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Warren County Built a Courtroom Wrong. Freeholders Won’t Admit Fault.

There has been a dispute in Warren County for the past few years, ever since they built a courtroom with a pillar that blocks the defense tables’ view of the jury and witness stand.

How can a defendant be afforded a fair trial if his lawyers are not allowed to see the witness stand, much less a jury?

It was a boner of a move by the county to pay for a courtroom that can’t be used, but these things happen.

There have been too many delays in an already crowded courthouse. It’s a very frustrating thing. Anyone who has made a similar mistake can sympathize, but the all-GOP freeholder board should have known better.

The rules were available to the county and to the architects they hired when they decided to build it anyway. They should admit their mistakes and rebuild. But no, here come the talking points: “It’s about taxpayer money!

The County’s solution?

A state senate bill proposal would give the County the power to decide that denying a defendant’s right to full access to the courts is “suitable” solely because they don’t want to be responsible for raising the money to fix it.  

Monmouth & Ocean Dems Join Forces – Should Your County Do This?

Chris Christie won Ocean County by 70,000 votes. He took Monmouth, home of NJ’s first LG Kim Guadagno, by about 65,000 votes (plus Dems lost freeholder control). It was a drop through the floor for Monmouth; McGreevey won the county just 8 years earlier. Corzine lost by only 7,500 votes in 2005. But both counties, particularly the shore towns, were death to the Dems in 2009. But now Monmouth & Ocean Dems are calling a new play, starting with a campaign training together next month. Ocean Dems Chair Wyatt Earp:

Ocean and Monmouth are working together, using database and web technologies, social media and old fashioned organizing to  get the Democratic message out. Our goal is to make sure that we are able to effectively increase Democratic voter turnout and  get out the Democratic message to independent voters and working families.

I talked to newly-elected Monmouth Chair Vin Gopal, who’s been a friend and colleague for years via DFA. The program he and Wyatt Earp are planning is ambitious.

Do we take back the governor’s mansion if we continue to hemorrhage votes in those counties? Nobody wants to find that out. Bad as the numbers there were, they were worse in my home county of Hunterdon, where Christie had the highest percentage victory (Ocean yapping at our tails .02% behind us). My crimson county struggles; right now, many of our local towns don’t even have municipal candidates running. Hunterdon has basics to catch up on. Maybe we should be partnering with another county, too.

Here’s how Earp & Gopal plan to ramp-it-up. It starts with the first-ever joint training and conference Sept. 15th. Follow me: