Republicans Meet in North Brunswick to Create Election Team

The GOP assembles at the Green Turtle in North Brunswick. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
NJ GOP Chair Doug Steinhardt addresses the group. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Republican Senatorial candidate Bob Hugin Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Glogower for Middlesex County Freeholder; Kipnis for Congress; Castaldo for Freeholder Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Republican candidates and their supporters gathered Thursday night to focus their energy on upcoming elections for the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, Middlesex County Freeholders, and even local council elections in 2018.  The mood at North Brunswick's Green Turtle Restaurant was engaged and hopeful, with about 50 members of the GOP asserting their support for President Donald J. Trump and the party's messages of social and financial conservatism.

"We are here and we are ready to work, "said New Jersey State Republican Chairperson Doug Steinhardt, who opened the meeting.  "We are making gains where can make them."  He specifically cited New Jersey's Congressional District 5 which is currently represented by Democrat Josh Gottheimer and is an amalgam of numerous towns in Sussex, Bergen. Passaic, and Warren counties. 

Steinhardt hit the NJ Senate race hard saying, "This is the first time in 46 years that we have the opportunity to gain a Senate seat."  He went on to cite the accusations against sitting Senator Democrat Robert Menendez, who has recently been exonerated of charges involving inappropriate financial conduct.  Steinhardt said that it was the GOP's job to "remind people of what Menendez has done to embarrass the people of New Jersey." 

Sign Up for E-News

Steinhardt then introduced businessman Bob Hugin, the Republican candidate for Senate, who, ironically, hails from Union City, the same Hudson county town where Menendez grew up.  Hugin, a veteran of the United State Marine Corps whose two sons are currently officers in the USMC, is the CEO of Celgene, a New Jersey-based bio-tech company.

"We must win the war of ideas," Hugin said.  "Young people expect adults to live up to a standard of integrity and high values." Hugin continued to discuss issues of finance and accountability, receiving applause for the Teen Republicans, Young Republicans and other party members present.

 Lucille Panos roused the crowd when she said, "Now's the time for Middlesex County Republicans to be loud and proud."

Also in the lineup were Republican candidates for freeholder Rich Castaldo of Perth Amboy and Lew Glogower of South River.  Castaldo, a newcomer to politics, works for a techology company developing websites and applications:  "Our state and county need to be tech-driven."  He noted that he also supports early detection of cancer and is passionate about women's rights and equal opportunities for women.

Glogower, who ran and lost last year in the New Jersey State Senate District 18 general election, kept his focus on taxes and tfiscal accountability for freeholders, accusing the current Democratic officials of "cronyism and nepotism."  He accused those responsible in Middlesex County of "not paying their part" especially in support of Middlesex County College. 

Also present was Daryl Kipnis, who will run for the seat in the House of Representatives currently held by Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman, who is up for re-election.  Kipnis has expressed concern for the crippling loan debt some college graduates have as they attempt to start their lives.

The New Jersey Republican Party will hold its first annual Statewide Leadership Summit on Saturday, April 14 at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.  according to program materials, "The summit will bring together Republicans from around the state to socialize, strategize, and prepare for our upcoming election season."  More information can be found at www.njgop.org.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Dr. Jacqueline Littlejohn - Candidate for Piscataway Town Council

April 13, 2018

Why are you running for election to the Piscataway Township Council?

I am running for election to the Piscataway Township Council because I believe that a vibrant democracy only flourishes when the governed have a voice in their government, be it in the form of compromise, protest, or even becoming viable candidates themselves. I have chosen the latter approach. As a candidate I want to be the ...

The Piscataway Democratic Organization Names its 2018 Ward Slate

The Piscataway Democratic Party is putting forward an incredible slate of ward candidates for the Township Council.  “Frank Uhrin, Jim Bullard, Steven D. Cahn and Michele Lombardi have brought us a 12 percent drop in the tax rate, many new job opportunities for hard working residents, and a rise in property values,” party chair and former mayor, Ted Light said.  ...

East Brunswick School Board Member Arrested for Engaging in Prostitution

April 20, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Robert Cancro, 66, a member of the East Brunswick Board of Education, was one of numerous men arrested for engaging in prostitution as part of an ongoing investigation by the Hazlet Police of a location on Route 36. 

Cancro was elected to the Board last year.  He has served as a teacher and an administrator for many years and is currently ...


Piscataway – Reinhard Rudolf Kiefer, 85, died Sunday March 11, 2018 at home. Born in ...
Read more
Piscataway, NJ – Manuela Cruz, 94, born July 17, 1923, passed away peacefully on March 8, ...
Read more

Craft Brew Fest Pours Into Westfield April 28; TAPinto Readers Get $20 Off

April 19, 2018

Westfield Hops – A Craft Beer Experience will be taking place on at the Westfield Armory April 28 with one session from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enter code TAPINTO when you order your tickets and get $20 off! Tickets are available online at  http://www.westfieldhops.com. All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. 

Westfield Hops – A Craft Beer ...

Travis “TJ” Henry Health Fair - Free Family Community Health Event

Free Family Community Health Event Saturday April 21

TJ was a Rutgers University student from central New Jersey who passed away from sudden cardiac death.

The health fair is named in his honor to bring attention to fitness and wellness in our community.

This year the fair will focus on heart and mental health in young adults and families.

Event Activities:

Fun 3k Run/Walk - Time: ...

Rutgers professor named Pulitzer Prize finalist

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For Evie Shockley, poetry – and her professorship at Rutgers University–New Brunswick – are central to her engagement with a world that needs change and central to the ways she prepares students to do their own engagement.

This week, Shockley was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category. The Pulitzer ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Promise Garden, New Brunswick

Earth Day Fest

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, April 21, 11:30 AM

Plainfield YMCA, Plainfield

Plainfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Health & Wellness

Sun, April 22, 11:00 AM

Joyce Kilmer Park, New Brunswick

Mercado Esperanza

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Somerville: Blue Mass Celebration at Immaculate Conception School Honors Police

April 21, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Immaculate Conception School hosted a “Blue Mass” Friday morning at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church to honor the men and women of law enforcement.

The mass was attended by all students and staff in the K-8th grade school, with more than 100 members of law enforcement, including Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The annual mass was also ...

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 8, 2018

It is clear from headlines that child abuse and neglect is a nationwide tragedy – and the impacts reverberate to us all. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we would like to take the opportunity to bring awareness to this issue.

Approximately 702,000 incidents of child maltreatment are identified each year – enough to pack 10 football stadiums. In 2016, an estimated 1,750 ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.


Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...

Want to avoid gaining weight? Don’t diet!

Researchers aiming to identify lifestyle factors related to weight management followed more than 4,500 young adults (average age 24) for ten years. At the end of the study period, 77% of the men and 72% of the women had gained weight. The lifestyle factors associated with no weight gain among the remaining 23% of the men and 28% of women were regular eating patterns (not skipping meals) and no ...