Monmouth County May Get Spotlight in Governor’s Race

first_imgBy John Burton |MONMOUTH COUNTY — The one and only definitive takeaway from New Jersey’s June 6 primary election is that the next governor will be from Monmouth County. But what that says about the county, and may mean as it prepares for possible national media attention, really depends on which political watchers you subscribe.Republican Kim Guadagno, the lieutenant governor who lives in Monmouth Beach, has been selected by voters to square off against Democrat Phil Murphy, former Goldman Sachs executive and Middletown resident, who secured his party’s nomination.This year is something of an off-year election with only two governor’s races—New Jersey and Virginia—and no national legislative elections until the 2018 mid-terms. Given that, the pundits of every stripe among the cable-TV chattering class and columnists will likely look to these races as referendums on President Donald Trump (in both races) and certainly on the now nearly eight-year tenure of Republican Gov. Chris Christie (and Guadagno’s boss) for New Jersey, as well as a possible bellwether for the 2018 campaigns.It also will likely have the effect of drawing some additional attention to Monmouth County, possibly finally establishing the county as a force to be reckoned with on the state’s political radar.“Believe me, they’ll be here in droves,” speaking of the national media, “probably after Labor Day, unless somebody wants to go to the Shore,” said Steven Miller, director of Undergraduate Studies in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University, predicting an “onslaught” of klieg lights. It could mean the likes of Rachel Maddow or Tucker Carlson or other personalities going for the optics of standing on the beach in Monmouth Beach or driving by the home of Murphy’s neighbor Jon Bon Jovi, as the talking heads detail the attractions of the Central Jersey county. “And they’ll be looking to uncover anything and everything,” on the candidates, Miller said.In the 2009 gubernatorial race here, much was made of it as a referendum on President Barack Obama. Obama even made the trip to New Jersey to stump for then-incumbent Governor Jon Corzine, with the president appearing with the governor at a campaign event at the PNC Art Center, Holmdel. Ultimately, the election was more about the unpopularity of Corzine than about the president or even the support of Christie, Miller maintained.“I think it’s likely to bring national attention,” to the state, concurred Lauren Feldman, associate professor of Journalism at Rutgers. “I think we’ve seen a precedent for that,” Feldman explained, pointing to the upcoming special election in the Georgia congressional district, and other recent special elections in Montana and Delaware, as examples of that attention.“I think this election in particular,” that’ll be true, Feldman continued, “because Chris Christie is and was so visibly connected to Trump…That’s going to be the natural hook.”Phil Murphy on the campaign trail in November.What is interesting about having the two major parties hail from this county is an indication that, in the world of politics, “Monmouth County is becoming increasingly more competitive,” said Ben Dworkin, director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University.Monmouth County has – and continues to with the occasional exception – elect and re-elect GOP members to countywide office and for its state legislative contingent, though county voter registration continues to show more registered Democrats than Republicans, with independent and unaffiliated voter registration beating either party numbers.Over the last eight years, However, there have been some demographic shifts in diverse populations that benefit Democratic constituencies, in such places as the redeveloping Asbury Park and in Red Bank, and “The shore towns are really the ones that are going to benefit,” and their Democratic candidates, Miller said.“Monmouth County still has a dominant Republican organization,” Dworkin noted. But unlike other areas of the state, like Morris and Ocean counties, where Democrats put up just token opposition to GOP candidates and don’t hold their breath, and conversely, in Hudson and Essex counties where the same is true of Republicans, “The Democrats are making it more competitive,” Dworkin added. Democrats are being better financed, Dworkin observed, and feeling emboldened. “It doesn’t mean they’re always going to win,” Dworkin said, “but everybody has to work now.”That was the case in 2015 when Democrats pulled off a surprising upset by winning the two Assembly seats for the 11th Legislative District.This year’s gubernatorial election is a race that both Dworkin and Miller explained is not overtly about North Jersey versus South Jersey, given the candidates’ home base.It doesn’t put Monmouth County on the map. “Monmouth County has already been on the map,” said Art Gallagher, Highlands resident and Republican political strategist who publishes “More Monmouth Musings, a conservative political blog. That’s been the case since 2009, when Monmouth and Ocean counties were credited with giving Christie his victory, Gallagher maintained. “Monmouth County is now a battleground, politically, it really is,” he observed. As for any additional recognition or benefit, other than “It’s nice bragging rights for Monmouth County,” he said. “I don’t know if it’ll have a political or real-world impact other than perhaps to create traffic jams with more news vans around the homes of Banker Murphy and Lt. Gov. Guadagno.”Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on primary night.The end result, Gallagher predicted, is that the county will remain decidedly Republican for the two freeholder seats this year, Legislature races and will go for Guadagno because of the GOP’s governance record.On the other hand, Michael Morris, who publishes the “Middletown Mike” liberal/Democratic leaning political blog, not surprisingly, sees it differently. As a reaction to Trump and two terms of Christie, “I think the base is really fired up,” Morris said. “I’m talking extremely fired up.”Activity among grassroots progressive organizations has been strong and that may lead to some upsets, Morris expected. That includes the 13th Legislative District, a traditionally Republican stronghold, which includes Republican-dominated Middletown, the county’s largest municipality, Morris said. “This is the first time in a long time I can actually say that,” he noted. And he’s saying it in part, because Murphy “is telling people around the state that he’s ‘all in for Monmouth County,’” and “do what it takes to win the county,” said Morris, who is a Middletown Democratic committee member.That takes money, time and resources on the ground, Morris said.Attention from the national media depends on a number of factors: What’s going on in the race in Virginia, a more purplish state compared to traditionally Democratic blue New Jersey, Dworkin said. Another factor for these resources, he also pointed out, will be what’s going on in Washington, D.C., over the summer. And as it stands now, he said, “Those resources are focused on the hearings du jour,” in the halls of Congress.This article was first published in the June 15-June 22, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Injury forces early termination of Manu Vatuvei’s contract with Salford

first_imgAfter playing the side’s final eight matches of 2017, Vatuvei has taken no part in the current Super League season after severely damaging his Achilles tendon in a freak training accident in February.His contract was set to expire at the end of this season, but the 32-year-old will part ways with the Red Devils immediately.”Unfortunately, the injury Manu sustained in pre-season meant that he would be out for the full season,” said Salford director Ian Blease.”We had hoped that Manu would have played a significant part in our 2018 campaign however we now feel that it is best for both parties for Manu to return home.”Everyone at the club would like to wish Manu the best of luck for the future.”Despite the premature exit, the Tonga international would have had a deal struck to ensure full pay-out as per the terms of his original contract.It’s unclear where the man known as “The Beast” goes from here, but a return to his beloved Warriors, for who he scored 152 tries through 226 appearances, would seem unlikely.last_img read more

Pyeongchang Olympics begin with mixed doubles curling

first_imgOlympic Athlete from Russia curler Anastasia Bryzgalova prepares to throw her stone during the mixed doubles training session ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Pyeongchang Olympics have begun with a curling competition featuring a showdown between a pair of U.S. siblings and a Russian husband-and-wife team competing in neutral uniforms with no national insignia.The opening ceremony is still a day away, but the games are already underway. Among the athletes are 168 Russians who are being forced to compete under the neutral banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” as punishment for doping in Sochi in 2014. Others who were barred altogether have filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are still hoping to be allowed to participate.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ The opening ceremony is still a day away, but the games are already underway. Among the athletes are 168 Russians who are being forced to compete under the neutral banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” as punishment for doping in Sochi in 2014. Others who were barred altogether have filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are still hoping to be allowed to participate.The first event is mixed doubles curling, which is making its Olympic debut. The more familiar single-gender version of curling will begin later in the games.There were four games played simultaneously Thursday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Barca tries to leave Pique controversy behind with Copa Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The first event is mixed doubles curling, which is making its Olympic debut. The more familiar single-gender version of curling will begin later in the games.There were four games played simultaneously Thursday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPyeongchang Olympics begin with mixed doubles curlingGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Pyeongchang Olympics have begun with a curling competition featuring a showdown between a pair of U.S. siblings and a Russian husband-and-wife team competing in neutral uniforms with no national insignia. View commentslast_img read more

Fire ban lifted in Prince George Fire Centre

first_imgThe cool, damp weather has allowed the Prince George Fire Centre to lift all fire bans in the region. Beginning at noon on Tuesday, category 2 and 3 fires are permitted in the region. In July, the hot temperatures forced the Fire Centre to enforce the ban, in an effort to limit the amount of human-caused fires in the region. – Advertisement -A Category 2 open fire means an open fire that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide, or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares in size. A Category 3 open fire means an open fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares in size. This includes all resource management burns. Meanwhile, the Prince George Fire Centre lifted the campfire ban on August 21st.Advertisement The rescinded areas affect all BC Parks and public and private lands outside of organized areas. However, the Fire Centre is reminding everyone to check with their local authorities before lighting a fire.last_img read more

Teen robbed after exiting taxi

first_imgA 19-year-old was robbed on her way to work on Monday, after exiting a taxi at the Vreed-en-Hoop junction on the West Coast of Demerara.According to information received, the incident occurred at about 07:20h.Audriana Stoll told Guyana Times that she boarded a taxi from Versailles, West Bank Demerara (WBD), and stopped off at the junction to board a bus en route to the WCD.However, she was approached by a man, who held a knife at her as he demanded her phone and money. She explained that the man was dressed in a black hoodie shirt with a bandana around his face. After making his demands, she handed over $4500 and a Samsung phone, valued at $89,000.“I had the change that I collect from the taxi and I just hand he that. Then he was like ‘and what happen to the phone’ and that’s when I hand over the phone from my pocket and the earphone that was with it and everything,” Stoll recalled.However, she recalled seeing him run off to a car.last_img read more

Feds sweep valley for immigrants

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA — Federal immigration and customs agents fanned out Friday in Santa Clarita searching for fugitives who’ve ignored deportation orders — some possibly criminals — to ensure they leave the country. The operation is part of a Homeland Security initiative designed to step up border enforcement. “People who are arrested for being in the U.S. illegally have a right to due process and the opportunity to go into immigration court and fight deportation,” said Lori Haley, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “If they lose, they should accept the courts’ ruling and comply with the removal order.” The targeted individuals were ordered deported by immigration judges. Haley declined to reveal the names of fugitives or whether they committed crimes other than disregarding court orders. She would not describe the size of the force or where in the community agents are deployed. A group of ICE agents was spotted Friday morning on San Fernando Road in Newhall, a largely Latino neighborhood. The agency serves as a key investigative tool for the Department of Homeland Security. Since forming “Operation Return to Sender” in May 2006 agents have apprehended more than 18,000 fugitives nationwide, Haley said. Fifty-two fugitive operation teams are at work nationwide, including four in the Los Angeles area, which includes Santa Clarita. From late May 2006 through April 20, 2007, the Los Angeles team has arrested roughly 1,500 individuals. Of those, 862 were immigrant fugitives. Nearly 200 had criminal convictions. Fugitives snared in the raid will be taken to the regional immigration office for processing before they’re deported. While pursuing their targets, agents sometimes discover others who are in the country illegally. Some are eligible for voluntary departure, with the violation not be shown on their record. The operation will continue through the weekend. — Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255judy.orourke@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Eliud Kipchoge visits Wanyama in London

first_img— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 24, 2018The humble, soft spoken Kipchoge whose prowess in road running has edged him into legendary status met a section of the Tottenham team alongside his coach Patrick Sang.Left to right- Tottenham Hotspur players Dele Alli , Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier and Paulo Gazzaniga with Eliud Kipchoge (centre). PHOTO/Tottenham Hotspur.They had a chit chat with Wanyama himself and head coach Mauricio Pochettino, perhaps both of them whispering to each others’ ears some tips on champion mentality.“Thank you very much for the wonderful day,” Kipchoge tweeted after the meet up at Hotspur Way.Wanyama was at hand to congratulate Kipchoge after his conquest in London, tweeting the Olympic champion alongside Vivian Cheruiyot following their victory.Eliud Kipchoge with Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino. Photo/TottenhamKipchoge has had a brilliant week as he was crowned the World Marathon majors Champion just after his success in London for a third consecutive season.The 34-year old is expected to give a stab at Dennis Kimetto’s World record during September’s Berlin Marathon.Thank you very much for a wonderful day!— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) April 24, 2018 0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama handing over Tottenham Hotspur shirt to three-time London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge. Photo/Tottenham HotspurNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24- Fresh from earning his third title at the London Marathon on Sunday, Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge took a bit of his recovery time to drop down to Hotspur Way, home to Tottenham Hotspur to pay a visit to Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama.🥇 Pleased to welcome #LondonMarathon winner @EliudKipchoge and @MaurtenOfficial to Hotspur Way today! 🇰🇪 read more

Nakumatt thrash Homeboyz at Toyoyo

first_imgIndeche’s goal which beat his opposite number Mike Wanyika in comical fashion put to the end Nakumatt’s dominance after Cornelius Juma stepped off the bench to score a brace adding on to goals from Kevin Thairu, Tom Adwar and Boniface Mukhekhe.Homeboyz new coach Paul Nkata continued his search for a maiden win since taking over with his first game in charge last week ending in a 1-1 draw with Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru.Nakumatt had a perfect start to the match with Boniface Mukhekhe striking them into the lead within the opening minute of the game with a sweetly struck volley from the edge of the box after Homeboyz’s clearance of a corner fell on his path.Kakamega Homeboyz’s Jimmy Bageya goes down under a challenge from Nakumatt’s Mohammed Nigol during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTen minutes later, Nakumatt were wheeling away celebrating their second goal after Tom Adwak’s powerful header off a Moses Odhiambo freekick found keeper Mike Wanyika off his guard, the ball bouncing off the inside off the upright into the net.Nakumatt were dominant from the start,, commanding possession and passing the ball sweetly around the park.In the 26th minute, Moses Chikati almost turned the ball into his own net as he attempted to cut off a powerfully inswinging freekick from Odhiambo. From the resultant corner Timonah Wanyonyi wasted a glorious opportunity directing a header wide unmarked from Kevin Thairu’s delivery.Homeboyz started growing into the match and they had a chance in the 28th minute when Eston Esiye picked the ball off an error from Wanyonyi but his powerful shot was fisted away by Lucas Indeche in the Nakumatt goal.Kakamega Homeboyz’s Eston Esiye vies for the ball with Nakumatt’s Tom Adwar during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFour minutes later though, they halved the deficit and revived their hopes of a comeback when Andrew Waisswa rose above everyone else in the box to head home a corner from Noah Wafula on the second attempt after his first was cut short by the defense.The goal aroused some fighting spirit from the visitors and they pressed more. Wafula had an effort in the 35th minute with a shot from range which was tipped over the bar for a corner by Indeche.Nakumatt thought they had a third seven minutes to half time when Wanyonyi tapped the ball home from a Thairu pass, but the goal was ruled out for offside.In the second half, Nakumatt enjoyed a similar start to the one they had in the opening half, scoring within the opening minute. Substitute Brian Nyakan who had come on for John Njoroge made an immediate impact delivering a cross from the left which was headed home by Thairu.Wafula almost made a response on the other end for Homeboyz in the seventh minute but his shot from the right was punched away by Indeche.Nakumatt’s Moses Thairu joins Cornelius Juma in celebrating his goal during a Kenyan Premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn the turn of play, Nakumatt almost made it 4-1 when Juma broke into the box but his shot was saved by Wanyika.However in the 67th minute, he made amends with a sweet finish from inside the box after outmuscling Waisswa inside the box.He completed his brace five minutes later in the same fashion this time running into a Thairu through pass before shooting low past Wanyika.Indeche then put the icing on the cake with a sumptuous goal, his long range shot from almost 70 metres out finding Wanyika off his line.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lucas Indeche and teammates celebrate after beating Homeboyz in a Kenyan Premier League clashNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17- Goalkeeper Lucas Indeche scored from 70 yards out to put the icing on the cake as relegation battling Nakumatt revenged for their first leg 2-0 loss beating Kakamega Homeboyz 6-1 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Sunday morning.Nakumatt who have been in resurgence since the take-over by city politician Francis Mureithi picked a vital three points that catapulted them to 12th in the standings with 23 points, further injecting some confidence into their fight to avoid the chop.last_img read more


first_imgWE all know how good Kinnegar Craft Beers are – now the rest of the country can try a tipple at the Irish Craft Beer Festival in Dublin today.The festival at the RDS is in its fifth year – and runs until Saturday.And Rathmullan-based Kinnegar is among the 50 beer-makers invited to show off. The craft beer and cider industry in Ireland has witnessed explosive growth over the past 12 months – reflecting this aptly, this festival has witnessed 400% growth in both brewers and attendees since its conception in 2011.Having attracted over 12,000 visitors last year, the organisers are once again predicting a record turn-out of punters to reflect the record number of breweries and cider makers signed up to date.This year’s line-up consists of over 50 breweries and cider makers – totalling an astounding number of over 200 Irish produced beverages on offer to attendees.In comparison to last year’s 40 producers, this year has seen an increase of over 25% in the number of breweries attending, a reflection of the massive growth of this local Irish market sector. Also launching at the festival will be the Irish Craft Beer Economic Impact Report by leading Economist Bernard Feeney.This year’s festival promises to bring visitors an experience that is unrivalled throughout the country.It is the pinnacle of the year within the Irish craft beer and cider industries.For three days, each supplier sets up its own space within the venue and chats with consumers, enjoying discussions about the intricacies of each unique combination of flavours making every individual product stand out from the next.DONEGAL CRAFT BREWERY SET TO SHOW OFF BEERS AT FESTIVAL was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beerbreweryfestivalKinnegarRDSlast_img read more

CONFIRMED: Graziano Pelle leaves Southampton to join Shandong Luneng

first_img Graziano Pelle in action for Southampton 1 Southampton have confirmed the sale of striker Graziano Pelle to Shandong Luneng.The fee has not been disclosed for the 30-year-old, who had a year left on his contract at St Mary’s, but is understood to be around £13million.Pelle, fresh from helping Italy reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Chinese Super League club which could be worth as much as £250k per week.Having joined Southampton for £8m from Feyenoord back in July 2014, he leaves having scored an impressive 23 goals in 68 Premier League appearances for the south coast club.Pelle will link up with former Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse at Shandong Luneng.Cisse, 31, joined the club, who are managed by former Bayern Munich and Fulham boss Felix Magath, in a £2.5m deal earlier this month.last_img read more