Common Sense For Belmar Liberty Begins At Home

November 30, 2014

Last Week

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November 29, 2014

Flashback: March 10, 2011

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Reprinted with the permission of the Coast Star

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All this over a measly $1000.  I guess things were different then.

November 27, 2014

Yeah, And If You Like Your Doctor…..

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The Asbury Park Press has covered the forced removal of Joy DeSanctis as a challenger on Election Day and adds some new information.

From the story:

A borough resident who was volunteering as a challenger on election day believes she was unlawfully removed from her post by a Belmar police officer on Nov. 4.

Joy DeSanctis, the Republican campaign manager for Jim Bean, Mayor Matt Doherty’s opponent in the election, was escorted out of the polling location at borough hall around 4 p.m. by Lt. Thomas Cox.

Borough Administrator Colleen Connolly said she asked Cox to take the action. She said she she talked to someone at the Monmouth County Board of Elections who informed her that two deputy attorney generals had authorized DeSanctis’ badge to be removed for her alleged disruptive behavior, which included “threats to call a judge to shut down the election and blanketly challenging people,” Connolly said…………………..


Connolly can’t name the person she spoke to.  If someone had just authorized you to have a duly appointed challenger forcibly removed from a polling place wouldn’t you GET THEIR NAME?  And wouldn’t you want to get it IN WRITING?

Additionally, neither Connolly nor Doherty ever said anything about DeSanctis’ “threats to call a judge to shut down the election” when DeSanctis asked repeatedly at the November 18 Council meeting why she was removed.   Maybe Connolly and Doherty went back and watched the video of that meeting and then it made them remember that someone said that DeSanctis threatened to call a judge.  (That kind of thing has happened before.)

Further into the story we hear:

John Hutchinson, a member of Belmar’s zoning board who was working as a challenger in the afternoon, said he texted Doherty after he heard DeSanctis talking to a voter who was filling out a provisional ballot.

“That’s like going into a voting booth and talking to a person while they are voting,” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson said he verbally confronted DeSanctis about the incident before he texted Doherty, but DeSanctis denies ever speaking with him or any voters that day.

Doherty said he relayed Hutchinson’s complaint to Connolly, who then called Borough Attorney Michael DuPont and asked him how to proceed.


Aha!  More suppressed memories!  Doherty went from remembering hearing something “third or fourth hand” about “blanketly challenging”  on November 18, to receiving a specific text message from John Hutchison on Election Day about DeSanctis talking to a provisional voter.  Note that apparently none of the poll workers saw this behavior even though they were right there.  And why would Hutchison text the Mayor about it instead of telling the poll workers who were, I guess according to Hutchison, asleep at the table?  Isn’t it their job to enforce the election laws?  The Mayor, who was a candidate, is not supposed to be in charge of the polls.

So Hutchison doesn’t tell the poll workers or the Municipal Clerk, he tells the Mayor who has nothing to do with monitoring elections.  The Mayor doesn’t tell the poll workers or the Municipal Clerk, he tells the Borough Administrator, who has nothing to do with monitoring elections.  The Borough Administrator doesn’t tell the poll workers or the Municipal Clerk, she tells the Borough Attorney, who has nothing to do with monitoring elections.  The whole thing makes no sense.

By the way, DeSanctis has stated that she only worked as a challenger from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and wasn’t even in the building when Hutchison allegedly saw her and confronted her.  She says that when she returned to the polls in the afternoon to resume challenging she was immediately escorted out of the polling area by the police.

And what about “threatening to call a judge”?   Who saw that?

Further in the story is the county’s denial that anyone had a conversation with Colleen Connelly:

..…………But county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick said there was no record of anyone at the Board of Elections communicating with the deputy attorney generals or with Connolly about the incident.

According to Kirkpatrick, the only record they have regarding the incident was a phone call made from DuPont, who was told to give the Board of Election’s phone number to DeSanctis.

Connolly maintains that she had the proper authorization to remove DeSanctis.

“I’m very frustrated by the fact that they (the board of elections) don’t seem to have kept good records from that day. We did everything we were supposed to do. We had an erratic challenger,” she said…………

One reform I would like to see in Belmar – and probably at all levels of government but we’ll start with Belmar – is to have the entire governing body sworn in under oath before every meeting starts.  Maybe then our leaders won’t say things like “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”, “I heard about DeSanctis’ actions third or fourth hand” or “An attorney general told me to have her removed.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2014


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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.

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November 25, 2014

O’Scanlon Unveils His Plans

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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?

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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

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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.

November 24, 2014

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?

November 23, 2014

Why I Want To Live Free

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And then die……in New Hampshire:


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