[Bound Brook] -- The Somerset County Democrats held their annual “Comedy and Cocktails” Fundraiser event on February 21st at the Imperial in Bound Brook, with well over 100 people in attendance. The event was headlined by comedian Kevin Israel and featured the annual “Funniest Politician” Contest.
“Funniest Politician” Contest winner Melonie Marano, Somerset County Freeholder candidate, brought her A-game as she took down two-time defending champion Governor Murphy. Although Liz Gilbert, Executive Director of the NJ Democratic State Committee, left the crowd in tears telling jokes on the Governor’s behalf, Marano proved too formidable as she truly brought down the house with her original and clever jokes.
“After a 2018 campaign season where we won two seats on the Freeholder Board for the first time in decades, we are ecstatic at the excitement and attendance at our first event of 2019,” SCDC Chairwoman Peg Schaffer stated. “The competition this year for the Funniest Politician contest was fierce. Politicians from around the state brought their best material in order to prove their worth. Ultimately, Freeholder candidate Melonie Marano took home the grand prize and sent two-time winner Governor Murphy/Liz Gilbert packing as the audience voted for her through their uproarious laughter."
This year’s Funniest Politician Contest drew elected leaders including: Senator Bob Smith, Assemblymen John Wisniewski, Joe Danielsen, Roy Freiman, and Andrew Zwicker, Assemblywoman Linda Carter, Executive Director of the NJ State Democratic Committee Liz Gilbert, Somerset County Freeholder Sara Sooy, Freeholder candidate Melonie Marano, Sheriff candidate Darrin Russo, Ocean County Democratic Committee Chairman Wyatt Earp, Michael Murphy, LD-21 candidate Goutam Jois, future young politician Kendy Coxwell Rudy, Bound Brook Councilmen Tony Pranzatelli and Abel Gomez, and Franklin Township Mayor Phil Kramer.