Middlesex County GOP Update for February 19, 2017

Middlesex County GOP Update for February 19, 2017

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


Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, who some call “the Funniest Lawyer in New Jersey”, will give a comedy performance at The Stress Factory, 90 Church Street, New Brunswick, on Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th, both at 7:3) pm. He will be on the bill with comedian Ross Bennett, (whose bio references that he is a West Point dropout).

If you are interested in going, you should buy your tickets in advance at The Stress Factory website: stressfactory.com.


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

1. When did the Liberty Bell first arrive in Philadelphia?

2. When was the tradition started of making busts of Vice-Presidents for display in the U.S. Capitol?

3. Who was the first woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court?

4. Which U.S. senator from the Pacific Northwest was known as “the Lone Ranger” for frequently voting in the minority?

5. Where did Septima Randolph Meikleham, the last surviving grandchild of Thomas Jefferson die?

6. If the statue at the Lincoln Memorial could stand up straight, how tall would it be?

7. Which Presidential pet was dressed in bright red boots and a felt coat for a White House wedding?


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. There are still tickets available, but act fast, so you don’t get shut out.

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, the 16th District Legislative Ticket and the East Brunswick, Edison and South Plainfield Republicans.

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 but if spaces are still available, you will still be able to order tickets to the event after that date. (You can order both your ticket and the book through the above link.)

Detailed information set forth in the Calendar, below.


* Condolences to former South River GOP Chair Donna Farren on the loss of her mother.

* Congratulations to East Brunswick Republican Dennis Cherian, Chairman of the New Jersey Teenage Republicans, on a successful, recently completed, Statewide Convention of the NJ TARs.

* Condolences to former Old Bridge GOP Chair Betty English on the death of her sister-in-law, Virginia English, who was also the widow of Tom English, also a former Old Bridge GOP Chair and a former Old Bridge Councilman.


As previously noted, 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, now 3 Freeholder Candidates, (with the resignation of still another Democrat freeholder), 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.


If you are interested in attending the MCRO Nominating Convention on Saturday, March 25th, (details in Calendar below), and you are a registered Republican in Middlesex County, there is still time for you to sign up and vote at the convention. Contact your local GOP municipal chair and obtain and complete a delegate registration form and return it to him or her in time for it to be turned in to the MCRO on March 11th. (You can also download a delegate registration form from the MCRO website at middlesexgop.net – go to the “Events” page.)


The Spotswood Republican Club meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 1st has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with another Republican meeting.


1. 1752 (The Pennsylvania Assembly placed an order for what would become the Liberty Bell in 1751: Isaac Norris, Assembly speaker and chairman of the State House superintendents, asked an agent of the Assembly in London to purchase the bell, which arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752. Including shipping and insurance, the bell cost 150 pounds, 13 shillings and 8 pence. The Liberty Bell’s famous crack is believed to have happened upon its arrival in the city, when it was being tested. It sustained another big crack on George Washington’s birthday in 1846.)

2. 1885

3. Mrs. Belva Lockwood

4. Wayne Morse (D-Oregon)

5. 1429 Q. Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

6. 28 feet

7. Lyndon Johnson’s mongrel dog, Yuki


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 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: Trump confident and author, Roger Stone. 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 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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