Friday, August 31, 2012

Mitt Romney - A Human Being Who Built That

If you missed the autobiographical film that introduced Mitt Romney before his acceptance speech last night at the 2012 Republican National Convention, here's your chance thanks to Jon Stewart and the Daily Show.

Mr. Romney Reinvents History

Mitt Romney and his fellow Republican's - Paul Ryan, Condoleezza Rice, John McCain and others -  attempts at reinventing history this week at the just completed 2012 Republican National Convention, were obvious and confounding to many, but their blatant attempts at rewriting the history books won't be tolerated or go uncorrected.

Here's a very good New York Times Op-Ed that addresses a few examples of what transpired over the 3 days in Tampa :
Mitt Romney wrapped the most important speech of his life, for Thursday night’s session of his convention, around an extraordinary reinvention of history — that his party rallied behind President Obama when he won in 2008, hoping that he would succeed. “That president was not the choice of our party,” he said. “We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.”

The truth, rarely heard this week in Tampa, Fla., is that the Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement, no matter the cost to the economy or American security — even if it meant holding the nation’s credit rating hostage to a narrow partisan agenda.

Mr. Romney’s big speech, delivered in a treacly tone with a strange misty smile on his face suggesting he was always about to burst into tears, was of a piece with the rest of the convention. Republicans have offered precious little of substance but a lot of bromides (“A free world is a more peaceful world!”) meant to convey profundity and take passive-aggressive digs at President Obama. But no subjects have received less attention, or been treated with less honesty, than foreign affairs and national security — and Mr. Romney’s banal speech was no exception.

It’s easy to understand why the Republicans have steered clear of these areas. While President Obama is vulnerable on some domestic issues, the Republicans have no purchase on foreign and security policy. In a television interview on Wednesday, Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, could not name an area in which Mr. Obama had failed on foreign policy.

For decades, the Republicans were able to present themselves as the tougher party on foreign and military policy. Mr. Obama has robbed them of that by being aggressive on counterterrorism and by flexing military and diplomatic muscle repeatedly and effectively.

Mitt Romney has tried to sound tough, but it’s hard to see how he would act differently from Mr. Obama except in ways that are scary — like attacking Iran, or overspending on defense in ways that would not provide extra safety but would hurt the economy.

Before Thursday night, the big foreign policy speeches were delivered by Senator John McCain and Ms. Rice. Mr. McCain was specific on one thing: Mr. Obama’s plan to start pulling out of Afghanistan at the end of 2014 is too rapid. While he does not speak for Mr. Romney, his other ideas were unnerving, like suggesting that the United States should intervene in Syria.

Mr. Romney reportedly considered Ms. Rice as a running mate, and she seems to have real influence. But Ms. Rice is a reminder of the colossal errors and deceptions of George W. Bush’s administration. She was a central player in the decision to invade Iraq and the peddling of fantasies about weapons of mass destruction. She barely mentioned Iraq in her speech and spoke not at all about Afghanistan. She was particularly ludicrous when she talked about keeping America strong at home so it could be strong globally, since she was part of the team that fought two wars off the books and entirely on borrowed money.

Ms. Rice said the United States has lost its “exceptionalism,” but she never gave the slightest clue what she meant by that — a return to President Bush’s policy of preventive and unnecessary war?

She and Mr. McCain both invoked the idea of “peace through strength,” but one of the few concrete proposals Mr. Romney has made — spending 4 percent of G.D.P. on defense — would weaken the economy severely. Mr. McCain was not telling the truth when he said Mr. Obama wants to cut another $500 billion from military spending. That amount was imposed by the Republicans as part of the extortion they demanded to raise the debt ceiling.

Ms. Rice said American allies need to know where the United States stands and that alliances are vitally important. But the truth is that Mr. Obama has repaired those alliances and restored allies’ confidence in America’s position after Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice spent years tearing them apart and ruining America’s reputation in the world.

The one alliance on which there is real debate between Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama is with Israel. But it is not, as Mr. Romney and his supporters want Americans to believe, about whether Mr. Obama is a supporter of Israel. Every modern president has been, including Mr. Obama. Apart from outsourcing his policy to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on settlements, it’s not clear what Mr. Romney would do differently.

But after watching the Republicans for three days in Florida, that comes as no surprise.

Following in His Footsteps

From the E-Newsletter of Congressman Rush Holt:

Over the weekend, Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, passed away.
Although the Apollo project resulted in Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, its purpose was never to send Neil Armstrong, the person, to the Moon.  Its aim instead was to use a lunar landing to establish America’s presence in space, to demonstrate America’s industrial might, and to spur new technologies and new innovations.  To be sure, Project Apollo could never have succeeded without a Neil Armstrong; he clearly had “the right stuff,” with nerves of steel and a powerful mind that could keep many systems and activities in perspective simultaneously.  But neither could Neil Armstrong have walked on the Moon without a Project Apollo.
We underappreciate Armstrong if we think of him only as a brilliant engineer or a talented pilot or a bold voyager, although he was all of these things.  He was a new kind of hero, because Project Apollo was more about us than about him.  Tonight is a full moon, a good time to remember what we as a nation can accomplish together.
Armstrong’s family released a brief and moving statement after his death.  They said, in part: “For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment, and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the Moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
More Than Just Museums
A few weeks ago, I joined G. Wayne Clough, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, for an evening at the National Air and Space Museum.
As you probably know, the Air and Space Museum holds key artifacts of America’s history in flight, including the Wright Brothers’ first airplane; Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of Saint Louis; and the Apollo 11 command module that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the Moon.
But although many people know the Smithsonian Institute as a collection of a few dozen world-class museums, I think of it primarily as a research institute.  The Institute includes nine research centers, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center at the Chesapeake Bay to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal.  The Institute also houses numerous research programs, conducting cutting-edge work in marine biology, planetary studies, folklife and heritage studies, and much more.  About 70 percent of the Institute’s scientific research is federally funded.  I suggest you look into this important research organization.
National Breastfeeding Month
August is National Breastfeeding Month, and earlier this month, I attended a Breastfeeding Awareness Day organized by Children’s Futures and held at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell.  Representatives of the Nurse-Family Partnership program, the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Horizon NJ, Mercer Street Friends, and other organizations shared information about breastfeeding, nutrition, and baby care.  The event was attended by expecting and nursing mothers and their partners, and it was a great success. 
Although New Jersey’s rate of breastfeeding is above the national average, we must continue to encourage and support breastfeeding.   It is important to make sure that environments beginning with the delivery hospital are breastfeeding-friendly.
Rush Holt
Member of Congress

Sean's Venetian Crusade Fund; Help Send Sean and His Family To Italy

Sean Carhart
Sean Carhart has a very rare form of cancer that has no cure; he is also a friend of my son, Steve.

Family and friends are trying to raise funds to send Sean and his family on his "dream trip" to Venice, Italy before his condition worsens further. Last week, Sean went into surgery to remove a blockage in his intestinal tract. I am happy to report that all went well and he is recovering from this most recent operation comfortably and the hope is that he will be able to board a plane to Italy soon.

The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $20,000; they are nearly there but need more help and with the generous help of others who have not heard of Sean's plight, I'm sure that this goal can be met and surpassed before the scheduled end of the fundraiser on September 16th.

Below is the brief write-up on Sean that appears on the "Sean's Venetian Crusade Fund" webpage that tells of this young man's life and battles with this horrible disease which has not only affected him but also his family:

The game of Minecraft, sushi, his computer, learning about history, picking on his little brother Christopher and giving his Mom gray hair are some of the things 18 year old Sean Carhart enjoys.

This recent graduate of Middletown North High School is bright, quirky and kind hearted and hopes to live long enough to give his Mom a full head of gray hair. Sean’s Journey of life definitely was not a smooth one for his parents Marita Bucco and Russell Carhart. He was born in December of 1993, only two short years after the Carhart’s had suffered the loss of their infant child Victoria, from complications due to a serious Congenital Heart Defect.
It would seem unimaginable that when Sean was only two months old, the Carhart's headed in for rounds at the hospital once again. This time it was not the misfortune of a complex congenital heart defect that was causing Doctors to take a second look, but childhood cancer.

Neuroblastoma, one of the most common forms childhood cancers was Sean’s first medical hurdle in life. He received chemotherapy and radiation and sailed through the treatments during his first two years on earth. His only evidence of battling childhood cancer is his loss of hearing. 
Not quite exactly a picturesque infancy, but lucky to have been “cured” of cancer and live fourteen healthy, cancer free years until family decided he did not look “quite right”. In June 2009, Sean was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma; a cancer which normally attacks the extremities.

Sean’s condition is extremely rare and since his cancer has taken up residence in his GI tract, his treatment for the past three years has been focused on surgically removing the tumors and participating in clinical trials through the National Institute of Health (NIH), seeing how there are no known treatments for this type of cancer. An additional gift of three years to enjoy more Minecraft games, seafood and add a few more grays to his Mom’s head was granted.

Sadly, in June 2012, doctors noted significant tumor growth in Sean’s liver and lung, which now makes him ineligible to participate in the study they were in at NIH. The Carharts hope and pray there are more experimental treatments that could help slow the cancer growth, and give Sean a chance at attending his first year of college. 
Sean is presently experiencing pain and difficulty walking. Doctors encourage the family to make the most of every day. When you ask Sean what he would do if he had unlimited funds the only thing he really would love to do is take a trip to Venice, Italy.

This history lover of Italian decent is enthralled with all that Venice has to offer and would love to experience the magic of the Venetian Islands and perhaps savor some seafood and gelato along the way. With time ticking Sean depends on the timely generosity of friends, family and strangers to help make his dream a reality for him and his family
Please consider making Sean's dream come true by donating online or by check.
Please make your donation payable to: 
"Sean's Venetian Crusade Fund"
709 Old Farm Road
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742.

Thank you for your support.
For additional information or questions please contact:
Mariagrace Welsh

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The GOP Finally Starts Getting Their Facts Straight

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Thus far there has been a lot of talk about "job creation" coming out of Mitt Romney's and Paul Ryan's mouth these last few days but Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi frames it differently.

Taibbi has written another wonderful piece this week in Rolling Stone Magazine, he discusses the massive "debt creation" that Romney has caused which has lead to his personal wealth.

"...And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a "turnaround specialist," a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth..."

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Which Is More Disturbing

Rep. Pallone Hosts Roundtable with Area Active Service Members and Reservists

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today met with active service members and reservists for a roundtable discussion on issues important to servicemen and women. He reaffirmed his support for the nation’s more than 2 million troops and reservists, 23 million veterans and their families while stressing that more must be done to ensure America’s service members and veterans receive the healthcare and benefits they need. The roundtable was convened by Sgt. John Irwin, who is working in Congressman Pallone’s district office as part of the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program.

From 2007-2010 the Democratic-controlled Congress made historic progress for veterans, including enacting the Post-9/11 GI bill and strengthening health care services by providing more resources to VA clinics and hospitals. The Post-9/11 GI bill restored the promise of a full, four-year college education to veterans, and has already allowed over 600,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to afford college.

“Our troops make patriotic sacrifices on behalf of our country, and it is our responsibility to provide service members and veterans with the benefits they have earned and resources they need when they return home,” said Pallone. “I am always grateful for the opportunity to meet with New Jersey’s active duty service members, reservists and veterans to learn how I can better serve them in Congress and address their concerns.”

Congressman Pallone discussed the pressing need to address the nearly 12 percent unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Last fall, Congress passed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act to expand job opportunities for veterans through tax credits for businesses that hire service members.

“With one-in-five returning veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 looking for work, we have to fulfill our obligations to our veterans and do more to make sure they have the necessary tools to navigate this difficult labor market and succeed in the civilian workforce,” said Pallone.

The Middletown Library Board loses another trustee

by guest blogger Linda Baum

Marjorie Cavalier, one of the two remaining trustees from last year’s Library Board, recently tendered her resignation. At the August 6th Township Committee meeting, a resolution was adopted appointing Mr. Steve Monaghan for the remainder of her term, which expires at the end of 2013. Mr. Monaghan also currently serves on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Ms. Cavalier’s July 19th resignation letter referenced a recent change to the Library’s bylaws that states board members must “attend all board meetings in full, except as prevented by a valid reason.” The meetings start at 7 p.m. and usually run two or three hours, though on occasion four or more. The last five meetings, however, concluded by 10 p.m.

Typically Ms. Cavalier, a teacher, would depart at 10 p.m. during the school year in order to be at her best for her students. She left it to the Township to decide if her 10 p.m. departure was for a “valid reason”. If not, then the letter served as notice of her resignation.

At the August 15th Library Board meeting, trustee Vivian Breen commented that perhaps the broader issue is meeting length, and suggested that the Board should be working to keep meetings within reasonable time frames.

Regarding the bylaws change, it does not differentiate between late arrival and early departure, so would seem to apply to both. While votes may occasionally need to be moved up in the agenda for someone who leaves early, votes may also need to be delayed for someone who arrives late, and whether or not a quorum exists to hold the meeting would be an issue in both cases. There have been quite a few late arrivals at recent board meetings, not to mention absences, and I have to wonder if adequate records are being kept to “validate” the reasons in those instances. President Larry Nelsen confirmed at the Board’s August 15th meeting that the bylaws change was specifically inserted to address Ms. Cavalier’s established departure time. Now that it’s there, I wonder who else will be subject to it.

Personally, I feel Ms. Cavalier’s departure was premature, but I certainly understand her decision to address this matter now rather than later. I thank her for her dedicated service and wish her well.

A Paul Ryan Primer: Deficit Hawkman

by markfiore

Cut taxes and cut services for the poor, yay! Finally, Mitt Romneys everywhere have a hero.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chris Christie 2012 RNC: There is no ‘New Jersey comeback’

Before tuning in to  Governor Chris Christie's keynote address at the Republican National Convention, here is a little something that you should keep in while watching. 

The follow op-ed was written by State Senator Barbara Buono and appears online at

By Barbara Buono

Many tennis buffs probably remember the early ‘90s Andre Agassi camera ads, with the slogan “Image is everything.”

It’s not hard to compare this to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has let it be known that he hopes to “change people’s image of our state” when he delivers the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. If he can do that, he maintains, he’ll “have accomplished a heck of a lot.”

(Barbara Buono)
Unfortunately for New Jersey residents, image won’t address ballooning unemployment, an anemic economy and a stagnant revenue outlook.

Tuesday night, many Americans are due to get their first taste of the carefully constructed Christie image — a brash, tough-talking fiscal conservative who thinks his leadership, economic policies and tax cuts should serve as a model for the rest of the nation.

As always, he will be entertaining – he isn’t called “Gov. YouTube” for nothing. The problem is that this carefully constructed image is based on exaggerations, at best, and falsehoods, at worst.

Christie claims to have put New Jersey on a sound fiscal path — cutting spending, holding the line on property taxes, fighting off tax increases, investing in education and laying the foundation for the “Jersey Comeback.”

That is the image you can expect to see brandished on televisions Tuesday night.

Here is the reality:

New Jersey ranked 47th in economic growth in 2010 and 2011, and our economy shrink by 0.5 percent last year. There are 175,000 fewer jobs in New Jersey today than in December 2007, before the recession started. New Jersey lost 12,000 jobs in July alone, the highest job loss of any state in the nation.

Meanwhile, property taxes for the average New Jersey family were at a 20 percent net increase during his first two years in office, up from $6,244 to $7,519.

To be fair, Christie, like President Barack Obama and all the governors elected from 2008 to 2010, inherited an economy crippled by the Great Recession.

The question to ask however, is: What has Christie done as governor to fix it? And are his policies a model for “America’s Comeback Team,” as the presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney seems to think? Or a prescription to avoid?

On taking office, Christie cut state aid for education by $1.1 billion, slashed property tax relief for senior citizens and cut government worker pensions — breaking campaign promises in all three cases, as The Star-Ledger, the state’s largest newspaper, recently reported.

In addition, Christie’s personal and political ideology has cost New Jersey billions of dollars in federal aid for education, transportation and women’s health funding.

It gets worse.

Poll after poll shows that New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes are residents’ No. 1 concern. So what does Christie propose? Offering a 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut that would give millionaires a $7,625 break, while a family making $50,000 a year would save just $80.

Sound familiar?

To prove that New Jersey can afford a big tax cut, Christie put out a budget that projects that the state will take in 7.3 percent more revenue this fiscal year – a wildly optimistic figure that represents the nation’s highest anticipated growth rate.

When a highly-respected, veteran budget expert for the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services questioned those numbers, Christie did what he always does: He went on YouTube and attacked Legislative Budget and Finance Officer David Rosen as the “Dr. Kevorkian of the numbers.”

Meanwhile, state tax collections came in below Christie’s rosy-colored predictions in March, April, May and July. We know the June numbers were down anywhere from $250 million to $540 million. But we can’t be sure how much because Christie is violating his own executive order on “fiscal transparency” by refusing to release the June numbers.

So far, unfortunately, it’s “Dr. Kevorkian” and not “Gov. YouTube” who has been right about the revenues. Being honest about the numbers would undermine the “Endless Summer” tour that Christie has embarked on to demand that New Jersey’s Democratic legislature approve an immediate tax cut that would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest – regardless of whether the state can afford it.

You won’t hear about any of this Tuesday night, when Christie joyously proclaims that his policies should serve as a model for the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket — and the nation.

But an interesting thing happened on the way to Tampa – Christie admitted there won’t be any mention of the “Jersey Comeback” in his keynote.

Perhaps he’s finally reached a moment of enlightenment? Perhaps, like Agassi, he’s finally realized that to truly achieve greatness, you have to let go of the notion that image is everything and accept reality.


Barbara Buono
Senator, 18th Legislative District

Monday, August 27, 2012

8/20/12 Middletown Township Committee Meeting

Due to a death in the family this past week its has been a little crazy, I haven't been able to review this video of the the August 20, 2012 meeting of the Middletown Township Committee as of yet but I intend to soon and may comment on later.

Some of what took place included:

  • Six new police officers were sworn in during this meeting.
  • All bids to dredge Shadow Lake were rejected
  • A$750K bond ordinance ws approved to purchase new radios for emergency responders
  • An ordinance increasing fees in the Township was approved.

As always, you can download a copy of the meeting agenda that contains the discussion items and the proposed resolutions and ordinances that were voted on or presented during the meeting. A box around an item is a link, bringing you further into the document to that resolution or ordinance. At the end of the resolution there will be a link bringing you back to the agenda. Attached to this agenda is also the monthly bill list, so that everyone can see how the Township is spending our tax dollars.

NJ WATCHDOG: Christie Hired 1/3 of 60 State Double-Dippers


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will preach reform from the national pulpit of the GOP National Convention in TampaFla.

What Christie is not likely to confess during Tuesday's prime-time keynote speech are his sins of commission that continue New Jersey's costly tradition of double-dipping — allowing government employees to "retire," start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state, often the next day or week.

While 9.8 percent of residents suffer from unemployment, a 35-year high, some well-connected state officials collect two paychecks instead of none. New Jersey Watchdog found 60 double-dippers who collect a total of nearly $10 million a year — $4.4 million in pensions in addition to $5.5 million in state salaries.

One-third of them were hired under the Christie administration with duties as government officials to protect taxpayers from fiscal foul play and abuses of the public trust.

New Jersey Watchdog's list is attached as a PDF file.

For the full story, go to

For media inquiries, email Mark Lagerkvist at

Saturday, August 25, 2012

President Obama's Weekly Address 8/25/12: Preserving and Strengthening Medicare

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama spoke to the American people about the critical need to strengthen and preserve Medicare for our seniors and future generations, because those who have worked hard throughout their lives should not lose their homes or life savings just because they get sick. Through the President’s Affordable Care Act, nearly 5.4 million seniors have already saved an average of more than $700 on prescription drugs, preventive care services like mammograms are free without co-pay, and the President’s plan extends the life of Medicare by almost a decade by cracking down on waste, fraud, and overpayments. Republicans in Congress have put forward a very different plan that turns Medicare into a voucher program—under one plan forcing seniors to pay an extra $6,400 out of their own pocket for care-and effectively ends Medicare as we know it. The President believes that our seniors deserve better and will work with anyone to keep improving the current system to give our seniors the security and peace of mind they have earned.

Privatization Is Not The Answer

From the E-Newsletter of Congressman Rush Holt:

In 1935, being old generally meant being poor.  Yet today, only one in ten American seniors lives in poverty.  Indeed, seniors today are less likely than Americans in any other age group to live in poverty.
What is responsible for this turnaround?  The answer, of course, is Social Security, which marked its 77th anniversary last week.  In its nearly eight decades of existence, Social Security has lifted tens of millions of Americans out of poverty – including about 13 million today.  Social Security also assists many with disabilities and many children who survive the loss of a parent, as I did.
Although you would not know it from the hyperbole in Washington today, Social Security has never missed a payment and remains in pretty good financial shape. According to the two independent trustees overseeing the Social Security and Medicare programs, without any changes at all, the Social Security program can pay all benefits through at least 2036.  Even after that, it could still pay out about 77 percent of scheduled benefits.  
(Congressman Rush Holt)
This modest long-term shortfall in Social Security is a good reason to take steps to shore up the program.  Yet those who would use these challenges as an excuse to privatize Social Security, as Rep. Paul Ryan and others have proposed in recent years, are simply fear-mongering in hopes of advancing their impractical ideology.  Worse still, they are threatening the guarantee that is at Social Security’s heart.
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said shortly after Social Security was created, “None of the sums of money paid out to individuals in assistance or in insurance will spell anything approaching abundance. But they will furnish that minimum necessity to keep a foothold; and that is the kind of protection Americans want.”
Ethnic Profiling Remains Ineffective and Offensive
In May, I wrote to you about the New York Police Department’s wide-scale, warrantless surveillance of innocent Muslims in states across America.  Muslims in New Jersey have told me that they felt the chill and intimidation from such profiling.
As I have said, profiling is a poor substitute for thinking, and it does not constitute good policing.  Now, there is evidence that the NYPD’s tactics were wholly ineffective.  As the Associated Press reported this week, the NYPD has acknowledged in court testimony that its six years of spying on Muslims never produced a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.
Spending limited law enforcement resources profiling the innocent rather than investigating the guilty is not just wasteful; it presumes a separate class of Americans who can be placed under suspicion in the absence of reasonable, specific evidence, violating fundamental national principles of liberty and equality. 
Thank You to Congressional Interns for Summer 2012
This month, the latest group of Congressional interns in my West Windsor and Washington, D.C. office finished their service.  It was a pleasure to welcome these interns to my staff, and I was impressed by their intelligence, willingness to learn, and commitment to public service.
If you are a high school or college student interested in interning in my office, please visit my website to learn more.
Rush Holt
Member of Congress
P.S. Just a reminder: I always want to hear from you, but to ensure a prompt response, please don’t reply to this e-mail.  Instead, please or call 1-87-RUSH-HOLT (1-877-874-4658).

Friday, August 24, 2012

Mtown News Flash 8-24-12

Laurel Avenue Closure Begins 8-27-12
JF Kiely will begin installation of the high pressure gas main beginning Monday, 8/27 on Laurel Avenue between Holland Road and Highway 35. The roadway will be closed from 7am until 5 pm. Closure is expected to be for a three to four week period dependent on weather and other factors. Monmouth County has approved the detour and the traffic control plan. Residents living off of Laurel Avenue will have access to their neighborhoods. All other traffic will be re-routed.

Route 36 Resurfacing Project Begins 8-27-12
On or about August 27, 2012 work will commence on the state DOT Route 36 Resurfacing Project. This will involve milling and paving on Route 36. The contractor, Stavola Contracting, expects working hours to be from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Movie Series and Food Drive Fri, Aug 31 8:00 pm at TKCC
The Free Summer Movie Series & Food Drive, hosted by Shore Flicks, LLC will be showing monthly movies in township parks. Please help support local food banks by bringing a donation.

August 31, 8:00 pm - Tonya Keller Community Center, 50 Bray Ave, Hugo (PG)

NJ American Water Ends Odd/Even Outdoor Watering
The following information is provided by NJ American Water

New Jersey American Water customers in Monmouth County are no longer restricted to watering their lawns on certain days of the week. The company has ended the schedule of odd/even outdoor watering which had been in effect since early July. Read more

Mayor’s Office Hours Suspended for Labor Day (9-3-12)
Mayor Fiore will not hold Office Hours on Monday, September 3rd due to Labor Day. Regular office hours resume Monday, September 17th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first served basis. Mayor Fiore generally holds office hours the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month with the exception of federal holidays. Residents can also contact the Mayor's Office at 732-615-2024 during regular business hours.

9/6/12 Township Committee Workshop Rescheduled
Notice is hereby given that an Open Public Meeting of the Township Committee meeting scheduled for September 4, 2012 has been rescheduled to September 6, 2012 in the Conference Room at 8 p.m.

Middletown Pays Tribute to 9/11 Victims
Members of the Middletown Township Committee will pay a silent tribute to the 37 residents who died in the World Trade Center tragedy with a wreath-laying at the Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, September 11th at 8:46 am.

Visitors are welcome at the Memorial Gardens from dawn to dusk. The Memorial Gardens rest under a canopy of trees and features a landscaped path with benches and a personalized memorial for each of the 37 residents. The gardens are located next to the Middletown Arts Center at 36 Church Street. The gardens are open to the public daily.

“It is important that Middletown and our great nation take a moment to remember the World Trade Center Tragedy and pay tribute to the friends and family we lost 11 years ago. It is critical that we seize this moment to stand tall and reaffirm that we, as proud Americans, remain vigilant in the war against terror,” said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore.

Flag banners have been installed as a tribute to the September 11th victims. The flag banners are hanging on telephone poles along Kings Highway, Church Street and Middletown-Lincroft Road. The banners are sponsored by local businesses, organizations and individuals. The flag banner display, spearheaded by Mayor Fiore, became part of the township’s annual 9/11 commemoration in 2011. Read more

Middletown Day Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed for Middletown Day 2012. The fall festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, September 29 at Croydon Hall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Help is needed with carnival games, and other family fun activities. A commitment of four hours is needed in the morning or afternoon. Civic, fraternal, community, and school groups as well as businesses are always welcome and encouraged to participate. Certificates documenting community service hours are issued. Please e-mail Volunteer Coordinator Pam Brightbill at if you or your group can lend a hand.

Middletown Day – Be Part of the Fun!

Middletown Day will be rain or shine held on Saturday, September 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is underway for the Business Showcase, Car Show and Craft Fair.

Business Showcase – Businesses are invited to offer free games and prizes, literature and giveaways to the thousands of people that visit Middletown Day. Businesses will be given a 10’ x10’ space for a fee of $250. Space is limited. Spots will be filled on a first-come first served basis. (Middletown Community Groups and Schools can request a free 10x10 space.) Register by September 14, 2012.

Car Show – The Lions Club will present this year’s Car Show. Restored and modified cars welcome. Free dash plaques and welcome bags will be provided first 100 entries. Advance registration is $20. Registration day of show is $25. More than 25 trophies and plaques will be presented. Car show is located in paved Parking Lot adjacent to Senior Center.

Craft Show – Don’t miss the chance to sell your wares to thousands of visitors. Single 10’ x 10’ spaces are $75 and double spaces are $130. Space is limited. Register by September 14.

Visit to download registration forms. Online registrations also accepted. Call 732-615-2260 for 732-706-4100 for details.

Save the Date!

Fri, Aug 31, 8:00 pm – Summer Movie, TKCC
Sun, Sept 23, 4:00-7:00 p.m. – Colonial Tavern Party, Poricy Park
Sat, Sept 29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Middletown Day 2012, Croydon Hall
1st & 3rd Monday of each month – Mayor’s Office Hours, Town Hall (except 9/3)

Rep. Pallone Announces $250,000 to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties

LONG BRANCH, NJ – U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced $250,000 in federal grants for youth substance abuse prevention efforts that will benefit his constituents in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. The grants are administered under the Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The Middlesex County Substance Abuse Coalition and The Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County will each be awarded $125,000 for youth drug and alcohol prevention and education programs. The DFC Support Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over 5 years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. The program awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to nearly 700 community coalitions across the country.

“Our local organizations are in the best position to tackle the devastating problem of substance abuse among our youth,” said Pallone. “These important federal grants leverage the abilities of our local leaders to educate our youth about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse so we may prevent it in the first place, and keep our communities safe and our young people healthy. We also know that stopping drug use before it ever begins is always the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences.”

The DFC Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 and reauthorized by Congress in 2001 and 2006. Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded more than 2,000 Drug-Free Communities grants to local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, GuamPalauAmerican Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

One Term More

"... Jefferson wrote, "The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people." The Founding Fathers wouldn't have tolerated 21st century Tea Party polemics. No matter the nation's crushing ills or deep political divide, the framers chose to govern, not obstruct

Having brought forth a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, you've got to wonder:

Are there any levelheaded Republicans left to remind untethered Tea Party apostles – notably those washed up on the shores of the Potomac – that incendiary rhetoric, hysterical white populism and a reckless disregard for the unalienable rights of others is not a government of, by or for the people?

Misogynistic, homophobic, radically regressive and ideologically unhinged with little apparent interest in governing and no appetite for compromise or common ground, that Grand Old Party's out-of-order, a consequence of preposterous partisan pandering, legislative belligerence…and all that tea. 

To the extent any nominal independent expenditure can underscore the titanic distinctions between candidates, parties and platforms – from ALEC-influenced legislatures codifying colossally misguided stand-your-ground laws to muddleheaded McCarthy-mimicking Members of the House calling colleagues Communists – ours will, we hope, attract the attention of an inquisitive electorate and contribute to a more reasoned electoral outcome.

At the end of the day will unruly Republicans simply be too tone-deaf to hear the people sing? We'll know when tomorrow comes." - Don DeMesquita

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Best High Schools In NJ; Middletown HSS and Middletown HSN Lagging Behind

I don't know how many people last weekend saw this but the Star Ledger Magazine, Inside Jersey, published an interesting article about the "Best High Schools In New Jersey" and ranked them based on test scores, zip codes and medium home values or what is called a District Factor Group (DFG), the exceptions of course being the various vocational schools around the state such as High Technology High School, located in Brookdale Community College; Biotechnology High School in Freehold; Communications High School in Wall; Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune; and Marine Academy Science and Technology housed at Fort Hancock Historic District on Sandy Hook, which ranked much higher than all the classic public high schools in the state.

Within its DFG, Middletown South was #19 and Middletown North was #50 and were out performed by the several schools that make up the Freehold regional system, Edison's J.P Stevens High School as well as Camden's Eastern High.

Of the 26 public high schools in Monmouth County, Middletown HSS is 6th best behind  Rumson-Fair Haven, Holmdel, Marlboro, Colts Neck, and Manasquan. 

Middletown HSN trail behind at 14th with the likes of Manalapan,Wall and Red Bank Regional in front of it.

The big divide between our two high schools raises a few questions, especially the efficiency of our Board of Education. The socio-economic divide from east to west in Middletown can't be that great to justify a 31 placement difference within the DFG. It definitely lends to the argument that many residents have about our schools being separate and unequal.

I hope that our Superintendent of Schools, Bill George and our BOE, take this survey as a wake-up call and seriously consider what can be done to bring our two high schools closer together in performance.

If Mitt Romney wouldn't choose Chris Christie, why should N.J. voters

In case you missed it, this op-ed that ran in The Times of Trenton and earlier this week.

By Joshua Henne

With Chris Christie's lackluster record at New Jersey's helm, it's no surprise Mitt Romney passed on the Garden State's governor when selecting a running mate.

Ever a shrewd businessman when it comes to enriching himself, Romney knows he would get a poor return on a Christie investment.

In one regard, sure, it would have made sense, since they both look out for the "One Percent," believe corporations are people and share a worldview that promotion of the powerful, super-wealthy and politically connected should be put ahead of the well-being of children, senior citizens and middle-class families.

But it's also obvious that Christie's negatives would outweigh the positives on the national stage. That's why Paul Ryan got the call.

Clearly, Mitt Romney has made many mistakes on the campaign trail.

But he learned at least one lesson from John McCain's biggest folly of 2008. There's no way a presidential candidate could possibly pluck a first-term governor with more sizzle than substance - again.

The parallels between Sarah Palin and Chris Christie are remarkable: Both burst onto the national scene and quickly became addicted to the adulation. And both care more about personal brand, generating headlines and garnering attention than actual results. Neither are team players.

Christie relishes his reputation as a loose cannon.

At one point, his sporadic "straight talk" set him apart from the vanilla political speak we've become far too accustomed to - especially compared to his aloof predecessor. But no longer are these merely isolated incidents that spew from Christie's lips.  Rather, New Jerseyans are now subjected to a steady stream of hair-trigger, out-of-control antics unbefitting a public servant. So, it's a huge question mark as to whether Christie is even cut out for the rigors of a national campaign - where his record can't be glossed over and he'd have to actually answer for his substantial failures.

Once the rest of America looked past the bluster, hype and manufactured YouTube moments, they'd quickly see how New Jersey has unrelentingly trailed the country when it comes to jobs.

From an image standpoint alone, the fact that New Jersey's economy ranks a dismal 47th would remind voters that Massachusetts' economy was 47th in job creation under Gov. Romney.

In June, New Jersey's unemployment jumped nearly half a point, which was the largest monthly spike since 2009. The rate rose again in July to 9.8 percent, as the state lost another 12,000 jobs – 7,100 of which were in the private sector. Today, New Jersey's unemployment stands a full 1.5 percent higher than the nation's rate. This is the widest gulf from the national average since Jimmy Carter's first months in office.

Job creation and retention aren't the only areas where the governor has been a disappointment. Christie is the A-Rod of politics - lots of ego-driven, self-serving stats and self-promotion, but little by way of tangible benefits to the team (the residents of the state).

While Christie's policies have surely warmed the hearts of right-wing think tanks everywhere, they've had a chilling effect on New Jersey's families.

Property taxes have increased a staggering 20.4 percent since he took office, and one in every three children is now considered poor. New Jersey is also home to the second-highest percentage of mortgage loans in foreclosure in America, even though rates across the country are falling to their lowest levels since 2008. And due to Christie greasing the wheels for corporations at the expense of small businesses on Main Street, New Jersey's business climate ranking has slipped all the way down to 41st.

From the moment he lifted his hand off the Bible, Christie's been looking to trade up from the Trenton Statehouse to a grander stage. And he's used his constituents as stepping stones to accomplish this goal. Christie has taken his eyes off doing the work needed to make life better for New Jersey's families, and instead spends boundless time and energy on a magical mystery tour promoting his own objectives. With priorities like that, why would Romney ever want someone who cared more about personal ambition than doing the actual job at hand? As a running mate, Christie would have simply used the opportunity to audition for a future gig at Romney's expense - just as he's pursued regressive policies at the expense of New Jersey's middle class.

Yes, Christie and Romney share an agenda of looking out for those in the upper echelon of the economic strata while leaving everyone else in the dust. However, Christie's political baggage, fiscal shenanigans and abject failures would have been far too much of a distraction over the campaign's stretch run. Christie would bring virtually nothing to the table. Even worse, he would cut at the very heart of what little narrative Romney has left and torpedo his Hail Mary pass for the Oval Office. 

If Mitt Romney wouldn't choose Christie, why should New Jersey voters when he stands for re-election? The governor can only hope Romney wins the White House and hands him a plum Cabinet post. This way, Christie can enjoy a face-saving exit before he has to answer at the polls next year.

Joshua Henne is co-founder of White Horse Strategies, a communications and political consulting firm, and spokesman for One New Jersey. Find him on Twitter@JoshuaHenne.

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One New Jersey is shining a light on politicians who act against the best interests of New Jersey’s residents and who seek to divide our state for their own political gain. It is giving voice to the important issues that affect our daily lives. One New Jersey will closely monitor policy positions and actions of elected officials and expose their records on the issues that matter. You can follow One New Jersey on Twitter (@OneNJ) or search for One New Jersey” on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rep. Pallone: New Jersey Seniors Saved $198 Million on Prescription Drugs since 2010

Savings made possible by the Affordable Care Act

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Senior Democrat on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health and a primary author of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), today announced Medicare beneficiaries in New Jersey have saved $198,051,968 on their prescription drugs since 2010, and $64,480,926 since January 2012, an average of $829 per patient so far this year. The savings are made possible by the Affordable Care Act, which provides discounts on prescription drugs to seniors who fall in the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole.’

The Affordable Care Act currently provides a 50 percent discount to Medicare beneficiaries on brand-name drugs when they fall into the “donut hole” coverage gap. The discounts will gradually increase until the donut hole is fully closed in 2020. In addition, Medicare beneficiaries are now eligible for free key preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies, and a free annual wellness visit as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In the first seven months of 2012, 648,260 Medicare beneficiaries in New Jersey took advantage of one or more free preventive service.

“Millions of seniors in New Jersey and across the country with Medicare are already seeing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, whether through savings on their prescription drugs or access to preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies free of charge,” said Pallone. “Clearly, the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare and we must protect these important benefits so our seniors receive quality, affordable health care.”

Nationally, nearly 5.4 million seniors have saved more than $4.1 billion on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, an estimated 32.5 million people with traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage across the country received one or more preventive benefits free of charge, and in 2012 alone 18 million people have received at least one free preventive service.

“With the economy struggling and so many seniors living on fixed incomes, these prescription drugs savings are critical to helping our seniors stay healthy. The Affordable Care Act will continue to improve Medicare in the years ahead as more benefits are available and the ‘donut hole’ is completely closed,” added Pallone.

Crime Scene Middletown: Recent Police Activity Report 8/12/12 - 8/19/12

Written and Issued by the Middletown Police Department
Monday, August 20, 2012 - Arrests do not indicate convictions

Brian Miller, age 22, from Walnut Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Robert Shannon on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $2,000.00 bail.
Travis Sherman, age 29, from Ridgewood Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Feleipe Benedit for Criminal Mischief and Defiant Trespass. He was released pending a court date.
Gregory Decher, age 30, from Laurel Avenue in West Keansburg, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Felipe Benedit for Criminal Mischief and Defiant Trespass. He was released pending a court date.
Matthew Flack, age 26, from Fairview Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Eluding, Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Samples and Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released after posting $15,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.
Brian Corbet, age 25, from Cedar Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 11, 2012 by Patrolman Felipe Benedit for Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He was released after posting $5,000.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson
Ellen Jankowitz, age 60, from Nautilus Drive in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 11, 2012 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Driving While Intoxicated. She was released pending a court date.
Scott Keiderling, age 20, from Scott Road in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on August 11, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Vendetti on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.
Jennifer Valentino, age 23, from Kimberly Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on August 10, 2012 by Patrolman Brady Carr for Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property and Use of a Stolen Credit Card. She was released pending a court date.
Kimberly Large, age 20, from Brookside Drive in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 10, 2012 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Purchasing Alcohol Underage. She was released pending a court date.
Alanna Najjar, age 19, from Main Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 10, 2012 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak for Purchasing Alcohol Underage. She was released pending a court date.
Audra Najjar, age 21, from Main Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 10, 2012 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Purchasing Alcohol for an Underage Person. She was released pending a court date.
James Yuhasz, age 47, from Grant Drive in Cream Ridge, NJ, arrested on August 10, 2012 by Corporal James Keenan on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Freehold Boro Municipal Court. He was released after posting $290.00 bail.
Jessica Salvaggio, age 22, from Hogarth Street in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on August 10, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne and Patrolman Adam Colfer of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was released pending a court date.
Anthony Pianelli, age 28, from Ramsey Road in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on August 11, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Colfer and Patrolman James Beirne for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.
Shawn Dyson, age 19, from Second Street in Highlands, NJ, arrested on August 10, 2012 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak for Purchasing Alcohol Underage. He was released pending a court date.
Brian Cloonan, age 21, from Hillside Avenue in West Keansburg, NJ, arrested on August 10, 2012 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak for Purchasing Alcohol for an Underage Person. He was released pending a court date.
Keith Kost, age 19, from Main Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 10, 2012 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Purchasing Alcohol Underage. He was released pending a court date.
Arthur Mathurin, age 21, from Coffey Lane in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. He was released after posting $350.00 bail.
James Jelinski, age 44, from Delaware Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.
Brian Miller, age 22, from Walnut Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Vendetti on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Red Bank Municipal Court. He was held on $500.00 bail.
Richard Castles, age 41, from White Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Fulham on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. He was held on $1,400.00 bail.
Matthew Sowers, age 31, from Trimbleford Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 11, 2012 by Patrolman John Mele for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.
Emanuel Saldivias, age 28, from Selvin Loop in Staten Island, NY, arrested on August 13, 2012 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Toms River Municipal Court. He was released after posting $300.00 bail.
Daniel Dimaio, age 20, from 17th Avenue in Belmar, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2012 by Patrolman Donald Coates on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.
Joseph Toth, age 53, from Kossuth Street in Wallington, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2012 by Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Barner for Theft by Deception and Use of a Stolen Credit Card. He was released pending a court date.
Richard Brenner, age 48, from Rose Lane in Union Beach, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2012 by Patrolman Anthony Gigante for Theft on a warrant signed by the Holmdel Police Department. He was transferred to the Holmdel Police Department.
Salvatore Davi, age 63, from Westminster Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2012 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ
Kerry Smith, age 55, from Club House Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2012 by Detective Kelly Godley for Violation of a Court Order. He was released on his own recognizance.
Justin Hunt, age 20, from Oceanview Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on August 14, 2012 by Patrolman Thomas Russo on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Municipal Court. He was held on $2,000.00 bail.
Stephen Cesarski, age 29, from Knollwood Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 14, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Tinton Falls Municipal Court. He was released after posting $239.00 bail.
Arthur Bossert, age 30, from Woods End Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 14, 2012 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.
James Boggs, age 40, from Asbury Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ, arrested on August 14, 2012 by Patrolman Anthony Gigante for Disorderly Conduct and on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Tinton Falls and Howell Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.
Frank Hemberger, age 45, from Melrose Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 15, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne and Patrolman Adam Colfer of the Quality of Life Unit on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sea Bright Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.
Nicholas Lemieux, age 21, from Boulevard East in Keyport, NJ, arrested on August 15, 2012 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.
Kevin Griffin, age 42, from Lakeshore Drive in Cliffwood Beach, NJ, arrested on August 15, 2012 by Patrolman Michael Allen on a Contempt warrant by the Hazlet Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.
Corinne Romano, age 22, from Barbara Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 15, 2012 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $250.00 bail.
Anthony Pinto, age 23, from Leonardville Road in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 19, 2012 by Patrolman Frank Mazza on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance.
Frank Ciambotti, age 35, from Ironwood Court in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 19, 2012 by Patrolman Michael Reuter for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer. He was released pending a court date.
Kazim Zaidi, age 18, from Tuscan Lane in Freehold, NJ, arrested on August 19, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.
Ashley Vance, age 28, from Seymour Avenue in Bronx, NY, arrested on August 18, 2012 by Patrolman Frank Mazza for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was released pending a court date.
Timothy Conheeney, age 36, from Borden Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 17, 2012 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.
Ryan Kelty, age 22, from Bray Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on August 17, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug (Viagra) and Unlawful Possession of Xanax. He was released pending a court date.
Mark Sanders, age 22, from Pacific Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 17, 2012 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $500.00 bail.
Keith Brooks, age 30, from Spring Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on August 17, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne and Patrolman Adam Colfer of the Quality of Life Unit on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Eatontown and Middletown Municipal Courts and for Obstructing the Administration of Law and for Unlawful Possession of Suboxone and Unlawful Possession of Oxycodone. He was held on $3,307.00 bail.
Lisa Rosendo, age 21, from Montana Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on August 16, 2012 by Patrolman Robert Shannon on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. She was released after posting $150.00 bail.
Precyous Glover, age 25, from Redpine Loop in Old Bridge, NJ, arrested on August 17, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne and Patrolman Adam Colfer of the Quality of Life Unit for Obstructing the Administration of Law and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Old Bridge Municipal Court. She was held on $363.00 bail.
Casey Hewitt, age 19, from Kanes Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 17, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Colfer and Patrolman James Beirne for Obstructing an Investigation. She was released pending a court date.
Mark Vosk, age 29, from Apple Farm Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 17, 2012 by Patrolman Brady Carr for Harassment, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Terroristic Threats, Hindering Apprehension, Criminal Attempt, Criminal Trespass, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest. He was held on $47,500.00 bail.