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Ocean County Voters: Trump in a Landslide; LaVergne to Challenge MacArthur

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Donald Trump (R) and Frederick John LaVergne (D)
Donald Trump (R) and Frederick John LaVergne (D)

Donald Trump won a resounding majority of Ocean County’s votes on Tuesday – not a surprise in a heavily-Republican county – helping to further seal up his nomination as the GOP’s presidential candidate.

Trump won 87 percent of the county’s Republican vote, 44,257 votes in all, easily besting Ted Cruz’s 2,319 votes and John Kasich’s 3,697 votes. The GOP had a 45 percent voter turnout for the primary, extremely high, especially given few local races on the ballot.

The Democratic vote was much closer, however frontrunner Hillary Clinton earned a clear majority of votes cast. Clinton won 19,392 votes over challenger Bernie Sanders’ 16,189 votes. In all, 49 percent of Ocean County’s 72,392 voters turned out.

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In other races, Tuesday night’s primary election saw an upset in the Ocean County Democrat organization’s congressional campaign. Their chosen candidate, Jim Keady – a Spring Lake resident who owns the Lighthouse Tavern in Waretown – fell hard to Frederick John LaVergne, a mortgage banker from Delanco, who was backed by the Burlington County organization.

LaVergne won 32,461 votes compared to 19,196 for Keady. In Ocean County, Keady won 77 percent of the Democratic vote, but ultimately failed to overcome the Burlington vote, where there is a much higher number of registered Democrats. LaVergne will face incumbent GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur in the general election. MacArthur is running for his second term in the third district, which is considered to be relatively GOP-friendly.

Party insiders also told Shorebeat that there was disorganization in the Keady campaign, which did little in the way of advertising or public outreach. Keady is well-known for once being told by Gov. Chris Christie to “sit down and shut up” when he interrupted a Christie press conference in Belmar to mark the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall.

LaVergne told Shorebeat late Tuesday night that he visited 38 of the 53 towns in the third congressional district Tuesday and that his campaign would issue a more formal statement on the race and speak to reporters Wednesday.

LaVergne, in 2014, ran as an independent candidate against MacArthur.


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  • Chief Wahoo

    A democRAT ??? Frederick. Frederick. Frederick.

    • FJLinNJ

      Chief, I have not changed my positions on the issues…and, elected to Congress, I will represent a district that is 18% Republican, 32% Democrat, and 50% INDEPENDENT. I spent the last six years building the necessary coalition and support to win this election – and have significant support from the R side of the line from among those absolutely fed up with the likes of Gilmore, Kelly, Vicari, Christie, Trump, Pence, Spodofora, Quinn, Haines, and others from within their own party – see politicsoc.com to find where all the insurrection has bubbled to the surface. We have support from as far left as Robert Edward Forchion (NJWeedman) to as far right as Steve Lonegan, and take a great big bite out of the middle, too, as I am a fiscal conservative Democrat. JK is in the rear-view mirror. We will take a 5-digit majority in Burlington County, and have garnered enough support to dilute “Self-Servative” Mac’s numbers here in Ocean County. You have followed along for some time (I still owe you a coffee). Tea Partiers are with us – Libertarians, thanks to Josh Foote and Gilmore Machine removing the Libertarian candidate from the ballot, are pissed at the R’s and with us – the Greens are still with us – we aren’t losing a single Bernie voter in this race – and the defecting Republicans are with us. A VERY small number of Dems loyal to Norcross are against us, but would never vote for Tom, either, so they may simply not pull a lever. In short, “all” the “D”, more than half of the “I”, and a significant fraction of the “R”, puts this race in play. Not only that – the thumping we gave my opponent in the primary (if you remove the 2500 bogus mail-ins, we didn’t just beat him, we LAPPED him) was accomplished spending only SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS…He spent (unofficial) 70,000 dollars. He paid incompetent consultants, and ignored our 98,000 veterans in CD3. Funny thing happened at a meeting of the 20-plus’ers, where I addressed nearly 200 persons – a gentleman rose, and, in his endorsement of me, said “Tom thinks he OWNS the Veteran Vote – Fred KNOWS the Veterans OWN HIS.” The room erupted in applause. They know. Self-servative Tom was referred to as “only showing up when he needed to get a picture with the big jets and catch a check from Lockheed.” We have a real race on our hands, and he continues to hide from debate. Can hardly blame him after the last one.

  • east coast resident

    Trump won Ocean county in a landslide!!!!! Never thought there would be so many people in this county, that would be so mislead by Trump’s rambling. To all those that believe in what Trump says, I”ll sell you the Brooklyn bridge. Line up for it. People wake up, before its too late. When November comes around, vote for Hillary. She’s our only hope from being the laughing stock of the world

    • J W

      People really are that stupid. This is Bricktucky. And Ocean County. You get south of the Manasquan River and you might as well be in Alabama. This is Klan country. White supremacy is alive and well around here. They see that slipping away and they start attacking peaceful demonstrators that go to Trump rallies to shut down the hate. Make no mistake- white supremacy is a mental disease that makes people into violent, low class thugs. They’ll slander Mexicans and blacks first, then they punch them where ever they see them, soon it’ll be the dogs and firehoses all over again before they’re lynching us and firebombing churches. These Trumpists are terrorists in the making and the Trump rallies are basically Al Quaida Camps for these low life cracker hick inbred terrorists.

      • east coast resident

        JW. I wouldn’t go that far. Times are different. White supremacists dont have a monopoly on hate. There are plenty of black people that are racists also. Time to get over these hang ups. There’s plenty of violence in black majority cities and black majority countries in Africa. A lot more than European countries. I voted for Obama both times and I think he’s one of our best presidents. he’s a class act. I still have hope that people would come to their senses and not make him our president

      • J W

        Sorry, but black youth are being summarily executed by cops and vigilantes for carrying skittles and being harmless ornery kids. It’s open season on us.

      • Donald Trump for President

        Ok Vera

  • Surfrider

    Funny thing ecr and JW, gonna be your turn to suck it up for a few years, the way we have all had to suck it up for 8 years with the the worst president in our countries history! o yea! Only thing Hillary should be running for is jail this time around, for Benghazi, and the corrupt Clinton foundation set up in Canada, to avoid the taxes and unknown donors giving the big sums of money from foreign governments that she gave special favors to during her lousy job as Head of State, not to mention numerous suspected deaths at feet of the clintons involvement. And we already are the laughing stock of the world from the 2 idiots now.! 75% of our military is voting for Trump, that should tell ya something. “White supremacy” ?, you are living in the past. How about your boy Al Sharpton, a regular visitor to the white house, who owes over 4.5 million to state/federal liens on properties owned in NY, and years of owing millions more in back taxes. I know I would be in jail if it were me! Al is the biggest racist around. Just like the old Tawana Brawly thing, all of his “so-called” rallies for the oppressed and less fortunate are mostly made up and unfounded. There is plenty of stuff to go around, on both sides of the isle dudes. And the trouble at the trump rallies, most of the trouble makers were hired by the Dems to cause trouble, for just a few bucks! Peaceful demonstrators, c’mon dude, you cannot be serious?! Get your facts straight! Wake up and stop smelling that funny stuff!

    • Mac

      with the direction the American public’s respect for our chosen leaders is heading, ‘that funny stuff’ may be all we have left

      • Surfrider

        You may be right pardner! It is sad, and it is only in recent history has it gotten so bad. But the polarization of the two main parties is what has brought on the “money tree” bernie and trump. Too many takers to support on our taxes. Our gov’t has become semi legally corrupt, and the political system needs to be shaken up and hopefully put back on the right track.

    • Lynn Meek

      You are what most like to consider a “low information voter.”

      I am not a Clinton supporter, but after eight investigations – mostly led by Republicans – not a single one has found her accountable. I know, inconvenient truth.
      (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/oct/12/hillary-clinton/clinton-there-have-been-7-benghazi-probes-so-far/)

      As well, 75% of the military does NOT support Trump. Yes, he’s winning with the military just as nearly every republican candidate does. However, he only has about 54% of their vote (as Donald would say, that discrepancy is YUGE) and about 20% will abstain from voting this time.
      (http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/election/2016/05/09/military-times-survey-donald-trump-beats-hillary-clinton/84132402/)

      I don’t agree with the violence at rallies. I don’t think they’re paid protesters, but no matter what, it’s wrong. That being said, it was also wrong for Trump to encourage violence at his. It was wrong when his supporters punched, pushed, kicked, and spat on protesters who made it inside his rallies. But, I doubt you complained when after one Trump supporter sucker punched a young man as he was leaving and the went on to say that if he ever saw him again, he’d have to kill him. Yeah, that’s the crowd Trump is attracting. There’s plenty of blame on both sides on this issue.

      Lastly, yes, we are the laughing stock of the world. Why? Because enough of our population took a con man and elevated him to a major party nominee. We’ve already heard leaders like David Cameron, Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Justin Trudeau, and many others make negative comments about Trump.
      (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/trump-terrifies-world-leaders-222233)

      Now, I know I put in facts and that’s something foreign to you. Why use facts when you can pull crap out your butt, but they are just that…facts. Facts are not subjective and your opinion doesn’t matter. I’m sorry it hurts your feelings, but that’s the way it is.

      • Donald Trump for President

        Calling your bluff/lie .
        Name the 8 investigations led mostly by republicans?

      • Lynn Meek

        Are you incapable of clicking to corresponding link?

      • Donald Trump for President

        I clicked. Nothing there , like your accusation.

      • Lynn Meek

        Mmhmm. Sure. Try again. I know things like pointing and clicking are hard for the feeble-minded, but they can be done. But since I feel sorry for you and your inadequacies, here it is again.

        http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/oct/12/hillary-clinton/clinton-there-have-been-7-benghazi-probes-so-far/

      • Donald Trump for President

        Thanks for new link.

        Delaying tactics and witnesses pleading the 5th and scrubbing the server clean and blaming a video producer and feining ignorance and, and What difference does it make?

      • Lynn Meek

        Oh yay! You got the link to work. Good puppy.

        You’re complaint to me that there wasn’t 8 investigations. You’ve been proven wrong. You’re welcome. I also said that she wasn’t found personally accountable. Again, correct.

        However, you can bitch and moan about her as much as you want. As I said, I do not – will not – ever support her. I voted Kasich. Now go ahead and tear him down…it doesn’t matter, just as you don’t.

      • Donald Trump for President

        What’s with you and JW/Vera? You both act like tough girls and personally insult posters on the internet.
        You must be very weak and powerless off the internet.

      • J W

        You’re the only tough guy wannabe here. You talk a good game about crap, but it never goes anywhere.

      • Lynn Meek

        I find it truly amusing how easy it is to get under your skin. I can just picture the Cheetos dust flying as you angrily type your paltry responses, thinking, “I called her weak, that’ll show her!” Oh dear fool, all you are to me is a pathetic form of entertainment.

      • Donald Trump for President

        Meek, How Fat are you?
        Rosie O’Donnell fat or Rose Ann Barr fat?

      • J W

        “Make America HATE Again” – There, I fixed it for you.

      • J W

        Let me paraphrase that for you to save future readers some time: “Facts do not concern me.” There. Done.

      • Smokin

        The FBI is getting stonewalled by the powers in charge Obama…They may delay to after November…She’s guilty of security breach…and the lufes list in Benghazi..should be in Jail

      • J W

        Umm, no, they aren’t. You morons just make up bogus stories as you go along. Reality has a bias against that. You whiney losers have been investigation the Clintons for 30 years and the only thing you ever found was a blue dress. Keep making up fables though. I know how it makes you feel better. TRUMP IS GOING DOWN- HE WON’T EVEN WIN TEXAS!

      • east coast resident

        That’s the problem in Ocean county and the Trump voters. I have spoken to many of them and they all come up with these zingers: He”ll make our country great again”.” We”ll get America back”. “We can’t have eight more years of failure”. “WE”ll make Mexico pay for the wall” And so many more nonsense, that it makes your head spin. How can these people be so naive, is beyond me. As another commenter pointed out, people have gotten stupid watching reality shows or binge watching Netflix. No time to think logically. I would laugh at these ignorant voters, if it wasn’t such a serious situation. The presidency of our country is at stake

      • Lynn Meek

        This whole election cycle has been done in soundbites, but especially on the Trump side. I’ve never respected those who are parrots for their candidate. Have an informed opinion and be prepared to back it up. There is no answer to how Trump is going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. There is no response when you ask about the financial cost of deporting 11 million immigrants. There is no response when you ask what freedoms they lost, only paranoid conspiracy theories. Yet, they insist on making America great again. I remember not that long ago when Dems spoke out against Bush, republicans said “if you don’t like it, get out of the country”. All I can say is, right back at ya.

        I’m with you though, I’d laugh if it wasn’t so damn serious. Unfortunately, this is a man with no understanding or willingness to learn policy. He can say he’ll hire “the best minds” to help him, but he allegedly did that for all his failed business ventures, too. So ask me if I trust best and brightest. Not a chance!

        I’m a democrat, a true liberal, but everyone this cycle has unnerved me. I can’t stand Clinton. Not because I think she’s a criminal, I personally think she’s just as arrogant as Trump and a few other things. Bernie’s a good guy, but he’s a one-termer and he’s never been vetted – not even my Clinton. He’d crumble under the scrutiny it comes with being a nominee. I liked O’Malley, but he was out too soon. I ended up voting for Kasich, not because I agree with him on much, but it was a vote against the only options we were given. My thoughts were, at least Kasich stood up to his party several times on stage…better than nothing.

        This November will be tough. I truly despise Clinton, but the idea of Trump as president makes me want to be sick. I can only hope that Clinton picks an exciting VP so I don’t gag while I’m in the voting booth.

      • east coast resident

        Lynn, I agree with you on being able to back up why you support someone or why you hate someone. I also liked Kasich, even though I know that he’s not as “nice” and inclusive as he came across during the primaries. If I was a republican, I would have voted for him. I understand that you dont like Hillary, however, judging from your name, you’re a woman and even though I’m a man, which should have nothing to do with our choice of a candidate, I don’t see why so many people dont like her. You’re saying she’s arrogant, but, to be a politician that aims for the presidency, you have to be a bit arrogant. To be honest, I have not sense any arrogance in her. I dont like the idea that she voted for the Iraq war, because I was always against it. It was a waste of American lives and I knew it would be. At the time though, the climate was such, that if you didn’t vote for the war you were not a “patriotic” American. I’m willing to forgive her for that. Being in the public eye for so long, there’s bound to be errors made. People call her a killer for the Benghazi incident, which is totally without any merit. When you’re called to make judgements, in such a high position as a secy of state, mistakes do happen and lives are lost. There’s talk that she might pick Sanders for VP. I would like to see that and hopefully it would sway you to support her. All of us democrats should band together and keep Trump away from the white house

      • Lynn Meek

        I have friends from Ohio and said that we definitely not seeing the real Kasich.

        Yes, I’m definitely female. I completely agree there is a level of arrogance one must have to even run for office. To feel that you are the best person to lead the nation, you have to be a little more than confident. I understand that. I’m a writer and photographer, so even I have to have some amount to believe the work I create is worth public consumption. However, with Clinton, it’s a little different. I think there’s nothing to the email “scandal”, however her early complete dismissal of the issue was terrible. It’s one of those things where the cover up is worse than the so-called crime. I just get the feeling that she believes she’s above scrutiny, and I don’t enjoy that.

        The main reason I can’t see myself voting for her is her husband. Sure, he had some moments as president, but I don’t see him through rose colored glasses. He gave us DOMA, DADT, welfare reform, NAFTA and bombed aspirin factories. More than that, he’s absolutely terrible to women. As a survivor, there are too many accusations against him for me to be comfortable with. Late last year, Hillary had a tweet about how victims deserved to be heard and believed, yet she helped smear the women that accused her husband. I understand it’s her hubby and she wants to see the best in him, but when so many women come forward, you have to wonder if you really know that person. We all have our non-starters and that’s mine. I actually wrote a piece on it for Paste – an open letter for her to at least acknowledge that there seems to be a double standard for her husband. Obviously, she’ll never read it, but it was something I needed to say. Especially now with the Brock Turner case, it only furthers the point that if your a wealthy white male – especially with power – laws do not apply to you.

      • KaayC

        Do you have a link to your open letter? I would love to read it as I agree with a lot of what you said.

      • Lynn Meek
      • KaayC

        Thanks, Lynn…..a thoughtful and valid article. IMO.

      • KaayC

        That would be politically clever! I didn’t think of that scenario. Even though he is a little pipe dreamer ya gotta love the Bern for hanging in there.

      • east coast resident

        I like Bernie. I think he did a great job. He pulled Hillary to the left. . I never thought that he could implement any of his promises though. Congress wouldn’t let him. Look at Obama. He had stubborn Republican opposition at everything he wanted to do. A Jewish president would have been as hard to swallow as a black.
        I hope that you reconsider your opposition to Hillary and help keep Trump away from the presidency.

      • KaayC

        Again, not committed to either distasteful option. I may abstain or do a write in.

      • KaayC

        So sick of the lack of viable options. These candidates both leave much to be desired.

    • J W

      The 8 worst years of this country’s history were during the Bush II years. We’ll be recovering from them for decades. And no, the military isn’t voting for Trump. They aren’t as patently stupid as you. Keep hiding behind your phoney nationalism amd flag waving- you people are just angry little children with no new ideas.

      • Surfrider

        i am a marine corps vet of the Nam Era, what service did you serve in?

      • J W

        I hate to break it to you, but you aren’t the only person or even veteran with a valid opinion. Check your arrogance. Enlisted soldiers rarely vote Republican anyway. Get used to it. The officers are usually the opposite. None of that matters anyway in a democracy where everyone’s vote counts, not just a privileged class. The worst businessman on Earth is going down like a ball of fire already. I doubt he’ll even make it to November. He isn’t even campaigning and his big, racist mouth is so big he just shoves his foot in there out of stupidity I guess.

      • TJ&TAW

        Would you please answer surfrider’s question. What service did you serve in? All the words you typed did not answer any question.

      • J W

        I love how you said you are a ‘marine corps vet of the Nam Era’. My late dad said the same thing as a joke for years and years. So basically, you sat at a fort doing nothing raiding beer vending machines for 2 years? Loading boats in the Philippines is fine and all, but you aren’t special because of it. Your opinion isn’t gold plated or better than mine. Your ignorance demonstrates that much.

        And for the record, I have not participated in any wars of Yankee imperialist aggression. I proudly never mutilated yellow people in Vietnam or brown people in Iraq as cheap muscle for the rich man and his military industrial complex. That’s an institution of white supremacy. I don’t play that. The great Muhammad Ali taught us the score. May he Rest in Power alongside Brother Malcolm.

      • TJ&TAW

        I never said I was a Marine.

        You are not real smart are you?

      • J W

        Surfrider did. And he was who I was quoting, numskull. You aren’t too smart, are you?

      • TJ&TAW

        If you look at your message it is addressed to me. What is with calling me a name? Is that where your IQ is, name calling?

      • J W

        You both replied to me, yours was most recent. Figure it out. And BTW- you were the one to call names first, so don’t get high and mighty smart guy. Yes, my IQ is just that much higher apparently.

      • TJ&TAW

        What name?

      • J W

        Your words: “You are not real smart are you?” Thanks for lowering the quality of civil discourse. It’s all on you.

      • TJ&TAW

        That is not a name. Actuality you are proving it.

      • TJ&TAW

        He did not answer you. Just wrote a lot as usual.

      • Surfrider

        Yup, as you say, as usual! Hey we all have our opinions, no need to toss the insults. I need a translator for most of it! lol !

  • Mac

    Not surprised by the results. And why should I be surprised? After all, it was Ocean County that first put Christie in office with their overwhelming support. And since that worked out so well for them, these voters are now determined to undermine our entire country with a clown candidate that believes Christie is the second coming of sliced bread. Apparently the county seniors who continue to blindly reelect the likes of Vicari and Bartlett are so well off that they are going to vote for a man who wants to do away with their social security. The past couple of decades of actively working at dummying down America may soon be declared a complete success, probably in a joint Trump/Christie news conference.

  • Surfrider

    How bout talking about the merits of your boy Jon Corsine?! The millions he cheated people out of and bankrupted with his ponzi schemes, how did he work out for you, and to toss stones at Christie, you lose this one !

    • Mac

      not my boy, for sure – just another in a long line of voting jokes ‘the wiseguy voters’ renew year after year

    • J W

      Is he on the ballot? No. What crap are you droning on about? Dumb, angry people will be the death of this country.

  • Donald Trump for President

    Make America Great Again

    • J W

      Dumb slogan for dumb voters. The only thing you’re ‘making’ is a scene that embarrasses us in front of the whole world. Reality TV and crappy game shows like Drumpf’s have ruined this country’s mind.

  • KaayC

    I think it speaks to the level of contempt held for Clinton. There are no good options here.

  • Surfrider

    Insults just show your class and inability to comment intelligently…

  • Donald Trump for President

    More dirtbag democrat rioters burning American flags and waving Mexican flags at a San Jose Trump rally today.
    Dirty America hating democrats starting fights and abusing peaceful Trump supporters and the police officers.

    • J W

      Peaceful neo-nazi Trump supporters weren’t bothering nobody, right? You Republicans have embraced the scum of the Earth. As far as I’m concerned, you’re as bad as the low class anti-American thugs you welcome to beat up on people that want to stop your campaign of terrorism. You people hate America. You are disgusting scum. And you will lose. White suprecacy is over in this country. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-trump-bigotry-popular-article-1.2567796

  • Donald Trump for President

    Democrat suporting dirtbag Hillary supporters rioting and attacking Cops and peaceful Trump suporters.

    http://www.infowars.com/anti-capitalism-protesters-march-against-trump-in-richmond-va/