Christie’s New Rule

Governor Chris Christie held a Town Hall meeting in the Middlesex County borough of South River this morning where he introduced his new rule for Town Hall Meetings.

The new rule is to wait for the protesters shipped in by the Communications Workers of America to be removed from the meeting before proceeding with your question.

Turns out Christie is prophetic, or as he said, a soothsayser.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie’s New Rule

MMM Year in Review – February

Governor Chris Christie signed legislation to designed to revitalize Atlantic City.   The Oceanport Task Force on Monmouth Park stepped up its efforts to save New Jersey’s horse racing industry.

Live Action Video released a tape of a Perth Amboy Planned Parenthood office manager coaching an actor posing as a pimp how to “beat the system” set up to protect underage sex trafficking victims.  Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog, called the video a hoax and defended Planned Parenthood for alerting the FBI about a potential multistate sex trafficking ring.  Amy Woodruff, the Planned Parenthood office manager, was firedFrank Pallone was silent on the matter.  The Asbury Park Press issued an inaccurate editorial defending Planned Parenthood.

The U.S. Census Bureau released the results of the 2010 census.  New Jersey lost a congressional district.  Hispanics became the state’s largest minority group. New Jersey’s population shifted from the north to the southern and central regions of the state.

New Jersey’s newpaper industry appealed to Trenton Democrats to maintain their corporate welfare in the form of “legal advertising.”

Congressman Christopher Lee, (R-Buffalo, NY) resigned three hours after gawker.com published shirtless photos of him that he had sent to a woman seeking a date via craigslist.

By-laws, and the lack thereof, for the Monmouth GOP became a hot topic for a week or two.

Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich likened Congressman Chris Smith and American Catholics opposed to abortion to the Arizona shooter.

Freeholder Deputy Director John Curley called for a public review of Brookdale Community College’s budget and spending after learning of expensive country club memberships and a housing allowance for college President Dr. Peter Burnham.  Burnham had drafted a budget that called for a 8.2% tuition increase and blamed the need for the increase on the Freeholder Board reducing the county subsidy for the college.

Red Bank Councilman Michael Dupont and Shrewsbury attorney Brian Nelson  fought over the Sayreville Borough Attorney’s job.

The Republican Association of Princeton was reconstituted as The Lincoln Club of New Jersey under the leadership of Scott Sipprelle.

Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas, Wall Committeeman George Newberry and Spring Lake Councilman Gary Rich launched their campaigns for the GOP nomination for Freeholder.

Posted: December 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 Year in review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

Christie Town Hall Meeting in Sayreville

Governor Chris Christie will be holding a Town Hall Meeting in Sayreville on Wednesday, September 21, at 11:30 AM.  The doors will open at 10:30 AM.

The forum will take place at the Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main Street.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis and is open to the public.  The Governor’s office requests that those planning to attend RSVP here.

Posted: September 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie Town Hall Meeting in Sayreville

Is Dupont Sayreville’s Borough Attorney Or Isn’t He?

By Art Gallagher

Red Bank Councilman and NJ Turnpike Authority Treasurer Michael Dupont told Red Bank Green that he is still the Borough Attorney in Sayreville and that he’s humbled that he got the appointment.

Sayreville Mayor Kennedy O’Brien saysthat Brian Nelson is the Borough Attorney for the duration of the temporary 30 day appointment that O’Brien made on February 14th.  The Sayreville mayor intends to appoint Nelson for the remainder of the year.

O’Brien also said that the reported savings of $115 thousand that Sayreville taxpayers would enjoy due to DuPont’s appointment at $7500 per month, compared to the prior attorney’s $19,000 per month fee is exaggerated because DuPont’s fee does not include the costs of litigation.  Nelson’s bid of $12,500 per month does include litigation.

O’Brien said that DuPont was ineligible to be appointed because his pay to pay paperwork was not submitted on time.  DuPont told RedBankGreen that his paper work was fine and that he personally reviewed it.

MMM has calls into DuPont and Nelson.  More to follow as we pull of the threads of this tangled web.

Posted: February 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Sayreville | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

DuPont Drama In Sayreville

By Art Gallagher

On Monday while the Red Bank Council was discussing whether or not to change their meeting dates to accommodate Councilman Michael DuPont’s $90K part time job as the Borough Attorney of Sayreville, there was real drama in the the Middlesex County town over DuPont’s appointment.

Greater Media’s Suburban newspaper has the story of what happened in Sayreville, including the Mayor and some Council members walking out of their meeting over DuPont’s appointment.

Lots more dots to connect and questions to ask.  Stay tuned.

Posted: February 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Greater Media, Michael Dupont, Red Bank, Sayreville | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

DuPont Considering Giving Up $90K Borough Attorney Gig To Stay On Red Bank Council

By Art Gallagher

Why would a politician/lawyer give up a $90,000 per year part time job to keep a $3200 a year part time job as a  Red Bank councilman?

That’s what Red Bank Councilman Michael Dupont says he’s considering if his colleagues on the Red Bank governing body don’t go along with his request that they change their meeting dates so that he can continue “serving” as the Middlesex County Borough of Sayreville’s borough attorney for $7,500 per month, according to Red Bank Green.  Sayreville and Red Bank have the council meetings on the same nights.

So why not ask Sayreville to change its meeting day?

“I did that,” DuPont tells redbankgreen. No go.

But he tells redbankgreenthat if the Red Bank meeting schedule remains unchanged, “I’d probably have to give up Sayreville.”

DuPont says the Sayreville gig pays a flat $7,500 per month for all legal services.

Could be he doesn’t need the money, but he tells RBG otherwise.

“I’m just trying to make a living, in addition to being a public servant,”

Couldn’t/shouldn’t Dupont have resolved this before taking the Sayreville job?  He’s been a Red Bank Councilman a long time.

Maybe it has something to do with the pension system or health benefits.

Dupont is also the treasurer of the NJ Turnpike Authority.

Sayreville is home to Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Chairman of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee.  Wisniewski is also chairman of the NJ Democratic Party and Co-Chair of the Legislative Redistricting Commission.

Lot’s of questions and dots to connect. Especially if Dupont runs for Senate or Assembly as has been rumored.

Posted: February 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Michael Dupont, Red Bank, Redistricting | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »