State Senator Vin Gopal told MMM that he will not endorse a candidate for the Democrat nomination to take on Congressman Chris Smith in CD-4.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 22nd, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: 11th Legislative District, CD-4 Democrat primary, Christine Conforti, David Applefield, District 4 Coalition for Change, Senator Vin Gopal, Stephanie Schmid, Vin Gopal | 1 Comment »
The Colts Neck Township Committee elected Frank Rizzuto mayor on Saturday during their annual reorganization. Sheriff Shaun Golden issued the Oath of Office.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: 11th Legislative District, Colts Neck, Eric Houghtaling, Frank Rizzuto, Joann Downey, Long Branch, Monmouth County News, Shaun Golden, Vin Gopal | Comments Off on Frank Rizzuto is Colts Neck Mayor
Republican Assembly candidates condemn Murphy’s budget and tax hikes
Matt Woolley and Mike Amoroso, the presumptive Republican nominees for Assembly in the 11th legislative district denounced Governor Murphy’s “reckless state budget proposal”in a statement released on Tuesday evening.
“Despite Governor Murphy’s characterization, there is nothing ‘responsible’ or ‘fair’ about his budget proposal. His irresponsible plan will continue to force residents to flee from New Jersey to low-cost states, amplifying the financial burden for those who remain and already struggle to live here,” said Woolley, 29, of Ocean Township. “$1.2 billion in new spending, in addition to last year’s $2.7 billion budget increase, only hurts the state’s middle class.”
“New Jersey taxpayers should be very worried today,” said Amoroso, 50, the President of the Freehold Township Board of Education. “Instead of adding more taxes on the backs of hardworking residents, our leadership in Trenton needs new, creative talent to finally work toward solving the current tax and spend frenzy.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2019 elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2019 elections, LD 11, Matt Woolley, Mike Amoroso, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Assembly, NJ Assembly Republicans | 10 Comments »
The phones were ringing off the hook at Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey’s Ocean Township office after Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso’s July 5th robocall informing 11th legislative district voters of Houghtaling and Downey’s support for Governor Murphy’s massive tax increases and his cuts to school funding for local school districts.
DiMaso’s July 5 robocall:
Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 13th legislative district, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Eric Houghtaling, Houghtaling and Downey, Joann Downey, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Robo Calls, Serena DiMaso | 5 Comments »
Senate President Steve Sweeney fought off a surprisingly tough challenge from his Republican opponent, funded by NJEA money. New Jersey voters went to the polls yesterday and turned their attention to all 120 seats in the Legislature, ending a busy election season that was rife with special interest spending, political attack ads and controversial mailers, as… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 8th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 elections, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, NJ Legislature, NJEA, Steve Sweeney, Vin Gopal | 1 Comment »
By Joe Hadden
These days it seems that in order to oppose someone politically, it is necessary to “ist” them. If they disagree with you they must be a fascist, communist, racist, sexist, socialist, etc. I don’t need to do that to voice my opposition to Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey. Demonizing them is not necessary.
Mr. Houghtaling and Ms. Downey are not evil, they’re just incompetent as elected representatives. They voted yes on a budget that took state aid away from many school districts in LD11, including Ocean Township. During the LD11 debate, Mr. Houghtaling was asked if New Jersey should become a Sanctuary State since his party’s candidate for Governor said it should. Mr. Houghtaling responded that he didn’t have an opinion on the issue. I dare say he might be the only person in New Jersey who doesn’t. He still hasn’t come up with an answer. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 28th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County Life, Opinion | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 elections, Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey, Joe Hadden, Michael Whalen, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion, Rob Acerra | Comments Off on Opinion: Elect Rob Acerra and Michael Whelan to Assembly in the 11th District
An eleven year veteran of the Boro’s all Democrat governing body, Sims pointed to Beck’s record of success in delivering results for Freehold Borough and its overcrowded, underfunded schools as the main reason for his across-the-aisle endorsement.
“Senator Jennifer Beck has always been an independent voice who has consistently been an advocate for our residents, our children and our schools. Senator Beck has been instrumental in obtaining additional funding for Freehold Borough’s public schools, culminated in her success in securing $25 million in capital funding to renovate and enlarge Freehold Borough’s schools” said Councilman Sims. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 19th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Legislative election, Councilman Jaye Sims, Freehold Boro, Freehold Borough, Jaye Sims, LD 11, Monmouth County News, Senator Jennifer Beck | Comments Off on Freehold Boro Councilman Jaye Sims, a Democrat, endorses Senator Jennifer Beck
By Michael J. Panter
Like Kevin Asadi and other residents, I recently received the letter from Senate candidate Vin Gopal which denounces the Assessment Demonstration Program (the “ADP”), implemented in 2013, as the source of high property taxes.
Since I have run in four state elections in Monmouth County, I have been in Mr. Gopal’s shoes. Political operatives refer to the weeks before an election as the “silly season”, since candidates will say almost anything about their opponents to generate a headline.
However, there is a line which should never be crossed – candidates should not issue false or misleading information, since it not only subjects them to legal liability, but most importantly, it does a disservice to taxpayers. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: October 8th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Property Taxes, Taxes, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, Assessment Demonstration Program, Assessment Pilot Program, Kevin Asadi, LD 11, Michael J. Panter, Michael Panter, Mike Panter, Monmouth County News, NJ Property Taxes, Property tax assessments, Vin Gopal | 7 Comments »
By Declan O’Scanlon
Democratic state Senate candidate Vin Gopal, in his Aug. 20 oped “Consolidate small towns,” extolled the virtues of municipal consolidation as if he were presenting a new, fresh approach to the concept. An honest reading of his own words destroys both his credibility on the property tax issue, and his paralyzing duplicity as a candidate.
Let’s concede up front that in order to solve our high property tax problem we will need consolidation and sharing of services. But that’s a very small piece of the essential reform pie.
Gopal, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican state Sen. Jennifer Beck in the 11th District, tries to suggest that because those of us — like Beck and me — fighting the fight to reduce property taxes haven’t yet declared victory, he might be able to do a better job. But in his own words he actually says he would make things worse — actually make it harder to consolidate or enact reforms that will reduce property taxes. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Vin Gopal | Tags: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Legislative election, Declan O'Scanlon, Jennifer Beck, LD 11, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Property Taxes, Vin Gopal | 3 Comments »