- Category: Monmouth County
MADISON, NJ - New Jersey voters continue to give the Garden State governor sturdy approval ratings. According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 51% of New Jersey voters approve of the way Chris Christie is handling his job as governor; while 41% disapprove.
“He’s not the Teflon governor,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll, “But right now he looks like the armored governor.”
Christie’s approval rating is slightly better than his favorability rating: he is viewed favorably by 47% and unfavorably by 41%. That is better than the NJEA, the teachers’ union he has consistently criticized, which is viewed favorably by 39% and unfavorably by 38%.
“The NJEA’s numbers have not improved despite their recent and expensive advertising efforts,” said Woolley. Moreover, voters who have a favorable view of the NJEA disapprove of the governor’s performance by 64%-26%. Voters who have an unfavorable view of the NJEA approve of the governor by 78%-17%.
There are other notable differences in the governor’s approval rating among subgroups. Men approve strongly of the governor’s performance by 58%-34%, while women split 45% approving and 47% disapproving. Non-public employee households give the governor thumbs up by 57%-34%, but he is completely upside down with public employee households 34%-61%.
Meanwhile, more than three of five voters (64%) continue to say the state should hold the line on spending even if many programs are reduced, while one in four (26%) say the state should raise taxes if necessary to support state programs. Those who say the budget should be cut, even if it means cutting programs approve of the governor by a 2-to-1 margin (63%-29%), while those who say taxes should be raised disapprove of the governor by more than a 2-to-1 margin (69%-25%).
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Michael Riley is the new pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.
He will conduct his first worship service as pastor at 10 a.m. Sunday, the fifth Sunday of Lent. His sermon will be entitled "Teardrops on the City."
The engaging of Riley as pastor was announced to the church membership at a special congregational meeting on April 3. His calling has been approved by Monmouth Presbytery and the Session of the church.
Rev. Michael Riley is the new pastor of the First Presbyterian Church
Riley's hiring follows a one-and-half-year search by a five-member committee during which the applications from over 75 persons were reviewed and numerous candidates were considered.
He succeeds the Rev. Joyce Smothers, who left the church two years ago after a two-and-one-half-year tenure as pastor.
- Category: Monmouth County
LEONARDO, NJ - Five Hundred and seventy-two road racers (496 for the 15K and 76 for the 3-miler) competed in the 20th annual Indian Trails Races presented by the Sandy Hookers Triathlon Club at Croydon Hall in the Leonardo section of Middletown on a windy, sunny morning of April 3. The event’s flier informs the course to be, “One of the most beautiful in the state with breathtaking views.”
Michael Dixon finishes first in 15K - Photo by U.S. Candids
Michael Dixon, 28, of Fanwood was first in from the course that starts in an eastern direction on Leonardville Road continues for 9.3 miles on adjacent streets throughout hilly Navesink and returns to the finish line located just outside the Croydon Hall gymnasium, at a record-setting, blistering time of 49:46 (49 minutes and 46 seconds). This is 18 seconds faster than his also record-setting time of last year of this event. Somerset’s William Hubert, 25, was a distant second at 53:01 and third place went to Rich Burke, 43, of Morristown at 53:14.
Start of Indian Trails Race - Photo mediaform jasonkim photograph
“No, the entire race I was out in front all by myself,” said Dixon when asked if there were anyone he had to catch in order to be the leader. “Just the motorcycle was in front of me,” the champion further offered. He was referring to the lead vehicle driven by Greg Drury, a Sandy Hooker. “This is one of the most challenging courses especially for a 15K,” he said and explained: “There are three long (and he emphasized ‘long’) hills.” He said,“ the weather was great, we did have headwinds at times, but the temperature was near perfect for running.”
Runner-up Hubert informed that he knew he could never catch the leader so he concentrated on coming in second. “There was a pack of three or four of us going back and forth for the lead but with about two miles to go I was able to get out in front and keep it.” The runner-up agreed with the champion about the weather: “A little windy here and there but overall just great.”
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Atlantic Highlands Community Events Committee (AHCEC), a benevolence organization benefiting Atlantic Highlands, will present a $1250 donation to an Atlantic Highlands cadet with the NWS Earle Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Qualified cadets from Atlantic Highlands and other areas will attend two weeks of training with the British Royal Navy. Kim Spatola, AHCEC chairwoman, will present the check to Lt. Richard Baumann, commanding officer of the NWS Earle Division, at their fund-raiser this Saturday.
“The NWS Earle Division of Sea Cadets has a close, enduring partnership with the residents and businesses in Atlantic Highlands,” said Baumann. “Several of our cadets are town residents, and each year we hold our major fund-raiser at the Monmouth Masonic Lodge in Atlantic Highlands. In addition, local Foodtown founder and Navy captain Joe Azzolina organized our division at NWS Earle.”
“We are delighted to assist a deserving young person in such an educational experience,” said Spatola. “Other young people in the Atlantic Highlands community hearing about this may be motivated to attain similar levels of achievement.”
NWS Earle Division’s All-You-Can-Eat Italian Dinner will be held at the Monmouth Masonic Lodge, 14 East Garfield Avenue, from 4-8 PM Saturday, April 9. The dinner, a full sit-down feast, is entirely managed by the unit. Cadets, parents and officers – all volunteers – prepare food, wait tables, and clean up. All proceeds benefit the division’s cadet trip to Scotland this summer.
- Category: Arts & Culture
Multimedia Show to feature works by local and national artists exploring themes of spiritual light and darkness
Red Bank, NJ – Red Bank Community Church today announced the opening of an art exhibit entitled “Sinners and Saints” on Saturday, April 16 at 3:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend this free event.
Dirty Laundry by Sharon Seargent, Canada, chalk pastel
The exhibit will present works that explore the theme of spiritual duality: good and evil, light and darkness, order and disorder. Included in the exhibit will be paintings, photography, sculpture and installations.