Weekly Update – January 9, 2010

Weekly Update – January 9, 2010

BREAKFAST DISCUSSION SAT, JAN. 9, 2010 AT ATHENA DINER, NEW RD, NORTHFIELD: 9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM. Business meeting for members: Mon, Jan. 11 at 6P. Please pay your dues to keep your membership. $60 voting–$30 non-voting.

(Also live two-way talk every Saturday from 8AM to 9AM on 92.1FM Vineland. We are heard in most of South Jersey, Philly, and Delaware. The on-air number is 856-696-0092.)



1. HOW TO BE A WINNING CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE: In 1827, Carl von Clausewitz described war as ?politics by other means?. Politics is war by other means. If you plan to be a candidate for any office, even school board, don?t go into combat without basic training. Chris Doss of the Leadership Institute, http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/, ran many successful campaigns. He will give ?basic training? for candidates at the Mays Landing Library on Monday, January 25 from 5:30 PM to 8:45 PM. We must pay his rental car from Virginia & overnight accommodation. If you can put Chris up for the night at your house, please let me know. He is a very interesting guest, & it will save us money. Admission is tentatively set at $25, which includes pizza and soft drinks during the presentation. If you want to attend this seminar, please contact me right away at grossman@snip.net.

2. Announcements by Other Liberty Groups in the Area: These announcements are posted only to inform you of other activities in our area. Liberty and Prosperity 1776, Inc. is a tax-exempt education organization that cannot engage in political activities.

a. ?The 912 Project Burlington County Group will host a meeting of all freedom loving citizen groups from the state. . . to discuss putting up conservative candidates for the midterm 2010 Congressional elections. ?The meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2010 and will be held at Braddock?s Tavern, in Medford NJ. Attendance at the meeting is limited to no more than four (4) members from any one group. Cost of the meeting is approximately $32 per person which will cover the cost of the room & include a buffet lunch. Please, email me directly at haneywd@comcast.net. For additional information, call me at 609-668-4827.?

b. Rose Wakeman of rwakemen@comcast.net would like to invite anyone in your respective organizations to attend a SNJ Conservatives meeting which will feature Richard La Rossa. Richard is a former NJ Senator, currently writes for www.politickernj.com, & is working on the Conservative Republican Leadership movement. We will meet on January 13 at La Posata Restaurant; 892 Route 73 N; Marlton, NJ (856) 596-6885. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. RSVP to Ken Mills at SFOX1020@aol.com, & his phone is 856-596-0407.

3. CAN YOU PUT A 4? by 8? SIGN ON YOUR ROADSIDE PROPERTY? The sign says: ?No Liberty = No Prosperity! www.libertyandprosperity.org 609-927-7333? Thanks to Carlo Melini and Norman Grossman, the first ten signs should be ready this weekend. Also, if you see any empty billboard on the highway, please jot down the location and phone number of the owner. Since we are a tax-exempt charity, many billboard owners will post our message at no charge?but not if we don?t ask! Please contact me!

4. DO YOU HAVE A VOICE FOR RADIO? We need volunteers to record some 60 second radio spots. And we can use some more 60 second radio scripts. Please contact me. Radio rates are at their lowest in years. But we still need money. Which brings us back to paying your 2010 dues today. $60 voting. $30 non-voting. And don?t forget the Paul Mulshine fundraiser at John Battista?s Carisbrooke Inn at Little Rock & Boardwalk in Ventnor. Tickets are $75 each. $100 couple.

5. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS: Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Deadline for filing petitions: March 1, 2010. More info at: http://www.njsba.org/candidacy/importantdatesW.pdf.

6. REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTIONS: TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010. DEADLINE FOR FILING NOMINATING PETITIONS: APRIL 1, 2010. Basic info at: http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/. The following offices are up for election:

a. All South Jersey: Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo (2 year term)

b. Atlantic County:

i. Surrogate: James Carney, Democrat (5 year term)

ii. Freeholder-at-Large: Joe McDevitt, Republican (3 year term)

iii. Freeholder-District (Galloway, Absecon, Brigantine): Richard Dase, Republican

iv. Freeholder-District (Atlantic City, Pleasantville): Charles Garrett, Democrat

v. Local Offices: Not yet available from County Clerk. If you know who is running in your town, please let me know so I can post it next week.

c. Cape May County:

i. County Clerk: Rita Marie Fulginiti (Republican)

ii. Freeholders at Large: Ralph E. Bakley (Republican) and Gerald M. Thornton (Republican)

iii. Local Offices:

Dennis Township Committee Member
John Murphy (D)
Ruth J. Blessing (D)

Lower Township Council Ward 1
Thomas Conrad (R)

Lower Township Council Ward 2
Wayne Mazurek (D)

Lower Township Council Ward 3
Glenn Douglas (R)

Middle Township Committee
Susan Atkinson-DeLanzo (D)

North Wildwood Council Ward 1
Robert Maschio (R)

North Wildwood Council Ward 2
Joseph T. Duncan (D)

Stone Harbor Council
Randall S. Bauer (R)
Barry D. Mastrangelo (R)

Upper Township Committee
Curtis T. Corson, Jr. (R)
Jay Newman (R)

Woodbine Mayor
William Pikolycky (registered R, ran as I)

Woodbine Council
Eduardo Ortiz (R)
Douglas E. Watkins (R)

Also Municipal non partisan Elections on May 11, 2010 for Cape May and Ocean City:

Cape May Council
Niels S. Favre (R)
David Kurkowski (D)
Linda Steenrod (U)

Ocean City Mayor
Salvatore Perillo (D)

Ocean City Council At Large
Michael J. Allegretto (R)
Keith Hartzell (R)
Marvin Scott Ping (R)

d. Cumberland County: Freeholders-at-Large: Nelson Thompson (Democrat) and Joseph Pepitone (Democrat) Local offices to be supplied.

e. Gloucester County: Freeholders-at-Large: Joseph A. Brigandi (Democrat) and Jean DuBois (Democrat). Local offices to be supplied.

7. WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION: Sun, Feb. 21 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. CARISBROOKE INN, Little Rock Ave. Beachblock. Special guest & speaker. Paul Mulshine, Conservative Pundit for the Newark Star Ledger. You can read him online at http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/index.html. Tickets are $75 per person, $100 per couple. This is our major fundraising event, and important for us to be active next year.

8. MARCH STRAW POLL: If you plan to run for public office, what office do you plan to run for. Do you know who else in the movement is running for that same office? Does it make any sense for five people from our movement to run for Congress, and nobody from our movement runs for freeholder, surrogate, or township committee? Successful party candidates go to local party clubs and conventions before they file their nominating petitions. They also bracket themselves to appear in the same column or on the same row as other candidates. If you want to win, you must do the same thing. I have suggested a straw poll for ?liberty? or ?tea party? candidates in March. The South Florida Tea Party Organization in West Palm Beach is doing something very similar to find a winning candidate for Congress. Learn about their ?online? straw poll at http://www.southfloridateaparty.org/. If you want to prepare a straw poll for South Jersey, please contact me.

9. TAXPAYERS EARN LESS?BUT MUST PAY TAX HIKES SO ?PUBLIC SERVANTS? EARN 4.5% MORE! This week?s Current/Gazette essay this weeks explains the 4.5% pay hike each year for the next three years for public schools in Absecon and elsewhere. Go to www.libertyandprosperity.org or http://www.shorenewstoday.com/news.php?id=6585.

10. Why? One School Board Member told me anonymously that school board members are threatened with lawsuits if they tell the public how much teachers are earning, and how much of an increase they demand during negotiations. This can easily be fixed by posting all public employee salaries on the website for each school board and local government. This week, Absecon School Board Member Mike Assad said he wants to post more financial info on the School Board Web site. But he did NOT say he would post employee salaries. Mike Assad used to be a Liberty and Prosperity Member. When he was a candidate three years ago, he said he agreed that this information should be on the internet. Why did he wait until his three year term is over before proposing this? And why did he support the 4.5% pay hike for Absecon teachers?

“Liberty and Prosperity 1776, Inc. is a non-profit, education organization. We are registered and recognized by both the State of New Jersey and the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. Our mission is to learn and teach why ‘Liberty and Prosperity’, New Jersey’s motto since 1776, is still true and relevant today — and how Americans can again be free and effective citizens.”

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Voting Members: $60 dues, Attend 3 business meetings per year, Work on one board approved project per year. Non-Voting Members: $30 per year, not attendance or volunteer requirements. PLEASE PAY YOUR DUES NOW. ANY DUES COLLECTED AFTER DECEMBER 15 ARE CREDITED TO 2010 MEMBERSHIP.

We can?t force every public school employee to join our organization and pay $1,200 per year dues like the NJEA teachers union. But we can beat them if just a few hundred people voluntarily pay our $30 dues every year, and help us with one of our projects every few months!

  • Seth Grossman

    Seth Grossman is executive director of Liberty And Prosperity, which he co-founded in 2003. It promotes American liberty and limited constitutional government through weekly radio and in-person discussions, its website, email newsletters and various events. Seth Grossman is also a general practice lawyer.

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