Friday, June 15, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting the township and Middlesex County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, South Brunswick Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Candidates and poll locations for the election on June 5.
Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the June primary election leading up to the November general election. Democrats will choose from five candidates for Township Council to select three who will move on to the November election. The terms of incumbent Democratic Councilmen Joseph Camarota, Charles Carley, and Republican John O'Sullivan have expired. Voters will choose from among Camarota, of Kendall Park, and Carley, of Kendall Park, who both filed to run for reelection, along with Josephine "Jo" Hochman, on the Middlesex County Democratic Organization ticket. Opposing the incumbents and Hochman are the Township Democrats ticket, consisting of former South Brunswick Mayor Debra Johnson, of Monmouth Junction, …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli said the state Department of Education will listen to the concerns of the community before approving a new charter school, after he previously expressed support for a public vote.
Earlier this month, the New Jersey State Assembly passed a bill that would require a local referendum for any new charter school before it opens in a community. However, local proponents of the legislation are unhappy with the 16th District's Assembly representatives, who voted against the bill. Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough) and Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R-Readington), who represent South Brunswick, Princeton and Hillsborough in District 16, both voted against bill A-1877, which passed the assembly by a vote of 46-27. Ciattarelli said that he believes local input is important before a charter school is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education, but it's up to local elected officials to make sure that input …
Friday, March 23, 2012
by Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R-Readington), who represents South Brunswick in the 16th Legislative District.
Friday, March 23, 2012
There is a ticking time bomb in the 16th Legislative District. It would cause $27 million worth of damage to families, seniors and small businesses struggling to make ends meet. This is the amount it would cost local property taxpayers to cover all of the unused sick and vacation time accrued by public employees in the towns I represent in parts of Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex Counties. The price tag statewide is a staggering $825 million. Public employees should use sick days when they’re sick, not as another retirement plan subsidized by overburdened families and seniors. As a former municipal official, I understand what a problem this is for property taxpayers. As a member of the Assembly State Government Committee, I …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wins 63 percent of votes at GOP convention; Spadea vows primary fight.
Readington Township Committeewoman Donna Simon swept to an easy victory Thursday night, when Republicans in the 16th Assembly District selected her to fill the seat of the late Peter Biondi. Simon received 155 votes—63 percent—of the 254 Republican committee members from Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Mercer counties at the convention held at the Hillsborough Municipal Building. Coming in second, with 52 votes, was Princeton real estate executive Bill Spadea and in third place, with 38 votes, was South Brunswick resident John Saccenti. Raritan Township animal rights activist Barbara Sachau, who entered the race this week after the ballots were printed, got 0 votes. Simon will serve in the Assembly until a special election on November’s…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hunterdon County Freeholder Director William Mennen withdraws name from consideration for assembly vacancy, leaving South Brunswick resident as frontrunner.
One of the frontrunners for the open 16th District assembly seat has decided to remove his name from consideration. Hunterdon County Freeholder Director William Mennen, of Tewksbury, who would've had to move to the district in order to fill the seat, said Wednesday that he is no longer pursuing the vacancy due to family considerations. Mennen was seeking the Assembly seat vacated by the death of Republican Peter Biondi, who passed away shortly after winning re-election in November. "Earlier this month, I sent a letter to the Republican members of County Committee asking for their consideration to fill that vacancy," Mennen wrote in an email to the county committee. "This was predicated upon the completion of three separate and thorough …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
John Saccenti, a 42-year resident of South Brunswick, said job training is vital to lowering unemployment while meeting the labor needs of the job market.
After a lengthy career in public health, law enforcement, and training development, long-time South Brunswick resident John Saccenti is hoping to bring his experience to the State Assembly serving the 16th District. Saccenti is seeking the Assembly seat recently vacated by the death of Republican Peter Biondi, shortly after winning re-election in November. "Several people came up to me and suggested that this would be a good opportunity, considering my interest in representing the area, and they thought I would make a good addition to the Assembly," Saccenti said. "I think I can add a lot to the Assembly and see this as an opportunity to do a lot of good. I spent a good part of my life serving on the South Brunswick Board of Health and …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Bateman, Biondi and Ciattarelli win on strength of Hunterdon and Somerset voters.
Victorious 16th District Republicans said Tuesday night at the Elks Lodge in Bridgewater that their overwhelming victories at the polls are a clear endorsement of their fiscal and economic polices. “What this election says to me is that our message resonated with people and I think it was very simple message in that it’s all about leadership,” said Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough) who won an assembly seat in the 16th District. “People want independent, honest, determined leadership. It's all about the size and cost of government—they want it to be smaller, less expensive and smarter and about addressing New Jersey’s property tax crisis.” Incumbent Republican Assemblyman Peter Biondi (R-Hillsborough) was elected to another term, along …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Incumbent Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman wins over Democratic challenger Maureen Vella, South Brunswick Councilman Joseph Camarota falls short in Assembly bid.
Despite the redistricting decision from earlier this year that was expected to put the 16th District in play for Democrats, the historically Republican-leaning district was held by the GOP incumbents in Tuesday's election. Unofficial vote tallies show incumbent Republican Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerville) winning over Democratic challenger Maureen Vella (D-Hillsborough) by a total of 20,594 votes to 16,776 votes. Vella captured Middlesex County with 2,895 votes to Bateman's 2,208 votes. Incumbent Republican Assemblyman Peter Biondi (R-Hillsborough) was elected to another term, along with running mate Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough), who defeated Democratic South Brunswick Township Councilman Joseph Camarota (D-Kendall Park) …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Democratic assembly candidate Marie Corfield said her creativity and outside the box thinking would be a benefit to the 16th District.
A series of profiles on the candidates running for the 16th District's Assembly and Senate seats in the upcoming election. Democratic assembly candidate Marie Corfield said she could provide a new approach and outside the box thinking as a different kind of legislator for the 16th District. Corfield, of Flemington, is a teacher who graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University with a BFA in fine and commercial art. Corfield holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in Detroit. She has been an art teacher since 2001, and is on the executive committee of the Flemington-Raritan Education Association, serving as social and legislative chair. "What I bring is a passion and creativity about my undertakings and I …