Middlesex County GOP Update for March 18, 2017

Middlesex County GOP Update for March 18, 2017

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


My mother, Madeline Katz, who resided at Rossmoor in Monroe Township, and who was a long time resident of Middlesex County, died yesterday, Friday, March 17th, at the age of 97. My mother was a good, honest and hardworking woman and I will miss her greatly.

Both my mother and my father always registered as independent/unaffiliated voters, (although I suspect they probably mostly voted Democrat), until I got involved in the Republican Party, at which time, both she and my dad registered Republican and thereafter voted Republican to support me.

She was kind and loyal to her friends and I can’t ever remember her uttering a harsh word to anyone.

My mom was born and raised in New York City and even during the tough depression times, with scholarship assistance, was able to graduate for Brooklyn College. After the war, she and my father moved to Middlesex County so that my father could work at a relative’s produce store in Perth Amboy. She subsequently took education courses so she could get her teaching certification and taught for many years in the Perth Amboy School System.

Services will be held on Monday, March 20th at 11:45 am at the Brunswick Memorial Home/Mt Sinai Memorial Chapels at 454 Cranbury Road, (at Evergreen Blvd.), East Brunswick. In the Jewish religion, we do not send flowers. However if you wish to do something in her honor, you may make a contribution in her memory to the Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America, 705 Ginesi Drive, Morganville, New Jersey 07751, which is the local council, which includes most of southern Middlesex County.

Shiva/Visitation will be that evening, Monday, March 20th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Sue’s and my home in East Brunswick. (Address at the foot of this e-mail.) It would be appreciated that if any of my Jewish friends intend to drop by, they come a little before 7:30 pm, so that they can help make a minyan, for a short, approximately 15 minute service, scheduled at that time.

What follows is my part of my mother’s obituary:

MONROE TOWNSHIP – MADELINE (AGERT) KATZ, 97, of the Rossmoor section of Monroe, died Friday, March 17, 2017, at CareOne, East Brunswick.

Born in Manhattan, NY, Mrs. Katz resided in Perth Amboy and Keasbey for most of her life before moving to Rossmoor in 1998.

Prior to her retirement, she had been a teacher in the Perth Amboy School System.

Predeceased by her husband Jack Katz, to whom she had been married for 67 years, she is survived by a son, Donald Katz and his wife Sue Tisiker of East Brunswick and a daughter Audrey Katz of Delray Beach, FL. She was also predeceased by her brother, Meyer Agert and her sister, Ruth Rothman.

Funeral services will be held Monday, 11:45 AM, in Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, 454 Cranbury Road, (at Evergreen Blvd.), East Brunswick. Interment will follow in Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge. For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.msmc.us

Shiva/Visitation will be on Monday evening at the home of Donald Katz and Sue Tisiker, 17 Buffalo Run, East Brunswick, from 5-8 PM, with a short service at 7:30 PM.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Monmouth Council, Boy Scouts of America, 705 Ginesi Drive, Morganville, NJ 07751.


The MCRO Nominating Convention for the selection of candidates will be held this Saturday, March 25th, with registration from 8:30 am – 10:00 am and a start time of 10:00 am, at the Old Bridge High School, 4209 Route 516, Matawan, (Old Bridge Township), 07747. In order to attend and vote you must already have been preregistered.

Note that the total registration for the convention is more than it has been in at least 15 years and, due to misinformation given by the Old Bridge Superintendent of Schools to the MCRO County Chair, advising her that the capacity of the auditorium was several hundred less than the number of people who had registered for the convention, the chair made arrangements for another location which had the necessary capacity. When the Superintendent of Schools subsequently corrected the misinformation and advised that the Old Bridge High School’s capacity was actually more than he had first told the chair, and was, in fact, enough to hold the number of people registered for the convention, so that the convention did not need to be moved to accommodate all the registrants, the convention was kept/moved back to its original location at the Old Bridge High School.


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

1. Where was the first U.S. presidential inauguration held?

2. Which U.S. President also served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?

3. Who was the first U.S. President to have been born in a hospital?

4. How many U.S. Presidents were born in February, (and which ones)?

5. Who assassinated President William McKinley?

6. For which president’s inauguration did Maya Agelou write “On the Pulse of Morning”?

7. Where did the first Republican National Convention take place?


* Condolences to East Brunswick Councilwoman Camille Ferraro Clark on the recent death of her husband Jeff Clark. Condolences may be sent to Camille at 38 Harrison Ave, EB, 08816 or camilleclark1389@gmail.com. Camille wants people to know that: “Jeff died of metastatic bone cancer, caused by undiagnosed and untreated prostate cancer. Every man, regardless of age, should have their organ/gland checked on a regular basis.”

* Condolences to former Helmetta Councilman and former Congressional and Assembly Candidate, Joe Sinagra, on the recent death of his mother, Rosina Sinagra.

* Congratulations to Spotswood Republican Rose Lubrano for recently receiving a Proclamation from the Mayor of Spotswood in honor of her many civic activities. (I understand that Senator Sam Thompson presented her with a Proclamation back in 2013 for similar reasons.)


1. On April 30, 1789, the very first U.S. presidential inauguration took place in New York City on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street. In February of that year, there was a unanimous vote by all 69 presidential electors to elect George Washington as the first president of the United States, though Washington did not receive word of his appointment until April. He arrived in New York for the inauguration on a specially crafted barge via the Hudson River. Following the inaugural ceremony, Washington read an iconic address to Congress, in which he spoke of the “the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

2. William Howard Taft served as President from 1909 through 1913 and was appointed to Chief Justice of the U.S. by President Warren Harding in 1921, a position he held until his death in 1930. In that time, he wrote more than 250 opinions.

3. Jimmy Carter (who was born in Georgia on October 1, 1924)

4. 4. Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911), William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773), Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809), George Washington (February 22, 1732)

5. Leon Czolgosz. On Sept. 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot twice by Leon Czolgosz while attending a world’s fair in Buffalo, New York. Even though emergency surgery managed to keep McKinley alive for a week after the incident, he died suddenly from gangrene on Sept. 14. McKinley’s body was buried in his hometown of Canton, Ohio. For his crimes, Czolgosz was convicted and executed by electric chair six weeks after McKinley passed away.

6. Bill Clinton (Maya Angelou wrote this poem to celebrate President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. She also read it aloud during the ceremony, shortly after he took the oath of office.)

7. In Philadelphia in 1856.


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.
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.

March 26 (Sunday 8:00 am – 10:00 am) – Carteret GOP Organization Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast. Applebee’s, 251 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge. Tickets $15.00. Contact: 609-694-4394 daniellecq1@gmail.com.

March 27 (Monday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm) – “An Evening on the Banks of the Old Raritan” supporting Daryl J. Kipnis for State Senate (LD 17). Panico’s Italian Restaurant, 103 Church Street, New Brunswick. $60.00 per person, $45.00 Elected Officials, GOP County Committee members and Young Republicans. Dinner and Open Bar. RSVP on Facebook or via e-mail to kipnisforstatesenate@gmail.com.

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

April 5 (Wednesday 7:00 pm) – Spotswood Republican Club Meeting. The Reformed Church, Main Street, Spotswood (Opposite the Post Office.)

April 7 (Friday 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm) – South Plainfield GOP Kickoff Dinner & Campaign Fundraiser. The Crown Plaza Edison, 2055 Lincoln Highway (Route 27), Edison. $75.00 per person. Includes beer and wine, silent auction, music and dancing. For further information: Aprilnbob@aol.com.

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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