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  • commented 2017-07-13 15:40:42 -0400
    Millie Grazi,e Joann & Eric for working for the working folks. So glad Rep Prieto stopped that awful budget & you stood by him. New budget isn’t the best, but so much better than what Christie wanted, esp. on Education, & Health Care, esp Horizon/Blue Cross deal.
  • commented 2017-07-13 10:38:50 -0400
    Joann and Eric—

    You fought the good fight and won! Thanks for standing up to the bully and holding your ground. This was an important win for your constituents in our district. I’ll bet you guys hold the record for being the most active and involved members of the Assembly! keep up the great work you’re doing for us.
  • commented 2017-07-12 15:35:36 -0400
  • commented 2017-07-12 13:46:18 -0400
    Thank you for supporting the families in our district.
  • commented 2017-07-12 13:40:13 -0400
    Assemblymembers Houghtaling and Downey, thank you so much for supporting the families district 11. We now have a budget that addresses education, healthcare and social concerns.
  • commented 2017-07-12 11:23:23 -0400
    Thank you for standing up for our families.


    As a social worker, I am proud to claim you as our representatives!
  • commented 2017-07-12 10:02:56 -0400
    Thank you for all you work to Governor Christie’s line-item vetoes. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and will have benefits for years to come.
  • commented 2017-07-12 09:58:35 -0400
    Thank you for securing more funding for schools and other essential programs!
  • commented 2017-07-12 09:50:14 -0400
    Thank you to Assemblymembers Houghtaling and Downey for standing strong throughout the grueling budget process. We know that you work tirelessly to put District 11’s families’ interests and needs first! Keep it up!
  • commented 2017-06-30 15:28:41 -0400
    Please vote on the budget without including the takeover of Horizon funds. These are serious and unrelated issues. No private company should have their funds co-opted by the State.
  • commented 2016-01-19 08:53:16 -0500
    Sen. Beck has written to the Governor and the Comm. of Education asking for a rejection of the Red Bank Charter expansion or full funding for the Red Bank Borough schools. When will you do the same? Time is of the essence.
  • commented 2016-01-15 09:34:18 -0500
  • commented 2015-11-04 15:33:50 -0500
    Congratulations! Well thought out campaign and you connected with the people’s concerns. I am confident both of you will work hard for the people of this district and the state. A long overdue breath of fresh air.
  • commented 2015-10-26 22:32:18 -0400
    Dear candidates,
    I trust you read the series of articles in the Asbury Park Press about the current state of fiscal affairs in the state of New Jersey, relating to the onerous tax burden.


    I am middle class, earning less than $75,000 per year. We have lived in Freehold township since November 2009. My tax bill went up over 27% in one year. 27%. In one year. And my health insurance went up 21% this year.


    I am committed this election to voting based on one single issue – property taxes. There is no issue more important in New Jersey at this time.


    What are your positions on not just slowing, but lowering our property taxes? What will yo do to end the contracts that give large payouts for unused sick days and vacation days? What will you do about contracts that give overly generous pensions? In the private sector this is unheard of. What are your positions on shared services to cut costs? All of these things are bankrupting the state and killing the middle class.


    My youngest child graduates from college in May. We will be looking to leave the state, since it is extremely difficult to keep up with the rising costs.


    I am looking at all the candidates with a very critical eye this election. I look forward to hearing your responses.


    Regards,

    Joe Hewes

    134 Stillwells Corner Rd

    Freehold NJ
  • commented 2015-10-06 18:07:07 -0400
    Please attend. Parking and Beach Access should be fair and equal across the board!


    The town of Deal has proposed Ordinance #1124 which will restrict parking on six oceanfront streets from May 1 to October 31. Only Deal residents located on these streets will be issued parking permits. The Borough will hear arguments in support and against the proposed ordinance on October 9, 2015 at 9:00am. Please come and protect your right to access public beaches.


    The proposed restriction will place a substantial burden on the public’s ability to access a traditional public forum and is invalid and unconstitutional for the following reasons:


    1.Ordinance #1124 restricts the public’s access to the beach and violates the public trust doctrine.


    2. Ordinance #1124 violates the public’s right to access a traditional public forum, thereby violating their First Amendment right to speech and assembly.


    “Many Americans highly value access to the ocean shore. Americans go to their beaches to engage in many activities, including ones that demonstrate that beaches can be public forums. While some might belittle the importance of our beaches, they are deeply loved public spaces that are every bit as important to us as our city parks.” Robert Thompson, Local Government and the Closing of the Coast: Parking Bans and the Beach As A Traditional Public Forum, 25 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 458, 507 (2014).


    Recently, Deal accepted millions of dollars in beach replenishment money paid for by hardworking taxpayers. Now they want to restrict access to their newly restored beaches.


    As interested local citizens, we must oppose Ordinance #1124 in order to protect our rights. The best way to do this is by challenging the law itself and raise awareness throughout our state.


    A legal brief in opposition to Ordinance #1124 has been prepared by Andrew L. Chambarry, Esq., a local attorney currently practicing law throughout Monmouth County:
  • commented 2015-10-02 23:31:20 -0400
    The 2 Assemblywomen you’re running against always seem to run dirty campaigns. Think you have to connect these 2 with the Governor (as you know he’s not well thought of here in NJ). Christie has vetoed over 50 bills and has never been overridden because of the Rep party. How many times have they voted against this Gov even though they voted for the bill? I believe it’s 0. The only time you hear from these 2 is a couple months before they run for office from their campaign mailings. What legislation have they championed in all their time in office? These are legit concerns that voters should be made aware of.

    I would also demand a debate (not just the one before Press reporters). Hold it at Mon. Univ, Brookdale especially since you’re at the top of the ticket. If they say no take out ads in the weeklies saying so and asking what are they trying to hide, etc. Never take the pressure off.
  • commented 2015-09-30 08:58:40 -0400
    Hello, I help run the Long Branch Columbus Day Parade that is being held on Sunday, October 11, 2015. We would like to invite you and your staff to participate in the parade this year.

    Your Republican opponents are in the parade every year and are participating again this year. Also, we have Congressman Frank Pallone and the Monmouth County Democrats marching as well. You can contact me at the below email address for more information.
  • commented 2015-09-15 16:58:32 -0400
    Hello Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, I would like to volunteer for your campaign. I am a semi-retired attorney who’s relocated to Jersey after 40 years in Washington State. You can thank your nasty opponents for my volunteering. I have received a couple of their mean-spirited flyers in the mail. What I am sorry, I can’t do, is doorbell (but I will deliver literature); I also can’t phone call, and because I am broke, I can’t donate. But I can stuff leaflets, do research, work in the office. I sometimes substitute teach, but have enough free time that I should be able to work several days a week. Because Christie has been such a disaster and his cronies so corrupt, I think you have a good chance. I also believe your opponents are terrified because they are putting a lot of effort into slandering you. As a lawyer, I know injured people need representation and lawyers have the right, the duty to sue governments who are negligent. I also know that periodically, public officials get pay raises and by my calculations, the 2% raised voted by the Neptune Township committee amounted to about $150. I see Eric is a long-time working man and a member of the IBEW. Attacks on unions and working people seem to be fun for the GOP office holders in NJ. In fact, apparently Mary Pat Angelini thought enough of Eric to have her picture taken with him and posting it on Facebook when presenting a Proclamation of Gratitude, presumably to Eric and Vito Gadaleta of Neptune Township. You can find this by scrolling down Angelini’s Facebook page on PHOTOS to June 24, 2013. In the past I worked on the Governor’s campaign in Washington State (paid position, campaign finance reporting), and Seattle City Council campaigns, but that was years ago. Let me know if I can help and good luck with your campaign.

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