The moment someone in his Asbury Park office yelled “Oh my God, there’s a woman in the lake drowning!” Jason O’Donnell’s experience as a Bayonne firefighter kicked in. The former firefighter, city public safety director and assemblyman says it was instincts that propelled him and a co-worker out the door and across Wesley Lake to save… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: May 7th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: Asbury Park, Jason O'Donnell, Monmouth County News | Comments Off on Former N.J. assemblyman rescues woman from drowning in Asbury Park lake
NJ Media trips over itself to give the Senate President cover
Senate President Steve Sweeney referred to Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell, Barbara Buono’s choice to be the new Democratic State Chairman, as “Cryan’s beard” yesterday while condemning the choice as divisive. Buono is the presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee. By tradition the gubernatorial nominee of both parties chooses the state chairman of the party. Cryan is former Democratic State Chairman, Assemblyman Joe Cryan.
“Beard” is a slang term for a person, most often a woman, who is used, knowingly or unknowingly, as a date or spouse to conceal their ‘partner’s’ homosexuality.
Can you imagine the media outcry if Governor Chris Christie or another prominent Republican denounced an advisory as a beard?Art Gallagher | Filed under: Barbara Buono, Garden State Equality, Gay Marriage, Gender Equality, NJ Democrats, NJ Media | Tags: Barbara Buono, Beard, Bob Ingle, Charles Stile, Cryan's Bead, Jason O'Donnell, Jay Lassister, Joe Cryan, Steve Sweeney | 3 Comments »
She hasn’t officially secured the Democratic nomination yet and the wheels are falling off State Senator Barbara Buono’s gubernatorial campaign.
Buono will be the nominee. Her only competition on the ballot is Troy Webster, an aide to East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser. Webster isn’t really running for governor. He agreed to through his hat in the ring on the same slate as Bowser for ballot positioning purposes in the primary.
But the wheels are falling off the Buono wagon. She can’t raise money. She defiantly divided the party and broke with the legislative leadership with her choice of State Democratic Chairman. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews dubbed her Dawn Quixote.
Buono is on track to be the first major party candidate not to qualify for state matching funds for her campaign. She named Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell her choice as State Chairman, against the advice of Senate President Steve Sweeney and over the objections of Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver. A prominent Monmouth County Democrat told MMM “Buono should never go on TV again,” after her appearance on Matthew’s Hardball.
Just when things couldn’t get any worse for Buono they did. Over the weekend former Democratic Governor Brendan Byrne, on a teleconference with former Republican Governor Tom Kean, told The Star Ledger that Buono should consider dropping out of the gubernatorial race.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2013 Election, 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, 2014 U.S. Senate race | Tags: Barbara Buono, Barbara Buono's dog, Brendan Byrne, Chris Christie, Chris Matthews, Frank Pallone, Jason O'Donnell, Mark Alexander, Nia Gill, Robert Bowser, Shelia Oliver, Star Ledger, Steve Sweeney, Tom Kean, Tom Moran, Trenton Republicans, Troy Webster | 9 Comments »