Freeholder Lillian Burry: “They (her opponents) should say what they would do better. Their negative attacks make them look like asses. They are asses!”
The By-Laws instituted by Monmouth Republican Chairman John Bennett as the fulfillment of one of his major campaign promises in 2012 will likely result in one of his most ardent supporters, Freeholder Lillian Burry, being challenged at the 2014 Monmouth Republican Nominating Convention in March.
Howell Councilman Bob Walsh said he will seek a nomination for freeholder when the Republican County Committee convenes next spring. Incumbents Burry and Freeholder Gary Rich both said they will seek the nominations for new terms…Burry’s 4th, Rich’s 2nd…and that they are prepared to fight back Walsh’s challenge.
“Tell him to wait his turn,” Burry said of Walsh’s challenge. “I’m running and I support Gary Rich for another term.”
Tom Szymanski is the new top operative for Monmouth County Republicans, Save Jerseyans.
He’ll serve as the new executive direct for Chairman John Bennett’s organization.
Szymanski graduated from Rowan University last year and served as the RNC field director for Monmouth County in the 2013 cycle where Chris Christie triumphed with more than 70% of the vote. Tom also previously held the title of Chairman of the New Jersey College Republicans from May 2011 to May 2012 and worked as a victory coordinator for Jon Runyan’s 2012 reelection campaign.
Monmouth County voters overwhelming elected Sheriff Shaun Golden and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone to second terms yesterday. Deputy Freeholder Director won her second election in as many years, earning her first full term as a freeholder. DiMaso was elected last year to complete the term of Assemblyman Rob Clifton.
Golden defeated criminal defense attorney Rueben Scolavino with 102,840 to 58 votes. 58,923 people voted for Scolavino.
Only Governor Chris Christie, who earned 70.6% of the vote in Monmouth County, 122,928, outpolled Golden.
Freeholders Arnone and DiMaso bested their Democratic opponents Brian Froelich of Spring Lake and Larry Luttrell of Holmdel by an almost 2-1 margin. Arnone got 98,832 votes, Dimaso 95,829. Froelich, who ran for the House of Representative against Congressman Chris Smith last year came in third with 58,450 votes and Luttrell, who was endorsed by the Asbury Park Press, received 56,394 votes.
He carried it by 64,367 votes over Jon Corzine, little more than 20k votes short of his total statewide margin of victory. Winning big and making a nationals statement, consequently, is contingent in large part of Monmouth turnout.
photo credit: Rhoda Chodosh. Click on photo for larger view. Sen Joe Kyrillos is NOT wearing mouse ears.
He’s finally saying it.
Yesterday afternoon at Bachstadt’s Tavern in North Middletown Governor Chris Christie urged the enthusiastic crowd of several hundred to “vote Republican from the top of the ballot to the bottom. I don’t want to serve another day with a Democratic legislature.”
“He finally said it,” I quipped to Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, JR who was present at the rally along with Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnik. “He’s been saying it everywhere,” Kean replied.
D.C.-based College Republican chapters are in Jersey for the weekend, Save Jerseyans, and they’re helping run up the score against the soon-to-be-retired from politics Barbara Buono (BWOH’-noh) and her nearly non-existent field program.
As part of this operation, approximately 50 college-age campaigners from your Blogger-in-Chief’s undergraduate alma mater, the Catholic University of America, were on the ground in Monmouth County on Saturday knocking doors and making calls on behalf of the GOP ticket.
All of their hard work is translating to thousands of valuable voters contacts…
As part of my ongoing effort to introduce candidates to the voting public, Save Jerseyans, I started a weekly column called Meet the Candidates. In essence, it is a past day stump speech updated for the virtual world.
We are now entering the final stretch of this campaign cycle with only a few days left before Election Day 2013. At Save Jersey, we are dedicated to keep you, the voter, informed and that is why I am pleased to introduce you to Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone.
Freeholder Arnone graduated Neptune High School and then went on to attend Brookdale Community College. Since the early 1980’s, he has owned T. Arnone’s Landscaping and he’s currently the Vice President of Property Management at PRC Group in West Long Branch. His prior political experience includes serving as a Neptune City council member from 1997-2003 and then as the mayor from 2004 through 2010. He was elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2011 and continues to hold that position to this day.
My interview with Freeholder Thomas Arnone is below the fold…
Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, Jets owner Woody Johnson, and Douglas Eagles, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County.
The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced yesterday that they are awarding $1.5 million to New Jersey youth serving agencies for repairs to recreational facilities and equipment that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The announcement took place at the headquarters of the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development in Perth Amboy, in a play room that has recently been renovated with the first $100 thousand distributed of the $1.5 million dollar grant.
One of this year’s most closely watched municipal races is in the Monmouth County community of Red Bank, Save Jerseyans, where the embattled county Democrat organization is struggling to preserve a foothold in the GOP-dominated county.
Unsurprisingly, the county Democrats have used any and all tactics to fend off a strong challenge from young Republican Sean Di Somma who is seeking to break up the town’s all-Democrat monopoly in city hall. Allegations concerning a Dallas warrant stemming from a stale traffic fine (h/t MoreMonmouthMusings) represent only the latest attempt by the incumbents’ allies to knee-cap the insurgent challenger.
Intrigued, I reached out to Sean to learn more about him and his candidacy: