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‘I was stalked, harassed, surveilled,’ ex-candidate tells panel on sexual harassment in N.J. politics

Former Congressional candidate Tiffany Kaszuba claims her harassment complaints were not taken seriously by Monmouth Democrats leadership

Tiffany Kaszuba said her bid last year to run for Congress representing New Jersey’s 4th District began with great promise. But it quickly turned into a nightmare.

Kaszuba said a former member of the Monmouth County Democrats’ executive committee who volunteered to help with her campaign began displaying disturbing behavior, including obsessively calling and texting her, yelling at her and posting her photos on social media.

When she complained to Democratic party officials about the man, longtime party fixture Bill Robinson, she said they did little to help her. She eventually dropped out of the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Burlington GOP said it “thoroughly vetted” Gibbs

By Art Gallagher

Burlington County GOP Chairman Sean Earlen

Burlington County Republican Chairman Sean Earlen has some explaining to do.

According to a December 21, 2019 article in the Pine Barrens Tribune, the Burlington County Republican Screening Committee put Kate Gibbs, a former Burlington Freeholder, through a “thorough vetting process” prior to endorsing her for the CD-3 nomination to challenge freshman Congressman Andy Kim at the December 7, 2019 nominating convention.

Earlen is a former mayor of Lumberton, Gibb’s hometown.

A “thorough vetting process” is time consuming and expensive. It is one of the most important roles of Party leadership. Voters, donors and other leaders alike depend on Party leaders to put forth candidates with the records and character worthy of the offices they are seeking.

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Posted: March 6th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Schmid laments Warren’s withdrawal from presidential race

Stephanie Schmid, once considered the front runner for the Democrat nomination to run against Congressman Chris Smith in the Fourth Congressional District, announced on facebook that she is sad to see Senator Elizabeth Warren withdraw from the presidential race.

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Posted: March 6th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Schmid laments Warren’s withdrawal from presidential race

Richter wins in Ocean County

David Richter

David Richter defeated Kate Gibbs, 68-60, at the Ocean County GOP nominating convention on Wednesday evening, securing a favorable ballot position in the Republican primary for the right to take on Congressman Andy Kim in the Ocean portion of the 3rd Congressional District.

Gibbs won the support of the Burlington GOP at a convention last December.  The two will now face off in what could be an ugly primary campaign.

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Posted: March 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Ocean County | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Conforti wins the Mercer County Dem Endorsement in CD-4

Christine Marie Conforti

Christine Marie Conforti defeated Stephanie Schmid and David Applefield at the Mercer County Democrat nominating convention last evening.

The holistic business guru and former UN staffer will be the official Party candidate for Congress in the Mercer portion of 4th Congressional District in the June 2 primary.

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Posted: March 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Conforti wins the Mercer County Dem Endorsement in CD-4

Why Ocean County Republicans Should Endorse David Richter

By Art Gallagher

Ocean County Republican leaders will convene in Toms River this evening.

Their most important order of business will be to endorse a primary candidate for the nomination to challenge Democrat Congressman Andy Kim in the 3rd District.  The candidate they chose will appear on the June 2 primary ballot in the same column as President Donald J. Trump, the Party’s U.S. Senate candidate (likely Rik Mehta), Freeholder Joe Vicari and the local candidates for municipal offices throughout the Ocean portions of the district.

David Richter is the best candidate to take on Congressman Kim in the general election.

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Posted: March 4th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Why Ocean County Republicans Should Endorse David Richter

Richter’s savage ad against Gibbs is a potential preview of Kim’s October ads

By Art Gallagher

The pre-primary for the GOP nomination CD-3 has gotten ugly. Rightfully so.

David Richter, the former international construction executive who is vying for the 3rd district GOP nomination to take on Congressman Andy Kim, released an ad on facebook and youtube this afternoon that highlights his opponents’s arrest record and compares her, Kate Gibbs, to Snooki.  The ad is hard hitting.  Just like Andy Kim’s ads will be in October if Gibbs wins the primary on June 2.

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Posted: February 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Schmid losing support after endorsing Bloomberg

Stephanie Schmid’s tenuous status as the front runner for the Democrat nomination to take on Congressman Chris Smith in the 4th Congressional District of New Jersey appears to be in danger due to her endorsement of Mike Bloomberg for President.

Schmid faced an immediate backlash on facebook after announcing her endorsement on Sunday.

Eric Brophy, the Chairman of the Wall Democrats and a Vice Chairman of the Monmouth Democrats, rescinded his endorsement of Schmid in the comments of her announcement. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 18th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Stephanie Schmid says her ex-boyfriends are funding her congressional campaign

Stephanie Schmid, the apparent establishment Democrat choice to run against Congressman Chris Smith, told a candidates forum sponsored by the Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative that she her nationwide cortege of ex-boyfriends are funding her congressional campaign. She implied that one of her opponents for the Democrat nomination in CD-4 is tapping her own exes for campaign cash as well.

Schmid was responding to her opponent, Christine Marie Conforti, informing the audience that 85% of Schmid’s donations over $1000 came from donors who do not live in New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 9th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Gary Rich Skips Monmouth County GOP Screening

UPDATE: Gary Rich announced that he is no longer a candidate for U.S. Senate

Former Freeholder Gary Rich

Former Monmouth County Freeholder did not interview with the Monmouth County Republican Screening Committee as scheduled this weekend.  His name will not appear on the ballot for the nomination for U.S. Senate at the Monmouth GOP nominating convention on Saturday, February 8, according to Chairman Shaun Golden.

Golden told MMM that Rich initially confirmed his attendance at the Saturday morning interview and that an email from his campaign on Friday cancelled his appearance.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, 2020 Presidential Politics, 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Politics, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Gary Rich Skips Monmouth County GOP Screening