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Taxes Stable In TR, Christine Credited



In the Frank Raia story published Sunday I incorrectly stated that the ordinance change that allowed swimming pools came “shortly after” a $1000 donation was made to Jennifer Nicolay’s re-election campaign. It has been pointed out to me that the Coast Star article published here was actually from October 2014 not 2015. The ordinance was changed eleven months before the donation not one month afterwards as the story stated.

Still would like to know why all that money was spent on these guys but I do regret the mistake and I do apologize.




See Christine Manolio’s Linkedin here.

Conflicts Of Interest

Three members of the Council, Magovern, Nicolay and Brennan, have received sizeable campaign contributions from Colleen Connolly.  They should recuse themselves from voting on the CFO appointment if she is a candidate for the job.


Monday Morning To-Do List

1) Mail a check to Robbin


We Could Have Saved Ourselves The $5250



There’s any number of reasons the Belmar Dems would want to put Colleen in there (none of them are good for Belmar.)  I’m really afraid that’s what’s going to happen.

On the bright side I guess if I want to keep reporting about Belmar there’ll be plenty to report about.

Hoboken Voters, Did Raia Pay Ya?

The DOJ thinks so!



Raia’s been very generous to Belmar Dems too. (He has a property here at 419 12th Ave.)

This one was for Jennifer,

And these for Matt.

You may recall that shortly after the $1000 donation to Jennifer, Belmar law was changed to allow people to put swimming pools on lots with no houses on them.

And shortly after that Raia put a swimming pool on a lot with no house on it.

I’m sure it was just a coincidence and I’m sure Colleen was telling the truth in the Coast Star article.

BTW, article  republished with permission.

Last Week

Messenger Impact Far Cry From Last Time

In 2014, when Jim Bean ran against Matt, there were a couple of hundred messenger ballots turned in.  You can see them here.  This year there were forty…the decrease due in no small part to Declan O’Scanlon’s reform which changed the limit for each messenger to three votes.  Previously it was ten.

Here is the log of all hand delivered ballots brought to Freehold this year.


The messenger ballot votes are the ones where the right column is filled in.  The others are people delivering their own ballots.  The redacted entries are from towns other than Belmar.

Here is a report supplied by Freehold of specifically the messenger ballots received from Belmar this year.


You guys can go through it and pick out the D’Jais guys but I think there are a lot fewer than last time and to make up for being limited to three ballots each they would have needed more messengers, not fewer.

Maybe with the bill extending the season for them that will be signed by Murphy they already got what they wanted and were just going through the motions this time.

CFO Pick Being Kept Secret From The Public?


Or have they not decided yet?

I can tell you I don’t think I’ve ever seen them publish a resolution making an appointment without naming the appointee. If they have made their decision and are waiting for the meeting to spring it on us that would be very un-transparent and unfair to members of the public who will be given no opportunity to prepare for the public comments session on it.

Here’s the rest of Tuesday’s agenda.