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From today’s Coast Star:

In the week leading up the election, D’Jais owner Frank Sementa confirmed and defended his establishment’s involvement in the election.

“I live in town, we’re a business in town, [and] we’re supporting candidates that we believe in just like everyone else,” Mr. Sementa said.

Mr. Sementa said he and his employees were “big Matt [Doherty] supporters,” attributing their support to the mayor’s “great job getting the town back together after Sandy.”

At the time, Mr. Sementa estimated that D’Jais employees had turned in “250 or so” ballots, of which he believed eight had been thrown out on technicalities.

He said the challenges by Councilman Bean and his supporters were “misguided,” and the involvement of himself and his employees was for the convenience of voters, and nothing more.


O’Scanlon Unveils His Plans

In New Jersey Business:

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) today unveiled plans to introduce legislation to combat the proliferation of ‘messenger’ ballots, often used in fraudulent ways to impact local and state elections. After reading reports of investigations into the large numbers of ‘messenger ballots’ – ballots intended only for the sick and incapacitated that are filled out and physically delivered with third-party help – impacting local elections across the State, Assemblymen O’Scanlon proposed the following changes:

Limiting the number of ballots both ‘messengers’ and ‘bearers’ can handle to 2 ballots per elections.

Currently, ‘messengers’ or those that deliver the ballots to the registered voter to be filled out, are limited to 10 ballots per cycle. This legislation would limit that number to two. ‘Bearers’, or those that deliver the ballots physically to the county clerk, currently have no limits on how many ballots they can handle. This number would also be capped at two.

Messenger’ ballots can only be obtained ten days prior to the election.

This will cut down on the wide-scale practice that has occurred in places like Paterson, Atlantic City, Asbury Park, and Hoboken where large numbers of messenger ballots have been mined for months leading up to the election – sometimes as much as 1 / 4th of the total number of ballots cast.

“This legislation will reduce the risk of the wide-scale potential coercion – or worse – currently being perpetrated by campaigns across the State. Messenger ballots are intended only for the sick and the infirm. Unless someone has an emergent, debilitating physical condition there is no reason to involve a third party in directly handling ones ballot. It is curious that in many of these municipalities, the sick and infirm have been overwhelmingly in favor – sometimes as high as 95% – in favor of one particular candidate or ticket. This legislation will take one tool away from those who wish to defraud our electoral process” said Assemblyman O’Scanlon.

Messengers Only For “Sick Or Confined” Voters?

I will shortly be publishing information about the 150 or so votes that were done this year by personal messenger.  Here is some information about the use of messengers from the New Jersey Voter Rights Handbook:

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From page 7:  (The use of red to emphasize is theirs.)

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From page 10:

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Uh Oh!

Northgrave Named In Ethics Dispute

As Edison Township Attorney, represented mayor pre-bono in traffic court.

William Northgrave, Belmar’s redevelopment lawyer, has a problem in Edison.


Edison Ethics Board to hear complaint against Lankey

A complaint against Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey will be heard by the township ethics board on Dec. 2 in town hall.

EDISON – For watchdog activist John Paff, it’s all about government transparency and clear rules.

For township attorney William Northgrave, it’s a matter not worthy of comment.

But Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project, hopes a Dec. 2 hearing with the township’s ethics board involving Mayor Thomas Lankey will provide direction for all involved.

Paff filed a complaint with the township ethics board on Sept. 27 in order to clear up what he considers to be murky laws that govern situations like the one in which Northgrave represented Lankey pro bono in June related to a $100 traffic ticket to which the mayor pleaded guilty of texting while driving.

Upon entering office nearly a year ago, Lankey appointed Northgrave township attorney because he said he felt he could help settle the many lawsuits Edison faces. Lankey and Northgrave previously stated that their professional relationship predated their time as township officials. But Paff said he wants the ethics board to determine whether there was a conflict in interest regarding Northgrave representing the man responsible for his reappointment……………

…………………The hearing is scheduled to begin 7 p.m. in the Edison Room on the third floor of the municipal building.

The township administration declined to comment. Northgrave said the matter wasn’t “worthy of comment.”………………………..

According to an earlier story, Northgrave actually appeared in court for Lankey:

Ethics complaint filed over Edison mayor’s free legal help on distracted driving ticket

EDISON – A New Jersey activist has filed an ethics complaint in an effort to find out whether it was inappropriate for the mayor of Edison to get pro bono legal help for a distracted driving ticket.

Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey was ticketed for using his cellphone when he was driving in Highland Park in June. With hopes of getting the ticket reduced, he enlisted the help of William Northgrave, the township’s own attorney, who entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf and accompanied him to South Brunswick court……………

(I’m not sure why they went to court in South Brunswick for a ticket he got in Highland Park.  Maybe it’s part of some shared services agreement.)

Of course all these ethics boards everywhere are hand-picked cronies of the people they are supposed to be judging.  I think that every town should have an ethics board, but they should be picked by lottery from the general population like juries are.

Don’t Panic!

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It’s in the Belmar shopping district of Lakewood, Colorado.

BTW, why is a location 1000 miles from the nearest coastline called “Belmar” anyway?

Why I Want To Live Free

And then die……in New Hampshire:


Last Week

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Belmar’s Insatiable Appetite

For new restaurants.

Is it a bubble?

From Thursday’s Coast Star (Italics added) :

New restaurants get Belmar’s OK

Two, possibly three, at site of new brewery


Once home to the historic Freedman’s Bakery, the new commercial complex on Main Street where East Coast Brewing Co. is constructing a brewery will see two, possibly three, new additions in coming months: restaurants.

On Monday, in a 7-2 vote, the borough’s planning board approved an application from MB1 Belmar, LLC, seeking to change what was originally designated as a retail or office area to permit certain restaurants.

MB1 Belmar, LLC, is owned by Joel S. Brudner, of MB1 Capital Partners — a Wall Township-based investment firm that is heavily invested in East Coast Beer Co. — the producers of Beach Haus beer, which is the same beer that will be produced in the Belmar brewery.

Mr. Brudner had previously gone before the board on March 24, for a preliminary site plan approval for the site including a brewery, without a pub, and retail space.

The latest application sought approval for two restaurants on the ground floor — one on Main Street, and one facing back toward the parking lot — as well as a third restaurant upstairs.

Given the building’s location, restaurants are a permitted use in the building, though the firm’s initial application to the board made no mention of potentially installing restaurants at a later date.

Mr. Brudner explained that after putting the retail space on the market, given the proximity of the space to the brewery, most of his offers were coming from restaurants — and as such, he wanted to modify the plans.

“In our course of marking the retail space, most of the users were desirous of putting restaurant uses there,” Mr. Brudner said.

Prior to Monday’s meeting, Mr. Brudner said, two leases had been signed that would be in effect pending an approval from the board.

The first is for an approximately 800-square-foot space on the first floor, on the southernmost side of the building facing Main Street, which has been signed by Chris Brandl, owner of Brandl, on Main Street, who plans to open Jakes Cakes — a seafood restaurant…………….

………..Biagio “Bennie” Schiano, owner of Mossuto’s Market, in Wall Township, will take control of the space upstairs……………….

………..The third restaurant is still unconfirmed…………….


Personally, I’d be happy to give up every restaurant in Belmar if we could have this back:


Pulido: Kaye Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Also at Tuesday night’s meeting Brendan Read one of his prepared statements, this time attacking Jim Bean for “suppressing” the vote of former Belmar resident Sam Kaye.  Kaye moved to Ocean Township in 2012.  Bean challenged Kaye’s vote on those grounds, asking the Board of Elections to verify whether he was eligible to vote in Belmar.  Ultimately the Board decided he wasn’t and disallowed Kaye’s vote.

You may have noticed all the screeching about Bean’s “suppression” of Kaye’s vote over the weekend before election day.  It was covered by the Asbury Park Press and WRAT.  It was on the usual suspects’ Facebook pages and the Democrats also distributed a flyer about it that weekend, November 1 and November 2.

Former Belmar Democratic chairman Luis Pulido should have been the most outraged of anyone at Bean’s “suppression” of Kaye’s vote.  After all, it was he who hand delivered Kaye’s vote that Friday, October 31.

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But unfortunately he couldn’t assist in helping to spread the “suppression” story the next day and day after, Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2, because he was acting as the agent in an estate sale in Belmar those two days. (Pulido owns a second-hand shop in Asbury Park.)

The address of the estate sale?  414 7th Ave.  SAM KAYE’S HOUSE!

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“Everything must go!”


I guess Pulido learned sometime between Friday afternoon and 9:00 Saturday morning that Sam Kaye was not returning to Belmar.

Here is Pulido’s bio from a 2012 Monmouth County Democrat press release:

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