Middlesex County GOP Update for January 11, 2017

Middlesex County GOP Update for January 11, 2017

Written and distributed since 2002 by Donald Katz, Esq., Republican State Committeeman for Middlesex County and Counsel, Middlesex County Republican Organization


I, (Don Katz), am running for re-election in the June primary for the position of Republican State Committeeman for Middlesex County, a position I have held since 1992. My Republican Party service covers more than 52 continuous years in Middlesex County, (starting when I was 16 when I campaigned for Barry Goldwater in Perth Amboy), in numerous positions, including Municipal Party Chairman or other party offices in three towns; campaign manager for municipal, legislative and congressional campaigns; 48+ years as a Republican County Committeeman, special or general counsel over the years to more than a dozen Republican Municipal Committees and Clubs, as MCRO Counsel for almost 30 years and as MCRO Training Chairman.

I have been there to help, over many years, whenever county Republicans at any level needed help. Whether it has been helping a local organization, chairman or candidate with his or her nominating petitions, training their committee people or election day challengers, writing and distributing the “Middlesex County Republican County Committee Handbook” (which is now in its 10th Edition), attending local fundraisers, or handling the odd election law problem, attending their functions, answering their questions or solving their problems, I have been there. All of you have received and benefited from these periodic e-mail newsletters I send out to Republicans throughout Middlesex County. My help at the county level speaks for itself, when five different GOP County Chairmen, over the years, have trusted and acknowledged my service, expertise, experience and judgment by appointing me to serve as Counsel to the County GOP Organization.

I have:

1. Provided reports at all County Chairman’s Meetings about what is going on at the state level which might be of interest or use to Middlesex County.

2. Provided periodic detailed written reports, letters or e-mails to Republican municipal chairmen and other Republican leaders with relevant or interesting State GOP information, which has now become this “Middlesex County GOP Update” e-mail newsletter, which I have written and e-mailed on a regular basis for the last 14+ years.

3. Attended virtually every State Committee meeting held since I was first elected. I have the best attendance record of all of the members of the State Committee, barring none, since I feel that it is important that Middlesex County is represented.

4. Over the years, lobbied the State GOP for monetary and other support for Middlesex County Republicans.

5. Notwithstanding the fact that the state committee positions are unpaid, with no expense reimbursements, I have attended numerous local GOP organization and club functions whenever I could. In fact, a number of long-time GOP municipal chairmen have commented that I was the first state committee person who had ever attended any of their functions.

I would appreciate your support for my re-election. I will be on the ballot in the June 6th Primary.


The Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club meeting on Tuesday January 17th starting at 7:00 pm at the East Brunswick Library will feature me, Donald Katz, Esq., presenting a Roadmap to Republican Victories: County Committee and Republican Activist Training. The talk will specifically focus on how to organize an election district and strengthen the Republican Party. All Republicans who wants to know how to be more effective in getting our Republican candidates elected, including, in particular, all county committee people, especially new county committee people, are urged to attend.

I have given this talk on many occasions over the years and, if I do say so myself, the committee people who attended virtually all felt it was useful – and felt they had learned something – or learned a lot. I have, more than once, received comments from a committee person who told me that even though they had been a committee person for many years, this was the first time they really learned what they were supposed to do – and how to do it.

All those attending will receive access to an electronic version of the new, 10th edition of my Middlesex County Republican County Committee Handbook.

As always, women and men are invited to attend this MCRWC Meeting. Free refreshments.


The Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club is holding its 8th Annual Reagan Day on Sunday, March 5th, at the Cranbury Inn at 21 South Main Street, Cranbury. The price is only $50.00 per person.

This is a fun event, with great speakers, a silent auction, guess the jelly bean contest, Reagan memorabilia, sponsorship opportunities, etc.

The speakers will include James Rosebush, Deputy Assistant to President Reagan, Chief of Staff to Nancy Reagan and author of: “True Reagan: What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why it Matters”.

This Women’s Club event is so popular that it has been sold out on several occasions and it outgrew its first location. Therefore, if you want to attend and not risk being shut out of the event, send in your money right away or get your ticket online here: https://is.gd/reaganday17. If you want to have a book personally autographed by Mr. Rosebush, you need to order your copy of “True Reagan” ahead of time for $25. Don’t miss out! Mr. Rosebush will not be bringing additional copies of his book to the event. The deadline to order “True Reagan” is Friday, February 24th.

Detailed information set forth in the Calendar, below.


Here are some political trivia questions. I hope you enjoy them. The answers are below, immediately above the calendar.

1. Which President died in the bedroom of his home, after working outdoors planning a fish-pond, during a snowstorm?

2. Which President died of pneumonia, in bed in the White House?

3. Which President died of cholera in bed in the White House, less than a week after complaining of the heat on the Fourth of July?

4. Which President died in Elberon, NJ, two months after an assasin’s bullet lodged behind his pancreas?

5. Which President died in bed in Buffalo, NY, from gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin concealing a pistol in a bandaged hand?

6. Which President died of a cerebral hemorrhage a few hours after being sketched by a portrait artist at Warm Springs, Georgia?

7. Which President died from an assassin’s bullet received a Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC at the end of the Civil War? (You better get this one right or they should take away your high school diploma for sleeping through all your history classes.)


Note that the dates for this cycle’s candidate screening and nominating process are now set forth in the calendar. This year we will screen for Governor, a State Senate and two State Assembly Candidates in each of our 7 Legislative Districts, State Committeeman, State Committeewoman, 2 Freeholder Candidates and a Candidate for County Surrogate.

If you are interested in running or being considered to run, for one of the positions, (or you know someone who is), to the extent they are not presently filled by Republican incumbents, you, or they, should contact MCRO Chair, Councilwoman Lucille Panos, at 908-208-7978 or at lp956@aol.com.

There are also opportunities to run for local office in many of our municipalities and, if you or someone you know is interested, you or they should contact your local GOP municipal chair.


* Condolences to the Vitanza family on the death of Anthony Vitanza. Tony was a North Brunswick elected official – and a Republican – in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


1. George Washington

2. William Henry Harrison

3. Zachary Taylor

4. James Garfield

5. William McKinley

6. Franklin Roosevelt

7. Abraham Lincoln


What follows is an updated calendar. If you have any municipal or countywide fundraisers or functions you would like me to include in my e-mail calendar from time to time, please contact me at dkatzlaw@aol.com. Please note that organizations and campaigns sometime provide added information, change dates or cancel events, which information I include in this calendar if I receive the information in time. Therefore, if you plan to attend an event, please make sure you review the calendar listing in my latest e-mail and, to the extent you may not have pre-registered for the particular event so the sponsoring group will be able to contact you about any changes, you may want to check with the sponsoring group before you go, to make sure the information has not changed. Also, please be aware that these e-mails are not official MCRO notices or mailings; they are just something I do, voluntarily, to help our Republican Party.

January 17 – (Tuesday 7:00 pm) – Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club Meeting, East Brunswick Library, 2 Civic Center Drive, (off Ryders Lane), East Brunswick. Program: Donald Katz, Esq. presenting a Roadmap to Republican Victories: County Committee and Republican Activist Training. Women and men are invited to attend. Free refreshments.

January 26 – (Thursday 7:30 pm) – NJ Conservative GOP Meeting. J.J. Elek Realty, 117 Main Street, Woodridge (2nd Floor Conference Room). You are encouraged to bring a conservative friend(s) with you to the meeting. If you have any questions please contact: 848-248-0172.

February 1 (Wednesday 7:00 pm) – Spotswood Republican Club Meeting. The Reformed Church, Main Street, Spotswood (Opposite the Post Office.)

February 4 – (Saturday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) – Milltown Republican Organization Dinner honoring their council victors. Pierre’s, 582 Georges Road, Monmouth Junction. $50.00 per person. Checks payable to Milltown Republican Organization should be sent to 58 Ochs Avenue, Milltown, NJ 08850. For further information or to otherwise RSVP, contact Randi Riley, jjrileyjr@aol.com or 732-406-8196.

February 18 – (Saturday) – Fire District Elections (For those municipalities with Fire Districts)

February 24 (Friday) – Date by which names, addresses and phone numbers of proposed bonus voters to be placed on the MCRO Screening Committee are to be submitted to MCRO Chairman Lucille Panos, so that, pursuant to the MCRO by-laws, she may select the “bonus votes … based upon the recommendations from the affected Municipal Committee.”

February 24 (Friday) – Deadline by which people who want to be delegates to the MCRO Candidate Nominating Convention must be registered Republicans.

March 5 – (Sunday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm) – Annual Reagan Day sponsored by the Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club. Cranbury Inn, 21 So. Main Street, Cranbury. $50.00 per person. Food, speakers, gift basket auction and much more. Make checks payable to MCRWC and mail to Jacqui O’Sullivan, 33 Wexford Drive, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852, or get your tickets online here: https://is.gd/reaganday17. For further information contact Sue Tisiker, President, stisiker@comcast.net or 908-227-9240.

March 11 (Saturday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) – Registration forms and fees for MCRO Candidate Nominating Convention delegates are to be turned in to the Registration Committee. Location: Grace Reformed Church Hall, 2815 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison.

March 15 (Wednesday 7:00 pm) – MCRO Screening Committee Meeting. Location TBD.

March 16 (Thursday 7:00 pm) – MCRO Spillover Screening Date. (If Screening cannot be completed at 3/15 meeting.) Location TBD.

March 18 (Saturday 2:00 pm) – MCRO Credentials Committee convenes to hear any appeals of MCRO Candidate Nominating Convention delegate eligibility determinations. (Location to be determined.) (Anyone ruled ineligible must bring written proof from the Middlesex County Board of Elections that he or she was a registered Republican voter in Middlesex County as of February 24, 2017).

March 25 (Saturday, Registration 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Start 10:00 am) – MCRO Candidate Nominating Convention. Location: Old Bridge High School, 4209 Route 516, Matawan, (Old Bridge Township), 07747.

April 3 (Monday 4:00 pm) – Candidate petition filing deadline for Primary Election.

April 25 (Tuesday) – School Board Elections (For those municipalities which have not moved their school board elections to November.)

May 16 (Tuesday) – Last day to register to vote in the Primary Election.

May 23 (Tuesday) – Deadline for filing your list of primary election day challengers with the Board of Elections. (Middlesex County Board of Elections, 11 Kennedy Boulevard, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816-1250)

May 30 (Tuesday) – Last day for vote by mail (absentee) ballot applications to be received by the County Clerk by mail in order to vote in the Primary Election. (Middlesex County Clerk, P.O. Box 1110, 75 Bayard Street, 4th Floor, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1110).

June 5 (Monday, 3:00 pm) – Last day to apply for a vote by mail (absentee) ballot in person (or by authorized messenger) at the County Clerk’s office in order to vote in the Primary Election.

June 6 (Tuesday) – Primary Election

November 7 (Tuesday) – General Election

Please forward this information to any Middlesex County Republican, or other individual, who you think might be interested in seeing it. Further, if you know of any Middlesex County Republican who would like to receive periodic e-mail reports about NJ Republican State Committee meetings and other information I believe might be interesting or useful, please have them send me, Donald Katz, an e-mail to dkatzlaw@aol.com, and I will add them to my e-mail list. By the same token, if you ever want to be removed from my e-mail list, click “unsubscribe” at the foot of this e-mail.

Donald Katz, Esq.
Republican State Committeeman – Middlesex County and Counsel, Middlesex County Republican Organization

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