The Centenary College Board of Trustees and Conservatives

no-conservativesIn has been a little more than a week since Centenary College President Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite unceremoniously (and rudely) breached a signed contract for a Conservative panel discussion to be held on their campus.  Since that time, several of the members of the Centenary College Board of Trustees have been contacted regarding both  their administration’s handling of the breach of contract and their apparent seething disdain for conservatives.

The members that I have corresponded and spoken with have had a very different attitude than the one exhibited by their College President when she hung up the phone while proceeding to breach the contract the evening before the event.

Several have mentioned that they have heard from New Jersey conservatives about the abrupt cancellation of a conservative panel discussion that was going to discuss our Freedoms and Bill of Rights, among other topics.

Many have expressed concern about what happened, how it happened, and want to know why it happened.  Conservatives across New Jersey also want to know why it happened!

Please continue to contact the members of the Board of Trustees listed below yourself, and feel free to pass along their contact information to me by clicking here.

Conservatives have dealt with these circumstances for far too long and failed far too often to stand up and hold those responsible accountable.

Do we as taxpayers want to continue to support institutions of higher learning in New Jersey that want no discussion on freedom and the Bill of Rights from a conservative viewpoint?

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  • Arden Davis Melick ’60, New York, NY……………..Chairman
  • Kenneth Lee Hahn, Califon, NJ…………….1st Vice Chairman
  • Norman Worth, Hackettstown, NJ………………………2nd Vice Chairman
  • Christopher Treanor, New York, NY……………………..3rd Vice Chairman
  • Lucinda Thomas Embersits ‘59, Madison, CT………Secretary
  • Alan J. Shaw, Iselin, NJ………………………………Treasurer


  • Ellen Baars-Banks ’93, Mount Bethel, PA
  • Audrey Bonaparte-Watts, ’78, Teaneck, NJ
  • Howard L. Burrell, Glenwood, NJ
  • Stanley Caine, Adrian, MI
  • Tilly-Jo Emerson, Morristown, NJ
  • Rev. Dr. Frank Fowler, Hackettstown, NJ
  • Rochelle Makela-Goodman ’97, Annandale, NJ
  • Wolfgang Gstattenbauer ’84, Augusta, NJ
  • Michael Halpin, Hackettstown, NJ
  • David W. Johnson, Cranford, NJ
  • Michael Lavery, Hackettstown, NJ
  • Joann LaPerla-Morales, Edison, NJ
  • George Muller, Flemington, NJ
  • Raymond Nisivoccia, Mt. Arlington, NJ
  • Denis Hennessy O’Rourke, Hackettstown, NJ
  • Alden Siegel, Morristown, NJ
  • Orin R. Smith, Brielle, NJ
  • Timothy L. Smith, Parsippany, NJ
  • James D. Stryker, Pittstown, NJ
  • Linda Van Winkle Watkins ’62, Mystic, CT


  • Harris F. Smith, Califon, NJ
  • Bishop Hae-Jong Kim, Englewood, NJ
  • David A. Lackland, Warren, NJ
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  1. Donny Dee says:

    @CNJ said: “Conservatives have dealt with these circumstances for far too long and failed far too often to stand up and hold those responsible accountable.”

    Big deal. So who’s being held accountable? Did you get anything in writing? Are they going to issue a public apology? Will you be compensated for your time and expenses? Will the Board of Trustees officially and publicly reprimand Centenary’s President? I can’t imagine anyone in your situation who wouldn’t demand any of those things.

    I don’t see anybody being held “accountable”. All you’ve accomplished is that CNJ and its supporters can make alot of noise and little else. All bark and no bite.

    When you get a public, written apology from the Board of Trustees, a reprimand for Centenary’s President, and compensation for your time and expenses, then I’ll be impressed. Unitl then all you’ve done is prove conservatives can be pushed around with little if any legal or serious consequences.

  2. truther says:


    January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. What is Chris Christie’s record on Human Trafficking?

    The Medrano case is a prominent case of human trafficking as is refered to in U.S. Justice Department studies, FBI reports, and histories detailing this crime against humanity.

    The Hudson Reporter said:

    Luisa Medrano was arrested and faces 255 years in jail for [alleged] human trafficking with girls as young as 14 and kept them as virtual slaves in her bar-rooms, and forced them into prostitution.

    Then-US Atty Christopher Christie said the time of Medrano’s indictment for human trafficking that, ‘This was inhuman and sadistic treatment of young women who were kept as virtual slaves. These are the most vile crimes I have ever seen in my time as US attorney.”

    The brutality involved is beyond imagination–corrupt Third World savagery taking place in residential neighborhoods.

    Luisa Medrano was convicted of smuggling underaged teenaged girls from Honduras into the United States to work in her Union City and Guttenberg bar-rooms. Medrano forced the teens into slave labor in round the clock labor at her barrooms then forced the girls into prostitution.

    There is at least one story illustrative of Medrano’s savagery—repeatedly throwing a teenage girl down stair steps until she had a miscarriage.

    The Justice Department states:

    Medrano, a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from El Salvador in 1974, admitted that from October 2004 to January 2005 she harbored illegal Hondurans and employed them at her bars in Union City and Guttenberg. Ringleaders had forced them to work there to pay off smuggling debts that ranged up to $20,000, authorities said.

    Luisa Medrano is the 10th defendant to plead guilty in connection with a smuggling ring that brought more than 20 young women and teenagers from small villages in Honduras with promises of employment as waitresses and then forced them to work at bars in Union City, New Jersey. Medrano owned the Hudson County bars where the young women were put to work: El Paisano Bar and Nightclub, at 509 22nd St., Union City; El Puerto de la Union I, at 6710 Bergenline Ave., Guttenberg; and El Puerto de la Union II, at 3806 Bergenline Ave., Union City.

    Medrano also owned the three apartment buildings where the women were housed: 509 22nd St. and 2604 New York Ave., both in Union City, and 75 68th St. in Guttenberg. The women worked at the bars six days a week, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., for $240 a week plus tips, and lived the apartments where they were virtually imprisoned. The women, including at least four juveniles who obtained false identification, would get the male patrons to buy beers for themselves and the women, and would dance with the patrons for $3 a dance.

    After rescue, the women stated that they were beaten, their families had been threatened in Honduras, and they were subjected to forced abortions. Investigative efforts resulted in the rescue of nineteen Honduran females, six of whom were juveniles as young as 14 years of age.



  3. Donny Dee says:

    @Truther: You’re not helping conservatism posting this Lonegan/LaRossa bilge. They were spreading these stories around during the 2009 primary. Nobody paid attention then, and nobody pays attention now. Even if they were true, what does it say about Lonegan, Sabrin and other conservatives who supported and voted for Chris Christie in the primary and the general election knowing that he did all the things you say he did? Are you suggesting that conservatives knowingly voted for a candidate who’s a crook, corrupt and “mobbed up”? That doesn’t speak well for conservatives. No wonder Centenary College doesn’t want them on their campus.

  4. truther says:

    The New York Times, Star Ledger, The Record, and the Asbury Park Press were “spreading these stories around” in 2009. The FBI and the Justice Department reports on human trafficking are “spreading these stories around” today. Read the case records, asshole.

    Lonegan was doing his best against Christie in 2009 when he was talking about this. Christie’s record on prosecuting illegal immigration and human trafficking sucked.

    Learn to live with the fact that he has family mob ties and used his office to punish people over PERSONAL business. This is interesting stuff to people who want to know more about this NATIONAL rising star. Turns out he is a real Sopranos Jersey guy.

    Look asshole, I don’t post unless you do. Keep up your stupid ass-licking posts about how much you want to kiss Christie’s ass and I’ll keep doing what I do. Your shit disgusts me and makes me want to quit the party. I didn’t sign up to be part of a cult. Issues matter to me.

  5. Alan says:

    Speaking of Governor Christie, has anyone asked him about Centenary’s cancelling of your gathering? Does he have a position on free speech, not to mention good manners?

    If it is true that Christie is more mob boss than governor, then it is likely he quietly intervened to cancel the meeting. Is he still claiming to be conservative? How will conservatives in Iowa, New Hampshire and other primary states feel about Christie abandoning you guys?

    Add Christie to the list of people to contact to raise concern about this. And also always include that if nothing else, Centenary is guilty of incredibly bad manners.