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NJ PBA Endorses Rep Chris Smith For Reelection

New Jersey’s State Policemen’s Benevolent Association has endorsed Congressman Chris Smith for reelection in the 4th congressional district.

PBA State President Patrick Colligan said in an August 28 letter to Smith, “I am pleased to inform you that we have endorsed your candidacy for election to the United States House of Representatives.”

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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 »

Gopal bill that would require senior living facilities to prevent social isolation passes Senate unanimously

Senator Vin Gopal

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Vin Gopal that will require nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long term care facilities to implement policies to prevent social isolation among their residents passed in the New Jersey Senate today, 39-0.

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Murphy dines outdoors at Nicholas Barrel and Roost while indoor dining is packed

By Art Gallagher

Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy dining with masks on at Nicholas Barrel and Roost in Middletown on August 26, 2020. photo by Art Gallagher

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy dined outdoors at Nicholas Barrel and Roost in Middletown last evening while the indoor Barrel Room was packed with knuckleheads.

Murphy, who seemed aware of my presence, wore a mask at his outdoor table while those dining in the crowded Barrel Room were maskless.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 16 Comments »

Arnone Report: Extending summer into September and other good stuff

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

With Labor Day just around the corner, I want to remind everyone that Labor Day does not mean summer is over!

We are coordinating with our shore Mayors to see which towns will be extending their beach season with additional lifeguard coverage. Their plans will be published to our “Know Before You Go “page, which can be accessed on www.visitmonmouth.com once available.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 26th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

AG: Keansburg man sexually exploited 14 year old girl, had her carve his initials into her leg

Jason Berry

Jason Berry, 40, of Keansburg stands accused of sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl he met on social media, manipulating her into sending him naked pictures of herself engaging in sexual acts. He allegedly had the girl carve his initials into her legs. Berry then sent the photos to the girl’s mother, according to an announcement by NJ Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

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Asbury Park Police Officers Plead Guilty To Criminal Mischief, Retaliation

AsburyParkSun photo

Two Asbury Park Police Officers admitted that they vandalized vehicles in retaliation for a citizen’s internal affairs complaint, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced today.

Asbury Park Police Officer Stephen Martinsen, 31, and former SLEO-2 Thomas Dowling, 27, both of Asbury Park, entered guilty pleas virtually today to fourth-degree Criminal Mischief before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano, Jr.

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Arnone to Murphy: Let restaurants and gyms open or at least give them your plan

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone issued the following statement regarding Governor Phil Murphy’s job and business crushing policies that are keeping New Jersey’s gyms and restaurants closed:

On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, I am asking Governor Murphy to either permit restaurants to host indoor dining or, at least, put together a staged plan with dates on when this next phase will begin. I also ask the same for gyms and any other industry that has yet to reopen due to the State’s shutdown orders.

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Rep Smith: Manalapan Fire Co. Gets FEMA Grant To Recruit Members

The Gordons Corner Fire Company in Manalapan, an all volunteer company, is receiving a SAFER grant from FEMA, Congressman Chris Smith announced today.

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Former Ocean Twp Police Officer Charged With Theft and Forgery


Cory R. Cole

Cory R. Cole, 49, of Brielle, a former Ocean Township Police Officer, was charged with multiple counts of Theft by Deception and Forgery, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced this morning.

Cole previously, in January, charged with Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received and two counts of fourth-degree Forgery. He resigned from the OTPD after the initial charges were filed against him.

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