Region | Politics
Written by James Fitzpatrick Tuesday, June 04, 2013 10:50 pm
Incumbent At-Large Atlantic County Freeholder Joe McDevitt of Ventnor has been unseated in a challenge by William Pauls of Hamilton Township, according to unofficial results from tonight’s primary (Tuesday, June 4).
McDevitt, running as a “Reagan Republican,” lost to Pauls, the endorsed Atlantic County Republican Party candidate, according to unofficial results provided by the Atlantic County superintendent of elections.
Written by R.J. Liberatore Jr. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 04:35 pm
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – The Atlantic County Republicans officially nominated Will Pauls of Hamilton Township as its candidate for freeholder at large. Pauls’ name will appear along with Gov. Chris Christie’s and the party’s other endorsed candidates on the official Republican line in the June primary.
Written by Seth Grossman Friday, February 15, 2013 12:44 pm
Gadfly (noun): 1. any of various flies that bite or annoy livestock. 2. a person who stimulates or annoys especially by persistent criticism. (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionry/gadfly)
I have often been unfairly attacked and insulted over my politics. But no attack or insult hurts more than being called a “gadfly.”
Thursday, February 14, 2013 04:48 pm
Longtime Sen. Frank Lautenberg will not seek re-election in 2014.
The senior senator from New Jersey, the oldest current senator, he is reportedly the last World War II veteran serving in the Senate.
Lautenberg plans to announce his decision tomorrow in his hometown of Patterson.
Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, February 12, 2013 11:17 am
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Two local mayors introduced themselves to a larger group of constituents as they make a bid for state assembly in New Jersey’s 2nd Legislative District.
Northfield Mayor Vince Mazzeo and Longport Mayor Nick Russo announced their candidacy for state assembly before a crowd of supporters including state Sen. Jim Whelan Monday, Feb. 11 at the former Pathmark grocery store on the Black Horse Pike.
Written by R.J. Liberatore Jr. Monday, February 11, 2013 06:56 pm
PLEASANTVILLE _ Saying he will personally recruit jobs and businesses to come to New Jersey, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Balles announced his candidacy Monday, Feb. 11 to represent the 2nd district in the New Jersey Senate.
Written by James Fitzpatrick Friday, February 08, 2013 09:09 pm
SOMERS POINT – Seth Grossman, a former Atlantic City councilman and Atlantic County freeholder, announced tonight (Friday, Feb. 8) that he intends to run for governor in the June 4 Republican primary against incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
The Somers Point attorney and former columnist for The Current and Gazette Newspapers said he intends to formally announce his plans Tuesday morning in front of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
Written by SUZANNE MARINO Thursday, January 31, 2013 05:56 pm
SOMERS POINT – While it has been long expected that the current 2nd District legislative team has plans to remain in Trenton; Republican Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown chose Sunday afternoon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post here to announce their intention to seek another term in office.
Written by Harry Hurley Thursday, January 03, 2013 06:05 pm
The year 2012 will go down in American history as a tumultuous year featuring many storms, both literally and politically.
We weren't faced with just storms; we were directly hit by super storms. A super derecho and Hurricane Sandy rocked both our region and state.
Written by Norm Cohen Monday, December 17, 2012 05:48 pm
Hi all. A quick history lesson. Which American president wrote the following: "Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes and the opportunities of fraud growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
Written by Seth Grossman Monday, December 17, 2012 05:47 pm
Our Declaration of Independence says that although “our Creator” endowed each of us with “certain unalienable rights” including “life” (the right not to be murdered), we need governments “to secure these rights.”
This idea is in the Bible, where God tells Noah to respect and protect the life of every human being. And where Moses sets up a system of laws and judges.
Written by Harry Hurley Monday, December 17, 2012 05:47 pm
This is my penultimate column with The Current and Gazette Newspapers of Atlantic and Cape May counties. In other words, it's my next to the last column. I've never used the word "penultimate" in any column before. So, now is as good a time as any.
I also believe that it's my 415th column in this newspaper over the past eight years.
Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:32 am
About 130 years ago, Professor Woodrow Wilson started teaching the new doctrine at PrincetonUniversity that started the “progressive” movement in the United States.
Wilson taught that the basic principles of liberty in our Declaration of Independence and U.S. and state Constitutions were obsolete and unfair. He said it was wrong for each citizen to have “certain unalienable rights” because modern society is too complicated for ordinary citizens to make the most important decisions concerning their own lives. And they are too selfish to do what is best for the “common good.”
Written by Harry Hurley Monday, December 10, 2012 04:49 pm
A few weeks ago I mentioned that it looked likely that no prominent Republican (other than Atlantic County Freeholder Board Chairman Frank Formica) would step up and challenge state Sen. Jim Whelan in District 2.
I have learned that this is not the case. A very prominent Republican is preparing to come forward, and it's very likely that he will make a run.
Written by Norm Cohen Monday, December 10, 2012 04:46 pm
Yes, folks, the rumors are true. The Current and Gazette Newspapers have decided to go in a different direction for their politics page. So this column and the next two columns will be the last weekly columns from me, Seth, and Harry. Our editor assures me that, under the new format, starting in January, we will still be writing occasional columns, but not weekly. The Current is still finalizing its plans for a new and different politics page.
Written by Harry Hurley Friday, December 07, 2012 11:31 am
In the spirit of the holiday season, I am humbly asking for the following this Christmas: Can we banish from the English Language the term, "the new normal."
I am beyond sick and tired of being sick and tired of hearing this overused phrase that is so popular today to try and explain away why things can't be great in America anymore – that we have to settle for less.
Written by Seth Grossman Friday, December 07, 2012 11:30 am
“Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating has increased to the highest score ever measured for a New Jersey governor. According to a Quinnipiac University survey of registered voters released Tuesday, 72 percent approved of Christie’s job performance, up from 56 percent last month.”
-- Wall Street Journal, Nov. 30, 2012
Written by Norm Cohen Friday, December 07, 2012 11:28 am
What does Harry have against potted plants?
Before I move on to the main topic of this column, please indulge me for a moment while I make yet another request for justice for April Kauffman.
Written by Seth Grossman Tuesday, November 27, 2012 03:41 pm
Last week I visited friends in the prosperous Maryland suburbs just north of Washington, D.C. Driving from South Jersey to our nation’s capital reminded me of a movie scene where the two “tributes” from District 9 rode the train to the Capitol for the Hunger Games.
Written by Norm Cohen Monday, November 26, 2012 03:30 pm
The Ocean City chapter of Amnesty International will observe and celebrate International Human Rights Day with a poetry reading by poet Lamont Steptoe 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., Ocean City.
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