By JOHN T. WARD
State and local officials, including Republicans, are expressing outrage Wednesday over Congressional inaction, attributed to the GOP majority, on a $60.4 billion aid package for communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
From the Star-Ledger’s NJ.com:
Gov. Chris Christie ripped into House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) today for delaying a vote on billions in federal aid for recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Theres only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: The House majority and their speaker, John Boehner, said Christie at a press conference this afternoon.
Christie, who gave the keynote address at the Republican National Convention last summer, said Congress traditionally puts politics aside for disaster relief but that House Republican leadership had put politics before our oaths to serve our citizens.
Corsi, of Oceanport, won his home county of Monmouth by a vote of 3,345 to 2,577, but came ups short elsewhere and fell by a vote of 8,930 to 7,575, according to the Star-Ledger.
Meanwhile, the outcome of the battle between Rumson newspaper publisher Diane Gooch and Highlands Mayor Anna Little for the GOP nod to challenge incumbent Frank Pallone in the 6th district was unclear early this morning.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
The attempt by a Republican upstart to wrest a seat from a Middletown incumbent in November failed in Tuesday’s primary.
Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger defended his seat on the township committee with 1,914 votes over newcomer Tony Avallone, who came away with 1,211 votes. Scharfenberger’s Republican running mate, Kevin Settembrino, garnered the most votes, with 2,023.
That leaves a November race in which Settembrino and Scharfenberger will vie for two open seats on the committee one being Scharfenberger’s, and the other held by the committee’s only Democrat, Sean Byrnes, who is seeking re-election. Also in the race is Democrat Mary Mahoney.
What’s good for the Gooch is good for the… candidate? Two views of Diane Gooch at the Molly Pitcher Inn last night. (Click to enlarge)
What redbankgreen really wanted to hear the first-time GOP candidate talk about, though, was her fondness for taking photos of strangers’ heinies.
And maybe snap a dorsal shot of her ourselves.
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.”
The vice chair of the Monmouth County GOP plans to take on sixth-district Democrat Frank Pallone, says Art Gallagher, who got the news straight from Gooch herself.
From Gallagher’s MoreMonmouthMusings blog:
“I gave it a great deal of thought and talked to a lot of people,” Gooch said, “I wouldn’t be running unless I thought I could win. I think I can win, not because I am so great, but because Frank Pallone is so bad.”
She really said that.
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.
But Pallone, a Long Branch Democrat who chairs a House subcommittee with responsibility for oversight of Medicare and other health-related matters, is facing pressure to find a larger venue than the council chambers at borough hall for the meeting.
Red Bank resident Krishna Tyler, on behalf of the vacationing GOP council candidate Kim Senkeleski, is circulating an email calling on recipients to contact Pallone’s office to ask for a change of locale.