President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, the Republican National Committee and the New Jersey Republican Party have sued New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Secretary of State Tahesa Way in federal court to block the enforcement of Murphy’s Executive Order requiring a vote-by-mail election this November.Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 19th, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2020 Presidential Politics, COVID-19, Elections, New Jersey | Tags: 2020 Presidential Politics, Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey, NJ GOP, Republican National Committee, Vote by mail | 4 Comments »
Rik Mehta, a former Food and Drug Administration official. won the Middlesex County GOP endorsement for U.S. Senate in online balloting that was tabulated this afternoon. Mehta’s name will appear below President Trump’s on the ballot in Middlesex in the Republican primary on June 2.
The Middlesex Republican nominating convention, originally scheduled for March 14, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delegates voted online with balloting closing at midnight on the 14th, GOP Chairwoman Lucille Panos told MMM. The Middlesex GOP Executive committee tabulated and certified the votes today.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2020 U.S. Senate Race, New Jersey, News | Tags: 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Cory Booker, Hirsh Singh, New Jersey, NJ GOP, Rik Mehta | Comments Off on Mehta Wins Middlesex GOP Line for U.S. Senate
Sen. Michael Testa, sounding grave and responsible in a recent news release, is now among the public officials warning us all to pay attention to the science on the Coronavirus. That’s good advice. Why not take it yourself, senator?
The science on childhood vaccines is equally clear, and he’s rejecting it. This man is the legislative darling of the folks who send their kids to school totally anti-vaccinated, because some holistic blogger said that a deadly viral outbreak is a beautiful and natural thing.Yet here he is, reminding the rest of us that we’ve got to trust the experts, and ignore the… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: March 8th, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: New Jersey, NJ GOP, Senator Joe Pennachio, Senator Michael Testa, Vaccine Bill, Vaccines | 1 Comment »
By Art Gallagher
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, New Jersey | Tags: 2020 congressional elections, Burlington County GOP, CD-3, David Richter, John Novak, Kate Gibbs, NJ GOP, Sean Earlen | 1 Comment »
William Palatucci and Virginia Haines will seek new terms as New Jersey’s representatives to the Republican National Committee when the New Jersey Republican State Committee meets on Saturday in Atlantic City. The State Republican Committee meeting will take place during the NJ GOP’s annual Statewide Leadership Summit.Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ GOP | Tags: Bill Palatucci, Mary Pat Angelini, NJ GOP, Peter Carton, Republican National Committee, Virginia Haines | 1 Comment »
By Art Gallagher
Bill Palatucci, New Jersey’s Republican National Committeeman, was showing U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta around the Golden Era Gala on Friday night, which surprised me because Hirsh Singh has been touting the Republican National Commiteeman’s endorsement for the nomination to take on Senator Cory Booker for months.
“I’m trying to get Eli Manning to run,” I told Palatucci when he asked me if I knew Mehta. Bill laughed and without missing a beat said, “Is that going to happen? Just it case it doesn’t, you should know Rik Methta.” Read the rest of this entry »Posted: February 2nd, 2020 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2020 U.S. Senate Race, New Jersey, NJ GOP | Tags: 2020 elections, 2020 U.S. Senate Race, Bill Palatucci, Cory Booker, Eli Manning, Eli Manning for U.S. Senate, Golden Era, Golden Gala, Hirsh Singh, New Jersey, NJ GOP, Rik Mehta, Rik Mehta for U.S. Senate, William J Palatucci | 3 Comments »
Always an exciting event, there was an additional energy this year as a rumor spread throughout political circles that Golden would announce his intention to run for governor in 2021.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, NJ GOP | Tags: A Starry Night, Golden Era, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey, NJ GOP, Shaun Golden | 3 Comments »
Over 400 supporters of Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon ignored the iffy weather reports and enjoyed the 10th Annual Summer Kickoff post-primary gathering at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como on Wednesday evening.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2019 elections, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, New Jersey | Tags: 2019 elections, Christine Giordano Hanlon, Doug Steinhardt, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Nick DiRocco, NJ GOP, Shaun Golden, Tom Arnone | Comments Off on Monmouth GOP Summer Kickoff Success
By Art Gallagher
George Gilmore, the Ocean County Republican Chairman and Board of Elections Chairman who was indicted on federal tax evasion and bank fraud charges last week, didn’t pay his taxes and omitted tax debt from a loan application because he has a hoarding disorder, his lawyer told the Asbury Park Press.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office was aware of Gilmore’s disability before it sought an indictment, his lawyer, Kevin Marino told app.
Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs, according to the Mayo Clinic.Art Gallagher | Filed under: New Jersey, News, Opinion | Tags: George Gilmore, Hoarding Disorder, New Jersey, NJ GOP, Ocean County, Ocean County Republican Organization, Opinion | Comments Off on Gilmore’s Insanity Defense
George Gilmore, the long time chairman of the Ocean County Republican Party, was indicted by a federal grand jury, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced this afternoon.
Gilmore, 69, is an attorney, lobbyist and one of the most powerful Republicans in New Jersey. He was was charged in a six-count indictment with one count of income tax evasion for calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015; two counts of filing false tax returns for calendar years 2013 and 2014; failing to collect, account for, and pay over payroll taxes for two quarters in 2016, and making false statements on a 2015 loan application submitted to Ocean First Bank N.A.
According to Honig’s announcement, documents file in the case indicate:admin | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: George Gilmore, New Jersey, NJ GOP, Ocean County | 10 Comments »