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IMAGE Kongo Across the Waters is First North American Exhibition to Deeply Explore the Legacy of Kongo
Friday, 29 August 2014
PHOTO: Lower Kongo Staff Kongo masterpieces never before seen in the US will be on view at Princeton University Art Museum Oct. 25, 2014, through... Read More...
IMAGE Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Wants You to Join the Fun
Friday, 29 August 2014
MONMOUTH/OCEAN COUNTY - Summer is coming to an end, but for Girl Scouts, it marks the beginning of a new year full of wonder, knowledge and... Read More...
IMAGE Calendar Project Artwork by Middletown Students at MAC
Friday, 29 August 2014
PHOTO: Calendar winner JJ Bifulco with mural  Middletown, N.J. – In honor of the 350th Anniversary of Middletown, students from... Read More...
IMAGE Phoenix Productions Announce Auditions for Spamalot
Friday, 29 August 2014
RED BANK, NJ - Phoenix Productions, the Red Bank-based community theatre organization, has announced that it will hold open auditions for its... Read More...
IMAGE 2014 Harvest Home Festival Set for Sept. 28
Thursday, 28 August 2014
PHOTO: Experience old-fashioned fun as it was a century ago at Harvest Home Festival on Sunday, September 28 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Historic... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Aging Rockers
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 29 August 2014
A curious phenomenon of our time is the aging rocker. This is not an old piece of furniture but a person frozen in a musical time-warp. Often it is a... Read More...
IMAGE Review - When the Game Stands Tall
by David Prown
Friday, 29 August 2014
I've shared before that my favorite non-fiction sports "Rudy, Hoosiers, and Brian's Song" grabbed me for 2 primary reasons.  First, the... Read More...
IMAGE College Consultants Can Help Coax Students into the More Selective Schools
by wjoreilly
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Some high school students are unstoppable in their quest to get into the most selective of colleges--the Harvards, Yales and Princetons.They don't... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Boyhood
by David Prown
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
I have a sense I saw previews about the film “Boyhood” quite a while ago and looked quite engaging.  But where the heck in this world am I... Read More...
IMAGE Sinsations or Sonsations
by George Hancock-Stefan
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Driving on Route 36, towards the Parkway, on the right side of the road, one sees the advertisement for a new club called Sinsations. One has to... Read More...

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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.”