ATLANTIC CITY — Belting conservative rhetoric over the 1,000-or-some-odd heads gathered here in the Borgata Ballroom, a Monmouth County pol gave one of the more rousting speeches of Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick’s (R-21) statewide GOP-fest.
“I’ve heard more action from an Irish wake,” boomed freeholder John Curley, who’s up for re-election in the Republican-leaning battleground county this November.
A continuous stream of speakers on the stage of the ballroom has often failed to divert attention away from the mountains of food in the back, where most guests have congregated.
Led by new Republican Party chairman Shaun Golden, Monmouth County’s other incumbent freeholders Lillian Burry and Gary Rich are coming off a solid November victory over their Democratic challengers Joe Grillo and Larry Luttrell, backed by party chairman Vin Gopal. Golden’s candidates prevailed by 9,000 votes, gives Monmouth County Republicans traction for future stare-downs, observers say.
The team’s next challenge comes this year with Curley, who appeared wild-eyed and mad with determination on the stage here tonight.
“We believe in the U.S. constitution, we believe in smaller, less intrusive government; therefore, less expensive government,” he said.
He later praised Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick’s (R-21) efforts in pulling the event together, held in hopes over wresting control from Democrats in races across the state this year.
“This state will be the beacon of light,” Curley said.