[Update: On June 30, 2015, the Newark law firm Genova Burns announced that Halfacre was joining it as counsel, doing work on commercial real estate and business transactions, and would be “available for consultation” to the firm’s craft beer, spirits and alcohol practice.]
Two sitting council members and a former member are the nominees to fill the empty seat of former Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre, who resigned last month to take a job in the Christie Administration.
The local Republican Committee last week submitted the names of Council President Jon Peters, Councilman Ben Lucarelli and former Council President Andrew Trocchia to fill out the 2012 portion of the two years remaining on Halfacre’s term, committee chairman Rich Magovern tells redbankgreen.
The mayor, seen below in his biking gear, was a no-show Monday night and his nameplate sat on a shelf behind the council dais. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
He’s yet to resign, but the Asbury Park Press says Fair Haven’s Mayor Mike Halfacre now has been formally named to a post in the Christie Administration that will require him to step down from his elected post.
Halfacre, who apparently jumped the gun last week by announcing his new job as head of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Facebook before his appointment was made official by the governor’s office, did not appear at Monday night’s meeting of the borough council.
Borough officials who appeared not to know of the latest Press report told redbankgreen on the condition of anonymity that Trenton had asked Halfacre to “lie low and not do anything mayoral” while his appointment was being finalized.
Halfacre confirmed the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday, saying he had accepted the directorship and will be closing his law office and stepping down as mayor.I will make a formal announcement at Mondays council meeting to the public and my last day as mayor will be Feb. 3, Halfacre said in a phone interview. Its a very big change and Im very excited for the opportunity.
Mike Halfacre, who had previously vowed not to run for re-election but changed his mind after coming up short in his bid for the GOP nomination in the 12th congressional district, will get a second term as Fair Haven’s mayor.
Watching a poorly funded Tea Party-approved candidate throw a scare into an opponent this week, Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre kinda wishes he’d stayed in the GOP primary race in the Congressional 12th District, he tells PolitickerNJ.
Halfacre shut down his effort to unseat incumbent Democrat Rush Holt in late March, after he failed to gain endorsements from GOP leaders in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.
But after seeing David Corsi of Oceanport garner 46 percent of the primary vote Tuesday on just $5,000 raised versus venture capitalist Scott Sipprelle‘s $640,000 warchest Halfacre rues not staying in the contest, writes Politicker’s Max Pizarro:
Asked if he regreted not running to the finish, particulalry after seeing Corsi’s victory by 768 votes in the Monmouth County portion of the district, Halfacre said, “Absolutely. I made a mistake. No one could have predicted this election result. If we had any idea the line would have been as weak as it was, we would have stayed in.”
Detours will be in effect for most of this month at Hance and River roads in Fair Haven, borough officials say. (Click to enlarge)
Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre is miffed again.
Two weeks after complaining that borough residents served by the Red Bank water utility had no advance notice of a rate increase, he says the borough was caught off guard with road construction work that Monmouth County started Tuesday “without any notice to the Borough of Fair Haven, and without our input.”
The work, it seems, will require sporadic detours at the busy intersection of River Road and Hance Road over most of the month, he says in a post on his blog.
Instant memento: Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre in his office with a campaign sign earlier this month. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)
Coming off a disappointing failure to win the backing of GOP powerbrokers in Monmouth County, Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre has quit his run for Congress, according to an announcement from his camp Tuesday afternoon.
Mike Halfacre stops in downtown Red Bank during a bike ride in 2008. (Click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Congressional candidate Mike Halfacre failed to capture home-county backing from his party Monday night, a hit that shows dwindling support for the Fair Haven mayor’s bid to unseat 12-district incumbent Democrat Rush Holt.
Meanwhile, local newspaper publisher Diane Gooch gained traction in her own bid for a Congressional seat.
Fair Haven Mayor and candidate for Rush Holt’s 12th district Congressional seat, seen in his office with a map of the district. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
You aren’t going to see much white space on Mike Halfacre’s calendar these days. Maintaining a town, a law practice and working the campaign trail tends to wipe out your free time.
Since announcing his campaign against Democratic incumbent Rush Holt in July, the mayor of Fair Haven has been hard at work trying to gain support across the large swath of New Jersey that is the 12th District 44 municipalities in five counties that reaches from Halfacre’s hometown to the Delaware River.
With county conventions and a primary looming, Halfacre has been on a dizzying pace on the stump.
“I’m very busy,” he said. “I am out somewhere almost every night of the week.”
Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre, who’s running for Congress in 2010, has scheduled a public forum on President Obama’s national health insurance plan to be held 90 minutes earlier, and in the same place, as one hosted by the incumbent Halfacre hopes to unseat.
Halfacre’s campaign today announced what’s billed as the “Open to All Town Hall” scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, at the Middletown Arts Center.
With his town having just landed a whopping $477,000 in federal stimulus money, one might think that Fair Haven mayor and congressional aspirant Mike Halfacre is in a bit of political quandary.
Halfacre, you see, rarely misses an opportunity to bash the Democrat-spearheaded spending plan.
“Charles Gibson just asked: What’s in massive stimulus for you?” Halfacre posted on Twitter back in February. “My answer: Not a damn thing!”
That was a couple of weeks after he wrote a blog post in which he called on “all Republicans” to oppose the economic bailout then up for a vote on the Hill. He termed it a “pork-laden and, by most economists’ accounts, ineffective stimulus package.”
Last week, Fair Haven learned it had won approval for the full cost of replacing sidewalks on River Road from Fair Haven Road west, past the Acme supermarket.
Mike Halfacre at No Joe's Café in Red Bank in 2007.
Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre today declared his intention to run for Congress.
Or did he?
In an email sent today to family, friends and supporters, Halfacre says "I am running for Congress in New Jerseys 12th Congressional District in 2010."
But Halfacre tells redbankgreen that nothing has changed since last Friday, when he reiterated that he was considering a challenge against incumbent 12th-district Democrat Rush Holt but hadn't yet made up his mind to run.
"No, this does not make it any more official than it was last week," he tells us via email. "This is an effort to gauge interest and support, that's all."
Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre is distancing himself from a report that he’s mulling a run for Congress… while at the same time admitting that he’s sorta kinda thinking about it.
Wally Edge, the pseudonym for a blogger at PolitickerNJ.com, writes today that Halfacre
is considering a bid for Congress against Democrat Rush Holt in 2010 and spent some time on last week’s Chamber of Commerce trip to Washington making some early fundraising connections.
True? Here’s what Halfacre told redbankgreen, via email, early this afternoon:
That article has been pointed out to me. I dont know where the guy gets his info from, but it wasnt from me. I was on the train, but other than that, I have made no decisions about what to do with myself in 2010.
But when we pressed him, he said this:
As you may know, my term as Mayor is up in 2010, and I am deciding if I want to run for Mayor again, or seek another office, or not seek any office. I have talked with friends and family about it, and yes, Congress has come up. In our area, we are represented very well locally and at the State and county level, so there are limited opportunities in those areas. So, am I considering it? Yes. But I have at least two years left of work in Fair Haven, and am excited about what we are doing in town.
This is a bit of a surprise, frankly. But it is certainly flattering to be thought of in this way.
It is unfortunate that Mr. Kamin, despite his background in journalism, has chosen not to disclose some important facts about his experience with Fair Haven and his quest for public information.
First, Mr. Kamin failed to disclose that he and the Borough of Fair Haven have a long-running dispute about the responsibility to pay for maintenance of the private pond upon which his house is adjacent. Mr. Kamin does not like the fact that the Borough will not pay to clean-up and maintain his privately owned pond, which has no public access and which is bordered on, and owned by, several private homes.
Second, Mr. Kamin does not acknowledge that he sought some confidential information about Borough employees, which, by law, cannot be disclosed.
Using its $40,000 grant, the borough is now in the midst of a “visioning” process to determine, among other goals, how to make its bifurcated business district half old-fashioned downtown, half a hodgepodge of strip malls and car-centric stores more appealing to pedestrians and bicyclists. The Project for Public Spaces, a not-for-profit planning group from New York, has been leading a series of public forums, seeking input.
Mike Halfacre, a lifelong Fair Haven resident and avid bicyclist (he’s competed in numerous triathalons), is in his first year as mayor. He spoke to redbankgreen about the visioning effort last week at his office in Little Silver, where he practices real estate law.
Whats so special about Fair Haven that it was selected for the grant program?
Fair Haven has some unique challenges. The other recipients of the grant were all predominantly cities with downtowns that are much more developed than Fair Haven’s. Weve a blank slate, in a way.
Our main street is a very busy road and we want to sort of reverse engineer it and make it a more pedestrian friendly place. I think thats what attracted [the Municipal Land Use Center] the opportunity to effect some pedestrian-oriented advancements.
If you read the papers, you will see that Fair Haven is the only town in the region that has been able to lower taxes two years in a row, despite the fact that we are down over $160,000.00 in state funding over that same period.
Under Little Silver’s proposal, a dispatcher in Little Silver would direct patrol responses to calls from Fair Haven.
Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre has published on his blog a head-to-head analysis of the competing offers from Monmouth County and Little Silver to take over the borough’s emergency police dispatching operations.
They’re a little large, and tend to crowd the sidewalk. Mayor Mike Halfacre says he lost a “$1.79 cup of coffee” when he accidentally collided with one.
The six vivid yellow pedestrian-crossing signs recently installed on Fair Haven’s main drag by Monmouth County also add to a “cluttered” look on River Road, which already has its share of county-mandated signage, locals say.
Still, the borough officially welcomes the signs. Its governing body said so at a recent meeting.
Also welcome: moveable signs placed on the center line of River Road and Hance Road advising motorists to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.