LOCAL POLS SPAR OVER CHRISTIE REMARK

Menna, below, calls Christie’s “going down” remark “classless.”

Was Governor Chris Christie making an allusion to oral sex when he sharply responded to protesters at a campaign rally for Mitt Romney in New Hampshire Monday? Or are his critics reading too much into his words?

On his Facebook page, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, calls Christie’s use of the term “going down” “crass and sexist.”

But at least two Republican friends of the mayor – Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre and former Red Bank Councilwoman Grace Cangemi – take issue with that assessment in comments posted below Menna’s.

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RED BANKS: DEMS HOLD COUNCIL

rb-votes-110811District 2 voters entering the Independent Engine Company house on Mechanic Street Tuesday morning. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Red Bank’s Democrats maintained their lock on the borough’s governing body with two decisive wins for council Tuesday.

Juanita Lewis and local party chairman Ed Zipprich defeated Republicans Grace Cangemi and Joe Mizzi, whose campaign lite strategy had opponents and some voters scratching their heads about their whereabouts in the race.

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RED BANK CANDIDATES TO FACE OFF

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A dead-quiet race for two Red Bank council seats enters the home stretch Wednesday night as two Republican challengers face off against the incumbents from the all-Democrat governing body Wednesday night.

Meantime, Tuesday is the last day to register as a voter in the November 8 general election.

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IN PRAISE OF TWO LOCALS

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This week’s selection as Comment of the Week comes from a well-known Red Bank figure, former Councilmember Grace Cangemi.

Here’s what she had to say under our story on Lou del Pra’s first year as athletic director at Red Bank Regional High, an interview in which we asked about low participation levels among Red Bank kids in school sports:

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