Educating for Justice [EFJ], which he started 14 years ago.

    “EFJ is focused primarily on ending Nike’s exploitative labor practices in their sweatshops in Indonesia,” Mr. Keady explained. “In my work with EFJ, I have run outreach and advocacy campaigns in Indonesia with factory workers, have won million-dollar wage settlement cases, successfully advocated on union-busting cases, have lectured on the issue at more than 500 universities and high schools across the United States and in Indonesia, and have advised members of congress, business leaders, trade unions, and school administrators on the issue.”

    Mr. Keady also owns the GK1 Club, a soccer school for goalkeepers.

    “I have proudly trained keepers from every high school and every soccer club in the 30th District,” Mr. Keady said.


    One of Mr. Keady’s issues in his platform will include Hurricane Sandy recovery.

    “It is imperative that we have a complete overhaul of the state’s RREM [Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation] program so that we can get the 15,000 Sandy families back home,” Mr. Keady said.

    As a member of the NJ Organizing Project, Mr. Keady said he has been actively involved in working with current state senators and assembly members “to craft legislation and make policy suggestions on how to effectively transform what to date has been a bureaucratic nightmare for our neighbors who were devastated by the hurricane.”

    “Accomplishing this goal —getting every Sandy family back home within one year — is not rocket science. We are talking about building houses. The money is there in Trenton to make this happen, but currently the political will in the governor’s office is non-existent,” Mr. Keady said.

    Mr. Keady said he will push for a government oversight committee of both the $1.1 million RREM funding and the managerial operations of the recovery plan, and he will demand transparency to know what the current expectations are from the governor’s office with regard to operations management, project metrics and fiscal controls.

    “This information is needed to know exactly what has gone wrong so it can be fixed,” Mr. Keady said.

    Mr. Keady said he will also ask for federal investigations into how this program has been run for the past two and one-half years.

    “There must be accountability to New Jersey residents and the American taxpayers for the money and time that has been wasted to date.

    The pressing reality is that we must get these families home. There is no more time to waste, and I will stand up and speak out until we finish the job,” Mr. Keady said.


    “As a councilman in Asbury Park, I was the first council person to ever call for line-by-line budget hearings, as well as advocating for sound, transparent fiscal controls to be put in place,” Mr. Keady said. “I will bring this same commitment to Trenton.”

    “Taxpayers work hard for their money and most recognize that taxes must be paid to provide necessary government services — it is the responsibility of our elected officials to ensure that those dollars are fully accounted for and that citizens are getting the highest quality service from government agencies,” Mr. Keady said.

    “Where there is waste, I will advocate for cuts. Where there is need for investment, I will advocate for money to be allocated,” he continued. “In running a small family business, I understand what it means to spend only what you can afford, to borrow only when it makes sound financial sense, and to be accountable to a bottom line. I will bring this fiscal accountability to Trenton.”


    Mr. Keady said he spent a good portion of his life on the Shark River.

    “I grew up working on the fishing boats in Belmar. I water-skied in the back bay. I fished off the docks with my Dad. The Shark River helped in an important way shape the man I am today,” Mr. Keady said. “That is why I am 100-percent committed to getting the river dredged and to implementing a restoration plan that will bring life back to this critical local watershed.”

    “The dredging project has been stalled for far too long and this is due in no small part to the inaction of Assemblymen Kean and Rible. When elected, I will provide the necessary collaborative leadership with the coalition of state and local governments and agencies to get this project done,” he said.

    Mr. Keady said he is also committed to improving the management of the state pension system, making education reforms, and pushing for economic development initiatives specific to tourism at the Jersey Shore and in the state’s urban areas.

  18. Jim Granelli said at 7:57 pm on March 31st, 2015:

    Hey Art,

    Did you send an invoice yet to Mr. Keady?

    Really Mr. Keady, get a website of your own.

  19. Well, said at 8:57 pm on March 31st, 2015:

    at least we know he passes the crucial “I-me-my-syndrome” test! – the blah- blah- blah’s already in full bloom.

  20. No Democrats Allowed said at 6:45 am on April 1st, 2015:

    save your breath Mr. Keady. You will be voting with the rest of the tax-happy socialist democrats. If you are a democrat, you are bad for the working taxpayer. Period. Ever look how much COAH or Abbott funding or any of your party’s other harebrained policies cost us? My advice? Move to Hudson county where Democrat ideas (and voter fraud) flourish.