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Debate Drought Continues

Hasn’t been one in Belmar since 2010


I was in that 2010 debate, btw.  So was Matt Doherty, Jim Bean, Brian Magovern, Claire Deicke, Richard Wright and Greg Dempsey.

It was a real clash of titans.


  1. admin wrote:

    The moderators actually ended it early because they wanted to go home and watch the Giants play Monday Night Football. (Giants beat the Cowboys 41-35.)

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 9:27 am | Permalink
  2. Citizen Lame wrote:

    So these two want to be on the council. They have an opportunity so speak for 10 minutes each to a group of people in order to outline their plan for Belmar. They decided that they would rather go door to door (as if the two options are mutually exclusive)to speak to one or two people at a clip. Make sense? So, when Matt Doherty told them not to be a part of the forum why wouldn’t they ask why? Why on earth would you trust a person that is telling you NOT to be a part of a meet the candidates event? Or a debate? I cannot vote for anyone that cannot think for themselves.
    How does a man as incompetent and intellectually challenged as Matt Doherty still hold sway over ANYONE?

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 9:58 am | Permalink
  3. Guest wrote:

    Insane! Their excuse for sitting this out is ridiculous. What are they afraid of?

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:19 am | Permalink
  4. ms.nobody wrote:

    As I recall, the former mayor contributed $2000 to their campaign. Money talks, they don’t.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:36 am | Permalink
  5. OLD MAN wrote:

    Just vote Jim Bean>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 11:26 am | Permalink
  6. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    “How does a man as incompetent and intellectually challenged as Matt Doherty still hold sway over ANYONE?”
    Matt maye bee dumbe, but I asure you, these too dingbats ar dumbur.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 5:10 pm | Permalink
  7. A Voter 2 wrote:

    #6 Tom why are you surprised? The democratic party is banking on dumb ignorant people who don’t mind being told what you can do and not have. I met a resident of Belmar at Rite Aid who never heard of Walgreen’s.

    Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 8:22 am | Permalink
  8. Craig wrote:

    Their campaign is dead before it began

    Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 8:45 am | Permalink
  9. Guest wrote:

    Their website is a little outdated….the ideas on the website are a little outdated too… I also don’t see a plan on how to save the town money and reduce taxes.

    Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 10:21 am | Permalink
  10. OLD MAN wrote:

    Just vote for Jim Bean for council

    Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 10:29 am | Permalink
  11. elemental wrote:

    I would like to hear them both speak at the next two Mayor and Council meetings. If a vocal opponent can intimidate them, they are too timid to hold office.

    Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 10:29 am | Permalink
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    6 -Just caught up with This week’s Coast Star. No dingbats running for office. Both are college grads. One has a master’s degree and both are involved with good deeds. Russo and McBride are credible candidates. Sounds like McBride has a job which involves various kinds of thinking skills. Russo supports vets. Sounds like Cheri and Maggie are a good team.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 11:14 am | Permalink
  13. Anon wrote:

    #6 – Uhhhh… that endorsement is quite weak & vague. I’m guessing you are being facetious. If they are such a good team, then come out & show us! Please! How can we decide who’s best if we don’t hear from them? Come on ladies – let us hear your ideas and plans at a candidates forum!

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm | Permalink
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    13-You missed the point . They are not dingbats, as was suggested by #6. Well-educated with solid careers.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  15. Supports Vets wrote:

    Who the hell doesn’t support the vets? So funny how that phrase is thrown at us as if it’s unique. If there’s something the candidate does for our Veterans, please do tell. Why not explain? Maybe because it’s a minor volunteer thing. If it is, sorry, but big deal – lots of people volunteer for Vets and other good groups.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    15-Actually, Cheri Russo oversees a program which pairs dogs with vets. She’s also been involved with programs at Fort Dix—meal preparations and organizing games .,, mostly card games.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm | Permalink
  17. goosie gander wrote:

    Ok, so Belmar needs more social directors. Nice does not mean someone can run a town. How about infrastructure issues? Traffic and crime? How about enforcing the borough’s ordinance regarding picking up the waste that dogs deposit around town.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    No reference was made about running a town-only that Cheri and Maggie aren’t dingbats ,(as stated in #6) given their education backgrounds and jobs.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Claire coattails is hosting a do for the gals meet and greet in her home. Just like Claire did for her unqualified friend “Jennifer I’ll go along with everything Matt wants Nicolay”. We all know where that ones Votes got us, Lawsuits, Trials, Debts near bankruptcies and hurtful reputations. Salt Lawsuit hasn’t hit the resident pocketbooks yet. You can send your bill to Jennifer Nicola y when it comes in the mail! Obviously trying touse the Women’s Club votes again. They are too wise Claire. It’s the 2020 era.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6:27 pm | Permalink
  20. Guest wrote:

    Why won’t they agree to a forum with ALL the candidates? Each candidate can then state and defend their views. Let us hear them speak their minds before an interested crowd. Not just visit individual homes for private, safe little discussions. The Democratic candidates seem to be coddled and sheltered by their party.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  21. Claire Deicke wrote:

    19-Love the coattail reference! One woman from the woman’s club attending… only one…because she is an active Democrat. Sorry to disappoint-but I have tons of women attending Sunday’s ladies’ tea. Did you think my only connection was the BELMAR Woman’s Club? I’ve been a BELMAR resident for 53 years. I know tons of people. Looking forward to having Cheri and Maggie meet lots of new folks. Perhaps you feel left out because you aren’t invited. I’ll send you an invite if you’d like. You can join the many, many women attending, if you are in fact a gal. I got this idea of ladies’ teas from the Kennedy women. Whenever a brother ( relative) Kennedy ran for office.the ladies of the family would hold tea parties. Thought I’d bring the concept to BELMAR. Let me know if you’d like an invitation. You can socialize with the many people anxious to meet our Cheri and Maggie. Glad you are putting the word out about my tea party. I am a 20-year member of the Belmar Woman’s Club. To assume I would use my fellow members for political reasons is malicious and vicious. Get professional help. You are way too bitter a person.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 7:58 pm | Permalink
  22. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #19-Sounds like you are insecure. I think you are upset because you didn’t receive an invitation to the ladies’ tea . Only one person from the woman’s Club is attending because she is an active Democrat. I’m a Belmar resident for 53 years. I know tons of people, not just woman’s club ladies. Many people are attending my Sunday ladies’ tea to socialize with Cheri and Maggie. I originally came up with the idea when the Kennedy women of Massachusetts held ladies’ teas whenever a brother or relative ran for office. Thought I’d bring the concept to BELMAR. And I didn’t just hold this event for
    Jen…but for all of our Democrat candidates over the years. To state that I used my fellow woman’s club members for political reasons is malicious and vicious. You are in a very dark place..your post reeks of hate. Just because you didn’t receive an invitation. ( I sent a similar message a little while ago-not sure it made it to the blog..that’s why I’m submitting this one.) I love “Coattails Claire “…great alliteration! If I ever run for office again, I think I’ll use it as my campaign saying!

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 8:22 pm | Permalink
  23. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Here’s something the dingbat can help veterans with. Help them get their smoking rights back or at least help them to start using vapes.

    Smoking ban at VA facilities has some veterans fuming – ABC … › Health › wireStory › smoking-ban-va-facilities-vet…

    4 hours ago – “I get the aspect that it’s a hospital and for all practical purposes you shouldn’t be smoking inside the VA,” Holland said. “But as far outside, …

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
  24. Puzzled wrote:

    #21&#22 – If they’ll speak at your lovely Kennedy-like tea, why won’t they speak at a full candidates forum where all interested voters can have a chance to hear their ideas for the future of our town? Please explain why they won’t talk to more of the people they want to represent? This is what many of us are having trouble understanding.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 8:13 am | Permalink
  25. Guest wrote:

    To quote their statement from the above article…“We both value talking directly to voters, communicating what we will do if we are elected and listening to their concerns.” This is precisely what a forum will allow them to do:
    1) Talk to voters
    2) Communicate what they will do if elected
    3) Listen to concerns
    Bingo! Come to a forum and do that! Reach the people who have not had you knock on their doors and the people who are not invited to tea. Your avoidance could cause some voters to think you do not have anything substantial to say and/or cannot support your views with true facts. I have yet to have the pleasure of having either Democratic candidate communicate to me, or my neighbors, specifically what she will do if elected. Why did they decline the opportunity to do exactly what they say they both value doing??????

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 9:20 am | Permalink
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    19-Use the women’s club again? Are you serious? Are you a member of the club? She doesn’t need to use any organization. Have you ever been in Claire’s presence when others are around? Everyone knows her and likes her. If she ran again for office she’s win. In fact, ahe’s Been approached to run by both political sides. Use the women’s club? What an awful thing to say. You don’t know her interactions with club members or her many years of dedication to the club projects. You are mean and nasty to suggest what you did.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:41 am | Permalink
  27. #22 – While it’s wonderful that some women will get the opportunity “to socialize with Cheri and Maggie”, it really would be beneficial if all interested Belmar voters could have the opportunity to hear the political views and plans of Cheri and Maggie. #22 – Please answer #25. It is certainly a valid question.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  28. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #27-Perhaps they prefer a smaller venue.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
  29. Acorn Brain wrote:

    19- You are brainless. No hope for you and your lack of understanding. Many of the woman’s club members don’t live/vote in BELMAR. You think your remark is clever, but it’s dumb. Also, the word coattails is used during an election. Someone wins because they are close to a popular candidate. They win on someone else’s coattails. You have no idea about anything.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 1:58 pm | Permalink
  30. shirley u. guest wrote:

    #28 If they prefer a smaller venue, representing a town is too big for them. They should rethink this and stick to being on smaller committees that are more handleable. A council person can’t be shy looking for safe spaces to speak. If they want to represent then attend and face the residents that vote.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm | Permalink
  31. Tea wrote:

    Is the Tea a fundraiser? Will the women from other towns give money to McBride and Russo’s campaign? If not, I don’t think it’s a great use of their time during an election year. A Tea is great if and after they’ve exhausted all other opportunities, which as we can see, they haven’t. Smaller venue?? Egads!! What’s gonna happen when it’s their turn to present the budget hearing (if elected)? They gonna present it in Claire’s living room?

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm | Permalink
  32. Guest wrote:

    #30. Exactly!!! #28 – Was that a serious answer? If so… read #30 please.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 4:36 pm | Permalink
  33. Claire Deicke wrote:

    31-Not a fundraiser. Not a poor use of time. Women who don’t know Cheri or Maggie will have a chance to meet them. Over the years the teas have been most successful. Fun, relaxing, and informative. I always try to invite women who don’t know the candidates. Could mean ten to twenty votes. Usually 25 women attend.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 4:58 pm | Permalink
  34. #31 – Those 25 women are lucky indeed! So many other of my fellow residents would really like to know where these two candidates stand. What’s their game plan? How do they plan to serve the residents of Belmar? Maybe you could live stream this event..? Ha!

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  35. Anonymous wrote:

    19-Reckless and unsubstantiated remarks.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 5:58 pm | Permalink
  36. callmecynical wrote:

    Certain “small venues” are opportunities for backroom deals. Bring this out in the open, make a video or something, why such a partisan party of only females? Oh, yeah, politics. If I were old fashioned, I would play Tammy Wynette singing “Stand By Your Man.” If these women are elected, I hope they are not relegated to “women’s work,” to leave the real work/politics to the men. Pass the finger sandwiches. Good luck.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
  37. Anonymous wrote:

    Add idiotic and absurd to the list to describe # 19’s comments .

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 8:37 pm | Permalink
  38. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #35 – “Add idiotic and absurd to the list to describe # 19’s comments”
    I take ofense att that statement. Awl the smartist peopil eye know a’re idiotic and abserd.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6:38 am | Permalink
  39. It’s hard to consider voting for people who won’t stand up tall & speak in front of all the people they wish to represent. What’s up with that?

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8:35 am | Permalink
  40. Claire Deicke wrote:

    36-What a ridiculous slant on a tea party! Back room deals? Women’s work versus men’s work? Skewed thunking. Read all comments.Maybe that will give you a better sense of the idea/purpose of the tea party. Those who are not committed to other candidates have been invited. Not trying to sway those who support other candidates. Women who are open to meeting the Democrat candidates have been invited. 36-You are confused and present a situation that doesn’t exist.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  41. Sensible wrote:

    I think it’s fairly obvious that the reason that candidates McBride and Russo are choosing to do the Tea event while avoiding the other events: the Tea event will be a friendly crowd. That’s politics. It’s great that Clair is still involved and it is great that the two candidates are participating in the event. However, if you really want to engage voters and earn the respect of your potential constituents, you need to be willing to answer the tough questions as well as the softballs. I’ve never met either of them, they may be well educated, hard working, and caring individuals. But I am concerned that they seem unwilling to acknowledge the well documented, publicly known corruption perpetrated by the previous administration.
    They are quick to deride the tax increase yet they are silent (at least from what I’ve read) about the graft and outright incompetence of the Doherty regime that literally lead to the tax increase. And the issue is not some abstract philosophical ideological concept. The financial wrongdoings are public information and are there for the world to see. In other words, facts. They have had a direct impact on what is the very heart of their campaign, yet they refuse to discuss it. I don’t blame them for not wanting to talk about it. However, if you want my vote, or anyone’s vote for that matter, you must confront reality and discuss the political greed that lead us to this crisis and make it clear to us that you have a plan to rectify it.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  42. Truth wrote:

    #41 says it all!

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:17 am | Permalink
  43. callmecynical wrote:

    #41 Precisely. Some people would not recognize a backroom deal if they were in the middle of it. (e.g. That’s how politics works, right?) Not saying that this tea party is that, but it could create a culture that creates a propensity toward exclusivity. (You are a Kennedy Democrat or not!) I hope not. Claire, I am glad that you are back doing your thing. And my thinking is clear. Your mild derision taken in stride – my price to pay for communicating.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:26 am | Permalink
  44. Guest wrote:

    #41 Truer words were never spoken! Thank you. The candidates stated in the above article:

    “The overriding concern we hear about campaigning door to door is the terrible impact the recent 21.7 percent tax increase is having on Belmar’s residents. Some people have even indicated they will need to move because they can no longer afford to live on(sp) Belmar. That is unacceptable to us.”

    Really? That’s it? They find the tax increase unacceptable? Shocker! During their campaign, we have never heard an acknowledgement of what brought about such a large increase AND not a word about how to rectify it.

    #40 – If any of this gets discussed at your tea party and some tough questions get answered, please share with your fellow residents.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
  45. You’ve done enough wrote:

    Please no more , you did enough propping up Matt, so much so that the town will be paying for it for years come. Least us we not forget your unyielding support of everything that came out of Matt’s mouth ie Pavilion Marina Grill Outflow Pipe Safety Building pilot programs epic construction etc… it’s a shame because you have done a lot of goodfor the town of Belmar but unfortunately it will be tainted by the blind loyalty you had for the past administration. So for for everyone especially your own please sit this one out. The town of Belmar will be paying for your past participation for the years to come.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 3:25 pm | Permalink
  46. Anonymous wrote:

    #19-Doesn’t know the meaning of the word coattails in the context of politics. Wrong use of the word in the comment.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 3:51 pm | Permalink
  47. anon wrote:

    Well finally someone [#41] whose post is in sync with the name they use to post. But i think everyone will be waiting a long time for the acknowledgement of the misdeeds of the previous administration. In the first place it would run counter to their placing the blame for the increase in taxes on two of their opponents and probably more telling it would be biting the hand that has fed beau coup bucks to their campaign.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
  48. Claire Deicke wrote:

    45-I Was not on the council to vote on any of the topics you mentioned. The Pavilion wasn’t rebuilt as yet, Marina Grill didn’t come up until after I left, the outfall pipe wasn’t a issue either. Epic was hired after Hurricane Sandy. I served as councilwoman from 2006-2013. Sure, I support Democrats running for elections…always. We have done great things for the town through the years. Thank you for acknowledging my efforts as a council person. Never missed a meeting in the six years I served. I tried very hard to listen to concerns of our residents and to solve issues, and to put into place programs that would benefit them.
    Honestly people still ask me if I’d consider running for office again. Not you, 45, of course.


    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5:49 pm | Permalink
  49. #45 – Did any of the former mayor’s financial misdeeds and lawsuits ever give you pause? Hopefully you support candidates for their merits and not just always support any and all Democrats running for election – just because they’re Democrats. What specific strategies do your current candidates have planned to help Belmar’s financial situation? Haven’t heard any yet. They need to get that out there to improve their credibility.

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8:17 pm | Permalink
  50. Excuse me – I meant to address #48

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8:32 pm | Permalink
  51. Anonymous wrote:

    So if the two young ladies have Claire and Matt backing per 10th Avenue Burrito party (ironic) what does that mean for the future of Belmar? More Pay to Play? Will they also promote More Pavilion catering halls debacles, will they be defiant of civil rights laws and promote Marina losses that Belmar’s residents ultimately have to pay for?

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm | Permalink
  52. Sensible wrote:

    Claire- #45 wasn’t saying that you were on the council during the pavilion and Chefs Int and outflow pipe events. They were just pointing out the fact that you were a strong supporter of Matts during that time. I think we would all like to know how you feel about him knowing what you know now. Most of the people I know who supported Matt at that time now feel violated and foolish. But they have been honest with themselves about the delusion. You say you vote for democrats no matter what. I think that you should take off the blinders, do your homework, and vote for the best PERSON. Regardless of their political affiliation.
    I know that you’ll either not respond to this or respond with a confusing, non nonsensical quip. And that’s ok. Those of us that fought the good fight against the blatant and well documented corruption of Matt Doherty just want justice. Justice for the citizens of this town. Justice for the people he tried to ruin. And acknowledgement from the people that so blindly supported him. I beginning to think we’ll get none of the above. And it’s a bummer.

    Friday, October 4, 2019 at 8:12 am | Permalink
  53. Being honest wrote:

    #48 – Claire – Have you experienced any growing incertitude about some of the dubitable actions of the former Belmar administration?

    Friday, October 4, 2019 at 8:48 am | Permalink
  54. madame.snark wrote:

    Claire has learned well from Matt. She is a master of the twist and diversion. No sixties dance move, by the way. Rarely politicians answer directly questions asked of them. Pass the canapes. Dishonesty may cause indigestion.

    Friday, October 4, 2019 at 9:44 am | Permalink
  55. #53 I can’t imagine you’ll get any kind of straight answer from Claire. To respond would put her in damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. If she admits that, perhaps, some of the actions occurring under the Doherty regime were underhanded (even illegal?), her status with the town Democrats will disappear. They will turn their backs & lock her out in a hot minute. However, if she blindly stands by & supports all of Doherty’s actions, she will look like a fool.

    Friday, October 4, 2019 at 10:44 am | Permalink
  56. Anonymous wrote:

    19-Wrong use of the word coattails. A person, figuratively, rides another candidate’s coattails to win an election. Is Claire running for office? Check how a word is used before you place in a sentence.

    Friday, October 4, 2019 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
  57. Bossy Pants wrote:

    #19 was using the work coattails as a literary device called a “reference”. It means to elude to something that is commonly known from the past. Even Claire herself “loved the coattail reference!”
    Looks like you’re the one that needs to check how a word are used before you place it in a sentence.

    Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9:34 am | Permalink
  58. goosie gander wrote:

    “allude” not “elude”

    Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:02 am | Permalink
  59. To the word expert wrote:

    57-You should take your own advice. Allude or elude?
    “You should check how a word is used before you place it in a sentence.”

    Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
  60. Bossy wrote:

    It was a joke genius. I also used ‘are’ instead of ‘is’. Trying for a little levity but it ‘alluded’ you.

    Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 8:08 am | Permalink
  61. Thoughts? wrote:

    #48 – Any answer for #53? Do you believe everything was always on the up and up?

    Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 8:16 am | Permalink
  62. Anonymous wrote:

    60-SURE you did!

    Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 12:55 pm | Permalink
  63. Bossy wrote:

    Ok, you got me. I used ‘elude’ instead of ‘allude’ and ‘are’ instead of ‘is’ because I’m an idiot. So ashamed. I’m assuming #56 was joking about their glaring misunderstanding of #19’s post? You seem to be the mind reader, please let me know.

    Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:03 pm | Permalink
  64. Did we miss the tea?

    Monday, October 7, 2019 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  65. Anonymous wrote:

    36 Has a vivid imagination. Watches too many movies centered around intrigue. Back room deals at a tea party? Get real. Funny how dramatic some people can be. Taken to a whole new level of stupidity.

    Monday, October 7, 2019 at 11:58 pm | Permalink
  66. callmecynical wrote:

    Yeah, thanks for stupidity and introducing tea party women to Jennifer Nicolay and supporting her brilliance. And nearly ruining the town. Gosh, did I get someone’s knickers in a twist?

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:51 am | Permalink
  67. Aileen wrote:

    I am not voting for the candidates but I have no idea why having a Tea is so upsetting to you guys.
    Claire – don’t worry about this silliness.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  68. Having a tea is a wonderful idea. But, so is knowing what the honored candidates plans are for our financially-damaged town. How do their potential constituents get to know that information?

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 9:23 am | Permalink
  69. callmecynical wrote:

    It is not the idea of a tea that is disturbing, actually a rather lovely idea, but having the hostess in charge in whose home this happens, is disturbing. A follower of duplicitous officials inculcating or promoting newbies? That is scary.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 9:53 am | Permalink
  70. Hopefully #61’s question will get answered.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10:17 am | Permalink
  71. Claire Deicke wrote:

    36, 43,64- and anyone else who referenced the tea party. It was a fantastic success…the social event of the decade! Jackie, Ethel and Caroline would have been proud of me! A confession-the back room deals’ suggestions were hidden in the finger sandwiches. My only regret-I didn’t serve cannolis .
    ( “ leave the gun-take the cannolis.”)
    ( Thanks, Aileen , for your words of support.)

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 11:33 am | Permalink
  72. #71 – Such wonderful news!!! Now, back to the sad economic state of this town… Did your candidates divulge their plan of action to undo the financial misdeeds of the previous administration? Please let us know!

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
  73. looking forward wrote:

    Yes #71, please if there was any policy talk we’d all like to hear it. I see their signs say something like ‘no taxes’. How do they propose to handle that? We are in a tremendous amount of debt so how do they circle that square? Thank you Claire for helping put together the Tea event. We look forward to you sharing their plan on dealing with the debt while keeping taxes flat. Just a synopsis will do. If you could let us know as soon as possible that would be great. Thanks again.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 2:02 pm | Permalink
  74. Claire Deicke wrote:

    My suggestion to all those interested in the plans Russo and McBride have for BELMAR: reach out to them and invite them to your homes. I don’t want to misquote their thoughts and ideas. Their contact information is on their walk card. Best way to find out is face-to-face conversationS. That’s how both Cheri and Maggie prefer to communicate/answer questions.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm | Permalink
  75. Will they want to hold council meetings in assorted living rooms also? This is ridiculous! Have a town forum and speak to all interested constituents!

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
  76. #74 Wait! Let me get this straight. The only way we may find out what their thoughts are about some very serious issues, and what their possible solutions may be, is if we invite them to our homes?

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:32 pm | Permalink
  77. Claire Deicke wrote:

    76-Sure -why not? You could speak to Cheri and Maggie on your porches or Front yards. Why is that a bad solution to your desires to get answers to your questions-actually, you’ll receive better attention to your concerns-smaller groups. What’s so shocking about that?

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:44 pm | Permalink
  78. Claire Deicke wrote:

    69-I couldn’t agree with you more. The tea party was meant to be deceptive, deceitful, and scary since it was held at Casa Deicke. All kinds of evil plans were discussed to bring BELMAR down to its lowest ebb, especially since I am duplicitous and very dangerous. The tea party was ok in your eyes,69. But the sinful abode where it was held was indeed scary and inappropriate. Heaven forbid! Mea culpa maxima! I’ll remember your concerns the next time I have my family over for dinner. No place for decent people to assemble, after the sinful tea party that took place at 1017 14th Ave. Amazing that I only support the worst people to hold office here in our town.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8:08 pm | Permalink
  79. Looking forward wrote:

    Thank you #74. I contacted them and asked that they come by. I did mention my concerns about the fact that we’re already in a lot of debt and that I’m very interested to hear how they plan to get out of it without raising taxes. I probably shouldn’t have said that because I have yet to get a response. I hope that’s not an ‘off limits’ subject.
    Also- I know your response to 69 was tongue in cheek but you must understand that 69 was pointing out that you supported a man who DID engage in duplicitous back room deals and DID engage in dishonesty and corruption. That’s all. I know you were trying to make light of it but unfortunately The things that he did to this town are real. And the people that supported him were complicit. And there are a lot of us that don’t find it amusing. Like I said, I know you’re trying to make light of it but it’s hard for us to joke about what was done to this town by Mr Doherty.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:31 am | Permalink
  80. #79 – I believe you certainly should have asked the two candidates about how they plan to handle our debt issues. An “off-limits” subject? That’s one of the top issues our administration must deal with and solve. The fact that they don’t have a response is quite telling. Is this why they won’t face the constituents in an open discussion? Do they actually even have a plan? What is their platform – we don’t like the tax increase? That’s not a plan, yet that’s pretty much all we know about them. I also agree that making light of the previous administration’s fraudulent dealings is not a good look. We can’t heal and move on as a town if we keep ignoring the obvious. The Democratic candidates will continue to lose credibility with the voters if they don’t speak up and say something substantial.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 9:44 am | Permalink
  81. looking forward wrote:

    #80 That’s why I’m trying to get them to come to my house. I would like to discuss all of the things you mentioned. If they agree, I will let everyone know and whoever would like to attend is welcome to attend. Stay tuned.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10:50 am | Permalink
  82. Fed Up wrote:

    Isn’t it mystifying that the voters who could help put these candidates into the important positions they desire have to beseech them to open up and share their philosophies and game plans? They sure don’t make it easy. Not a positive way to run a campaign.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:14 am | Permalink
  83. #81 Thank you. Hope you are successful in uncovering what’s behind all the small-scale appearances and can get some meaningful information for us. Of course, that should not be your obligation. In the real world, it’s up to the candidates (and whoever is advising them) to make sure that their plan of action reaches the voters. Good Luck!

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:36 am | Permalink
  84. The Shadow Knows wrote:

    79-What is amusing is your ridiculous claim that an innocent tea party can be seen as a duplicitous act of corruption and wrong doing. What evil spirits lurk at 1017 14th? Complicit…Mrs.Dicke will have to confess her sins in church. She’s a very scary person who tries to influence people with her evil ways. Give me a break. I don’t think she was trying to be humorous. Wrong read on her comments. You are the scary one. Imaginary evil swirling around 14th Ave.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 12:43 pm | Permalink
  85. #84 Can we please get back to trying to find some answers as to what the Democratic candidates propose to do, if elected? I’ve never seen such ridiculous attempts of deflection every time this reasonable request is made. Why must the voters make special arrangements to meet these ladies and to, hopefully, hear their action plan? That’s what’s scary.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
  86. Huh? wrote:

    Fun stuff on the blog . The tea party was held by a woman who is complicit with wrong doing. My sides hurt from laughing. Ridiculous.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  87. shirley u. guest wrote:

    So with over 6000 residents and less than 30 days to vote, we are supposed to make an appt. to meet these 2 women to speak at our homes?because that’s how they prefer to do it?
    This is a serious election that will have a major impact on the future of our town.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 4:08 pm | Permalink
  88. Claire Deicke wrote:

    85-Let’s kick around the word scary for a change. Scary that Russo and McBride would prefer personal connections? Highly dramatic. Special arrangements? It’s not like making an appointment with The Queen of Sheba. What’s the big deal? You want answers to your questions posed to the two Democratic candidates. What better than face to face? You’ll get a real sense as to what they are about.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 4:10 pm | Permalink
  89. Anonymous wrote:

    #80- Funny you don’t question what the incumbents’ positions are and how they plan to deal with this debt. Oh, silly me, I forgot. Their plan is to raise taxes (again). Vote one vote. Jim Bean

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  90. Looking forward wrote:

    #84 Um, what? I’m the scary one? I was just pointing out that she was obviously joking about something that a different commenter said. Claire’s not an evil person, that’s ridiculous.
    She was supportive of a guy that was obviously (to many of us) corrupt. I believe that anyone who supports that same guy that we now know for a fact was corrupt, is therefore… Perhaps you and #86 are upset with the word complicit. Maybe that is too strong a word. Ok, let’s say supportive then. She was supportive of Matt while he was obviously corrupt. Is that better? I don’t think Claire is a bad person at all. I think she made a mistake that we all have made at one point or another. Putting your faith in the wrong person. The best way to deal with it is to admit your mistake and move on. If your angry enough you can even confront the person that violated your trust. I highly recommend that anyone who supported Matt or Jen or Brian or Tom should do that very thing. I don’t know if any of that will happen but there’s nothing weird or funny about any of it. On the contrary, it’s pretty serious.
    In the meantime, I’m still waiting for a response from the folks that would like me to vote for them. I’ll check their website to see if I can get some answers.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
  91. Claire Deicke wrote:

    90-Thanks for your support. ( I think.)

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
  92. #88 You have it wrong. What’s scary is there are no tangible propositions coming from your candidates on how to deal with Belmar’s budget. Actually, no propositions on how they plan to deal with anything. The residents are pleading for some morsels of information from these ladies and the only response we get is…. “make an appointment”? Voting blindly for anyone because of their political party and not their worthiness is very scary.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6:28 pm | Permalink
  93. #89 I certainly have questioned the incumbents’ positions. I attend and ask questions at council meetings. I also am aware of Jim Bean’s positions and proposals. What I am totally in the dark about is what the Democratic candidates are masterminding. We’ve heard they’re nice people and like to talk face-to-face. Also, they are not happy with the tax increase. I think it’s fair to ask that any and all interested Belmar residents have a chance to hear their positions, especially on solving our budget issues. Can this be done without having to invite them over for cake & coffee? BTW – I’m a Democrat.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6:50 pm | Permalink
  94. Anonymous wrote:

    92&93-You are concerned and find it “scary” that the candidates on the Democratic ticket aren’t Offering ideas about how to fix certain situations in our town. How about the sitting Republican councilmen who are running for election to retain their council seats.How are they proposing to fix problems? Haven’t heard from them either.

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 1:10 am | Permalink
  95. Watch & See wrote:

    #94 Do you go to council meetings?

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:52 am | Permalink
  96. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    The point here isn’t to hear the two female women Dem. candidates. I’m sure their combined intellect falls within the phrase, [intellectually barren] – I mean that only in the best way of course. The whole idea is to get them elected not hear any of their “ideas”. I have to admit though, their election would add some comedic value to the council meetings.
    Vote for Jim Bean

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:36 am | Permalink
  97. #94 – You would have heard from them at the Candidate Forum – if that could have happened (see article above). It seems to all come back to trying to figure out why the Democratic candidates refused to take part in, what would have been, an immensely beneficial event for all Belmar voters. Was there ever a credible reason given for why they turned down such an opportunity? I agree with #95 – go to the council meetings. You’ll see what there is to like & dislike about their views and actions.

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 8:30 am | Permalink
  98. eugene creamer wrote:

    Just follow the money …

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 8:36 am | Permalink
  99. Looking forward wrote:

    91- no problem. And thank you for acknowledging that you regret supporting Matt Doherty in light of the corruption revelations. (I think)

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  100. callmecynical wrote:

    #79 thanks, you got my meaning. I think Claire did but is too proud to admit it. Master of the twist, she is.

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 12:57 pm | Permalink
  101. #90 – Did you ever get a response?

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 8:49 pm | Permalink
  102. looking forward wrote:

    101- No. Though I may be on the ‘do not engage with’ list so I don’t expect to get a response.

    Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:03 am | Permalink
  103. RSVP wrote:

    #88 – What’s up with that? #90 is following your directive & trying to make an appointment with the candidates. Why no response?

    Friday, October 11, 2019 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  104. Still looking forwar wrote:

    Nothin yet
    Also there is a ‘day of action’ listed on their website for 10/12. You have to enter your info and submit a request before you get the location of the event. That seem odd to anyone? Why not just publish the location to get as many people involved as possible?

    Friday, October 11, 2019 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  105. They have a website? Does it have any information that is valuable, meaningful, or substantial?

    Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8:17 pm | Permalink
  106. #104 It seems VERY odd. Their whole campaign seems very odd. Why are these candidates so over-protected? Who is running their campaign & keeping them so reclusive? Doesn’t make sense. Were you finally able to get an appointment?

    Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  107. Looking backward wrote:

    105- not what I saw. They technically don’t have a website per se, it’s a face book page. I’m not on face book so what I saw seemed low on specifics. They do have email addresses.
    106- No. like I said, I have questions they don’t wanna answer. I’ll try again.
    Matt Doherty is in charge of their campaign. He has a list of people they need to avoid I’m sure. Why they don’t question why there are citizens they need to avoid is beyond me but, but they seem a tad naive

    Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
  108. #107 – It appears they’re more than a tad naive. The word pawn comes to mind. Don’t they think this strategy of ‘make an appointment and (maybe) we’ll come talk to you’ seems disingenuous? I guess our former mayor still wants to call the shots. Belmar certainly does not need more of that.

    Monday, October 14, 2019 at 9:07 pm | Permalink
  109. Looking back wrote:

    108-agree. Matt is a politician of the worst sort. The fact that he still even lives in this town after all that’s come out about him and his admin is amazing to me. Yet there are people that live in here and have access to the same information we all have access to and still like him. It’s like bizarroworld.
    But yes, Belmar doesn’t need more of Matt

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7:07 am | Permalink
  110. Why any Belmar citizen would vote for these women and, essentially, put Mr. Doherty’s hands back in our government is mind-boggling! Would someone who plans to vote for them please explain why? What else do they believe the Democratic candidates will bring to the table? This is a sincere question. There’s got to be something I’m missing.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8:28 am | Permalink
  111. Yes, please wrote:

    110- Yes it’s a great question. And I agree with your desire to hear from someone who plans on voting for the two democratic candidates. As informative as this blog has been, it is a bit of an echo chamber. But if you have met with Russo and/or McBride and you plan on voting for them, please let us know what swayed you. I can’t promise no vicious or mean comments in reply, but you can stay anonymous.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 9:10 am | Permalink
  112. Yes – Please #91 and friends – tell us what specific ideas included in the Democratic candidates vision for Belmar made you decide that both women will get your votes. What sold you about them and why are they a good choice for Belmar? Thank you.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  113. Anonymous wrote:

    Has anyone out been to a house meeting when McFly and Cherry attending to answer questions?? If so, what are their ideas. One vote-Jim Bean

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
  114. Is anyone able to answer #s 110, 111, or 112? In most elections, I vote the Democratic ticket. However, I cannot justify voting for McBride or Russo at this time. I will not vote for someone solely based on their political party.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
  115. informed public wrote:

    114 amen. There are a lot of R & Mc signs in town. I’m assuming none of those folks visit this blog. However, there are people that visit this blog that are supporting the two democratic candidates. Some are anonymous and some are not. Please let us know why you will be pulling the lever for them this November.I think we should all follow 114’s lead and choose people over party. Help us decide folks.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:16 am | Permalink
  116. Was anybody able to get an appointment with McBride & Russo? Come on, Claire – you said that we must follow that route in order to hear from the candidates. Several people have tried to invite them to their homes – with no response! Remember you said, “you’ll get a real sense as to what they are about”(#88) and “you’ll receive better attention to your concerns” (#77)? You told us that face-to-face conversations is “how both Cheri & Maggie prefer to communicate/answer questions” (#74). Well, why aren’t they responding to our requests? We’re following the given stipulations. What’s up with this nonsense?

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  117. ms.nobody wrote:

    I would be embarrassed to have a sign on my property promoting those two women. It would be like saying that an ignorant person who is against the borough’s recovery lives there. By the way, by ordinance, only one sign is allowed on each property. Hopefully, lack of enforcement is not a “sign of the times”. Sorry, but some of the “R” signs are also not in compliance.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:39 am | Permalink
  118. anon wrote:

    One sign by law? If that is correct it looks like the former Mayor is not aware of the law [or thinks laws in Belmar don’t apply to he and his wife].

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  119. It looks like we’re never going to hear why those who are voting for McBride & Russo have made that decision. Could it be there is no credible reason? The silence on this is deafening. There must be somebody out there who can (anonymously) stand up for their candidates and speak their truth.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  120. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    No, we’re never going to hear from the two dingbats running on the Dem. ticket. But they still have a fair shot of winning. Many people just vote the Dem. line. Their self interest far exceeds and thoughts on what’s good for the town, overall. All we can do is vote for Jim bean and talk to our neighbors (don’t be pushy about it) and let them know about Jim and hope for the best. From the little bit of feedback I get from my early campaigning, people are happy to hear what I have to say.

    Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:48 am | Permalink
  121. #120 – Just the thought of them having a shot at winning does not bode well for our community. Any information about them is in very short supply and, when they do put out a statement, it is inconsequential.

    Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7:11 am | Permalink
  122. Did anyone ever get a personal home visit from Cheri & Maggie? Or at least a response?

    Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4:16 pm | Permalink
  123. Does the Democratic lawn sign say no tax increases?

    Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  124. Fall foliage wrote:

    #120 is correct. People vote party line both R and D. Mindless and often against their own self interest. The town should eliminate the party identification. Get elected on merits (imagine that!). Both Russo and McBride as well as McKracken and the other dude, will get a substantial amount of votes based on nothing more than the little letter after their name.
    #123- yes it does. They will never increase taxes. Ever. How? No one knows. Not even them.
    #122- Nope. Nothing.

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 9:11 am | Permalink
  125. #123 – Has anyone (Democrat or Republican) ever asked Russo & McBride how they plan to have NO tax increases? Isn’t that an incredibly valid question in response to their advertised claim? They haven’t come knocking on my door so, unfortunately, I have not been able to ask them. No response for a living room visit either. I wish the Coast Star had asked that question. I would love to hear their puppet master’s response. These women have to be aware of our current debt situation and how we got there, don’t they? Whether they do or they don’t – either scenario makes them look foolish and unfit for the job they seek.

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
  126. Yes – how do they plan to have no tax increases? Has anyone heard? Would love to know how we can work our way out of this budget mess without increasing our taxes.

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 3:35 pm | Permalink
  127. Registered Democrat wrote:

    Their sign says no more tax increases so they plan on not reversing this increase just not adding to it, so are debt will never get paid and our roads will never get paved.

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 8:43 pm | Permalink
  128. Manturian candidates wrote:

    They (Russo and McB) are being lead by the master of political campaigns. He and his wife are professional obfuscators (just made that word up) that literally make a living successfully bolstering empty suit candidates while destroying their competitors. There is no morality. There is no earnest political idealism. There is no defendable reason. There is only money. That’s it. Conducting a campaign in which the candidate(s) are one dimensional and superficial with no real message, is their specialty. Matt knows who these two can talk to, and, more importantly, who they can’t talk to. Any rational person would say ‘I can’t run on this message! It’s nonsense. Why can’t I knock on every door? Why can’t I talk to the people that disagree with me?’ But these aren’t rational people. Matt thrives on voter apathy and ignorance. It’s the only way he can survive. Make no mistake, these two candidates are wholly created by Mr Doherty in his political laboratory. Don’t let him do this. Talk to your neighbors. Talk to your friends. Be nice but be prepared with factual info and real life examples. That’s how we keep him from infecting this town with his back room politics and his cronyism.

    Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:36 am | Permalink
  129. callmecynical wrote:

    Back room politics – new version: living room/kitchen politics. Hide the silverware.

    Monday, October 21, 2019 at 10:53 am | Permalink
  130. distasteful wrote:

    Don’t they know they’re being used? How can they be THAT naive?

    Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:51 am | Permalink
  131. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Ladies & Gentlemen, I think there are many people who are naïve and are taken in by people like Matt (there are far too many “Matts” running around loose). They’re basically good people but cannot think in any real depth. They just see a number like 21% and are shocked, but don’t have the ability to analyze just how that number came to be. These two Dem. female women are not alone in that grouping.

    Monday, October 21, 2019 at 1:17 pm | Permalink
  132. Ludicrous wrote:

    What do all the people with the Russo/McBride signs on their lawns have to say? Who could possibly defend what these candidates have presented so far… which is basically nothing. Do some research people! Know what you’re voting for and why.

    Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6:45 pm | Permalink
  133. U get what u pay 4 wrote:

    #132 +++++ all of Belmar voter: Remember all the sheepeople who kept McDirty$ in office because he promised 0 tax increase?

    Monday, October 21, 2019 at 8:41 pm | Permalink
  134. Registered Democrat wrote:

    And people please do not bullet vote this election is going to be very close do not let Matt get back in control every vote matters.

    Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9:42 pm | Permalink
  135. #134 – Agree. Let Matt keep making his money & deals in Atlantic City. It would be too much for him to also have to spoon-feed his candidates through every council decision. No need to overburden the guy.

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 8:28 am | Permalink

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