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The first one highlights the union PAC contributors and it’s called “Union Square” (because it’s square.)  Click on it to show it on its own page.


The bonus puzzle features the politicians who made pass-through contributions from their own campaigns, otherwise known as “wheeling”.  I call it “Pass the bucks”.  Again, click on it to make it easier to print it out.






Keep It Up, Jersey

As the summer of 2018 gets nearer I have to admit it’s getting harder and harder to care about what happens here in New Jersey, and, I must confess, even in Belmar.  I just hope the town and the state can hold themselves together for a couple of more years so I can still get something for my house when I go.

I’m going to really miss my friends and if I decided ever not to go that would be the reason.  That plus I’d love to disappoint the folks who would really like for me to go.

But the oppressors are relentless.

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Christie will probably veto it again but when it comes back for the next governor…like I said, these people are relentless…it will be signed.

Like I said it’s getting hard to care.  I can’t change things here, all I can do is try to get away from these people.

For the tobacco user, the fun of a day at the beach, or a day of hiking in the woods, must be weighed against the hours of discomfort from nicotine withdrawal. It’s easy for politicians who don’t smoke to just breezily decide that they would like no smoking because all they care about is looking good to a majority of the population and don’t care if they cause real pain to the minority.

Anyway between the overcrowding resulting from the beach’s excessive promotion and the smoking ban that has been here for a few years now, they’ve already ruined the beach here for me.  I only go now to keep my wife company.  I would just as soon not go to the beach again until I’m going to the beach in Hampton Beach.  If the legislature wants to ruin the rest of the state for smokers I don’t really care.

Actually in a way the state law is better for smokers than Belmar’s current law.  Here you get caught smoking you get a ticket.  Under the proposed state law you only get a ticket if some authority tells you to put it out and you refuse to do so.  Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 5.39.40 AM

I wonder how long that “order” lasts.  An hour?  A day?  Forever?  I’ll have to find out.

Of course the fines are completely insane, way out of line with the minor nature of the offense.  These people are very very mean and like I said my tobacco and my tax dollars (actually a lot less of them since there’s no income tax or sales tax in NH) will soon be consumed somewhere else.

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Sky Spy At It Again

Nice view of “Beachhenge”* at the start.


*Thank you Ms. Nobody for coining the term.

Quoted In Today’s Star:

Superior Court Judge Katie Gummer:

This case involved an invalid and misleading explanatory statement that was created not in the sunshine of an open and public meeting by the governing body as required by statute, but beyond the public view by the borough administrator behind closed doors.

Plaintiff’s rights in this case were not simply to put the bond ordinance issue before the public for a vote, rather the right was to have a vote on that issue in a fair electoral process, free from any bias or effort to mislead or influence voters. With the invalid and misleading explanatory statement, the Belmar defendants deprives plaintiffs of that right.

Former Mayor/Plaintiffs’ attorney Ken Pringle:

We’re not surprised with the result; the law is quite clear on the issue.

The judge emphasized a point that the supreme court had made and that was the importance of awards of attorneys fess to plaintiffs in cases like this to deter public officials from interfering with the rights of voters to have fair elections on public questions.

Mayor/Defendant Matt “I plan to appeal” Doherty:

This is the lawsuit from Ken Pringle and [Ms.] DeSanctis that deals with an election that occurred last November that they lost.

We called on them to drop all their lawsuits, there’s no point in any of this stuff. Clearly, they’re not putting the needs of the residents first.



Ken Pringle on Doherty’s stated intention to appeal:

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Gallagher Reports On Civil Rights Finding

Click on “CONTINUED” to read the More Monmouth Musings story.

Judge: Doherty violated Belmar

voters’ civil rights

Lawless Matt Doherty addressed Belmar residents while Governor Chris Christie practiced his Trump sidekick routine Lawless Matt Doherty, the mayor of Belmar, violated the civil rights of his borough’s voters last year with a “invalid and misleading” ballot explanatory statement regarding the $4.1 million bonding referendum for a beach pavilion, according to a ruling by Monmouth… (Continued)

Rebuttal Retracted?

As I’m sure you are all aware, I spend significant amounts of time browsing the web looking for stories that might interest you.  Yesterday evening I ran this search:

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That third story was interesting so I took a screen shot of the top of the article and linked the image to the article, as I do frequently.

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I published the story this morning but when I tested the link I discovered the post had been pulled down.

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So I pulled my post down and rewrote it.

Anyway, in the story Mr. Berlin stated that Doherty is following the same campaign rules as the Republicans.  I don’t recall that he mentioned that as mayor of Belmar, Doherty has other rules he is supposed to follow as well.  Which he isn’t because he doesn’t agree with those rules.

BTW, I don’t agree with the beach smoking ban.

Berlin also answered Shaun Golden’s observation about Belmar’s debt increasing by 120% by pointing out Belmar hasn’t raised taxes for six years.  Of course that doesn’t change the fact that our debt has gone up 120%.

Maybe they are making some edits to the story and it will be back up later.  I’ll keep checking and let you know.

BTW, although he doesn’t publicly acknowledge it, evidence points to Monmouth Dem chair Vin Gopal as being the author of the Insider blog.

Vin Spin

On the web:

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Attributed only to “Monmouth Dems” but most likely penned by Chairman Vin Gopal, the PolitickerNJ story uses numbers are impossible to verify but, even if true, mean nothing.  (They are impossible to verify, BTW, because contributions under $300, unless made in cash, don’t need to be itemized….except in the case of Matt Doherty because he’s on the Council in Belmar, but he disagrees with that law so he’s ignoring it.)

Checking the filings of the four candidates for cash donations under $300, for which the donors must be identified, I saw quite a few cases of the same donor contributing multiple times.  For the $63,700 in under $300 donations by check, we don’t know how many people are represented there or who they are.

However, of the total of $179,400 raised we do know the sources of $115,700 of it.

It includes:

$5000 from Belmar Borough employees and Council members.

$2000 from owners of area liquor establishments.

$8300 from lawyers.

$7000 from lobbyists.

$7420 from professionals and potential vendors.

$8800 in pass-through contributions from other Democratic political campaigns.

$38,750 from unions. (!)

and $3600 from the Toricellis.

Of that $116,000 that we could see the sources of, over $80,000 is from sources that are about as “grass roots” as a parking lot.

(Here are links to the reports: Doherty  Fulton  Doherty/Fulton joint account  Cantor  Solomeno. Click here to see my methodology)

One thing I do admire, though, about these Democrats is that they apparently eat and drink well.  Close to 10% of the money they raised was spent on feasting.

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Sneaked image from a recent campaign event.

Last Week

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Both Sides Of The Story

Just to be fair, and also for comparison’s sake, I present the Republican incumbent Freeholder candidates’ 29 day reports.  I left out the expenditures to save time and space but to download the full reports, including the expenditures, click here for Tom Arnone and here for Serena DiMaso.

First we have Freeholder Arnone:

a1Raised a lot less than Doherty in this reporting period but had a lot of money on hand from before.

Let’s see the specifics.a2Ok, we have a Freehold Township committeeman,

A pass-through from Mary Pat Angelini.  (I didn’t know she still had an election fund.  I guess she’s hoping to re-take her Assembly seat next year.)

Charles Arnone must be a relative.

Andrew Bayer specializes in municipal law over at Gluck Walrath.

$1000 pass through from Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.

a3Gibbons is one of the state’s biggest law firms. It was in the news yesterday that Christie owes them $86,000.

Cherry Weber is a big engineering company.

Pass through from John Curley.

Feinberg the architect.

Community Investment Strategies is a big developer.

a4Greenman Pedersen is a big engineering concern.  Among the projects they are currently involved in is the new Tappan Zee Bridge and the raising of the deck on the Bayonne Bridge.

HNTB is a national “infrastructure solutions firm”.

Holman, Frenia, Allison is a big accounting firm.

IBEW 400.  Hmm.  That name sounds familiar.

Brielle lawyer Paul Kennedy.

a5Birdsall is a big family in the area.  Too bad the engineering Birdsalls sort of soiled the name.

Pass through from Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy.

Najarian are engineers.

Plumbers Union.

I always hear Rescinio advertising on the Rat to defend DWI cases.

a6CME is one of the biggest engineering firms in the state and spends tons of money on political campaigns.

Spiezle is an architectural firm.

T & M Associates an a engineering and construction management firm.

Congressman Thomas MacArthur pass through.

CME again.


That concludes the Arnone report.  Let’s look at Serena’s now.

d1Just like with Matt and Brenda Sue, the women seem to get a lot less money than the men.  I think we need a political donation gender equality law.







d3Accountants Holman Frenia Allison.

Sean Kean.

Lawyer Kennedy again.

Elisabetta Lazzaro, apparently a private person, but donating $2600 from Belleville?  Maybe a relative?

Maser Engineering, the house of evil.

d4Engineer Najarian again.

Declan O’Scanlon.

Harter and Pfleger law firm.

David Rible.

Rogut McCarthy specializes in “public entity law”.

d5T & M Engineers again.

d6Almost none of the money for any of the four candidates…at least on this month’s reports…comes from just regular people who live in the county.  Perhaps they are more represented in the under $300 donations but that is only a small percentage of the totals.  What a shame.

Matt Against Matt

Click on the image to read the story.Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 7.20.54 AMI guess because she was in Hazlet Chelsea thought everyone there was from Hazlet.