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Major Loophole in NJ Microbeads Ban Legislation
Friday, 21 November 2014
5 Gyres, NY/NJ Baykeeper, and Clean Ocean Action support alternative Keyport, N.J. - New Jersey Bill S2178 would phase out plastic microbeads in personal care products such as toothpastes and exfoliating face washes, beginning January... Read More...
Time to Prepare for 2014 Winter Weather
Friday, 21 November 2014
Communication is key during a storm FREEHOLD, NJ – With record breaking snow in New YorkState this week and a forecast of cold weather continuing, we are reminded that we must be prepared for winter weather. “Now is the time for us to prepare... Read More...
Jersey Give-Back Guide Returns to Simplify Year-end Giving to NJ Nonprofits
Friday, 21 November 2014
Monmouth County Arts Council Among Listed Non-Profits MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Year-end giving in New Jersey just got easier with the debut of this year’s Jersey Give Back Guide, an online giving tool designed to showcase and support some of the... Read More...
Keyport-Aberdeen Bridge (MA-14) Project to be Topic of Meetings
Friday, 21 November 2014
Two information sessions scheduled in December KEYPORT, NJ – The public information meeting about the planned replacement of County Bridge MA-14 over Matawan Creek located between Keyport and Aberdeen, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday,... Read More...
IMAGE Roadwork Advisory for Middletown
Friday, 21 November 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ -  Middletown Township has issued the following roadwork advisory: All roadwork is subject to immediate change without notice. Call the Traffic Bureau at 732-615-2045 with questions. Newman Springs Road (Route 520) Construction... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Review - Interstellar
by David Prown
Friday, 21 November 2014
I was definitely not jonesing to see "Interstellar" as I'm not really a big special effects guy however I've always liked space movies. My son saw it... Read More...
IMAGE Take It From Snoopy
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Recently, I cleaned out a trunk full of ancient artifacts from my high school days and came across a little book titled “Happiness is a warm... Read More...
IMAGE Happy Birthday to a Group Very Special to Atlantic Highlands
by Jack Archibald
Thursday, 20 November 2014
This column typically avoids mentioning birthdays, as each of us is special and our birthday is something to be celebrated.  But a recent... Read More...
IMAGE Wigged Out at the White House?
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Has Barack Hussein Obama finally flipped out? One could reasonably conclude that after hearing the president’s remarks following an epic electoral... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - November 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Sunday, 16 November 2014
I have nothing funny or witty to say about this, "Brookdale Community College floats plan for 210 layoffs" : http://on.app.com/1GVIO49 PSA: If your... Read More...

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Middletown Mayor Open Office Hours

mikolay_headshot_2011_120Like many New Jersey natives, Matthew Morehead has always taken great pride in his community, viewing its unique people and places as a source of inspiration. A lifelong resident of Monmouth County, his family tree is largely intertwined with local history, stretching from pre-Revolutionary times all the way to the modern era. It was this sense of kinship with his surroundings that propelled Morehead to become politically active; now, with the November elections just around the corner, the Middletown resident hopes to open a new chapter in Bayshore history by being elected to the State Legislature.

As one of the Democratic Party candidates for Assembly in the Thirteenth Legislative District, Morehead hopes to provide constituents with accessible and open-minded representation in Trenton. A long-time activist in political causes, he first considered running for office in 2009. Though he ultimately didn’t do so, the prospective candidate never lost this desire to serve New Jersey’s residents; a dream became reality when the Monmouth County Democrats nominated Morehead, who served as campaign manager for the party’s legislative tickets in the Thirteenth District in 2007 and 2009, and attorney Allison Friedman, at their convention earlier this month.

“I’ve always felt the need to do public service for my community at any level of government,” said Morehead, whose experiences as the owner of Sudzy Puppy dog grooming were among the many factors that prompted him to consider a run for office. “I am a small business owner, so I understand the dynamics of what is happening in this state. It is terrible for small business owners to get a foothold, to grow, or to hire anybody…we have out-regulated the ability to really get new businesses.”

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Matthew Morehead, Candidate for 13th Legislative District, NJ State Assembly 

This hostile business environment, coupled with the fact New Jersey’s property taxes are among the highest in the nation, has negatively impacted residents from all walks of life. Though Garden State taxpayers share this unfortunate burden, Morehead believes the youth have been dealt and exceptionally unjust hand. Fiscal irresponsibility squashed their ability to experience financial stability or economic independence long before they even stood a chance.

“I would expect support from young people because I have a strong history of supporting youth issues,” said Morehead.  “It is next to impossible to get a start in this state because you have a whole generation forced to flee [from New Jersey] because of the taxes and the policies we have here. Youth unemployment is higher than it is for others and we’ve priced most young people out of the market!”

Morehead believes the increasing polarization of American politics and the broadening of the line that separates Democrats and Republicans has had an adverse impact on government accountability, shutting out those who would otherwise become involved in state affairs. In addition to the inaccessibility of elected officials, changing political norms have blurred the line between conservatism and liberalism, leaving a growing demographic completely unrepresented by politicians, who continue to use the partisan model.

“People associate parties with whether you are liberal or conservative,” said Morehead. “But most people in my generation are socially liberal and fall more towards being financially conservative. They went from supporting Obama to supporting Ron Paul, which are polar opposites, and were able to do this based upon the fact that the younger generation already knows that it is being left out of the conversation. Right now, the government is basically saying we need to sell out our future so we can preserve what we have today, instead of biting bullet and making hard decisions.”

Morehead, who supports shared services and believes “we have reached the limit on what we can tax individuals in this state,” plans to discard such ideological isolation if elected to office.

“My door would always be open to anyone, no matter what their party or ideas,” he said, stressing that he appreciates that many individuals, particularly students, who have traditionally been inactive politically, have now started to show an interest in their government. “It’s nice to see that the younger generations are finally aware of what they have at stake because apathy is what got us into this problem.”