Manalapan: GOP Chairman McEnery re-elected for another 2 year term

It was an honor to nominate Steve McEnery during last week’s Manalapan Republican Executive Committee reorganization meeting. The Committee voted and affirmed Mr. McEnery for a third term as Municipal Chair.

Chairman McEnery has been probably the hardest working chairman Manalapan has had and is the only chairman to get local Republican’s elected in the past 10 years – Kudo’s!

Mr McEnery has worked steadfastly to not let individuals with big egos and petty agendas tear the party apart. I offer congrats to Chairman McEnery for a terrific job, and wish him well in his new two year term.


Manalapan: GOP Primary-VOTE COLUMN 1 – GREEN/GARCIA for County Endorsed Candidates



(Some quotes taken from Sat’s APP article by Alesha Williams Boyd)

Two local GOP County Committee nominees (Garcia and Green) and their challengers (Kalman and Johnson) face off at the polls on Tuesday. Here’s the Candidates:


Steve Johnson, 54; in the office automation service industry; wife, Helene Leeder-Johnson; member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Community Alliance; director of the Republican Club. (3rd in votes from the nominating committee)

William “Bill” Garcia, 42; 20 years in financial services, currently a project manager. He and wife, Donna, have two girls, 17 and 15, and a 10-year-old son. He is a coach in the Manalapan Baseball Association, Donna is active in son’s PTA. As a fairly new (2 years) resident, Bill brings fresh unbiased perspective to our most important issues. (2nd in votes from the nominating committee)

Ryan D. Green, 28; school social worker in Perth Amboy schools; engaged to be married; member of the Board of Education, Manalapan Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Mayor’s Council for Special Needs. (1st in votes from the nominating committee)

Kalman Budai, 50; president of a ceramic tile company; wife, Michelle; a daughter, 25, son, 21; member of the Summer Recreation Committee, Transportation Committee, President of Manalapan Republican Club (last in nominating votes from the nominating committee), director of Manalapan Recreation Volleyball


Kalman “Butch” Budai and Steve Johnson are challenging the County Committee nominees, Ryan D. Green and William “Bill” Garcia. Two three-year terms on the Township Committee are up for grabs in November.

Johnson said he and Budai will better serve the township as “longtime Manalapan volunteers that have worked hard for our families and for the township. Our opponents just got involved this year.”

(however, a particular someone was kicked off the Recreation committee – exactly how does one get “kicked-off” a volunteer committee?)

“You need to have people that have a certain level of trust built up in the community,” Johnson said.

Interesting: Johnson is past Manalapan Republican President, Kalman is current Manalapan Republican President – YET: lost out to Garcia and Green -What does that tell you?

But Johnson and Budai contend they would be these people, with hopes of bringing in more ratables to offset taxes and improve commuter conditions if elected. (in response to Green’s comment: “I don’t think people are going to dwell on who’s had the title longest. I think they’re going to look at who’s the best person for the job.”)


Green and Garcia said their goals also include ensuring quality of life is protected in the development of the Village at Manalapan, which has been stalled due to traffic and redesign plans.

“right now (traffic) is a burden on our residents and the last thing they want to do is sit in traffic from 15 minutes to a half hour to even more,” Garcia said. “That’s got to be addressed first and foremost. The next step is to look at how much it is going to cost as far as services required — police and everything related to operating a huge project like that.”

However, Johnson said the project, as long as it remains within the scope of what zoning allows, could be a boon for the township.

We need commercial businesses bringing in revenue and other sources of revenue to offset what taxpayers have to pay,” Johnson said. “That’s the only way you’re going to get taxes to come down.

“We have a master plan and we should be looking into getting businesses in that conform to our plan,” Johnson said. “But you have to actively look for them. You can’t just hope they show up some day.”

In my interpretation – Kalman and Johnson would likely have every intention on pandering to developers – totally AGAINST what many many residents express: “PROTECT THE BEAUTY OF OUR OPEN SPACE” of course, this is only my opinion and the opinion of others I speak to.


Bucco & Oroho: Keep This Budget Lower Than Last Year’s

Governor Urged to Stick to His Guns (but what are “his guns”?) and Resist Pressure to Increase Spending

Senator’s Anthony Bucco and Steve Oroho members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee issued the following statement urging Governor Jon Corzine to refuse to give in to pressure from Legislative Democrats and keep state spending lower than last year:

“Governor Corzine must stand firm in the face of any pressure to increase overall spending in the Fiscal Year 2009 budget. The fiscal problems the state is facing will only be aggravated by New Jersey’s softening economy. The governor must live up to the promise he made to the people of this state during his State of the State address and: ‘Freeze Spending Now.’

“At times we have not agreed with the priorities the governor set forth in his budget proposal and we have proposed restoring some of his cuts. However, every time we proposed restoring one program, we have recommended a cut of equal or greater value.

“Let us be clear, tax or fee increases are not an acceptable way to balance this budget. The governor should reject outright any attempt to slip a tax or fee increase into the budget document at the eleventh hour.”

Bucco: New COAH Map Absurd And Ridiculous

Senator Anthony Bucco asked Joe Doria, Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, in a letter today to correct huge flaws in the new Council On Affordable Housing (COAH) study. The study was intended to identify open acreage available for the construction of court mandated housing. Instead the study identified areas that are clearly closed to development. The letter is attached. Examples include:

  • Parts of the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal,
  • A rest area and parts of the median on Route 287,
  • Areas between the runways and taxiways at Morristown airport,
  • More than half of the Schiff Natural Lands Trust,
  • Watersheds surrounding the Clyde Potts and Jersey City Reservoirs
  • Private homeowners’ back yards

“This is absolutely ridiculous,” Bucco stated. “Let’s put houses on an airport runway or the median of 287. Better yet, develop the Picatinny Arsenal I’m sure the homeowners won’t mind the noise.

“At the very least we should get the money we paid for this study back. They used aerial photographs taken in 2002. This document needs to be fixed before it is submitted to the court this June. I look forward to working with Commissioner Doria to ensure that this seriously flawed study is fixed by then,” Bucco concluded.
April 11, 2008

Honorable Joseph V. Doria Jr.


Department of Community Affairs

William M. Ashby Community Affairs Building

101 South Broad Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0088

Dear Commissioner Doria:

I am deeply concerned by published reports that some of the areas identified as available for development under a new Council On Affordable Housing (COAH) study are, in fact, closed to development. Some of the areas listed as open acreage in the (COAH) report include: parts of the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal, a rest area and parts of the median on Route 287, areas between the runways and taxiways at Morristown airport, more than half of the Schiff Natural Lands Trust, watersheds surrounding the Clyde Potts and Jersey City Reservoirs, and private homeowners’ back yards.

It is clear that the study conducted by Rutgers Professor Henry J. Mayer and the University of Pennsylvania is deeply flawed and must be reworked. It is vitally important that this report must be corrected before the document is submitted to the court in June. To do otherwise would be a grave disservice to municipalities across the State who have labored in good faith, for years, to comply with the arbitrary and unpredictable dictates of the council.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to speaking with you about this issue.


Anthony Bucco

I told you YOUR VOICE COUNTS, NJ Community; The Tide is turning against toll hike plan

Entire legislative GOP, Adler, Lautenberg announce opposition


Gov. Jon Corzine’s plan to cut state debt and fund transportation projects by sharply hiking tolls ran into deep political trouble yesterday, with every Republican in the Legislature and a key Democratic senator vowing to oppose it.

The flurry of announcements from legislative leaders came hours before the Democratic governor made his latest pitch directly to the people at a town hall meeting in Atlantic County, where a crowd of more than 750 gave him a mixed reception. It was the 10th such forum hosted by Corzine, who plans to visit all 21 counties.

Yesterday’s developments leave Corzine with little margin for error if he is to win approval of the toll- hike plan, which he calls critical to righting the state’s shaky finances.

He needs 21 votes to secure passage in the 40-member Senate. Without any GOP support — and with the opposition of Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) — the governor has no more than 22 votes, and even they are not assured.

Last night, Senate Democratic leaders conceded that the Corzine plan, as presented, will not have enough votes to pass.

That does not mean, however, the proposal is dead, Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) said. Codey said he is confident the governor and lawmakers will reach a compromise that can win approval in the Senate.

“I would say that the issue of the toll hikes is far from decided,” Codey said. “We’re going to do fis cal restructuring, certainly, in some manner, and I expect a large por tion of the governor’s program to be enacted.”

Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said there is a “willingness” among skeptical Democratic senators to negotiate with Corzine.

“He has to present something that’s somewhat of a change from where it is,” Sweeney said. “But I think that’s the process. I think he’s willing to make changes.”

Corzine has more breathing room in the Assembly, where Democrats hold a 48-32 edge.


Kudo’s for Mike Doherty: GOP Assembly Members to Hold Public Meetings on Gov’s 800% Toll Hike Plan

It’s folks like Mike Doherty who inspire me to want to run for office. Thanks for hearing our voices Mike!

Millenium Radio

“Is this really the voice of the people of New Jersey or is this an orchestrated effort to put up the appearance that people are agreeing with this?” asks Assemblyman Mike Doherty. Doherty and his Republican Assembly colleagues, Rick Merkt and Caroline Casagrande says they will head a Republican task force that will hold a series of town meetings throughout New Jersey to seek public input on Governor Corzine’s massive 800% toll hike proposal.

Doherty says, “I am not at all confident that the town meetings being conducted by the Governor are an accurate representation of the public’s concerns on these matters.” He adds, “The Governor’s town hall meetings, in many instances, they’re hand-picking who they want in the crowd.”

The meetings will take place in several locations around the state between now and March and will be open to all members of the public. The schedule is expected to be announced shortly. No advance registration will be required.

“Based on the contact I’ve had with constituents, I can guarantee that there is a lot more anger about this issue than has been on display at the Governor’s town meetings,” says Merkt. He adds, “We want to make sure that all taxpayers have an opportunity to express their views in an open, public forum.”

Explaining his town hall meetings, Corzine says, “There is no restriction on what anybody can ask. There is no picking who is going to get the mic(rophone).” He adds, “People stand up, they can ask whatever they want and we try to respond.”

NJ Primary Information: SUPER TUESDAY IS FEB. 5th.

Calling New Jersey: today (dec. 17) is the last day to “SWING” register for NJ Primary

NJ Primary on Feb 5th.
I want to share some thought provoking ideas for you to ponder before deciding who will get your vote.
RIGHT now –  to do the following 2 things:
Take inventory of your values and convictions… what’s most important to you and your family?
Remove from your mind: “who do I think will win”, and “everyone I know is voting for —“ and instead, ask yourself: Who is the candidate that closely shares my values and convictions?
That is the person to vote for!
(go to my other blog HERE for a candidate information page. I’m pro Huckabee – but I do have information for ALL our candidates so please spend some time learning about them)
IF YOU ARE NOT AFFILIATED: you can participate only if you shed your unaffiliated status and join a party on primary day.
Q: HOW DO I Register?
A: You need to go to your City Hall/Town Clerk or the county board of ElectionsNeed help finding them? CLICK HEREI strongly urge you: if you have considered voting for someone in the general Presidential election that is outside your Party affiliate, in order to do all you can to make that candidate the party nominee, please consider visiting your local TOWN HALL and fill out the necessary paperwork TODAY.
SO – for example: if you’re a registered Democrat or independent, but like Governor Huckabee, well, you can vote for Governor Huckabee in the general election on Nov. 2008 only if he’s the Republican nominee… in order for him to be the nominee, all the individual state registered voters need to vote him in as candidate, to represent the Republican party. So the only way you can really exercise your right and be heard, is to do all you can to make Governor Huckabee the nominee – so come on New Jersey – go to your local TOWN HALL and make the change before its too late!!!

Please do all you can to support our next Commander in Chief – whoever you vote for, like Huckabee ;o), make sure your registered for that party or declare a party on Primary day if unaffiliated or Independent!