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Monmouth Dems, GOP raise more than $100K for Sandy relief at Stone Pony

By: Mark J. Bonamo/

ASBURY PARK – Democrats and Republicans may be dancing today on the edge of the “fiscal cliff” in Washington, D.C., but their Monmouth County counterparts danced together, drank together, and got things done at the legendary Stone Pony, raising more than $100,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief at a bipartisan blowout that drew over 1,000 locals to the famed music venue.

The Monmouth County Democratic Organization, the Monmouth County Republican Committee and the New Leaders Council NJ teamed up to sponsor the relief concert, emceed by NJ 101.5’s Kevin McArdle. An array of classic Jersey Shore bar bands, including the B Street Band, The Pat Roddy Band, Joe Orlando and the Cryers, Vinny Pastore and the Crazy Horse Band and Back Up Jackson, rocked the house.

The New Jersey Young Republicans and the New Jersey Young Democrats also sponsored the fundraiser. All proceeds raised at the event were donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

Some of the Garden State’s most prominent politicians from both sides of the aisle came out to show support.

“Sandy is not a Republican or a Democrat, and Sandy is the enemy. We’re going to work together to defeat the enemy, “said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R – Monmouth). “Before the storm, Asbury Park was on its way back – it’s a symbol of rebirth in New Jersey. We want to send a loud message to the people of Monmouth County that we’re going to rebuild right here.”

“This isn’t about politics – it’s about human beings helping one another rebuild and recover from the worst storm that I’ve ever witnessed,” said State Sen. Barbara Buono (D – Middlesex), the only declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate against Republican Gov. Chris Christie in 2013. “The silver lining is that we’ve seen people coming together with a spirit of selflessness and generosity. That’s what New Jersey is all about.”

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