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Barnegat Republicans Host Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet followed announcement by League of Women Voters that Barnegat would not have a debate

The Barnegat Republican Organization announced a meet and greet at Pinewood Estates Fire house, Monday, September 24, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with light refreshments served at 6:30 PM. 

Visitors will have a chance to meet: Joe Kyrillos for U.S Senate; Jon Runyon for U.S Congress; Gerry Little and John Bartlett for Ocean County Freeholders, and Al Cirulli and Jeff Melchiondo for Barnegat Committee.

The meet and greet comes one day after candidates in the Barnegat election received a letter from the League of Women Voters that a candidate's forum that had been planned in the township is now cancelled, due, "to the decision on the part of the Republican candidates to not participate."

"The meet and greet is not a debate about issues, that's the Republicans giving their spin on things," said Elaine Taylor, who is running, along with Susan Conway, for two committee seats. "That's not how you truly let a Barnegat taxpayer know what you stand for."

Rufus O'Callahan September 25, 2012 at 04:03 AM
These two have sold this town out to Walters Homes, and are chiefly responsible for our outrageous property taxes. Voting for them is voting against your own best interest. I hope enough people can get past their blind party allegiances and understand that. Melchiondo & Cirulli should have been voted out years ago.
Elaine Taylor September 25, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Mayor Cirulli, Committeeman Melchiondo, why won't you debate us? What are you afraid of? What are you hiding that you don't want to slip out during a non-partisan debate? Doesn't the township of Barnegat deserve a chance to ask questions in a public forum?
Ray September 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I already voted for Cirulli.
Scott Neuman September 25, 2012 at 01:03 PM
While I appreciate there was going to be a debate, but not inviting NJ's Democratic-Republican Party does a disservice to the people and voters of Ocean County. Http://www.democratic-republicanparty.org
George Ronald Adkisson September 25, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I know I am just an observer, but you can be sure that the Republican party will continue to place money, patents, and copyrights as an prior added requirement to any basic human right...an empowerment that was given to everyone in 1791 as an inalienable right has been removed... and with consequence. Democrats have not escaped either...some look at them all as the legal drug dealers and arms dealers that they are. It's usually just safer to hang around the the VFW and other places where you might have some people around that can help you when your time comes to pay a traffic ticket or an added fee, etc.that once never existed. Republicans do not go to republican universities... neither do democrats go somewhere to learn how to be a democrat...so do not count on them too much.The Church's jurisprudence is a much better choice in my view, when the cops stay out of the sermon...selling guns and drones. Be safe and have a pleasant day...
Mac September 25, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Why would the Republicans debate? They are confident they will be blindly reelected as usual by party-line vote. There is nothing to be gained in them educating any more voters about their backdoor politics of deceptive spending practices for their own self-interests with their ‘people be damned’ smugness; their unwillingness to control the greed of the 'professional' contractors they hire and depend on for thousands of dollars of campaign cash and such; their attempt to make 9/11 memories a campaign event with a 2nd unnecessary 9/11 memorial built on the ‘unknown’ donations of taxpayers out of the general fund, and their continued refusal to provide any form of recorded information that even suggests they work more than a few days a year while exploiting the township's employee healthcare benefits program that’s available only to fulltime employees by state law. Perhaps one of these incumbents is already aware they will be appointed to the freeholder’s clubhouse when Gilmore appoints Jack Kelly as Sheriff, thus creating two more ‘unelected’ Republican incumbents to run in the next election. What I find to be most distressing about their current public display of constituent indifference is that it will probably work. Again.
Rich September 25, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Shame on our current elected officials for refusing to debate their opposition. A debate is a clear platform to explain and discuss what the intentions of the candidates are for their vision of the way things will be under their governance. These are very important times and should be treated as such. There is no candidate, incumbent or otherwise, that should feel so secure of re-election or election to office that they refuse to debate and express their visions of the future and what they plan to do to accomplish those goals for the citizenry whom they are elected to serve. It becomes obvious that by not presenting their platform they will strive for during the next term in office merely states there will be no change from the current in platform or vision for Barnegat. It is unfair to the citizens of Barnegat that we will have to rely on mailings and lawn signs, which I am sure will be plenty, to make such an important decision as to which way our town is going without at least seeing and hearing in person those who want to stay in office, and those who want to get in office.
Bill Heller September 25, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Hey Joe, how about Union Beach? Kyrillos abandoned his District 13 constituents by not even making a comment to support Union Beach in its fight to prevent a 38-story noisy industrial wind turbine with blades each the size of a cell tower from being erected way too close to a lot of homes. It would further degrade home values in our working class town, along with a host of other problems. Hazlet, Matawan, Holmdel, Keyport, Union Beach and Monmouth County (all within his district) also passed resolutions opposing the turbine. But still Kyrillos refused to weigh in, even after he granted a meeting to a few locals looking for his help. Recently, he was the only Republican sponsor on a bill that would have allowed wind turbines up to 500' tall on preserved farm land in two southern NJ counties. Kyrillos is not what he claims. He's a wheeling-and-dealing back door politician with no loyalty to the people he's supposed to represent. I'm a Republican, and will gladly vote for a write-in candidate as Kyrillos is deliberately throwing his Union Beach area constituents under the bus.
Cindy Janowiak September 25, 2012 at 06:30 PM
The Republican candidates show a lack of respect to the voters in Barnegat by not participating in a debate or candidates’ night. Of course, this is no surprise. These two incumbents participated last year in an impromptu “press conference” violating the essence of the open public meeting act for the sole purpose of attacking the board of education. These same incumbents then refused to allow people to comment on the matter at the next actual township committee meeting. These are also incumbents who voted to reduce the number of township committee meetings thus giving taxpayers less of a voice. These incumbents and their fellow committee members have done nothing to get the township committee meetings televised. If the incumbent candidates believe they are doing good things, the right things for Barnegat, they should be proud, even anxious, to speak to the people and meet the challenge of their opponents at a open forum. Let’s not forget that these incumbents enjoy a Republican majority on our township committee and have for several years. However, if they are too pusillanimous to appear at a debate or candidates’ night, the only conclusion to be drawn is that even they do not stand behind their record.
Ray October 02, 2012 at 04:58 PM
The turf field at Lower Shore Rd. is a boondogle. The turf has holes in it and some of the turf is no longer on the surface. The town is renting equipment that sits idle at a cost of $140. per day. There is no work in progress. They are going to have to throw it away at an added cost. No one will play on it. Volunteers have quit. The ADM. said he has complete confidence that it will be finished. He's wrong and someone should be held accountable for wasting taxpaers money.

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