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US Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman speaking at the press conference Oct.  16, 2014.   N.J.com photo

US Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman speaking at the Asbury Park press conference Oct. 16, 2014.  At the far right is Neptune Township Chief of Police James H. Hunt, Jr.     N.J.com photo

A great  deal of planning and coordination among local, state and federal agencies resulted in a large early morning raid at multiple locations on a major drug trafficking ring that supplied heroin and cocaine to dealers  throughout Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties.  The operation was scheduled based on evidence gathered  over the course of a year.  The drug ring was conducting most of its deals in Asbury Park and Neptune Township. The arrest this morning of 14 individuals, with others still at large, included the booking of two organization leaders, one of whom is from Neptune.

At a press conference in Asbury Park this afternoon, Paul Fishman, U.S, Attorney said,  “It is no secret that heroin abuse is at an all time high.” Fishman said, “With the heroin epidemic in this area reaching extraordinary heights, those of us in federal law enforcement believe that it was critical to target those who share a hefty portion of the blame and to do that in close cooperation with our county partners.”  (Quotes from NJ.com reporting *)

Fishman said, “The more than a year investigation included wiretaps, surveillance operations and undercover buys. In the wiretaps, there were discussions about quality control, consumer satisfaction and branding – all topics a savvy businessman might discuss.”

The New Jersey agent in charge of DEA said that heroin related deaths numbered 350 from Monmouth County over the last 5 years.  Note that another major drug bust had been conducted last March in Monmouth County.


Drug bust article nj.com   *





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Governor Christie has authorized all County Clerks to provide Veteran’s ID photo cards to any veteran that registers their DD214 with the County Clerk’s office. The card proves the person is a U.S. Veteran and the card can be used for many discounts made available from the business community.

For our local residents, they are available at County Connection, located at 3544 Route 66 here in Neptune. (In the Home Depot complex). Their phone number is  732-303-2828.

Cards are also available from the County office in Freehold. 732-683=8740.



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The Governor spoke at the Police Memorial Service 5/21/13. But he did not visit our damaged boardwalk.

The Governor spoke at the Police Memorial Service 5/21/13. But he did not visit our damaged boardwalk or make himself available to the press to discuss our funding issues.  Blogfinger photo.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

For nearly a year we have been hearing that the “Governor’s office” is working behind the scenes to get us some sort of funding to rebuild the Ocean Grove boardwalk.  His surrogates in the state legislature have told us that in person and so has the Camp Meeting Association.

But those reassurances strain credulity because he has come to the Jersey Shore to visit our neighbors on many occasions but he has never come to the site of our demolished boardwalk to speak to the citizens about our problems with FEMA.

Now an outsider at the Weekly Standard has raised the specter of anti-Christian bias on the part of FEMA, an idea that has already been considered on Blogfinger and at the Star Ledger.  If there is even the possibility of bias, shouldn’t Christie be addressing it publicly?   And maybe FEMA is being harsh towards us partly because of the gay rights issues that have been controversial in the Grove—issues that perhaps the Governor considers toxic.  After all, he has waffled on the subject of gay marriage.

Maybe he is afraid to even talk about such things for fear that it might tarnish him politically as a presidential candidate.  Maybe he sees the issues as  lose-lose propositions, and perhaps politics are his main consideration at times like this, to the detriment of our citizens.

The Governor has a reputation of being outspoken and courageous; to be willing to swim against the current. But in Ocean Grove, where it has been obvious that we the people of this town are experiencing some sort of FEMA discrimination, Christie has been missing in action.

So maybe our small population isn’t worth sticking his neck out for, but shouldn’t  great leaders step forward on principle without worrying about votes? If he had gone public standing behind Ocean Grove, then maybe FEMA might have been a little more sympathetic.

Ocean Grove will soon experience a turning point in our struggle.  Representatives of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association will soon be meeting in Washington for a final appeal to FEMA .

Perhaps it is time for Gov. Christie  personally to tell us something about our situation and step forward and publicly show his support.  And Governor, please bring Congressman Chris Smith with you.  Most of us haven’t heard of him or seen him in the Grove, and he also supposedly is behind our efforts.

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October 19, 2013.  Pine Barrens Series.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

October 19, 2013. Pine Barrens Series. By Paul Goldfinger ©

NOTE:  Sunday Oct 20 is the last day for this festival.

JOE TEMPERLEY  “Polka Dots and Moonbeams”

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