Mitt Romney Rolls Through Rumson

The Republican presidential candidate makes a stop at a West River Road GOP fundraiser

It was nothing new to the sleepy peninsula suburb of when 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid a visit to a private West River Road estate for a political fundraiser early Wednesday evening.

"We've done it before," longtime Republican Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl said. "We had Dick Cheney here a few years back."

Ekdahl, who was not planning to attend the event, said he was not at liberty to disclose the exact address, but he did say that there would be extra police patrols on duty on and around the property for the evening.

Taking a ride down River Road, the extra patrols became obvious at a riverfront West River Road estate where American flags draped the front posts at the entrance gate and driveway and three policemen were stationed.

A sign supporting Republican Sen. Joe Kyrillos — who is running for U.S. Senate in an attempt to unseat Democratic Senator Robert Menendez — was posted out front of the long driveway to the home.

According to app.com, the home in which the fundraiser took place is that of Lewis M. Eisenberg. Romney was at a fundraiser earlier in Lakewood. The two events were expected to garner about $2 million in funds for the campaign, the app.com story added.

The Rumson fundraiser was expected to be the smaller of the two. There were no visible traffic tie-ups on River Road, which is the main thoroughfare that spans from Red Bank through Rumson. Only a few cars could be seen entering the site at about 5:30 p.m. At about 7:30 p.m., cars were seen exiting, and traffic was stopped for a few minutes heading west.

Big-name political fundraisers are not only common to Rumson, but to the surrounding Two River area.

Across the river in the Navesink section of Middletown, rocker Bon Jovi has been known for hosting countless, large fundraising events, hosting politicians such as former Vice President Al Gore, President Barack Obama and a host of other high-profile Democrats.

The late Judith Stanley, who was a prominent Republican figurehead in the area, former chairwoman of the Middletown Planning Board and socialite, has hosted many such events on her Navesink estate as well.

Were you at the Rumson Romney fundraiser? Tell us about it in the comments section below; and either upload your photos or email them to elaine.develde@patch.com.

*This is story will be expanded as more information becomes available.

B August 09, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Wonder if he drove around to see where and how the other residents of Rumson/Fair Haven live? Not all of us who are willing to vote for MR live on the river in such posh houses.
Thomas A. Blasi August 10, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Come November, Romney will be Texas toast. Don’t waste your time mister Romney, your political career is over.
Don August 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Thomas A. Blasi August 10, 2012 at 03:39 PM
The tides of change are not in Romney’s favor; he is doomed and destined for failure.
PAT August 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM
This is the last chance the country has to reverse course on uncontrolled spending that started under GW Bush and acclerated under OBama. Bottom line is we are a country in decline. The only reason no one is paying attention is because Europe is in worse shape and currently in the headlines. This will change as soon as Germany capitulates for some type of Euro Bond (shared debt). With 47% of the working population essentially not paying any taxes this will be the last election where a majority of people in the country pay taxes. If you have any desire to preserve this country for future generations then think very carefully before you give the current administration 4 more years. The smoke and mirrors of Obama harping on the wealthy is nothing but a poorly veiled attempt at his inability to articulate a plan for the future of this country. Success should not be vilified but praised.


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