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Schmid’s dishonesty disqualifies her from public service

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Kiley, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Congressman Chris Smith in a pre-pandemic photo

By Senator Declan J. O’Scanlon, Jr

I am tremendously proud of my friend and our Congressman Chris Smith who consistently rises above the noise and clatter of politics and personally goes the extra mile to help people in desperate situations.

During this pandemic Chris Smith has done it again—he has literally saved lives.  He’s not just saved the lives of countless unknown people who did not get sick because of the PPE Chris was able to secure for first responders and medical providers.  But he’s saved really sick patients whose families called their congressman because they were desperate for answers, medication, and approvals for treatment in a healthcare system that was overwhelmed.  Chris Smith came through for them. 

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Chris Smith, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

How Frank Pallone could lose his Chairmanship

Frank Pallone—not a crook

By Art Gallagher

Congressman Frank Pallone is Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That makes him one of the most powerful Members of Congress.

The Chairmanship would naturally change hands if Republicans take control of the House. But even if Democrats retain the House, Pallone could lose his coveted position of power due to Governor Murphy’s paper ballot election.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, 2020 Presidential Politics, 2020 U.S. Senate Race, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

O’Scanlon slams Murphy for allowing smoking in casinos

Governor Phil Murphy is allowing smoking in Atlantic City casinos starting today, along with indoor dining and movie theaters reopening.

Hooray! September 4 is the new July 4.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon says Murphy is hypocrite for allowing small businesses to languish for months but illogically calling for smoking indoors at casinos during the pandemic.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 4th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Casinos, COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon slams Murphy for allowing smoking in casinos

O’Scanlon and DiMaso: 25% Indoor Dining Is Too Little Too Late


Senator Declan O’Scanlon, center-right, with Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Christopher Wood, right, owner of Woody’s in Sea Bright and Tinton falls and former Sea Bright Councilman Reid Murphy enjoying a moment at Woody’s in June.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) today welcomed the news that Governor Phil Murphy is allowing New Jersey restaurants to reopen indoor dining starting this weekend, but criticized the Governor’s delay and his 25% capacity limitation.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

O’Scanlon: Murphy’s Draconian Restrictions Are Proven Unnecessary, Economically Devastating

Getting their Irish up

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) today criticized the Murphy administration’s continued blockade of New Jersey’s reopening and cited numerous metrics from surrounding states’ successful reopening.

“That the Governor, with a straight face, can cite a debunked study of an incident that happened over 8,000 miles away involving a restaurant in China with a wheezy, inadequate ventilation system that doesn’t conform to standards used in this country…to justify continuing to kill businesses here in New Jersey is outrageous and demoralizing for anyone trying to hold out hope that there’s any real, scientific focus on our safety and the health of our economy,” said O’Scanlon. “That the Governor, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, continues to suggest that we have to continue to destroy thousands of businesses and jobs and livelihoods is simply unconscionable.”

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Economy, New Jersey, Phil Murphy, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: Murphy’s Draconian Restrictions Are Proven Unnecessary, Economically Devastating

The Battle of the Navesink: Declan O’Scanlon and Phil Murphy tangle over restaurant reopening | Mulshine

The Milano family’s restaurant in Red Bank has a great view across the Navesink River of the Murphy family’s estate on the other bank.

There’s a big difference, however. Gov. Phil Murphy can do as he likes in his buildings. But he has issued edicts that keep the Milanos from using theirs.

That was all scheduled to end today. Gov. Murphy had said he was going to permit restaurants to open at 25 percent of indoor capacity in time for the July 4 weekend. But on Monday the governor rescinded that decree.

That was the same day that a local blog posted photos from the prior Saturday of the governor enjo… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 2nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Donovan’s Reef To Cease Live Music

photo via Donovan’s Reef social media

Donovan’s Reef, the popular beach side bar in Sea Bright, announced today that they are pausing live music at their venue and further limiting the number of customers they admit.

“Effective immediately, we are pausing live music at our venue and further limiting our occupancy, said owner Christine Carducci. “We will also continue to mandate masks in indoor areas, and strongly encourage customers to wear masks on the beach. “

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Donovan’s Reef To Cease Live Music

O’Scanlon: Murphy’s Emergency Powers Need To Be Curtailed

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

By Senator Declan O’Scanlon

“Today, I signed onto a resolution that just strikes me as peculiar. Peculiar in the sense that I never would have imagined the need for this to exist in a democracy. SCR-117 is intended to curtail the Governor’s power to issue emergency executive orders without reapproval by the legislature every 15 days. It’s a proposed constitutional amendment that if passed, would create a ballot question potentially altering our State’s constitution and let the public decide whether a Governor needs to have their power more frequently checked by the Legislature.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

O’Scanlon will dine at 30 restaurants in 30 days

Senator Declan O’Scanlon placing his order at Sissy’s in Atlantic Highlands

State Senator hopes to avoid gaining 30 pounds

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Jr. announced today that he is celebrating the reopening of New Jersey’s restaurants with by patronizing 30 Monmouth County eateries in 30 days.

O’Scanlon launched his tour this morning at Sissy’s at the Harbor in Atlantic Highlands.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

O’Scanlon: Local Governments ‘Defying’ Murphy have Higher Obligation to Residents

Senator Declan O’Scanlon

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) said today that local governments have a right and obligation not to turn on the residents they are sworn to serve, at the behest of a higher level of government.

Speaking about Asbury Park’s resolution passed on Wednesday allowing the City’s restaurants to open for indoor dining on June 15, in defiance of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 152, O’Scanlon said:

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 11th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »