Beck’s trail

Recent polling from both parties in the 12th district Assembly race show a relatively tight contest between Democratic incumbent Robert Morgan and GOP challenger Jennifer Beck, which could cause Democrats to step up their attacks on Beck, a Red Bank Councilwoman who formerly ran the Trenton office of an influential lobbying firm, MWW. Beck, according to records bearing her signature, was the lobbyist for Allianz AG, a German insurance company that hired her in the late 1990’s to oppose a package of bills that would help Holocaust victims and their families to get paid on life insurance policies they purchased prior to World War II. The bills, which included the “Holocaust Victim Insurance Claim Registry and Relief Act” sponsored by Kevin O’Toole and the “Holocaust Victims Insurance Claims Act” sponsored by Neil Cohen and Peter Barnes, were never passed. Beck’s firm was paid $21,000 for their efforts. Allianz AG remains one of Germany’s largest insurance firm — they had the contract fire and casualty insurance at the death camps — and company executives held high posts in the Third Reich. If Democrats decide to make an issue of Beck’s representation of Allianz, it surely won’t help her in the Monmouth/Mercer district, where municipalities like Manalapan, Marlboro and East Windsor have significant Jewish communities.

Beck’s trail