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CHRISTIE: BECK-BACKED GUN BILL ‘DOPEY’

sb christie 3 102913Governor Chris Christie in Sea Bright in October, 2013, above, and state Senator Jen Beck in Red Bank last May. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

jen beck 050115Three days after he vetoed a bill that would have prevented convicted carjackers, gang members and other felons from legally obtaining guns, Governor Chris Christie has said why: it’s “dopey,” he claimed, according to a report by the Record, of Bergen County.

The bill, co-sponsored by Red Bank resident and state Senator Jen Beck, is evidence of “stupid stuff” elected officials do to impress their constituents, Christie said at a campaign event Thursday in New Hampshire, where he’s competing in the Republican presidential primary.

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FAIR HAVEN: HALFACRE JOINS BEER DEALERS

mike halfacre 2007Former Fair Haven mayor Mike Halfacre, who left his job of three years as head of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control division to join a law firm last May, is changing jobs again. He’s just been hired as executive director of the Beer Wholesalers Association of New Jersey. He’ll continue as “of counsel” to the Newark law firm of Genova Burns, working on select matters, he tells redbankgreen. (Archive photo from 2007. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: DEMOCRATS CLOSE OUT ERA

mike dupont 121615 2Councilman Mike DuPont at his final council meeting Wednesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A 25-year run of Democratic rule in Red Bank entered its final phase at a low-key borough council meeting Wednesday night.

Councilman Mike DuPont delivered his swan song after three terms, having been defeated by a Republican, Mike Whelan, who wasn’t yet born when the Democrats attained their current majority in 1990.

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RED BANK: RECOUNT GIVES WHELAN WIN

taylor whelan disomma 112015Mike Whelan, flanked by Councilman-elect Mark Taylor and GOP Chairman Sean DiSomma, celebrates at the county Board of Elections office Friday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

[See update on DuPont concession below.]

Election 2015 graphicRepublican political newcomer Mike Whelan claimed victory, again, after a recount of votes in this month’s Red Bank council election Friday.

The new tally, ordered last week by a Superior Court judge at the request of incumbent Democratic Councilman Mike DuPont, showed that Whelan beat DuPont by three votes — one more than his apparent margin of victory going into the recount.

“I’m happy this process has worked out,” Whelan told redbankgreen, minutes after Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon declared him the winner. “Now, it’s time to get to work.”

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RED BANK: DEMS WIN RECOUNT ORDER

Election 2015 graphicBy JOHN T. WARD

Citing the thin vote margin, a Superior Court granted a request for a recount in the Red Bank council election Friday.

The action by Judge Katie Gummer, in Freehold, means that incumbent Democratic Councilman Mike DuPont still has at least one more shot at reversing his apparent two-vote loss in last week’s election.

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RED BANK: GOP CALLS DUPONT ‘SORE LOSER’

duponts 110315Councilman Mike DuPont, with his wife, Doreen, beside him, addresses Democratic supporters on election night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Republicans blasted incumbent Councilman Mike DuPont as a “sore loser” Thursday for seeking a recount of his apparent two-vote loss in last week’s election.

DuPont is scheduled to appear before a judge in Superior Court in Freehold Friday on his petition for a  recount, which Republicans say would constitute an “unprecedented” fourth counting of votes from the November 3 squeaker.

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RED BANK: GOP CLAIMS WIN IN SQUEAKER

mike whelan 110315 2An apprehensive Mike Whelan watches as election results are posted on election night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[See UPDATE, below]

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By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Republicans did in fact oust Democrats for control of the borough council last week, GOP  Chairman Sean Di Somma said following a count of provisional ballots in Freehold Monday morning.

But three-term incumbent Councilman Mike DuPont told redbankgreen that the Democrats will file for a recount.

 

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RED BANK: PROVISIONALS YET TO BE COUNTED

rb gop 110315 2Republicans Mark Taylor, left, Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer and Mike Whelan surround party chairman Sean Di Somma in celebration at the Chowda House Tuesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Republican Chairman Sean Di Somma says he’s confident his party’s long-sought takeover of the borough council will stand up to a recount and the sorting-through of provisional ballots.

The still-uncertified vote tallies from Tueday’s election show the GOP won both open council seats to claim their first majority on the governing body in a generation Tuesday.

But with about two dozen provisional ballots yet to be counted, just four votes separate Republican Mike Whelan and three-term incumbent Democrat Mike DuPont, according the Monmouth County Clerk’s website.

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RED BANK: INCUMBENTS KEEP SCHOOL SEATS

roseman stone ludwikowski 09101Incumbents Ann Roseman, Fred Stone and Carrie Ludwikowski won clear victories over three challengers.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Election 2015 graphicAn unusually newsy Red Bank Board of Education election ended with the status quo Tuesday night as the incumbent slate swept to victory.

Led by Carrie Ludwikowski, who garnered 795 votes, the incumbent slate of Ann Roseman (712) and Frederick Stone (569) outpolled Richard Stout (536), Michael Clancy (493) and Irwin Katz, (464).

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RED BANK: GOP CLAIMS HISTORIC WIN

whelan taylor 110315Republican Mark Taylor speaks to followers at the Chowda House as running mate Mike Whelan looks on Tuesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Republicans won both open seats to claim their first borough council majority in a a generation Tuesday.

Political newcomers Mark Taylor and Mike Whelan — who wasn’t yet born when his party last controlled the governing body —  outpolled three-term incumbent Democrat Mike DuPont and his running mate, Mike Ballard, to give the GOP a 4-2 majority.

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LIVE: ASSEMBLY RACE RESULTS

Courtesy of NJ Spotlight and the NJ News Commons, here’s a live display of Assembly race results across the New Jersey. Click on the plus arrow to enlarge and drag then on districts region for details, which will be updated as results come in after polls close at 8 p.m. The colors on the map will shift according to which party is leading.

 

RED BANK: ZIPPRICH ZAPPED ON ‘PLAGIARISM’

ballard zipprich 101815Councilman and Democratic party chair Ed Zipprich, right, with Democratic council candidate Michael Ballard at the borough Halloween parade last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Election 2015 graphic[SEE UPDATE BELOW ]

An eleventh-hour election email purportedly sent by Red Bank Democratic Party chairman and Councilman Ed Zipprich has drawn fire from Republicans both for its content, which they allege was “word-for-word” plagiarized, and for the method by which it was distributed.

Republican chairman Sean DiSomma and Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer both said Zipprich took an email that Schwabenbauer sent out Monday afternoon in support of the two Republican council candidates and tweaked it into an endorsement of the two Democratic candidates.

Then Zipprich sent his version out to recipients whose addresses he improperly obtained from the borough parks and recreation department, said Di Somma, who called for an investigation by state election authorities.

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ON THE GREEN: TOWN-BY-TOWN VOTING GUIDE

Election 2015 graphicHere’s redbankgreen’s town-by-town rundown of what offices are at stake and who’s running in Tuesday’s elections.

We’ve also got some information down near the bottom on what you need to bring to a polling station in order to vote; how to operate the voting machines; and what do do when things go awry.

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RBR STUDENT HITS THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

ElijahwithBookerRed Bank Regional junior Elijah Nishiura of Red Bank is pictured with Senator Corey Booker at a political event. Elijah is clocking his third election campaign as a student intern, and is working on local and state level campaigns simultaneously this election season.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

 On November 3 — in this local election year that lacks the fanfare of a presidential or even a gubernatorial race — many Americans will decline to vote. That drives 16-year old Red Bank Regional High School junior Elijah Nishiura wild.

“Issues like college affordability, women’s health services, how we get a job, how we survive, (are) all determined by politics,” says Elijah.  “And if you are not informed and vote, you can’t complain about it.”

Elijah is counting the days until he can vote, which will not occur until the 2018 Gubernatorial election (unfortunately, he misses the 2016 Presidential election next year). But until that time, he will contribute in other ways. In fact, he has been preparing for the upcoming November election for months; interning in two separate election campaigns. Two to three times a week after school, he mans the phones in the Asbury Park campaign office defending an incumbent election. On the weekends, he helps set campaign strategy for an insurgent assembly election, walking the neighborhoods with his Monmouth County candidates.

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RUMSON: MUNICIPAL JUDGE BENCHED

HOT-TOPIC_03Rumson’s municipal court judge has been suspended without pay, the Asbury Park Press reported Tuesday.

Judge Richard B. Thompson, a Middletown attorney who also serves a municipal judge in eight other towns, was suspended Friday from all nine judgeships pending an investigation by New Jersey’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, the Press reported.

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