Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Art Gallagher of More Monmouth Musings has a post today about the upcoming February 5th Presidential Primary.
In it he points out the trouble a-brewin' over Adam Puharic's allowing only the Mitt Romney campaign the exclusive use of County G. O. P. resources like the mass e-mail system.
For those with announcements and information from the Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul or Fred Thompson campaigns, click on my link to Art's post for Art's contact information.
For those seeking information on the Presidential candidates, I have links to all six of their websites on my sideboard. I also have links to the Anne Estabrook and Murray Sabrin U. S. Senatorial campaigns, and will post a link to Jersey Joe Pennacchio's senate campaign once his website is up.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Art Gallagher of More Monmouth Musings has a great idea:

"We could use some of the old Tuzeneu spirit. The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders should declare February 4, the day that Corzine comes to Monmouth County, Ovid Tuzeneu Day and everyone should bring a toy axe to Marlboro High School to protest Corzine's crazy plan."

I hope the freeholders make such a proclamation. I also hope talk show host Jim Gearhart of New Jersey 101.5 picks up on the idea; there could be an Ovid Tuzeneu Day for all of the Bozo-coiffed Gov. Corzine's remaining appearances!
Notwithstanding, I'll start this show. Corzine's Town Hall Meeting will be from 7 to 9 PM at Marlboro High School, 95 North Main St. in Marlboro. Note: North Main St. is Route 79! (Nice try, Gov.) The high school is just south of Route 520. Even if you didn't make the RSVP to get into the meeting, a large outside gathering will be good for our cause.

Try to bring a toy axe. If you can't get one, cut one out of cardboard. No real axes, please! Let's make Corzine never forget Monmouth County. Let's have Ovid Tuzeneu's trusty axe be Old Monmouth's version of torches and pitchforks.
Participants be warn! Corzine has shown that he has no qualms about playing hardball here. You could get arrested. Hopefully there will be no problems. Remember, the police are not the problem here.


Friday, January 18, 2008



Main Entry: shun·pike
Pronunciation: \ˈshən-ˌpīk\
Function: noun
Date: 1862
: a side road used to avoid the toll on or the speed and traffic of a superhighway
— shun·pik·er \-ˌpī-kər\ noun
— shun·pik·ing \-kiŋ\ noun

Source: The Merriam - Webster Online Dictionary.

That's what's going to happen if the Bozo - coiffed Governor Jon Corzine gets his way. Motorists will simply avoid the state's toll highways. It's been all over the print and online media for some time now.

Interesting how the debate has shifted, too.

Back in the early 1990's, during the anti-Jim Florio fervor, a movement arose proposing the abolition of tolls on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike. (This harkens back to the 1890's, when Middletown resident Ovid Tuzeneu fought an anti-toll battle against the toll roads of his day which made the New York Times.) Then, in 2001, gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler proposed a plan to abolish tolls on the Garden State Parkway; his opponent, Jim McGreevey, felt that E-ZPass was the way to go. McGreevey won and the tolls stayed up.
Now we have a governor so extreme, he is throwing out trial balloons to establish new tolls on other highways. Routes 78, 80 and 440 were a part of this scheme. While 78 and 80 are off the table (for now), 440 is still in play, with opposition.

Interestingly, the tolls were originally imposed to pay off the bonded indebtedness of the roads. Once the debts were paid off, the toll booths were to be thrown down and the roads would become a part of the State Highway System. Unfortunately, the toll road authorities soon learned that by continuing to borrow, they would keep the tolls and their bureaucracies indefinitely. Now Corzine takes it one step further by proposing linking the general state finances to the toll roads, making it well-nigh impossible to ever remove the tolls, even if a future governor or legislature wanted to. Ever.

This is a dangerous man. Corzine poses as a reformer, all the while taking state government to new levels to feed the Democratic behemoth. Case in point: The voters soundly defeated his embryonic stem cell research proposal, which was intended more as a plum for Newark and Camden than anything for science. In spite of defeat, the governor intends to go forward with the scheme.

What is to be done? The state G. O. P. needs first to realize that they are not dealing with Florio or even McGreevey. No, this is a foe who is far more crafty, totally, shall I say it? Machiavellian. Voting no or compromising is not enough.

In the meantime, if you don't like the tolls, take the shunpike.


Sen. Barry Goldwater at The Voice of Reason has a great take on the issue by Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.

Friday, January 04, 2008


Happy New Year!

History was made yesterday afternoon with the unanimous selection of Lillian Beneforti Burry as the first woman to serve as Director of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. She is also the first Italian - American to lead the Board.

Director Burry's selection also puts to rest fears that her predecessor as director, Bill Barham, would continue to hold the post in a Larrisonian imperial directorship.

Rob Clifton, who was reelected at the last election, will be deputy director for 2008.

The Asbury Park Press article is here; in the hard copy of the paper an editorial decision was made to place the article not only "below the fold", but at the very bottom of the page. For all their crying about Bill Barham's second year as Director last year, I guess an actual change in the directorship is not really newsworthy in their eyes.

A big thank you to Bill Barham for his service as director for the past two years. This blog has sometimes been critical of Bill, but director is a tough job and we thank him for his time. We also thank Highlands Mayor Anna Little for her service as a freeholder during the same time. During her term on the Board, she was subjected to vitriolic attacks from a faction within our own party, the ultimate source of which is yet to be exposed. Freeholder Little handled these attacks with class and aplomb, and I'm sure we have not heard the last of Anna Little.

The Monmouth County Republican Blog wishes Director Burry, Deputy Director Clifton and the entire Board of Chosen Freeholders the best of luck in 2008!

Some Friday Randomness

Many of you have been following the news coverage of the dispute between the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the County Board of Elections vis-à-vis who has the authority to hire Election Board staff. (Here and here.)

We hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. Back in 2005, then-County Chairman Fred Niemann decided that he would make changes on the County Board. He began by replacing Commissioner Robin Lemesevski of Freehold Township with Howell Municipal Chair Norine Kelly. He followed up in 2006 by replacing Election Board Chairman Barbara Muzetska with Karen Haines of Middletown, his county headquarters office manager.
This threw the seniority on the Board to the Democrats, led by Leah Falk of Aberdeen Township. We now have the dispute leading into the February 5th Super Duper Tuesday Presidential Primary.

Giving the issue the flavor of The Jerry Springer Show is a near Rasta-esque comment by loose-cannon Chairman Adam Puharic publicly bashing an applicant for one of the positions to be filled, and by currency bashing the Board of Freeholders for recommending the applicant. This is standard Puharic policy, making foes where friends used to be, and it appears to go back to his days as a Municipal Chair, when he chose to use his power as Chairman to punish dissent, instead of healing, bringing people together, and fostering debate without resentment. Since becoming chairman, Adam has unnecessarily alienated many, including a former freeholder, at least two out of the three remaining Republican freeholders, the past sheriff and others.

We now come back to candidate screening, which may have the chairman really cycling up to a crescendo. Read Art Gallagher's analysis at More Monmouth Musings.

Have a nice weekend!