Montclair Republicans: "We Are Here"

Republicans launch new website and organize community meeting.


Voters in Montclair may be overwhelmingly Democratic, but that's not putting a damper on efforts by Montclair Republicans to get their message out to voters.

Local Republicans have launched a new website and have organized a Republican Club meeting on August 7 at 7 p.m. at 12 Church Street.

"We just wanted to tell Montclair Republicans that we are here," said Roland Straten, a Montclair Republican who has run for Congress. "Take a look [at the site] and if you have something to say, I will post it."

According to a release issued about the August 7 meeting, 

"We are honored to have Steve Lonegan, New Jersey Chapter head of Americans for Propsperity, return to the Montclair Republican Club for an encore appearance. This time he’ll analyze the post-war history, and most recent antics, of the New Jersey Supreme Court.  The title of his program, 'Courts Gone Wild', says it all. 

"Over the past four decades, the New Jersey Supreme Court has helped fuel the rise in the state’s spending and crushing tax burden. From school funding mandates to affordable housing requirements to the abdication of its duty to enforce the constitution’s debt limitation clause, it has empowered central planners in Trenton to tax, spend and borrow the state into economic stagnation and fiscal disaster.

"This dynamic and educational presentation will open your eyes to the true cause of the crushing high taxes that are plaguing New Jersey—and will empower you to take action to put the brakes on NJ’s runaway Supreme Court!

"Of all the myriad challenges New Jersey faces, the Supreme Court represents the most powerful roadblock to public sector reform, and threatens the state’s well-being on multiple levels. Come and share Steve’s insights—and discuss his views on the upcoming presidential election as well!"

Straten said that about 45 of 70 slots have been filled on the town's Republican Committee.

He said he wants to "talk about how we can convince more people that government is too big."

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.




chris modica July 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
The bottom line is Montclair is 250 millions dollars in debt. We have not had any Republican leadership in this town EVER. So who is to blame??? George Bush???
chris July 24, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The GOP has not been taken over by the Tea Party - if they had Sara Palin would have stood a chance of furthering her political career. Again I say, listen to Rush's program just once - I honestly don't think you have. He gets a bad wrap.
Doug July 24, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Glad to hear that I'm not alone in this sea of blue. Im ready for a little community action to support N.J. In its movement towards fiscal survival and fight the non-stop barrage of attacks from the media on my social beliefs. This state needs equal representation of ideas.
Peter Zorich July 24, 2012 at 01:57 PM
If the self described Communist revolutionary radical Bill Ayres is welcome at Montclair State University, Montclair should be able to stomach Steve Lonegan. I don't agree with Lonegan on a bunch of issues.. but he is a provocative guy and certainly worth listening to. Also.. Michael Byrne has worked selflessly for many years on numerous local committees, groups and charitable causes in town. He has devoted more time and effort to help Montclair than anyone I know. He should be commended for his commitment to the town (despite the ridiculous Koch brother mention.)
Shelley Emling (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Good points Peter...
montclairdad July 24, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Republican, Democrat, whatever. I just wish we could get back to the pre-Lewinsky-Hanging-Chad era, when politicians seemingly tried to work with each other instead of simply being roadblocks to whatever perceived "agenda" the other side might have. God forbid you make your "enemies" look good. Bring back the days of Reagan & Tip. Hell, even Clinton and Newt managed to work together. It's fictional, but it still packs a punch for me. "We talk about enemies more than we used to." - Josh Lyman
Joe Kavesh July 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
It was not that long ago that the Republican Party was the dominant party in New Jersey. In 1991, the GOP won both houses of the state legislature, and even took control of the Middlesex County Freeholder Board (no easy feat). In 1992, a Republican was elected mayor of Jersey City. In 1993, Whitman was elected governor. The legislative majorities held until 2001, I believe. Many people, myself included, believe that the national GOP has tacked (way) too far right. Bob Dole, considered by most to be a very conservative senator in his day, would likely be deemed "too liberal" by today's GOP standards. John McCain, who has a very conservative voting record on many, many issues, is distrusted by the far right. And Richard Lugar, arguably the most knowledgable member of the Senate on foreign policy issues, was routed in the recent Indiana primary. One unfortunate result, in my view, is that moderate Northeast Republicans are a dying breed. Olympia Snowe. Lincoln Chafee. Chris Shays.
Butterfly July 24, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Once you guys make away with Norquist and his idiotic pledge. And, I also would like you to remove the God reference from the pledge as it was before 1954. And I want you to support progressive taxes in principle and a pledge to efficient governance. I guess I need to wait a couple of centuries for that to happen. On the other hand, it should be easy to take over the local GOP .. Who is with me ?
Crafty Spiker July 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The phrase that comes to my mind to describe today's Republican Party is "dogmatic lunatic fringe". The GOP in Congress certainly have no real interest in actually doing their jobs.
chris July 24, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Crafty, it's clear from that statement not much comes to your mind. What are you talking about? Just because the GOP doesn't believe spending trillions more, sinking our economy into even greater debt is the way to go they are a 'lunatic fringe.' Frankly, you sound like the lunatic. Let's let the government keep spending our hard-earned money until there is absolutely nothing left of this great country to leave our children and grandchildren. Statements like that prove without a doubt people like you have absolutely no concept of how the eonomy works, of what Republicans actually say and stand for, and you really don't care to find out. That's such a gross mistatement of facts. Why don't you enlighten yourself a little before you make such absurd comments. Watch something besides MSNBC or Jon Stewart once in a while. Pick up a Wall St. Journal.
Montclair's Own July 24, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Mr. Straten (and Peter Zorich), Where in my response did I question one's right to freedom of speech when mentioning Mr. Lonegan? This is typical. Bring up the fact that Lonegan is funded by the Kochs (http://www.politickernj.com/murraysabrin/51216/christie-12-and-lonegan-13), which is true...not ridiculous (as Mr. Zorich claims), and now I'm against freedom of speech? Next you'll question my patriotism the way Bush and his cronies did for anyone questioning them in their 8 years. Give it a rest.
Peter Zorich July 24, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Montclair's Own My "ridiculous" comment pertained to a separate post accusing Michael Byrne of being Montclair's Koch brother connection. I'm not questioning anybody's patriotism.
Louis Fontana July 24, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Actually, the "separate post" you are referring to -- presumably mine -- states that "Lonegan's connection to Montclair is Michael D. Byrne." That's fact. Byrne worked on Lonegan's 2009 campaign vs. Christie. There was no reference to the Koch brothers in that post.
Louis Fontana July 24, 2012 at 07:05 PM
You are correct that moderate Republicans, particularly in the Northeast, are a "dying breed." But it's more than that. Moderate Republicans today wield less influence. Olympia Snowe bailed from the Senate because Mitch McConnell marginalized her from the right and Harry Reid largely ignored her from the left (particularly when the Democrats were in the majority from 2007-2011). Occasionally it was the other way around. Snowe, like Susan Collins, Arlen Specter, Jim Jeffords and Chafee, had a diminishing voice. It's also geographical. A Republican in Vermont or Maine would be accused of being a Democrat in Alabama. Likewise, a Democrat in Texas might pass for a Republican in Connecticut.
chris modica July 24, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Anybody who does not use their real name should be ignored.
Peter Zorich July 24, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Louis .. I stand corrected.
Peter Zorich July 24, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Chris Modica .. I totally agree.
Montclair's Own July 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Talk about freedom of speech. Let's demand names!!!!
John Lee July 24, 2012 at 07:44 PM
@prof : NJ's Republican Gov is the toast of the national party, and NJ's Snooki is the toast of reality television, I'm baffled by your point *snort* giggle giggle
John Lee July 24, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I'd use my real name but the Withness Protection people would protest
Montclair Public July 25, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Yeah, Limbaugh gets a bad rap, the same schmuck on the air last week screaming that Obama hates America. If he's your media standard, Chris, that is freaking scary
chris July 25, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Well if you look at Obama's policies, how he goes around the world apologizing for American exceptionalism it sure makes you wonder how he feels about this country, and by this country I mean our history, our place on the world stage. Domestically he keeps pitting class against class. This bologno about "taxing the rich" has got to end! Small businesses file as LLCorp or SCorp so they are taxed as individuals, not corporations -- they will DEFINITELY be hit hard by this increase in taxes starting at combined family income of $250 thousand and more! Those small businesses accout for most of the true job creation in this country. I am sure Rush made the comment in this vain -- what else can one think when you look at this man's policies??
chris modica July 25, 2012 at 01:51 PM
The U.S. Government take in 3.7 trillion dollars in tax revenue. It spends 4.4 to 4.6 trillion. Its plain and simple this path is unsustainable. Its just math.
chris July 25, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Well then they need to stop spending so much. During JFK years 6% of the country was used government assistance -- welfare, food stamps, etc. Today 35% does.
Martin Golan July 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Interesting -- and revealing - how when you read the anti-Obama comments they are complete lies. I mean, when did he ever go round the world "apologizing" for America? Or pit class against class? It's nuts. Or spend so much -- when most of the deficit was caused by the Bush tax cuts, that the Repubs want to keep, even for millionaires.
chris July 25, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Martin, you have your head buried in the sand. What do you call a 1 trillion dollar stimulus bill that got us nothing but a deficit closing in on 6 trillion dollars? This man has spent more than if you start at George Washington and end through George W. Bush! Wake up! And are you kidding me, he never apologizes for America?? Telling France & Europe that we show arrogance, apologizing to Muslims because WE aren't perfect, that the US has gone off course in figthing terrorism, apologizing to the Turks for the dark US periods of history. You would NEVER hear Regean, Bill Clinton for that matter, tell world leaders that we need to atone for our past. And by the way, blaming George W. is so over it's laughable. We have had recessions throughout history -- we always come out of it and WOULD have come out of it had there been a different direction than Obama's. Even if you refute that, you MUST admit, his plans are not working and to continue down a path that isn't providing results would be insane. Are we going to keep printing money until we're Greece and everyone is rioting in the streets? it's time to try a new direction. We can all agree on that I certainly hope.
Crafty Spiker July 25, 2012 at 05:12 PM
During the JFK years this country manufactured goods and had a robust economy. That was then. Now we have the 1% taking all they can and giving back as little as possible.
Crafty Spiker July 25, 2012 at 05:15 PM
"...apologizing for American exceptionalism" I HATE that phrase. Facts simply do not support this concept today - period. You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.
chris July 25, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Crafty, guess who said these words: "Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large Federal deficits on the other. It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits… In short, it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now."JFK Whether you want to admit it or now, here is a distinct pattern through US history -- when tax rates are reduced, the economy's growth rate improves and living standards increase. Conversely, periods of higher tax rates are associated with sub par economic performance and stagnant tax revenues. Currently the top 25% pay 86% of the total income tax in this country, so cut the bologno class warfare already. The top 1% pay plenty of taxes and giving the behemeth federal government MORE of our money will NOT solve anything, that's a fact.
Kyle Martinowich July 25, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Crafty, I guess you forgot that most of Europe and Japan were completely decimated in the late 40's. All their factories were converted for the war machine, then bombed by US and GB. Russia lost 40 Million citizens, their population has hit hardest! Allied command and post war treaties forced Germany to shut down 1,500 factories and pay massive amounts of reparations. Europe was stagnant for 20 years... Also China was going through the Mao revolution.... Post USSR break up and the end of communist control of East Europe and the longest period of peace time in modern world history the "global economy" has taken over. Businesses flock to where they can get the best deal(tax incentives). Manufacturing is coming back to the US now, chinese wages are going up and our wages, at least in right to work states, are coming down. Businesses will go to where they can best maximize profit. It is the motivation that drives entrepreneurs and risk takers to produce goods or services that are in demand!


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