GOP Primaries In LD8 And Morris County Have Become Heated


Just when I was getting ready to complain that outside of the insurgent Democrats in Camden County this primary season was boring things are starting to heat up on the GOP side of the aisle in the South and the North.

By now readers of the blog and listeners of the radio show are familiar with the battle in LD8 where one of the incumbent Assemblymen, Joe Howarth, has been forced to run off the line after being accused of trying to switch parties. He denies he ever tried to flip. In fact, Howarth came on the radio show and denied the claim. (We’ve said on the show Assemblyman Ryan Peters, former Sheriff Jean Stanfield are welcome to come on. They haven’t, but a fourth LD8 candidate, Jason Huf, has.)

Based on reporting by InsiderNJ and New Jersey Globe, it appears that the screaming about attempted party switching has stopped and Howarth has launched an assault via direct mail. See the pieces at InsiderNJ here and New Jersey Globe here.

Howarth’s mailers have been savage: He’s attacked Stanfield for failing to comply with an ICE request to hold an illegal alien who “was originally charged with sexual assault of a minor.” Howarth’s mailers basically attack Peters over who is more pro-President Trump.

On the line Republicans responded with an email sent by party Chairman Sean Earlen attacking Howarth for allegedly attempting to switch parties.


Then there’s the primary battle for freeholder in Morris County. In that race the incumbents have made an issue of a “mystery consultant” being used by challenger Donald Dinsmore. New Jersey Globe outed the ‘mystery consultant” as King Penna. For what it’s worth, I have it on good authority New Jersey Globe got the information correct, King Penna is the “mystery consultant.”

To be clear, I have no dog in the Morris County fight, but in the interest of full disclosure, I am NOT a fan of one of the incumbents, Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo.

Several sources have confirmed to me Mastrangelo is the leaker of information coming out of Morris County GOP meetings which was a contentious issue earlier this year.

I believe those sources because Mastrangelo is a big enough scumbag that he once threw his own son under the bus by denying he sent him to video an event hosted by his opponents. His son admitted to police he was sent by his father.

And, of course, there’s the time Mastrangelo filed criminal charges against me, as well as my clients, for publishing allegedly expunged police records. The charges were eventually dismissed because even the judge knew Mastrangelo was full of crap.

I mention the allegedly expunged police records because apparently those records have resurfaced in the Morris County fight. Apparently, and this is a guess on my part, Dinsmore’s “mystery consultant” has the same records I had years ago because sources have sent me this beautiful mailer:



Though I think it’s cowardly to use a phony paid for by line, I think it’s funny at least one of the allegedly expunged police records has resurfaced in Morris.

I guess all that’s left is to see if Mastrangelo files criminal charges against someone else this time. Glad I’m out of it! Happy primary election!

PRESS RELEASE: NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt and Assemblyman Ryan Peters Release Rain Tax Video

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NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt and Assemblyman Ryan Peters released a video today regarding the “Rain Tax.” Their joint press release follows:

Trenton, NJ - NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt and Assemblyman Ryan Peters released a video today urging the people of New Jersey to fight back on the "Rain Tax".

Chairman Steinhardt and Assemblyman Peters have been vocal opponents of Governor Murphy's latest tax scheme, and are highlighting an avenue for people to take action. Chairman Steinhardt is circulating an online petition allowing for voters to urge their Mayor to reject the rain tax and Assemblyman Peters is providing local Governments with the framework of a resolution to ban the tax.

Please find the video here.

Full transcript of the video is below:

Chairman Steinhardt: Hi, I'm NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt and I'm here today with one of New Jersey's best and brightest, South Jersey Assemblyman Mr. Ryan Peters.

Assemblyman Peters: We appreciate you tuning in because we have something very important to bring to your attention. A few weeks ago Governor Phil Murphy, signed into law his newest scheme: the rain tax.  

This new law is nothing more than another Trenton money grab saddling NJ’s already overburdened families and businesses with another unaffordable and unnecessary obligation. The Rain Tax is a cleverly disguised new assessment on patios, parking lots, driveways and roofs. Homes and businesses, and even Churches, charities and non-profits are all susceptible to this new property tax.

Chairman Steinhardt: Many towns and cities around the state may face real stormwater problems, but residents should know that the Rain Tax is not a serious solution. The language of this law describing how much people and businesses will pay and how the taxes generated will be used is vague and ambiguous and, as usual, Trenton bureaucrats skim off 5% for its use, not yours. 

We must work within our means to solve our communities’ problems, but the cost of raising a family or owning a successful business in New Jersey is at a breaking point, and another manipulative revenue stream to pad government budgets instead of promote discipline is not the answer.

Assemblyman Peters: The good news is our local governments have a check and balance on Trenton's latest tax scheme. Your town or city's Mayor and local council members can reject the rain tax.

We are helping to start a movement to urge local governments to pass resolutions pledging to reject the rain tax. We've sparked a fire and now  the NJGOP and Chairman Steinhardt want to do their part to pour fuel on the flames and bring this to everyone's attention. 

Chairman Steinhardt: In the comment section, you'll see a post from the NJGOP with a link to a petition where you can urge your local elected officials to pledge to end the insanity and ban the rain tax.

We're drowning in taxes already. Please join us and help to cut off the steady stream of government mandates coming from Trenton and Governor Murphy. Sign the petition and tell your local government to ban the rain tax.

I'm NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt with South Jersey Assemblyman Ryan Peters and we thank you for watching.