Common Sense For Belmar Liberty Begins At Home

November 30, 2016

Council Candidates’ 20 Day Post Election Reports

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As is so often the case, the Democrats’ report has something in it worthy of discussion.

You may recall that in the closing weeks of the race some pro-Magovern-Blackburn mailers went out that were paid for by the Monmouth County Democratic Committee.  I published them here and questioned the legality of the County Committee paying to create and mail local candidate campaign materials.   At the November 9 Council meeting, prior to the meeting getting started, 2014 council candidate Mike Seebeck asked Borough Attorney George McGill about this apparent violation of Belmar’s Conflict of Interest ordinance.  According to Mr. Seebeck, Mr. McGill stated that the campaign would be reimbursing the County Committee for the cost of the mailers.

We see in the report that the campaign did sent the Committee $6000 that same day:


Funny how the cost came out to exactly $6000.  Seems more like a guess to me.  Also, I don’t believe the payment should have been listed as a campaign expense.  It’s not as if the Monmouth County Democratic Committee is a printing and mailing company.

I would think it should have been entered on this page of their report:



We also see on this report that Brian loaned the campaign $6000, also on November 9.



Which the campaign still owes to him:


November 29, 2016

Freeholders’ Deal With Unions Raises Eyebrows **UPDATED

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Accepted $93,000 in donations.

Arnone: Deal a “home run” for County, “has absolutely nothing to do with the election”…..“mind-boggling that this is even a subject.”

Losing Democrats took more!




Belmar Dems take $7200 from Operating Engineers,

pay $8000 for “field consulting”.


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From the Crossroads’ web site, here is a description of their “field operations”:


I didn’t notice $8000 worth of that stuff going on in Belmar but in any case in order to comply with Belmar’s conflict of interest law they shouldn’t be paying for that stuff to be done on behalf of any Belmar candidates.  Maybe it was being done to help Matt?



I missed this October report:





Another $7700 from the unions and another $4000 to Crossroads.

November 28, 2016

Suit Against Romulus Augustus Covered In MMM

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November 27, 2016 Picks Up Loko Suit Story

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Last Week

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November 26, 2016

Belmar Ignores Open Public Meetings Law

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I have on these pages reported on lots and lots of lawsuits against the Borough since our current mayor took office in 2011.  And although I am interested to know about them, and based on the hit counts when I publish them the readers have a lot of interest in them, a certain group of Belmar residents WHOSE JOB IT IS TO KNOW ABOUT THEM hasn’t shown the least amount of interest.  That would any Democrat who has been on the Belmar Council during this mayor’s tenure.

The only legal means that exists for our elected officials to discuss litigation, discuss the hiring of attorneys for litigation and plan the strategies for dealing with pending or ongoing litigation is through “closed” or “executive” sessions of the Borough Council. Minutes are required to be taken at closed sessions and those minutes are to be made available to the public once the case has been adjudicated.

From the Digital Media Law Project:


I checked the meeting minutes for the first six months of this year for the following towns. They had executive sessions on the dates listed.


January 19

February 1

February 16

March 7

March 21

April 18

May 2

May 16

May 25

June 6

June 20

Sea Girt

February 10

March 23

April 13

April 27

June 22

Spring Lake

February 9

February 23

March 22

April 12

Spring Lake Heights

January 11

January 25

February 8

February 22

March 14

March 28

April 11

April 25

May 9

May 23

June 13

June 27

Bradley Beach

March 8

March 22

April 12

May 10

May 24

June 14

June 28

Although Belmar is probably involved in more lawsuits than all those towns put together we had exactly zero.  In fact there has been no legally called executive session since Doherty took office.  Either the Council is meeting about closed session issues in secret or they are not involved in them at all.  Either scenario is unacceptable.

November 24, 2016

Doherty To APP: Allegations Completely Baseless…..

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…Kapalko’s the one in default!




Common Sense legal expert Tommy T reacts to Doherty’s claim:



Speaking of turkeys…….

Spring Lake officials found to violate Civil Rights of resident.

Case argued and won by Roger McLaughlin, who represents Harmon brothers in Belmar suit.

Right to proper zoning enforcement action by officials found to be “substantive” right.  Repeated failure to do job deemed a Civil Rights violation.



Enjoy your turkeys!

November 22, 2016

Loko Follows Suit…Files Suit!

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Maybe we should just change the name of our town to  “v. Belmar, Defendant”.

Wreck Repaired

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New Wreck Pond Culvert creates controllable ocean inlet.

Will improve water quality, diminish flooding.



November 20, 2016

Tom Brennan Too Good For Belmar

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I don’t know if I’ve said this on the blog–I might have–but I have said in spoken conversations that I think Councilman Thomas Brennan ought to resign due to the fact that he never told the voters when he was running for office that he was conflicted from participating in discussions or from voting on liquor licenses.  He then…for his entire first year in office…voted on every liquor license that came up, even for a bar that his band played at within days of him voting on their license!  He waited until the night that Belmar stiffed the Harmon brothers on their license transfer to suddenly announce he was conflicted and wouldn’t be participating in liquor license proceedings any more.  Thanks a lot.

This is no trivial matter.  Protecting the residents’ quality of life is an important part of the job.  Deliberations over liquor licenses and their impact on the quality of life here is something every member of the Council, and the Mayor, should be participating in and doing so without being conflicted.  Brennan and Doherty can’t do their jobs.

But another reason Brennan should go is that he is apparently of too high a moral character to represent all the hate-filled barbarians that make up his constituency.  You see the voters of Belmar like Donald Trump a lot more than they like Tom Brennan.


Tom Brennan’s election numbers:screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-6-28-36-amscreen-shot-2016-11-20-at-6-31-05-amscreen-shot-2016-11-20-at-6-31-06-am

Donald Trump’s election numbers in Belmar:screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-5-42-18-am

And Trump didn’t get 250 votes hand delivered from D’Jais.

Councilman Brennan’s Facebook page is an anti-Trump hatefest with nothing being too ugly or out of bounds to post there.


Of course Mr. Brennan has every right to publish this stuff but do we really want someone representing us who thinks that nearly 1600 of his constituents are racists, misogynists, xenophobes and Jew haters who supported a dangerous, glue-sniffing, abnormal, POS crackpot for president?

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