Author Archive: vingopal

Democrats Lose a Champion Mayor

The first time I ever heard Julie Schreck speak was December 2007, when some of us at Democracy for America (DFA), Blue Jersey, Garden State Equality and other groups mounted New Jersey’s first-ever New Jersey Presidential Caucus. It was unofficial, but 400 people showed up to participate. And Julie represented the candidate of her choice, Dennis Kucinich. I didn’t vote her way, but I remember her speech. She was new at some of this, had never met us organizers, and she was sensational. Rest in Peace, Julie, you were a good soul. And as my friend Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich said today, you were one of us. I asked Monmouth Democratic Chair Vin Gopal to write about Julie, below. – Rosi

I am absolutely heartbroken over the passing of former Bradley Beach Mayor Julie Schreck, who passed away last night with her young family nearby.  

Will we see you Saturday?

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“There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.” ― Lao Tzu

People have been counting out Senator Barbara Buono for years – throughout those years, we here at Blue Jersey have heard them all –  “she is too independent”, “she works outside of political machines”, “shes not controllable”, “shes a progressive” etc. etc. etc. These are all the reasons why so many of us love her and know that she will be a great Governor and a great standard-bearer for our party.

Do we want just another Democrat?

The post just under this one is an excellent analysis by Bill Orr of CD10, the candidates and the numbers. Here, Vin asks, Do we really want another  beholden to a party machine?”  Good question. – promoted by Rosi

While attending the 2003 Democratic State Convention in Atlantic City, I met a dynamic political activist who just came off an unsuccessful anti-establishment Newark city council run against then-Mayor Sharpe James’ powerful political machine. Ron Rice Jr. was like no other person in politics. I soon got to know him as one of the most principled and honest people in New Jersey politics.  

My Candidacy for Democratic County Chairman

An endorsement letter, signed by a number of Monmouth County Democratic municipal chairs, mayors, council members and elected officials, former Freeholders, labor leaders and additional leaders follows this, belos the fold. – promoted by Rosi

BlueJersey Community:

I wanted to let you know I am seeking the soon-to- be vacant Monmouth County Demcoratic Party Chairmanship. Vic Scudiery has served our county party for 23 years with honor and integrity.

Our progressive principles unite us, not divide us. Our desire for an open political process strengthens us, not weakens us. Already we have filled over 75 vacant county committee seats in the past few weeks and we are just getting started!

Together, we will challenge Joe Kyrillos vote by vote in his home county and I will work tirelessly to make sure that happens.

Please urge those you know who live in Monmouth to   support our candidacy and join the fight. My list of endorsements are after the thread.

I look forward to standing with all of you in the years ahead.


Endorsement letter is below the fold.

Thank you Blue Jersey and DFA

promoted by the_promised_land – thank YOU, Vin, for running a strong campaign that we hope is a portent for victory in the years to come! We hope that we’ll continue to see you here at Blue Jersey as you build towards the next big thing.

Although we fell short, we are proud of the campaign we waged. We never wavered from our core principles of supporting public education, creating jobs through supporting our small businesses and fighting for marriage equality.

This election was never about me or Kathy or Ray, it was about the 200,000+ residents of Monmouth County’s 11th District who were getting shortchanged.  

Momentum in District 11

This was posted a few days ago, by LD-11 Assembly candidate Vin Gopal. It’s been a busy news week, but the video after the jump is just as worth watching as it was Tuesday, and here’s some press coverage to catch you up on this campaign. – promoted by Rosi

The 11th Legislative District Democratic team is working hard to make Monmouth County blue again. The new district has 36,000 registered Democrats and 26,000 registered Republicans. This is some of the press we’ve received in recent weeks…

Democrats target Beck failed Public Safety Override

Democrat Gopal Raises 30K in one night

Future of Monmouth County Democrats Front Page Tri City News

Story – Tri City News – Future of Monmouth County Democrats

Meet Ray below the fold…

31 year old Jamel Holley elected Mayor of Roselle

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In 2004, 24 year old Jamel Holley was elected to his first term on the Roselle council. Last night, the 31 year old won the Democratic Nomination for Mayor of Roselle, which essentially means he is a lock to with in November, along with his 2 council allies who had overwhelming victories in their ward races. Hundreds of people poured into the Cavalier on Wood Avenue last night to congratulate Roselle’s next Mayor, who won by a near 2 to 1 margin.  

Important LGBT Outreach Event this Thursday

Hudson Taylor is a competing athlete and Division I college

wrestling coach at Columbia University. He graduated from

the University of Maryland as a Division 1 three-time All-

American wrestler in 2010 and currently ranks among the

top-five pinners in NCAA history. Hudson will soon compete

to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Team.

My Candidacy for State Assembly in the 11th District

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When I saw the new 11th District Map, I decided after years of working behind the scenes, I wanted to place my name on the ballot. The new 11th Legislative District has 36,643 registered Democrats, 26,405 registered Republicans and 68,899 registered unaffiliated voters. The district is home to Asbury Park, Long Branch, Neptune, Red Bank, Freehold Borough, Tinton Falls and many other beautiful Monmouth County municipalities. Of the 18 towns in the district, 11 of those towns have 4,000 or more registered voters. Out of those 11 towns, 9 of them have more registered Democrats than Republicans, most of them overwhelmingly. 9 of the 11 big towns in the district have more registered Democrats than Republicans.

Get where I’m going with this? It is a Democratic district. Basically all the strong Democratic towns in Districts 11 and 12 got merged while all the strong Republican towns, including Wall (goodbye Sean Kean!), Rumson, Millstone, Brielle, Avon, Monmouth Beach, Sea Girt, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Little Silver (sorry Declan O’Scanlon), Manalapan, and Oceanport all got thrown into other legislative districts. It really is remarkable what happened here!