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EDITORIAL: Friend or foe? Christie knew

Opinion/Editorials, AP Press, April 17,2014

The release of more than 400 pages of interview notes by the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher revealed a governor’s office busy keeping lists of local government friends and enemies, rewarding the former and apparently punishing the latter.
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Jack Fanous Ends Campaign for Congress and Endorses Aimee Belgard

Democrats Show a United Front as the GOP Faces a Messy Primary
March 31, 2014, Campaign Press Release

(Willingboro, NJ) – Jack Fanous announced today that he will be ending his campaign for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District and endorsing his fellow Democrat, Aimee Belgard.

“I’m endorsing Aimee because she is a strong leader who will represent our district well in Congress. She has done great things for our community, and we need someone in Congress who really understands South Jersey. Her Republican opponents moved down to this area from North Jersey just to get elected. They are outsiders who don’t understand what we need here in South Jersey, so how could they possibly represent us well in Congress? I’m proud to endorse Aimee in her efforts to become our next Representative, and I will work hard to ensure that she is victorious in November,” said Fanous.

“I greatly appreciate Jack’s support, it means so much to me. Jack has done incredible work for our veterans community and I’m excited to announce that he’ll be joining my campaign as a member of our Veterans Committee,” said Belgard. “Jack brings with him years of experience working for and advocating on behalf of veterans and I look forward to working with him on important issues that impact veterans. In Congress, I’ll fight to ensure that we keep the promises we’ve made to our veterans. I’ll strive to decrease wait times at the VA and ensure that veterans have easy access to quality health care, including mental health care. I will also work with the business community to provide job training and placement for our troops when they come home. The men and women who have bravely served our country are highly skilled and highly qualified to work in a variety of fields and I want to ensure that they are hired following their service to our nation.”

Aimee Belgard is a Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district.  Aimee was elected to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2012 following a highly competitive race, where she was outspent by her opponents by 6 to 1.  As Burlington County Freeholder, Aimee works across party lines building problem-solving coalitions that have delivered results for our community.  Aimee’s consensus-driven approach to governance will help break the partisan fever in Congress and restore bipartisanship in Washington.  In her position as Freeholder, Aimee currently represents more than half of the constituents of New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District

Our 2014 Democratic Candidates

2014 mini conventionAn enthusiastic crowd of over 100  Ocean County Democrats met at Central Regional Middle School to hear from candidates who sought to run with the endorsement of the Ocean County Democrats. Senator Jim Whelan spoke on behalf of Senator Booker, and contenders for  U.S. Congress sought the support of the crowd.

  In the second district, Bill Hughes Jr. was recommended for the endorsment over Dave Cole.  In the 3rd District, delegates voted for Aimee Belgard over Jack Fanous or Howard Kleinhendler.  And for Freeholder, Timothy E. Ryan was chosen over Joseph  Lamb.

The following candidates were recommended:
Senate: Cory Booker
Congress, 2nd District: Bill Hughes Jr.
Congress, 3rd District: Aimee Belgard
Congress, 4th District: Ruben Scolavino
Freeholder: Timothy E. Ryan

Check out Photos here, compliments of the Long Beach Island Democratic Club

Thanks to all who participated!

Chris Christie’s approval rating flips in new poll

By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger 
March 11, 2014 

Gov. Chris Christie has called the George Washington Bridge scandal an obsession of the press that the public doesn’t care about, but two polls released today show the ordeal continues to erode his political support and public image. Read the full post »

Citing crashes, Mayor Ducey Ends Red Light Cameras

Serious accidents up in red-light camera zones

Nicholas Huba, app.com, Feb. 8, 2013

BRICK — Red-light cameras, which snap photographs of scofflaws jumping lights at dangerous intersections, were touted as a way to make roads safer. But since the first cameras were installed three years ago, two of the three intersections actually had a marked increase in dangerous right-angle accidents, a review of traffic data by the Asbury Park Press found. Read the full post »

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