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Mayor, Skip the Coaster interviews, take off your mask,  and tell us what you really think! Paul Goldfinger photo. Florence,  Italy. Silver gelatin darkroom print ©


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@ BLOGFINGER.net

BRIDGEGATE OPINION POLL   (below):   We closed the poll on July 15, 2019 after 247 voters chose either YES or NO.

224 said YES;  23 said NO.

91% of those who offered an opinion were in favor of keeping the gates locked.


The Mayor is meeting with the Asburians over this, but, according to the Qoastericans, the two sides cannot agree on anything.  Committeeman Brantley of Neptune says that “no firm decision has been made.”

But Mayor, why are you allowing yourself to be manipulated by the Qoaster and by Asbury rabble rousers?   Is it possible that you are giving serious credence to the Asburian Councilwoman Chapman who asserts that this issue “divides the communities?”

Do you believe those who say that Bridgegate is more about parking  than safety?

Will you agree with the disingenuous Asburians who want keys to the gates on the pretense of a possible emergency?    Surely Mayor you have heard of the Neptune Township Police Department?

And Mayor, how is this different from a gated community where an entryway is closed for safety?

So Mayor, is this just a headline-grabbing exercise in political  grandstanding?

When does your Committee begin to take a firm stand on behalf of Grover citizens?  You can take sides in a dispute, even one which is not yet settled.  Where is the courage?

Please stop playing games with these Northerners.  Quit the talks and get back to parking permits and potholes at the Mother Ship.  Don’t let them drag you down over this manufactured issue.

As for those Asburians who are proclaiming nonsense about this “controversy,” they are wasting their time and ours, because no one has yet provided a coherent reason to change the current policy of gate closures on the OG side.

Try to understand their theories, and it all  amounts to “gibberish and gobbledygook.”


Theme song for the Bridgegate talks:

KEK LANG with Nani Nani


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New Jersey Avenue Bridge at the OG side. June, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

We all are aware that some folks from A. Park have complained about locking those two bridge gates every day from midnight to 5 am.  Neptune Township has been satisfied with this crime-preventing procedure and so have most people in Ocean Grove.

Rumblings about this have appeared in the past, and recently the Coaster made it a front page issue just because some troubled Asbury Councilwoman complained publicly.

Then, at the June 24 Neptune Committee meeting, a handful of Asburians showed up to demand that the gates be removed.  Why?  What are the damages?

At the milder end of the spectrum are some who find the gates to be offensive, especially if they are locked.  The gates are locked in order to reduce the flow of late nighters congregating on both sides. There are no other nefarious reasons.

Some years ago I interviewed the Neptune Police Chief who said that he had tried everything, without success, to reduce crime on both sides of the bridges, and the OG  gates with locks at night were successful.

Ocean Grove has its shares of crime, often small-time, but never without an element of fear and concern.  The Neptune Township government has a responsibility, according to the Township Attorney, Gene Anthony,  who said, “The first responsibility of a Governing Body is to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the residents.”    He said this to reinforce the reasons for the gates.

But what other damages are there to justify this bloated complaint?  What significant harm do those locked gates inflict?

Yes, they cause some inconvenience for those who get caught in A. Park after midnight, but there are other ways home.

One of the speakers at the public session of the meeting who wants the gates removed was the Chairwoman of the Wesley Lake Commission, a body supposedly devoted to cleaning up the Lake.  But Gail Rosewater of Asbury Park  and her colleagues have failed at that, so are they now seeking a political cause to fuss over?  She ought to  do her official job at Wesley Lake and butt out of policing decisions in Ocean Grove.

Another speaker at that public session said that Ocean Grove  was guilty of racism, and somehow she managed to attack the Camp Meeting Association in the same breath while mentioning the KKK.

Does Ms. Rosewater  want to associate herself with such an ignorant and paranoid colleague? Or is she so imbued with political correctness as to reveal herself to have poor judgement as a public official?

There are other elements to the discussion, such as related to parking, but really Neptune Township should just say, “No!” and end the discussion.

These Asburians came into our House last night to make demands on Neptune Township and they don’t even deserve the time of day.

Remember when we asked their City Council  to support our bid for FEMA/Sandy funds?  They refused: one of their reasons was the bridges and the other was about the irrelevant  Pavilion matter of 2007.

And last year Mayor Williams went to them for help in dealing with our Asbury-related parking problems, and they told him to jump in the lake.

It’s Ocean Grove’s 150th Anniversary. Let’s ignore this worthless “tempest in a teapot” and get on with the celebration.


HOLLYWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:    “Fly a Kite.”  from the movie The Kite Runner.


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Wesley Lake Bridge on the OG side. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

By Paul Goldfinger and Jack Bredin.  Blogfinger.net.

Breaking news.  10 am, Tuesday, June 25, 2019:

By tonight, Blogfinger will post a full report about what occurred at the Neptune Township Committee meeting last night, June 24,  when a crew of Parkers showed up to complain about the two bridges which connect OG with AP.

And they came with representatives of the Wesley Lake Commission.  Since when does the WLC  get political and go after its twin sister:  Neptune?  Aren’t they supposed to deal with the Lake?

The complaint is nothing new: It’s regarding the locking of those bridges every day by the Neptune Police, from midnight to 5 am, for purposes of crime prevention.

In addition to crime fighting, the policy also may impact the invasion of the parking snatchers which occurs as A. Parkers seek a free ride on the OG side, leaving their cars there and then strolling across the bridges to enjoy the dissolute pleasures at “sin city.”

Pending our later report, you can review our last Blogfinger article about this topic from ten days ago, after  the Coaster ran the first shot across our bow, at least the first since a few years ago.

Bridgegate BF article from 10 days ago

link to 2016 post:     2016 Bridgegate article.


Tune in tonight for our latest report on this newly inflamed clash with the Yahoos.com  from A. Park.

Let it not be said that those troublemakers from the North burned their bridges behind them years ago.  Bridgegate is back!


BAND OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION AND THE BAND OF THE H.M. ROYAL MARINES:  “A Bridge Too Far.”   From the album of great war themes  from the movies.

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One of the Wesley Lake footbridges is shown. We thought this topic was sleeping with the polluted fishes. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net


New Jersey Avenue locked bridge at 1:28 am. June 15, 2019. Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net. © Looking towards Asbury Park.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net  (Ocean Grove off-shore headquarters)

In a front page piece in the Coaster,  an Asburian noisemaker decides, out of the blue,  to make a fuss about those bridge gate  closures—-again.

In 2013 we did a poll, and over 200 Grovers participated.  77% favored the bridge lock downs.  The main reason was their proven benefit in preventing crime in that part of town.  The idea was implemented in 1995 for the two bridges.   We wrote a two part piece on the subject  in 2013 and received 50 comments, so it was a topic of great interest.   (see posts tomorrow June 15)

Now an Asburian Councilwoman, Eileen Chapman,  has decided to toss this stink bomb over at us again.  Is she running for something and now wants to find an issue?

It seems that all Ocean Grove gets from its “sister city” is grief.   Remember when they refused to support our application for FEMA funds after Sandy.  One of their ridiculous reasons had to do with the bridge closures.  Then there was a request by a Neptune Committeeman to have AP  help us deal with the Asburian invaders  from the north who have turned the Grove into a free parking lot.  They practically threw him out the door.  And as for Wesley Lake pollution?—nobody home!

This time the Coaster makes headline news out of her desire to open the locks. Why?    They must be hard up for copy.  There is no current reason to make a fuss about this now. —just because a bored  AP Committeewoman makes some noise.

This is what Chapman came up with:

a.  The lockings are a “mistake.”

b. “Public bridges belong to the people, not to the city or township, and no one has the right to randomly close it off….”

c. “Neptune may be opening themselves to potential litigation…”

d.   A Grover is quoted:  “I am really more embarrassed by the social message the gates present than anything.  I think it sends the wrong message…..It is an outdated idea and really inconvenient. I don’t think they deter crime.”

e. Randy Bishop is quoted as saying “Some {Grovers} look at the gates as a symbol of past racism and others as helping to address crime and today’s parking issues.”

f;  Barbara Burns, the HOA President says, “There are various opinions about the gates in the community. Some people want them and some people don’t–it is really difficult for the Homeowners Association to take a position,” she said.  She also said “Parking is a big issue now regarding the gates.”

Thanks Barbara for taking a stand on this.  Your indecisiveness is inspirational.


Editor’s note:  On June 15 we will offer two articles written in 2013 on this subject.   These posts give details about the history of the closures, and the second article  (Part 2) offers 50 comments by Grovers.

But if you have anything to say now, (June 2019), please post those comments with this post.  Just click on “Comments” below.    Thanks  Paul @Blogfinger.


CLARAMAE TURNER    Cast of Carousel   (movie score)  Rodgers and Hammerstein:

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