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Employment Followup

Just to followup and close out on these two stories, the mayor’s broker’s registration through his new employer was approved last Thursday.

Below is his FINRA report as of this morning.


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He may not believe me but I do honestly wish the mayor good luck with his new job.  With that said, I put this story to rest.


Reader Submitted


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What He Said

I can’t take screen shots and crop them with the computer I use in my office in Newark.  I now present the page it was on.

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Ever Wonder What’s Inside That IBEW Bldg?


Gee, What Happened Friday?

Even yesterday had more than double the usual Saturday traffic.

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Unions 4380527-heart-symbol-of-love-and-romantic-feelings Matt


This photo was not taken in May of 2013.  It was taken TODAY.


Reports have come to me that IBEW guys are here today handing out Doherty campaign materials.  If you see one ask him if he lives in Belmar.  If he doesn’t, ask him…..

Why Are You Here?


Long time readers know that I’m not a big fan of the mandates that the state heaps on municipalities and I wrote quite a lot about the problem when I started this blog five years ago.   I have not changed my mind about that but there is actually one requirement I would like to see Trenton place on municipal governments and that is to videotape their council meetings and put them up on their websites the following day.  I challenge anyone to watch the videotape below – particularly the first twenty minutes of it –  and tell me that the borough clerk’s minutes would be a sufficient record of what transpired and what can be learned.

The present administration likes to talk about transparency but they won’t even videotape their own council meetings.  Instead it’s left to me to do it but I probably won’t be doing it much longer.  Bean has stated that one of his first orders of business would be to have the town tape and publish it’s own meetings and if Doherty wins I don’t think I’m going to bother to continue to tape the meetings or do any of this as a matter of fact.

Anyway, this is what we learned in the first twenty minutes of last night’s meeting.  We learned that Doherty’s decision to repeal 2014-01 was not a change of heart, and it was not a concession to the will of the people.  It was a legal maneuver and an attempt to trick the petitioners into throwing away the fruits of their hard work and to circumvent the will of the 418 petition signers.  (Full disclosure: while I am not a member of the committee of petitioners, I did help collect petitions.)

The town had no choice but to tell the judge at yesterday’s court hearing that it was going to repeal the “Responsible Bidder” ordinance.  If it hadn’t, it would have lost its third “frivolous” lawsuit in a row.  (Or is it fourth?)  The way the ordinance was passed was so blatantly illegal, with the “journeyman’s wages” clause added between the first reading and the second reading, that the judge could leave no choice.  They never even got to the second part of the lawsuit, which complains about the mayor’s conflict of interest in crafting and voting on the ordinance.  When the repeal is completed the lawsuit goes away because there will be no more ordinance.

But here’s the thing: If Doherty is re-elected there is nothing stopping him from reintroducing the exact same ordinance in January.  He can keep the ordinance unchanged between the first and second readings, satisfying the first part of Pringle’s lawsuit, and he can recuse himself from voting on it which would satisfy the second part of the lawsuit in legal terms if not in spirit.  Of course the rest of the council will do exactly what they are told.

This is where the petitions come in.

At Thursday’s meeting Bean called for a workshop session to discuss accepting the petitions.  He asked what if, despite the repeal of the ordinance, on Friday the judge said that the petitions stay.  He asked that the petition be accepted into law by the Council in case the judge ruled that the town must still comply with it.  That was not even considered by lawyer DuPont to be a serious possibility.  DuPont told Bean several times that the repeal of the ordinance made the petitions moot and that the petition should just be withdrawn.  This is what Doherty and crew wanted us to believe but it’s absolutely not the case.  The truth, and thankfully Bean knew it, is that if the town accepts the petitions it is legally barred for three years from introducing any ordinance with similar language to the language objected to in the petition.  Either DuPont knew this and was lying or he didn’t know it and was incompetent.  There was also an attempt to confuse Bean with the difference between an “initiative” petition and a “referendum” petition, both allowed under the Falkner Act.  If the petitioners had collected “referendum” petitions, that would have been to repeal the entire ordinance and the repeal would have satisfied the petition.  But the “initiative” petitions that were collected only object to certain language in the ordinance and the repeal of the ordinance does not legally satisfy the petition.  Bean knew the difference and shot down that ploy immediately.

The attempt to fool the petitioners failed and the town legally has only two options now.  Accept the petitions by October 31 and give up on the apprenticeship/journeyman thing for three years, which Bean tried to get them to do Thursday night but will now require a special meeting, or there will be referendum.  And if there is the special election that Jim Bean tried to avoid, whose fault would the cost of it be?

One more thing.  Look how hard they are fighting to keep these pro-union requirements in our bidding regulations.  Considering the Doherty family’s close business relationship with the unions, and the thousands of dollars in contributions that the Belmar Democratic Committee has accepted from the unions, does anybody out there seriously believe this is all about having “quality workers” on public construction projects?


Lawsuit over with repeal of Ordinance 2014-01!

Petition lives to prevent re-introduction!

Bean right, DuPont wrong again!

More details tomorrow.

Council Meeting Of October 16, 2014

It’s Coming Baaack!


Above: Belmar’s “Responsible Bidder” ordinance

From today’s Coast Star:

Now that the council has plans to rescind the ordinance, the door remains open to introduce a similar ordinance, with modified language, and Ms. Conolly said the council plans to do so next month.

“We’re going to introduce the repeal this week, and in November, we’re going to introduce modified language,” she said, noting she is currently unsure of what that new language will look like.

“It’s a little hard to know what the petitioners would like, if they don’t meet with us,” Ms. Connolly said.

The petitioners would like to not have to be petitioners.  They would like for you to just listen to the people.