Friday, October 31, 2014

It's a Thriller



Is NJ's Most Haunted House Middletown's "Spy House"?

Recently the Asbury Park Press posted Weird NJ: Is Spy House America's 'most haunted house?' . In the past  I've also posted about Middletown's very only haunted house during this time of year. So I figured I'd repost my original story that  first appeared in 2011, as a companion to Weird NJ's  piece to give you another perspective on one of  (if not the) oldest houses in New Jersey, that's right here, in our back yard!:

While looking for an interesting ghost story to post in honor of Halloween, I came across a real treat. I found a 2003 documentary posted on Youtube (posted in three parts and recently updated in 2010 ) that featured arguably one of the oldest, if not the oldest home in Monmouth County, the Whitlock/Seabrook House a.k.a The Spy House located in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown NJ. It is said that as many as 23 ghosts call the Spy House home.

The documentary features Psychic Consult Jane Doherty, who years ago use to give ghost tours of the Spy House during this time of year. I remember taking a tour of the old house years ago when Doherty was acting as our psychic tour guide. It was a fun night and enjoyable experience even though we didn't meet any ghosts first hand that night.

I also remember meeting Gertrude Neidlinger on a few other visits to the house, she really was a special person she always made you feel at home, and boy could she tell a story! Neidlinger pasted away in 1998.

The 1st video below is a more recent, updated story of the Spy House. It was posted online this past August 17th and contains a brief summary of the house's history (containing some clips from the original documentary) along with the results of a paranormal investigation that was performed at the site.

These video's were posted on Youtube by The Paranormal Rangers, I hope you enjoy them.















Happy Halloween



(Sorry if this offends, but I love this picture!)



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Patrick Short's Opening Comments From LVGA Candidate's Forum

Several days ago the Lincroft Village Green Association(LVGA) held its Meet the Candidate Night at the Lincroft Village School. Former Middletown Township Committeeman Patrick Short, who is seeking to regain a seat on the Township Committee this coming Tuesday, couldn't be there that evening because of a previous,  work related commitment.  The LVGA and the League of Women Voters, who moderated the evening, allowed him to submit an opening and closing statement.  

For those who don't know who Patrick Short is and would like to know a little more about him before heading into the voting booth on Tuesday, should read his comments below. It's easy to see that Short is highly qualified and deserves to be elected to the Township Committee, along with his running mate George Mardinly:

I am very sorry that I cannot be with you this evening. Let me introduce myself to those who do not know me.
Patrich Short

I am Patrick Short and I am running for Middletown Township Committee. I am a graduate of West Point, am highly educated with three (3) Master degrees, and have taught economics at the college level. But, what I cherish most is the high dose of common sense that I received from my parents. And, it is this common sense that keeps me grounded and helps me make decisions.
I was taught to serve. To give. Not take. I served my country, as a career Army officer. I have served my community and have been recognized by the State of New Jersey for my community service. I have served Middletown, being elected to the Committee in 2006; I was the only elected official in the State of New Jersey to not take Health benefits, to not enroll into the Pension program, and in my last year in office, to not take a salary. All I wanted to do was server. And, that is what I did. I served. I gave and never took.

When I was elected to Middletown Township Committee in 2006, I was the first person of a different party elected in 18 years. And, today the Town is back to one party rule. That is why I am running for Township Committee. I do not believe in one party rule. I don’t care if it is all Republicans or if it is all Democrats, one party rule is not the best form of government. You see, I believe in diversity, creative thought, discussion, and exchange. This is what takes place when both parties are represented and this is what produces the best ideas and solutions.

With a two party system, you have a better chance of your voice being heard. You have a better chance of your interests being addressed. And, with a two party system you, have a better chance of checks and balance and someone who will ask the questions that are not being asked.

So, if you want your voice to be heard. If you want your interests to be addressed, and if you want someone who will ask the questions that are not being asked, to oversee what we buy, why we buy, and how we buy, to ensure that your tax dollars are spent effectively and most efficiently; if you want someone who will give and not take from the system … then I am you guy for Township Committee,

… Patrick Short.

Be Afraid, Be Very, Very Afraid....


If you happen to see a kid wearing this get-up for Halloween tomorrow, run the other way and lock your doors. You never know what this person could be up to. Ewwww!


Cliff Notes From Oct. 27th BOE Meet The Candidates Forum




I couldn't attend the Oct. 27th Middletown Board of Education Meet The Candidates Night, hosted by the Harmony Elementary School PTO because I had to work. Fortunately for me (and you), my friend Roxanne did attend and sent me her notes from the evening which appear below (keep in mind that her notes are not transcripts from the evening, they are NOTES).

I found Roxanne's notes very helpful and I wish to thank her for taking the time to type them out and send them to me to share. I hope that those that read this post will find her notes as helpful in determining who to vote for on Tuesday as I have.

Opening Statements:

Christopher J. Aveta – resident of Middletown for 10 years, 2 kids in M‐town schools, lawyer. Was previously on the BoE and served as chair of finance committee, instrumental in curricula and tech updates, progress began when he was elected in 2010, hopes to be elected again.

Mark Bouthillette – 13 years in district, 3 kids in schools now, former Marine Corps, carpenter, worked with IT/Webhosting company for Merrill Lynch, feels connected with district, team player

Ernest Donnelly – 40 year resident, passion is education, was an educator – teacher, vice principal, principal and superintendent, chairman of the tech committee, wants to make improvements in safety

Sue Griffin – 17 yrs in district, 4 children went through schools, president of the BoE now, 3rd year on the board, been serving in some capacity since 2000, 2 most important aspects of her job – the children and tax payers’ money

Helen A. Henkel – 23 year resident, 2 kids went through M‐town, service back to the community important to her, RN that works with children with cleft palate, able to work with families, professionals due to this experience

Question and Answer portion:

Question 1. What are the educational gaps or weaknesses in Middletown schools?

Aveta – mainly in elementary school, gaps in grammar, spelling, need continuity of instruction in the formative years

Donnelly – articulation necessary for all levels especially with 17 schools, listen to teachers and parents for feedback

Griffin – Chair of the curriculum committee, feels language arts and writing and also handwriting are issues

Henkel – need to know what the impact of the Common Core standards will be for our students, civics education lacking

Bouthilette – Core Curriculum implementation is key, working together with BoE, admin, staff and families

Aveta – language arts scores and interpretation need to be discussed with teachers. Parents confused about how their children are doing.

2. Common Core – opinion of? Viable for Middletown to opt‐out?

Bouthilette – mandated by state, need to implement, it does take away from face‐to‐face teaching time, but we need to find a way to make it fit with our town

Aveta – it’s here, cannot opt out of a state mandate, needs to be addressed by parents and staff together

Donnelly – Follow the rules and regs of the state mandate, common core was put together by teachers and researchers, already spent $ to prepare for Common Core and PARCC testing, let’s see results first, adapt it to help us

Griffin – opening up a discussion with teachers, need to make it a continual conversation

Henkel – not a proponent of Common Core, not sure if we should wait to see long term results since it might not work, encouraged people to contact legislators about making changes

3. Leading concern among special needs parents in Middletown?

Donnelly – always seeking to improve educational opportunities, listen to parents, constant communication, help bridge special and regular ed

Aveta – parents and students want to be heard, need the least restrictive environment possible

Henkel – communication to be open at all times, adapting education to that child, not adapting child to the education, advocacy for children and parents

Bouthillette – 100% for inclusion classes Griffin – looking at each child individually

Donnelly – inclusion for special needs, try to keep students in district at all costs

Henkel – we’re all part of the same team and we need to remember that

4. With a potential debt/deficit looming over the next year, how will you deal with a substantial loss to the budget?

Bouthillette – supplying the best education possible is our goal – esp preparing students for a global market, make collective decisions, cannot promise that taxes will stay the same.

Donnelly – we’re capped at a 2% budget increase, need to review all accounts and programs – perform an audit to see what is working and what can be cut.

Aveta – Chair of finance in the 3 years he served, had a surplus, the $5.5 million deficit was caused by state, need to have a contingency plan if that debt comes to fruition, questions some employee practices like early retirement

Henkel – properties that are owned and unused by the district should be assessed and sold off, check out administrative costs and potentially cut there

Griffin – look over budget and see what parents/community wants/needs

Donnelly ‐ $5 mil debt is a surprise to everyone, state is seeking money from 7 years back, want to ensure that we can still provide same quality education

5. Budgeting for future construction/maintenance costs?

Aveta – submitting any grants possible, see where we are before asking public to help subsidize, moving forward will need to have to do it better

Bouthillette – work going on now is only phase 1

Donnelly – neglected facilities was his cause when he initially ran for the BoE, successfully installing new roofs and boilers and these will last for years, also continuing the maintenance supervision to ensure a huge undertaking doesn’t need to occur again

Griffin – putting together a long‐range facilities plan – 5 y ear plan, keeping track of current issues and conditions

Henkel – Regular maintenance key, also need to check to see if we really need more buildings –unnecessary storage structure that cost $300,000?

Aveta – continue to make smart decisions going forward

6. What about the redistricting issue?

Bouthillette – not an easy process, would need community involvement for sure, also need a long‐range plan

Aveta – hardest sell is in the elementary schools where people feel the most community, what would be best for all residents?

Donnelly – currently have undertaken a “strategic plan” for the district that will be looking 10 to 15 years out. No one will redistrict until that plan is reviewed. What would be right for students/schools?

Griffin – need to hear from the community, also the strategic planning committee needs to report out, information is on the website – wants input from everyone in the Middletown community

Henkel – it’s everyone’s responsibility to shape the Middletown school district, not just BoE and educators, if we pay for it, we should be making the decisions

7. Describe an effective Board Member

Griffin – present, active listener and participant, willing to compromise, don’t take things personally

Donnelly – communicator, listener, respectful, solve problems, not micromanaging a district, listen to recommendations from admin

Aveta – involved, respectful of other’s views, ask questions, compromise

Henkel – advocate for the children, need to leave personal attacks aside, compromise, gather information

Bouthillette – team player, work with colleagues, input from rest of BoE, make decisions based on the facts, not personal beliefs

8. How can there be a more transparent and open culture in Middletown schools?

Bouthillette – the BoE is a liaison between the community and the education system, need community members to go to meetings, bring info to attention of the BoE members

Aveta – wants participation from community members all of the time, not just when big issues arise

Donnelly – Hiring a competent superintendent that can work with everyone is important, need to find someone who is willing to work with BoE and admin

Henkel – be open to all communications, willing to talk

Griffin – always sees the same people at meetings, inviting more to speak out and attend, always willing to talk

9. What is your educational philosophy?

Griffin – every child should be able to perform at their best at all times, not everyone will be an A student, but everyone can achieve in their own way

Aveta – every student should have the best opportunity to achieve at their best ability

Donnelly – continue to help students strive to improve, increase level of rigor each year

Henkel – everyone should be able to meet/exceed their dreams, meet every concern of every parent/student

Bouthillette – best education possible to make this the best community possible, afford our students the opportunities to be successful later in life

Closing statements:

Henkel –open to contact, serving the community of students and parents, CHILDREN FIRST and everything else takes a back seat to them

Griffin – Fighting for children to continue to learn, thrive and grow

Donnelly – takes education seriously, proud to serve, keeps himself involved on variety of meetings, need a united, equal opportunity Middletown

Bouthillette – passionate about Middletown and the ed opportunities, brings a diverse background, team player, progress of all, willing to take time to better himself by going to training

Aveta – Wants to continue to serve his community, wants to learn from mistakes of past, ability to compromise and works well with others


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pallone Statement to Mark Two-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy




LONG BRANCH, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. released the following statement today on the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall on the New Jersey coastline. Earlier today, Pallone joined with New Jersey Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker for a roundtable in Union Beach with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro:

“As we look back on the two years since Hurricane Sandy changed the lives of so many in New Jersey, I am filled with hope but also focused on how there is so much more work to be done to achieve a full recovery.

From my first moments on the ground touring the damage Sandy wrought in New Jersey, I have remained committed to helping our communities rebuild and better prepare for future storms like Sandy. But I know that hundreds of residents in my Congressional district are still struggling to rebuild their homes, while towns are facing issues finding the funding to rebuild local infrastructure.

We are making progress, but the recovery is not happening as quickly and efficiently as it should be. I am encouraged to see that many of our beaches have been replenished with Sandy aid money and homes up and down the coast are being repaired and rebuilt, but more remains to be done.”

DEMOCRATS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION RELEASES LIST OF BOLD-FACE NAME SUPPORTERS FROM ACROSS USA




DPE Momentum Continues To Grow


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Democrats For Public Education (DPE) released a list of bold-face names who signed on as supporters for the newly-launched organization. DPE is a 527 formed to show that Democrats remain united around a core set of principles to ensure public education thrives for generations to come. Since officially launching on August 19th, 2014, scores of elected officials, party leaders and activists at all levels of government - and from communities in all 50 states - have already added their names as supporters.

"In less than two months since officially launching, its no surprise that Democrats for Public Education has already enjoyed such a flood of support," said DPE Co-Chair Denise Juneau, Montana State Superintendent of Instruction. "These folks understand that a high-quality public education is an economic necessity, a moral imperative and a pillar of democracy. We believe we should be lifting up and championing public education, teachers and our neighborhood schools - by investing time, energy and resources."

Below is just a small sampling of Democrats from all across America who have signed on to support DPE:


  • Parris Glendening - Former Maryland Governor
  • Mark Schauer - Candidate for Governor of Michigan, Former U.S. Representative
  • Lon Johnson - Michigan Democratic Party Chair, DNC Member
  • Ray Buckley - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair, DNC Vice-Chair, ASDC President
  • Wallace Collins - Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair, DNC Member
  • Karen Carter Peterson - Louisiana Democratic Party Chair, Louisiana State Senator, DNC Executive Committee
  • Diane Ravitch - NYU Research Professor of Education, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education
  • Rita Solnet - Co-Founder of Parents Across America, Former PTA President and Former School Advisory Board Member for Palm Beach County Schools
  • Alice Huffman - California NAACP President, National Board of Directors of the NAACP, DNC Member
  • Doris Crouse-Mays - Virginia AFL-CIO President, DNC Executive Committee
  • Minyon Moore - Former Assistant to the President, Director of White House Political Affairs and Director of White House Public Liasion under President Clinton, DNC Executive Committee, Democratic Strategist
  • Maria Cardona - Former Senior Advisor and spokesperson for the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign, former Senior Vice President for the New Democrat Network (NDN), served as Deputy Press Secretary and Press Secretary at the Department of Commerce, former Communications Director the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Strategist
  • Loretta Weinberg - New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader
  • Martha Fuller Clark - New Hampshire State Senator, First Vice-Chair of New Hampshire Democratic Party, DNC Member
  • Rich Madaleno - Maryland State Senator
  • Bonnie Watson Coleman - New Jersey Assemblywoman, candidate for Congress
  • Edie McClafferty - Member, Montana State House of Representatives
  • Margie MacDonald - Member, Montana State House of Representatives
  • Ellen Cogen Lipton - Member, Michigan State House of Representatives
  • Mimi Stewart - Member, New Mexico State House of Representatives
  • Joel Briscoe - Minority Caucus Manager and Member, Utah State House of Representatives
  • Anita Bonds - District of Columbia Council Member At-Large, DNC Executive Committee
  • Barbra Casbar Siperstein - New Jersey Democratic State Committee Vice-Chair and DNC Executive Committee
  • Andres Ramirez - Vice-Chair, DNC Hispanic Caucus
  • Karren Pope-Onwukwe - Attorney and DNC Member, Maryland
  • Lottie Shackelford - Chair of DNC Women’s Caucus, Former Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Maggie Allen - Principal at Windsor Elementary School (Maine), DNC Member

Last month, Democrats For Public Education (DPE) released the results of a national voter survey showing voters back public education in large numbers. You can view the poll memo on its findings here.

For more information – and to sign-up as a supporter – please visit www.DemocratsForPublicEducation.com.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NJ WATCHDOG: Court orders Chrisite to reveal air travel records



For immediate release:

Gov. Chris Christie's hide-and-seek game over his state travel expense records continued with mixed results last week in Mercer County Superior Court.

Judge Mary C. Jacobson ordered the governor’s office to provide documentation of air travel expenses, including costs and itineraries. She awarded legal fees to a New Jersey Watchdog reporter and instructed the state to turn over the records within 10 days.

But Jacobson also ruled the names of hotels where Christie stayed at taxpayers’ expense should be kept confidential for security reasons. In evidence submitted to the court under seal, the administration argued that revealing the governor's lodging locations in 2012 and 2013 could somehow put him in future danger.

Then the judge threw the rest of the reporter’s public records lawsuit out of court on narrow technical grounds.

The reporter sought records of state “Travel Cards” used to pay for expenses. However, since those words were capitalized in the request – “Travel Cards” not “travel cards” – Jacobson ruled against release of documents from an American Express credit card account that paid for the governor’s travel.

The judge also decided the request for “travel vouchers” only included records of expenses for which employees were reimbursed, but did not encompass “payment vouchers” for travel expenses paid directly by the state.

“This is just about semantics,” complained the reporter’s attorney, Donald M. Doherty Jr. “The governor’s office knew exactly what my client wanted.”

The full story is now online at http://watchdog.org/179348/christie-travel-records-3/.

First The Library, Now Poricy Park ?


Not sure how many people have heard of this and i'm just throwing it out there as food for thought and wondering what the thinking was.

Every year the Township gives the Poricy Park Conservatory (overseers of Poricy Park) an allotment of dollars towards its annual budget. This money goes to support the Poricy Park Conservatory's operating expenses. This year's $25,000 allotment instead  was placed by the Township in the Capital Improvements budget, not the operations budget. This caused a deficit in  PPC's FY 2014 budget since they were not told about it until last moment.

So, let's think about this a minute and speculate a little.

Why would the township suddenly place money that is earmarked yearly for operating expenses into the capital improvements budget? One, it saves the town $25K in current cash. Two, assuming that "capital improvements" equates to debt issue, it allows an additional $25K to be raised in debt and moved outside of the 2% cap.

"Capital Improvements" may not mean debt issue, though. it could mean the delegation of town staff to do work at Poricy Park. Or it could mean that the township pays contractors of its own choosing in lieu of letting PPC decide. This puts control of the spending in township hands.

 Meanwhile the Middletown Arts Center keeps getting more money.....

Monday, October 27, 2014

State Comptroller Names Towns That Enrolled Professionals In PERS


Middletown's on the list. No shock there. The municipal judge, prosecutor, and public defender are all feeding at the trough. - hat tip Linda Baum



From NJFOG:

October 26, 2014 by Tom Wyka

As mentioned in a previous news post, the Office of the State Comptroller revealed in a 2012 report that 332 municipal professionals were enrolled in the state pension system at that time in spite of a 2008 law intended to curb this kind of abuse. The state comptroller will not say who they are but recently released the names of the 228 municipalities that enrolled them. County is generally not listed, so where the report lists a town for which there is another New Jersey town with the same name, it is not always clear which town it is.

The New Jersey Pension Fraud and Abuse Unit is now sending out letters to at least some municipalities requiring them to remove their professionals from the pension rolls. That is welcome news for taxpayers, who have a right to know not only which municipalities have been ignoring the spirit of the law, but which professionals may be improperly receiving benefits.

Letter: Trinity Hall and the Township of Middletown

Dear Editor:

I have one simple question. What is the Township of Middletown's position on the proposed Trinity Hall development in Chapel Hill? When questioned on the issue in the past, the Township Committee told residents that the approval or denial of the proposed development’s application is solely the Township Planning Board’s decision.

On June 11, 2014, the Township Planning Board voted 6-3 to deny Trinity Hall's application. Shortly after the application was denied, Trinity Hall filed a law suit against Middletown Township seeking relief of the Planning Board’s decision. One would think that based on the previous statements made by the Township Committee, Middletown and the Township Attorney would vehemently defend the Township Planning Board’s decision. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case. This past Friday upon the Superior Court of New Jersey’s ruling on Trinity Hall’s lawsuit, a letter that Middletown Township Attorney, Brian Nelson, wrote to the presiding judge was made public. Based on this letter it appears Mr. Nelson contradicts the position of the Township Planning Board’s decision to deny the Trinity Hall application and it appears that he and the Township Committee side with Trinity Hall by recommending that the Court grant the school’s request to reverse the Planning Board’s decision and approve the application without remand to the Planning Board.

Is it not the responsibility of the township’s governing body to protect the interests of its residents above all else? After reading Mr. Nelson’s letter, all Middletown residents should be asking themselves who is our Township Attorney really working for and what is the Township Committee’s position on the proposed Trinity Hall development in Chapel Hill?

Sincerely,

Jeffrey P. Yachmetz
Concerned Resident of Middletown

Remember Your Halloween Safety Tips For A Spook-Tacular Day

Halloween is on Friday this year so it's time once again to remember a few important safety tips when preparing for that most spook-tacular day .

I have reposted these tips each year since starting this blog, this year is no exception. I hope that readers will heed some (if not all) of these tips so that their Halloween can be happy, safe and fun for everyone.

Trick-Or-Treating
• Make sure that an adult or older responsible youth accompanies young children.
• Plan and discuss the trick-or-treat route your children intend to follow, ideally a well-lit, well-populated course. Instruct your kids to stick to this route, and establish what tie they should return home.
• Write your child’s name, address and phone number on a piece of paper and slip it in a pocket or pin it to his/her costume, in case your child gets separated from the group.
• Review pedestrian safety rules with your children, including looking both ways before crossing the street and not crossing the street between parked cars.
• Tell your children to walk on sidewalks, not on the street; where there are no sidewalks, children should walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
• Teach your children to stop only at homes that are well-lit, and never enter a stranger’s home.
• If you’re driving your kids around to trick-or-treat make sure they get out of your car on the curb side, not on the traffic side of the road.
• Instruct your kids not to eat any of their treats until they get home. Be sure to wash any fruit and it into small pieces before giving it to your kids to eat.

Costumes
• Knives, swords, and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible material. Sharp toys present all sorts of dangers, including injuring your child if he or she trips and falls on it. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween.
• Trim trick-or-treat bags with reflective tape.
• Give your child flashlights to carry so they can be more visible to motorist.
• If your child is wearing a mask, make sure that it has large holes for the eyes and mouth. Also, avoid hats that will slide over your child’s eyes.

Other Halloween Fun
• Avoid giving treats that can be harmful to young children, including gum, peanuts, hard candies and small toys. Also, remember that many children have food allergies to peanuts and dairy products.
• When carving pumpkins, kids should not be allowed to use knives, its best to let children clean out the pumpkin and draw a face on it.
• If you set out jack-o-lanterns on your sidewalk or porch, be sure there is enough room for kids to pass through in groups without the danger of costumes catching on fire.
• Explain to your children the consequences of vandalism and other antics, such as animal cruelty. Both are unacceptable and punishable by law.

LETTER: Actions speak louder than freeholders’ words

This letter appeared in the Asbury Park Press over the weekend:

In seeing campaign signs for freeholders Lillian Burry and Gary Rich, I noticed their disingenuous slogan “Proven Leaders.”
When actions were taken on the freeholder board in 2009 to establish a county ethics board for addressing residents’ complaints, Burry opposed it in favor of self-policing.
She led the pack during some of Brookdale Community College’s darkest days. Year after year, Burry rubber-stamped funding requests with no questions asked.
During the first freeholder meeting after I left office in 2012, Rich seconded a motion in which the all-Republican board unanimously passed a resolution rescinding the county’s toughened pay-to-play laws. They wasted no time weakening the rules for political campaign contributions.
When a vote was taken in 2011 to approve a sitting mayor’s recently purchased 97-acre parcel of land for a taxpayer-funded open space grant, I was the lone freeholder to vote no. In 2013, both Burry and Rich voted to allocate $1.2 million to this mayor, Andrew Lucas of Manalapan, in exchange for preserving it as a farm (after he hosted a fundraiser for their previous campaign).
Later, an investigation by federal officials resulted in a jury trial handing down an 11-count conviction of Lucas based on illegal activities in acquiring the funding for the property. This year, Burry and Rich supported a resolution stating that public officials cannot participate in this publicly funded program. Really?
The residents of Monmouth County deserve proven leaders more than self-serving platitudes. Actions speak louder than words. On Nov. 4, reject the incumbents and vote for Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo for freeholder.
Amy A. Mallet
Former Monmouth County freeholder

Sunday, October 26, 2014

APP: Pallone gets the nod in 6th District

Frank Pallone received the endorsement from the Asbury Park Press and Home News Tribune for re-election. 

"He knows how to get things done and continues to serve his district well. He receives our endorsement for re-election." - Asbury Park Press 10/25/14


Rep. Frank Pallone is a traditional liberal Democrat who proudly proclaims his belief in an activist government.
His opponent, Anthony Wilkinson, is a conservative Republican who thinks government should stay out of our lives as much as possible.
For many voters, that's all they need to know to make a decision in the 6th Congressional District. It might even be more than they need — Pallone's name recognition alone might be enough, or merely the "D" and "R" labels next to the candidates' names. Most elections run along a similar course, with a large percentage of votes cast more or less by default.
Frank Pallone
Pallone will benefit from all of that, and is an almost certain winner. But he is also deserving of support that extends beyond party stereotypes. Pallone was first elected to Congress in 1988 and is seeking his 14th term in the House. He knows how to get things done and continues to serve his district well. He receives our endorsement for re-election.
Pallone has never taken his eye off the particular concerns of his district communities, especially regarding environmental protections along the shore. He was a key player in a ban on ocean dumping back in his earliest days in Congress, and has been a persistent opponent of offshore drilling. He has also been a leader in the fight for Superstorm Sandy relief.
But outside the district Pallone may be best known as one of the chief architects of the Affordable Care Act. That means he knows more than most the balance of pros and cons in the act and how best to fix problems without losing the benefits. Pallone is proud of the ACA's achievements, and he'll be needed on Capitol Hill moving forward as the health reforms continue to evolve and attempt to withstand Republican assaults.
Pallone is also well positioned to take on a new, powerful position — as top Democrat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. He says that's a prime goal for his next term, and New Jersey would only benefit from having a key legislator in such an influential spot...

Continue reading the Asbury Park Press's endorsement