Carroll and McHose falling in line

It seems that the governor’s office and other Republicans did what they had to do to convince Assembly members Michael Patrick Carroll and Alison McHose to support the state’s budget.
McHose has said she would vote yes and indications are that Carroll will as well.

This is more than inside politics … If Republicans McHose and Carroll voted against the budget, Democrats may have used the divided GOP as an excuse not to back the budget. Democratic votes are needed to pass it.

If that happened, Christie’s first budget could have failed and the culprit would have been Carroll, who is not only a Morris County Republican _ like the governor _  but an assemblyman representing Christie’s district.

You kind of get the impression that the governor’s office impressed upon Carroll the fact that he was threatening to hold up the whole works.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

9 Responses to Carroll and McHose falling in line

  1. Kevin Nedd says:

    How many times have we read Carroll’s commenting on DR articles where he bragged about his fiscally conservative “principles”?

    Now it seems he, like everyone else has a price, and his has been met.

    This guy has bee a loser from day one!

  2. Ed Ramirez says:


    You calling anyone a loser is like Michael Jackson calling Mother Theresa a bad influence on children. I know that you have a lot of time on your hands but give us all a break and go bother your Democratic friends for a while. It might just be that our new Governor has the power of persuasion. After all he has the teachers dancing to his tune.

  3. Kevin Nedd says:


    Have voted “no” on my township’s 2006 municipal budget that did not meet my principals (too much spending), I have the standing to call Carroll out for his flip-flop.

    Perhaps when you get elected by your peers and have walked in my shoes, you will have more to add to this discussion than your typical GOP talking points.

  4. Kevin Nedd says:

    Correction: principles

  5. P says:

    If he’s such a loser, why not move to one of the towns that he represents and take him on next year? With your record of achievement as a committeeman, education and record of service in the USGC, you should be a shoo-in. I’ll even write the first check to your campaign committee. 😉

  6. Kevin Nedd says:


    I have a better idea. Instead of “laying in the cut” within his GOP stronghold, tell Carroll to move to a district where the number of Republican and Democrat registered voters is about even. I’ll be happy to move there with him, take him on, and kick his backside!

  7. P says:

    . . . and I have even a better idea (I’m sure Fred will actually agree it is The Best) – Have your buds in the Party Leadership endorse a non-gerrymandered redistricting for the 2011 election cycle. Then neither party will have their secure seats and candidates will have to appeal to the people electing them, not their party leadership and the people with bags-o-cash.

    As for Mike moving to a district of your liking, don’t hold your breath.

    P.S. Every time I read one of your posts it reminds me of this guy –

  8. Kevin Nedd says:


    Your answer says it all. The GOP can’t win when the odds are not clearly stacked in its favor.

  9. P says:

    For those who need to take a class in remedial reading, my post said that the political leadership in BOTH parties wouldn’t stand a chance if they didn’t gerrymander the state. It’s a shame that someone who claims to care about “fair” elections can’t admit that his party is just as bad as the Republicans.

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