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 »

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 »

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 »

David Richter should run for congress in CD-12

By Art Gallagher

David Richter

David Richter, the former CEO of Hill International, a global construction management firm, has had a tough start to 2020. Richter, of Princeton, was the front runner for the GOP nomination for Congress in the second district of New Jersey and was poised to end the political career of Congressman Jeff Van Drew.

The impeachment of President Donald J. Trump upended Richter’s self-funded path to Congress.  In a deal brokered by former Governor Chris Christie, according to the NY Times, Van Drew became a Republican and pledged his undying support to the President. Trump, seeing a opportunity much larger than picking up one congressional seat in New Jersey, provided Van Drew with a first class political operation and cleared the path for the freshman congressman to win the GOP nomination for reelection.

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Posted: January 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, 2020 Presidential Politics, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Dem Congressional Candidates Poaching Volunteers From Each Other

Andy Kim, the Democrat candidate running against Congressman Tom MacArthur in the third congressional district is recruiting volunteers for his campaign among the Spring Lake Heights Democrats.  Spring Lake Heights in in the 4th congressional district where Josh Welle, address none of your business, won the nomination to lose to Congressman Chris Smith in November. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Congress, Monmouth County News, Ocean County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Keady is crushed in CD-3 Dem Primary

Former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady, left and Belmar Mayor Lawless Matt Doherty, also left

Former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady, left and Belmar Mayor Lawless Matt Doherty, also left

Former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady, the man who provoked Governor Chris Christie into his famous “Sit Down and Shut Up” rant and then asked him out to dinner was easily defeated in his bid to become the Democrat nominee for the House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.

Frederick John LaVergne will challenge Congressman Tom MacArthur the November general election. Based on unofficial results, LaVergne was the choice of 62.7% of CD-3 Democrats with 32,493 votes to Keady’s 19,347 votes.

LaVergne, who had the backing on the Burlington County Democrats, reportedly spent $600 on his primary campaign. Keady is reported to have spent $55,000.

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Posted: June 8th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Keady is crushed in CD-3 Dem Primary

MacArthur counter-punches Lonegan In CD-3

Tom MacArthur

Tom MacArthur

In the race to replace Congressman Jon Runyan as the GOP nominee in the 3rd congressional district (Ocean and Burlington counties) former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan is doing what anyone who has observed New Jersey politics for the last twenty years expected he would do.  He’s attacking his opponent, former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur, as a tax and spend RINO who paid for the GOP establishment support.   In the race between carpetbaggers, Lonegan is attacking MacArthur for be a worse carpetbagger.

MacArthur has the support of the Burlington and Ocean GOP machines. Lonegan, who beat Cory Booker in the district in last October’s special U.S. Senate election, has superior name recognition, a PolitickerNJ commissioned poll that gives him a huge lead, and his trademark attention getting rhetoric.

MacArthur counter-attacked Lonegan in a Open Letter last week by calling him desperate, negative, angry, caustic and creepy.  All the things Lonegan’s supporters love about the guy.

MacArthur took particular umbrage to the fact that a Lonegan supporter did some opposition research by visiting the facebook page of MacArthur’s 16 year-old daughter and blogged anonymously about it.

Moreover, I am appalled that you are promoting an anonymous internet blog by a person or organization who has clearly spent a considerable amount of time spying on my 16-year old daughter’s Facebook page in search of an issue to use against her father in a political campaign.

Frankly, Steve, it’s creepy.


What salacious dirt did Lonegan’s blogger dig up on MacArthur’s daughter on facebook? She lists herself as a student at Randolph High School which is 90 miles away from the 3rd district.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races, Steve Lonegan, Tom MacArthur | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on MacArthur counter-punches Lonegan In CD-3

How Low Will They Go?

Adler volunteer, a 64 year old social worker, caught photographing Runyan’s 8 year old daughter

Democrats are appearing increasingly desperate to maintain their power and the money that comes along with it.

We expect them to lie about their opponents and to make silly negative commercials that reveal how stupid they think voters are.

We expect them to play the race card and the scare the bejesus out of senior citizens card.

We’ve gotten used to lawn signs being stolen.

This year it looks like it is going to be worse.  It is only September 15 and there are reports in Middletown of stolen signs and vandalism.

But the lowest of the low (so far) is Mr. Fredric C. Samson of Mt. Holly in Burlington County.  Samson, a 64 year old licensed social worker photographed CD-3 GOP candidate Jon Runyan’s 8 year old daughter while she was playing in her front yard!    Congressman John Adler’s campaign admits to sending a volunteer to photograph Runyon’s house!  What for?  The Adler campaign is already running commercials with picture of Runyan’s house in them.

You would think a social worker would be sensitive enough or smart enough to go get a cup of coffee and come back and shoot the photos when the your girl was not in the picture.

Samson is no political novice. The Courier-Post reports that he is a Burlington County Democratic Committeeman.  He’s a member of the Mt. Holly Historic Preservation Commission.

I’ve got $50 bucks that say he’s a social worker employed by the government.

Posted: September 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: John Adler, Jon Runyan | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »