Middlesex County GOP Update for February 8, 2017

Middlesex County GOP Update for February 8, 2017

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


The Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club is hosting Roger Stone as the speaker at their next meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd, starting promptly at 7:00 pm at the Old Bridge Senior Center, One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge. (In the Old Bridge municipal complex off Route 516 and Cottrell Road). As always, both women and men are invited to attend. Mr. Stone will also be autographing his new book: “The Making of the President 2016”, which is hot off the press and will be available for sale. I understand there will also be photo opportunities.

The meeting was moved from the Women’s Club usual meeting location at the East Brunswick Library to accommodate the anticipated turnout. As some of you may recall he previously spoke before the Women’s Club last September, also wisely moved to the Old Bridge Senior Center, since the turnout at that meeting exceeded 100.

Mr. Stone has been a political operative or political consultant since the 1972 Nixon campaign and among many other campaigns activities over the years, he coordinated President Reagan’s 1980 election campaign in the Northeast and was chief strategist for Tom Kean’s 1981 campaign for Governor of New Jersey in 1981 and his re-election campaign in 1985.

Roger Stone was for many years a lobbyist for Donald Trump on behalf of his casino business and served as an advisor to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign until he left in August of 2015, but he remains a Trump confidant. Mr. Stone’s career as a political operative/political consultant is not without controversy and during this presidential election cycle he has been banned from appearing on both CNN and MSNBC.

Hear Mr. Stone talk about President Trump’s triumphant election victory, his first 30 days and what to watch for next!


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

1. Who was the only vice president to give an inauguration speech while visibly drunk?

2. Who was the only president to be sworn in by a woman?

3. How did Mt. Vernon get its name?

4. Which president is buried in the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, commonly known as The National Cathedral?

5. Which President’s wishes were defied that his memorial be no larger than his desk, but instead it ended up as a 7-acre memorial?

6. What occasion did John Philip Sousa pick to make his last public appearance as a conductor?

7. Who opened fire with pistols in the House of Representatives, wounded five Congressmen in 1954?


As previously reported, 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”.

You will also get to hear from and personally meet, at least two of the candidates for governor, (who, if you timely sign up and qualify, you will have an opportunity to vote for at the MCRO Convention on March 25th): Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciatarelli, who have both signed up as sponsors of the event along with Anna Little, the 12th LD Legislators and the 16th District Legislative Ticket.

This Women’s Club event is so popular that it has been sold out on several occasions and it outgrew its first location. The tickets are going fast. 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. (You can order both your ticket and the book through the above link.)

Detailed information set forth in the Calendar, below.


As you may or may not know, the applications issued for vote by mail ballots previously required that the voter put a stamp on the application in order to send it to the county clerk. The new applications issued by the clerk are postage paid, so if you have old non-postage paid applications, go get new ones from the county clerk and then get rid of the old ones. If we want some one to vote by mail, we want to make it as easy as possible, and he or she not having to find and pay for a stamp means it is more likely that the application will be mailed.

For some reason the on-line downloadable versions of the application on both the county clerk’s website and on the New Jersey Division of Elections website presently still require that the voter add postage.


* Former GOP Freeholder Candidate John Rucki and his wife, Katharyn, have relocated from Sayreville to Arkansas. We wish them well in their new life.

* Milltown GOP Councilman Gerry Guthlein, the owner and handler of groundhog Milltown Mel tells me that Milltown Mel’s weather predictive record is much better than that of Puxatony Phil. Hopefully, that will be true this year since Puxatony Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter and Milltown Mel disagreed.


1. Andrew Johnson (Before a president’s inaugural address, vice presidents give short speeches after taking their oath of office. In 1865, Abraham Lincoln’s Vice President, Andrew Johnson, hadn’t been feeling well for several weeks before the inauguration. To help him get through the day, he drank a few glasses of whiskey. When he got up to the podium, it was obvious from his rambling, incoherent speech that he was drunk. Someone finally pulled on his coattails to get him to stop.)

2. Lyndon Johnson (He was sworn by US District Judge Sarah T. Hughes aboard Air Force One after the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The Constitution doesn’t specify who should administer the presidential oath of office, but, with the exception of Johnson, the chief justice has done it since 1925.)

3. Before bequeathing the property to his brother, George, Lewis Washington named it in honor of British Admiral Edward Vernon.

4. Woodrow Wilson

5. Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose memorial is alongside the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.

6. The Bicentennial celebrations of George Washington’s Birthday

7. Puerto Rican terrorists


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.

February 11 (Saturday 12:30 pm) – “Coffee with Kim” Come discuss issues with Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Holiday Inn South Plainfield, 4701 Stelton Road, South Plainfield. Free Event. Bring a Friend. Free Refreshments. RSVP to April Bengivenga aprilnbob@aol.com or Lucille Panos lp956@aol.com.

February 15 – (Wednesday 7:00 pm) – North Brunswick GOP Club/Organization Meeting. Roberto’s Pizza, 776 Route 1 North (Bowlero Complex), North Brunswick. (Note: the group has scheduled its meetings for this year for the same time and location each month, on the second Tuesday of every month except July and August, unless the date conflicts with holidays. However, since circumstances can change, my recommendation is that if you plan to attend a particular meeting and you are not on the group’s e-mail list, that you confirm it is still on, with the municipal chair: George Callan 732-266-3976, george.callan@gmail.com.)

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

February 22 – (Wednesday 7:00 pm) – Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club Meeting, Old Bridge Senior Center, One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge. (In the Old Bridge municipal complex off Route 516 and Cottrell Road). Program: Roger Stone (see above article for details). Women and men are invited to attend. Free refreshments. Information/questions: Sue Tisiker 908-227-9240 or stisiker@comcast.net.

February 23 – (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 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.

February 25 (Saturday 6:30 pm -10:30 pm) – South River Republican Annual Red and White Ball, Ria Mar, 25 Whitehead Avenue, South River. $55.00 per person in advance, $65.00 at the door (if seats are still available). Checks payable and sent to South River Republican Organization, PO Box 373, South River, NJ 08882. Questions? E-mail sapata35@gmail.com or call 908-812-6537.

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

March 2 (Thursday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) – Campaign Kick-Off Reception for Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s Gubernatorial Campaign. East Brunswick Hilton, 3 Tower Center Boulevard, East Brunswick. $300.00 per person. For additional information: Maria Chappa 973-239-3024 mchappa@aol.com or Robin Visconi 732-833-0187 rvisconi@aol.com.

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 9 (Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm) – Middlesex County Young Republicans Gubernatorial Candidates’ Town Hall Discussion. Forum Theatre Cultural Arts Center, 314 Main Street, Metuchen. Admission is free. If there are any questions you would like to see the Moderator ask the candidates please send them to middlesexcountyyrs@gmail.com.

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: George Bush Senior Center, Old Bridge Municipal Complex, Route 516 and Cottrell Road, Old Bridge.

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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