Saturday, August 25, 2012


The Asbury Park Press reports on an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showing Mitt Romney with 0% support among African American voters. While that is obviously not likely, it is not far off, and it reflects less on Romney than on the fact that an overwhelming number of black voters vote strictly for Democrats.
The Lone Ranger provides us with a history lesson on how, why and when black voters switched their allegiance from the Republican to the Democrat Party.
What is to be done?
I mean, the G. O. P. has tried a lot. And let's face it, most African American voters are not far-left progressives philosophically. On issues such as school choice, same-sex marriage and immigration they fall squarely on the right. Yet predominantly black constituencies continually roll up 10:1 Democrat majorities. With some exceptions, even African American Republicans fare little better than the rest of the ticket.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Kyrillos Leads Charge for Transparency; Menendez Follows

Kyrillos campaign press release:
Middletown, August 17… Several hours and a few news reports after announcing Senator Kyrillos would make public his tax returns, Senator Menendez joined Kyrillos’ pursuit of transparency and announced he would follow suit – the first time in six years.
“I congratulate Senator Menendez for following Senator Kyrillos’ lead and agreeing to release more than one tax return,” said Kyrillos Campaign Manager Chapin Fay. “It’s clear had Senator Kyrillos not led this charge, Senator Menendez would have continued to keep New Jerseyans in the dark. Joe will bring this same agenda of good government and transparency to the United States Senate and bring an end to backroom deal-making and special interest influence.”
Contact Information
Contact Name:
Meaghan Cronin
Contact Phone Number:
(732) 221-1162
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Friday, August 17, 2012


Here at the Monmouth County Republican Blog we have been updating our links to local Republican Organizations in Monmouth County. So far we have twelve local groups linked. A dozen. That's less than 25% of Monmouth County's 53 municipalities.
Now some towns might be too small or have an underfunded organization but that's not the case with all of them. In today's political world it is imperative to have a presence on the Worldwide Web. Someone in your town may wish to help out and the first thing they're going to do is an internet search of "Name Your Township Republicans". If they come up with nothing or worse, a 404 message, your team may have lost a supporter even before they could be found.
So if you know of a website that we haven't linked please leave the URL in the comments and we will add it in.
Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Anna Little is one of the toughest people in politics today. A tireless grass roots organizer and campaigner, she challenged the Party Establishment, winning both the 2010 and 2012 Primaries off-line, and would have won off line for freeholder in 2007 if she chose to run that year.
She has gone up against some pretty tough customers, including Bill Barham, Fred Niemann, Adam Puharic and his Rasta sock-puppet and others. She was elected Mayor of Highlands beating a Democrat, an Independent and a write in (presumably sent in as a spoiler) orchestrated by country club RINOs on Navesink River Road in Middletown!
Sounds like she's just the kind of fighter we need in Congress.
So where does Art Gallagher get off thinking that he is going to prevail against Anna Little? Really?


So just who is this man, Frank J. Pallone, Jr.? He has been a congressman representing parts of Monmouth County for nearly a quarter century but what do we know about him?
We will attempt to provide a bit of information on him, from a political standpoint.
We will begin with the 11th Legislative District and its delegation as it stood back in the early 1980s. This included Senator Brian T. Kennedy and Assemblymen Anthony M. "Doc" Villane, Jr. and William F. Dowd, all Republicans. This lineup had represented the shore district since the mid to late 70s; the delegation was known as the "Shore Team" because of their active interest in the Jersey Shore, especially Doc Villane. Bill Dowd withdrew from the ticket in 1981 and was replaced on the ballot by Freeholder Joseph A. Palaia. The team of Kennedy, Villane and Palaia was successful in 1981.
Frank Pallone, Jr. is the son of Frank J. Pallone, Sr., who was a longtime Long Branch Republican and a member of the County Committee. The elder Pallone brought his son to G. O. P. leaders and tried to get him on the 11th District legislative ticket. In addition to there being no vacancy on the ticket, Pallone was told that he would have to "walk before he could run". The Pallones then went to the Democrats, probably his first act of political opportunism. Pallone was elected to the Long Branch City Council in 1982.
1983 was a "perfect storm" election. Republican Freeholder Frank Self was suffering from a credibility problem due to discrepancies brought up by Democrats about his Vietnam War service. Democrats smelled blood in the water. Pallone was the senate candidate in the 11th. Democrat leaders bosses targeted Kennedy as the weakest on the delegation and Pallone was elected to the Senate by less than 1,000 votes. He would dually hold both his city and legislative offices until elected to Congress in 1988.
In the Legislature Pallone was considered a conservative, he was actively pro-life and not crazy on fiscal matters, which probably didn't hurt him getting reelected in 1987. Among his peers in the Legislature, however, he was earning a reputation as a political opportunist. He quickly co-opted the G. O. P. team's issue of the Shore, and gained a reputation for stealing and taking credit for other legislators' bills.
The incumbent congressman at the time was Democrat James J. Howard. It was no secret that Pallone was close to Howard, whether this was sincere or just more opportunism is open to speculation. Howard, although not indicating that he would retire, was clearly grooming Pallone to succeed him. Other Monmouth County Democrats favored State Sen. Richard Van Wagner (D-13).
The 1988 election cycle opened normally. Howard was running for reelection and would be challenged by Joseph Azzolina, the veteran legislator.
Suddenly Howard died and Democrats nominated Pallone to replace him on the ballot. Pallone would defeat Azzolina in the General Election.
Many Republicans initially considered Pallone an improvement over Howard, due to his conservative leanings in the State Senate and willingness to reach across the aisle. Congressman Chris Smith was pleased to have another pro-life colleague, especially on the Democrat side of the aisle.
Within six months of taking office Pallone suddenly morphed into a pro-choice, tax & spend liberal. More political opportunism.
After the 1990 Federal Census, New Jersey lost a congressional seat. The old 3rd and 6th Districts were combined, and Rep. Bernard Dwyer (D-6) retired rather than go against Pallone in a primary. This extended the district deep into Middlesex County, safening the seat for Pallone.
The Pallone of today is a far cry from the 1980s "Blue Dog" of the State Senate. Long gone are his pro-life days. Long, long gone. Now a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Pallone supports cap & trade and has even claimed authorship of the Obamacare legislation:"This is not Obama’s bill. This isn’t Nancy Pelosi’s bill. This is MY bill."
It is time for this chameleonic character to go.
They say a woman's place is in the house; it's time to put Anna Little in the U. S. House of Representatives!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


She stood up to Adam Puharic, Bill Barham, Fred Neimann and Malcolm Carton. These men have bullied and undermined Little and waged a smear campaign against her and her family. Little's problems with the party bosses got worse when she didn't just "sit back, learn the ropes and follow our lead" as she was told to do.
As many of my readers know, Freeholder 6th District Congressional Candidate Anna Little has been the subject of a nasty and baseless character assassination attempt from within the Republican Party. This campaign, which began almost immediately after her Primary victory on November 7, 2006 June 8, 2010, was initially spread through the rumor and gossip mill and escalated to another Monmouth County political blog in mid December.
Can he overcome the damage caused by his anger?
If they continue on this reckless path, they will be doing great damage to an already vulnerable Monmouth County GOP.
In politics, as in life, holding grudges only nails you’re own foot to the floor. It can be both humorous and maddening to watch grudge holders spin around in circles, while they think they are getting somewhere.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


As has so often been the case this time of year, nothing of substance has yet shown up on this year's Democrat Party candidate ELEC reports. Nothing new either yet to reflect any changes brought about under the new County Dem chairman boss, Vinod Gopal. However, there's always last year's final reports, which are relevant because two of their losing candidates from last year, William Shea (freeholder county commissioner) and Michael Steinhorn (surrogate 2011, county clerk 2012), are on this year's countywide ballot.

Let's first look at Amy Mallet's final report:

Pallone for Congress gave her $1,000.00 contribution on October 21, 2011, and another $1,000.00 on Nov. 1. After that it's the unions.

NJEA Political Action Committee contributed $1,250.00 on the same date. That's the teachers' union folks.

DRIVE Committee contributed $1,000.00 on Nov. 9. DRIVE is an acronym: Democrat Republican Independent Voter Education; it's the political action committee of the Teamsters Union.

1199 SEIU NYS Political Action Fund gave Mallet's campaign $2,000.00 on Nov. 17. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is known for thuggishness, often supplying goons to physically disrupt events. These are bad dudes. The "NYS" stands for New York State. That is a separate state to the north of New Jersey; again we must reiterate, New York is a separate state. This is an out of state campaign contribution.

Now Bill Shea's report:

NJEA Political Action Committee contributed $1,250.00 on Nov. 7. Again, we must reiterate, this is the teachers' union.
Earlier union bucks to Shea can be found here.

And now, Mr. Steinhorn:

Realtors' Political Action Committee on September 30 gave $1,000.00 and another $1,000.00 on October 4.
Steinhorn's report is the only one certified as a final report.

Now, let's look at the Monmouth County Democrats report:

Election Fund of Joseph Cryan (D-Union), the rootinest, tootinest, double-dippinest undersheriff/assemblyman ever to bedazzle New Jersey contributed $10,000.00 to the County Democrats on October 5. Recall that on September 18, he also contributed 1,000.00 smackers to Amy Mallet's campaign account.
In late 2008 it was the Monmouth County Democrat Freeholder County Commissioner majority who looked to Cryan to fill key appointments.

Annette Quijano Election Fund (D-Union), contributed $5,000.00 on Oct. 26. Quijano is a part of the 20th District Legislative delegation along with Joe Cryan and Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak. (below) Quijano replaced former Assemblyman Neil Cohen, the well-known child-porn impressario, currently on parole from South Woods State Prison.

Election Fund of Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union), contributed $1,000.00 on Oct. 27.

Union County Democratic Committee , Charlotte DeFilippo, chair, forked over $3,000.00 on Oct. 21. Monmouth and Union County Democrats have had a long and cozy relationship. Not sure whether or not that will continue under Gopal, who is Nopal to the GOP.

Union Township Democratic Municipal Committee, Joseph Cryan, chair, contributed $3,500.00 on Nov. 9, another $3,500.00 on Nov. 25, for a total of $7,000.00.

Election Fund of John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), gave $7,500.00 on Oct. 24. Recall that on February 10 he contributed $1,000.00 and another $2,500.00 on September 15 for an aggregate of $11,000.
Democracy in Motion, the mysterious PAC, gave $5,000.00 on Nov. 2.  On July 8 they had contributed $5,000.00; they gave another $10,000.00 on September 15. They first showed up on the Monmouth County scene back in '09. Their chairman is Michael L. Broderick and their treasurer is Christina Montorio. Both are employed by Teamsters Local 469 in Hazlet, Broderick as Business Agent and Montorio as a Port Representative. They appear to be funded by professional firms; CME Engineering is a major player here, although T & M, Birdsall and various law firms have donated. They even got a check from Gary "Billboard" Taffet, former chief of staff to disgraced Gov. James E. McGreevey. Their disbursements go predominantly to Middlesex County Democrats.

Raritan Bay Leadership Fund contributed $7,000.00 on Dec. 1. Their chairman is former Middlesex County Clerk Raniero Travisano of Sayreville and their treasurer New Brunswick attorney David Lonski. Their contributors and recipients are largely the same as Democracy in Motion.

Together We Can gave 2,500.00 on Nov. 2. Their chairman is former Kevin P. McCabe of Sewaren and their treasurer Woodbridge Township attorney James P. Nolan. McCabe is part of the management team of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, Edison. Their contributors and recipients are largely the same as Democracy in Motion and the Raritan Bay Leadership Fund, with the addition of contributors Jamie Fox, DOT Commissioner in the McGreevey administration, and disgraced former Senator Robert Torricelli.

Is it because these contributors are extraordinarily civic-minded Americans who have a deep, abiding interest in local pols doing their jobs of serving their constituency? Might it be that these contributors just love participating in the political process?
Is Union County the Democrats' idea of "where Democrats are doing a better job governing than Republicans?"
Is Middlesex County the Democrats' idea of "where Democrats are doing a better job governing than Republicans?"