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But Josh, The Real Issues are…..

Paper bags and dune grass!


On those liquor license pay-to-play conflicts I would have reminded that not only is Brennan conflicted as long as he’s playing gigs, but Doherty is still conflicted for the next two years as well.  (And with Janis Blackburn, Jennifer Nicolay got us into a $10 million lawsuit over the Harmon liquor license vote.)  Liquor licenses are such an important issue in Belmar it’s ridiculous to have two Council members conflicted on the issue.

About the bonding, I think that a lot of people don’t know that New Jersey bonding law requires a supermajority of Council votes and that Mark and Josh together really can stop the bonding.  Josh needs to make that clearer.

The special events is a no brainer.  People are sick of them.


  1. Tourism wrote:

    If Josh really wants to stand up to our mayor and scale back events, he should consider the following:
    The Belmar Tourism Commission was created as a result of a NJ statute in order to ” promote tourism in NJ via towns having lodging for stays ( not daily visitors ). Besides Belmar not using tourism commission for the intended use, the commission if you read Belmar’s ordinance is illegally structured. Biggest illegality is it being run by a full time employee/director as well as having too many appointees. This has led to not only a lack of independence and accountability but fiscal abuses such as reported ON THIS BLOG: April 22, 2015 Gopal Tourism Contribution and May 1,2015, Stalker. Much of what is called for in Belmar is not a change in direction but rather a simple adherence to the law Josh.

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:12 am | Permalink
  2. A Voter 2 wrote:

    The only ones that benefit from sales are the business owners and the State collects the sales tax and business tax. Avon, Bradley, Spring Lake are not going to the extent that Belmar is with Matt love of Booze. I suggest that a public question should be As a taxpayer do you want the large events such as the seafood festival to continue? Also unless it is an emergency no funding over 500,000 be approved unless voted by the taxpayers.

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:50 am | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  4. Summer Timer wrote:

    I believe some people are interested in Josh’s position on the following: Over development of the town, Liquor licenses in abundance, Bar patrons out of control and all the summer rental animal houses. These issues adversely effect the quality of life in the summer for all families in town…

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink
  5. Summer Timer wrote:

    Also just a comment to Josh… I see the “Zero Play to Play Conflicts”, which is great.. However, what percentage of your Realestate Investment Firm, has holding in Belmar. This could potentially lead to a quid pro quo conflict, considering premits, inspection and code enforcement…

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
  6. Talk is cheap wrote:

    Josh you’re just not engaged in the issues in town. You needed to be at the council meeting last, and stood with Katrina in the issue of the tree planting. Don’t give me any bs either, because every voter that has had it with Matt would be voting for you had you done that. What an opportunity lost!
    Stand, don’t pontificate, stand!

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
  7. Guest wrote:

    #6 he was there He spoke first!

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm | Permalink
  8. Summer Timer wrote:

    #6…. I dont believe it would have been wise for Josh to get overly engaged in that last meeting.. What he said was adequate…. He just needs to dig into some of the bigger issues and explain, to the voters his thoughts.. Remember, cool heads prevail…

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    People, enough with the petty stuff. Tom Brennan had his chance to stop the mess our mayor has created and he has failed miserably. I’m not saying Josh is the perfect candidate but he’s probably a whole heck of a lot better than Brennan. Give him a chance.

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Josh has learned his history lessons including Sun Tzu. If you don’t understand, read a book or learn to play GO.

    If you’re not in it to win it at least be good to people for no reason.

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm | Permalink
  11. Summer Timer wrote:

    #9…. Please be realistic, yes Josh would be a great change. But other than the bloggers on this site, most people have many questions about Josh. He needs to deliver a strong message to the voters. Do you think his opposition is just sitting idle, they are scheming something. Just remember the what happened in the last mayoral election. When you are battling coruption you better deliver a strong message to all, as it is difficult to win on an uneven playing field…..

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
  12. Joshua Vallario wrote:

    #5. This is an easy one for me to answer… The only real estate I own in Belmar is my personal residence.

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:28 pm | Permalink
  13. Joshua Vallario wrote:

    #6. I was the handsome bald guy that spoke first. Not because I wanted to make it a political thing and get my name in the paper, but because what was done to Carmine and his children was disgusting. Even if I was not running for Council, I would have stood up and spoken. The abuse of power crossed the line – you just don’t mess with a grieving family. Its just wrong.

    starts at 1:27:38. Link Below

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:32 pm | Permalink
  14. Joshua Vallario wrote:

    #9. I would love to hear your thoughts. Reach out to me and lets discuss.

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:34 pm | Permalink
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Remember what a slap in the face the SEA members got from their band leader in that election said that all systems were a good for the “Shovel Ready” project at the lake. Lies and more lies appearing at election time only. You were told to play ball with the mayor and he’d take care of you, Check out your own back and front yards and see if anything came through timely back then.

    Do you really think commentors are the only ones who read Dave’s blog?

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    11: Repeat: Monday morning quarterbacks don’t work nor do empty promises.

    Why not try Integrity, Honesty and Business Ethics for a change.

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:13 pm | Permalink
  17. Katrina wrote:

    I find Josh to be an honorable intelligent guy. I admire his willingness to step up and run for council in a town as divided and volatile as Belmar. Does he have a lot to learn? Of course. Is he willing? Seems so to me.
    Here is our choice: Either pull the lever for Tom Brennan and continue the status quo. OR
    Pull the lever for Josh Vallario and vote for change.
    It’s that simple

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:26 am | Permalink
  18. Belle wrote:

    #17 I agree with you. The citizens of Belmar deserve better people on the town council representing them. People who have a conscience and won’t be afraid to vote it!

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10:05 am | Permalink
  19. Summer Timer wrote:

    Unfortunately, the best candidate does not win the election, the best campaign wins…. Just trying to motivate the man to VICTORY…..

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:26 am | Permalink
  20. A Voter Too wrote:

    Fine. But for all those who will vote for change, will you then starting Jan.1 hold him accountable. Remember we voted for change last year and we got a councilman from the opposing political party. Did he give us change? Did we hold him accountable? Will we hold him accountable next year this time when he runs for mayor? You cannot get blood out of a stone nor can you get change candidates out of the “establishment”. Just ask Steve Bannon.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink
  21. Guest wrote:

    Pretty simple.

    Here is our choice: Either pull the lever for Tom Brennan and continue the status quo. OR
    Pull the lever for Josh Vallario and vote for change.
    It’s that simple
    I’m with Josh.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  22. Not Terry Pierce wrote:

    And why are these “environmental” campaigns cluttering our mailboxes with direct mail. Those end up in a landfill too, geniuses.

    We get it Josh, you have corporate world experience. So does Mayor Doherty.

    I’d give Schneck a chance if he was running over the band guy. Built a powerful blog that is fair, is vocal at council meetings (nearly all) and posts unedited council meetings on YouTube. That’s an example of a leader.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
  23. Guest wrote:

    Sorry, I’m not buying this guy at all.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  24. Katrina wrote:

    That’s what’s great about America. You have the right to choose.
    Schneck’s not running ( he got beat up enough ) Beans not running (ditto) our choices are Brennan or Vallario. Choose one and get out and vote.
    Maybe next election “not terry pierce” or “voter too” will run. Who ever they are.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  25. Talk is Cheap wrote:

    Yes Josh I know you spoke, but where were you when Mutt’s enforcer tried to remove Katrina, you could have stood between them and really made a statement. When you stand you put it all on the line. You have my support but I would like to see strength, and values displayed instead of spoken. Go get em.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  26. Katrina wrote:

    # 23. That’s good because I don’t believe Josh is for sale

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink
  27. Sheesh wrote:

    You can also sleep comfortably at night and do a write in. I want to vote FOR someone, not against someone. And starting a campaign in October, going to perhaps two total meetings and stating family time prohibits you from walking worries me. On his political Facebook page I see sponsored ads for him which are videos of his engagement (Why would I care or want to see that?) and a picture of his child eating chocolate. I find that reprehensible.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  28. Guest wrote:

    #23, sorry to hear Matt, that you can’t buy Josh!

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:27 pm | Permalink
  29. Reprehensible? wrote:

    27- You should find the Mayor’s treatment of Katrina significantly more reprehensible.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
  30. Talk is cheap, that would be a ballsy move for a perspective councilman to interfere with in a Law enforement matter and get arrested at a public meeting while running for council. Never underestimate the power of martyrdom Anyway, you and sheesh are clearly Left wing trolls trying to sew the seeds of division. Keep trying, but I don’t think those seeds will germinate here. The right is dumb but not that dumb. Pick some new names and try again like I did.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm | Permalink
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    #2, 23, 25 and 27: your undeserved venom and attempts at misdirection are so apparent to so many biased and unbiased readers.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm | Permalink
  32. Guest wrote:

    Never thought I would see the day that Tom Brennan wouldn’t stand up to a bully like Matt.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:33 pm | Permalink
  33. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Just got a color glossy in my mailbox …. I read about getting some Sandy mileage and can only ask-

    What have you done for me lately?

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink
  34. OLD MAN wrote:

    To ALL………Vote for Josh and shut up

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:53 am | Permalink
  35. WOW wrote:

    #31,34 Cannot believe my ears. No wonder Belmar is so screwed up ( 31. conspiracy theories if you don’t agree (#34 shutting down dialog). The common thread is not only the brevity of your repeated posts but the lack of support for your stated views. Your posts do nothing to help your preferred candidate.

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:06 am | Permalink
  36. Summer Timer wrote:

    #34…. Brilliant!!!! You should be Josh’s campaign manager…

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink
  37. Anonymous wrote:

    Now Dave’s blog is accused of having audio components.

    Vote November 7th, over and you’re out Dr.No.

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 10:41 am | Permalink
  38. WOW wrote:

    #37 I read out loud. Sorry if that bothers you. Doctor No, I doubt it ,except I do love cats.

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  39. OLD MAN wrote:

    #35 The obvious is clear. Vote for Brennan and you get the same crap. Vote for Josh and maybe just maybe things can turn around. Enough said. Vote for Josh and shut up all ready. Pass the aspirins dear.

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  40. WOW wrote:

    #39. You need to add tired to “Old Man”. Katrina keeps saying “it’s simple”, you advocate “maybe it will turn around.” You are both talking about one council seat that will be sitting on top of quite an entrenched deep state of folks who have been paid off, folks with salaries, benefits and pensions who gladly support the Mayor with the carrots and the sticks. Simple my ass. How can you turn things around without a base and with zero political power?

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  41. Back home again wrote:

    Count the number of pay2play Ordinance violators sitting on your Council in Belmar. Lack of Ethics, Integrity and Honesty or just plain dumb assets?

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 5:20 pm | Permalink
  42. OLD MAN wrote:

    #40 You need to start somewhere? So vote for Brennan and shut up.

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6:33 am | Permalink
  43. Bill Straus wrote:

    I hope you all can throw that Brennan out on his ear. Once you do it is not Josh who is now on the hot seat it is all of you. The voters MUST keep his feet to the fire. You all must support him in his efforts to reign in Matt. You don’t just elect him and expect Josh to carry all the weight. Stand behind him when he needs you. Stand beside him when he is working for you. Stand in front of him if Matt attacks him. Learn from the history of the town and get it done. Go beat his butt Josh.

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
  44. the exorcist wrote:

    Think about starting your nine day novenas now, praying members of the Element. Other methods of petition to the higher powers also welcome. Why? An earthly concern of overthrowing Belmar’s dominant Democratic council and its corrupt methods.

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm | Permalink
  45. No puppet am I wrote:

    Belmar has a strong history of being Bipartisan. Don’t forget we don’t have to be sheepeople to get jobs, homes or child care. Open your mouth. Speak your mind. Vote for honesty, integrity and ethics over dirty dealing party bosses pulling puppet strings.

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  46. Josh Vallario wrote:

    #23 I am not for sale.

    #22 I think my corirate experience far outweighs Matt’s… just saying.

    Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:49 pm | Permalink
  47. Josh Vallario wrote:

    #34 I think that is my next mailer…

    Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
  48. Josh Vallario wrote:

    #27 I have been campaigning since April and have been to more than two meetings.

    Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm | Permalink
  49. Josh Vallario wrote:

    #27 one more thing… you find a picture of my addorable daughter reprehensible. You know what I find reprehensible? Corruption…

    Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

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