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Definition Of Insanity

In today’s Coast Star:

Mayor Matthew Doherty, an adamant supporter of the amended ordinance, was defiant, however.

“It was pretty much a meaningless election because our attorneys have already said that the existing ordinance is unconstitutional and unenforceable,” the mayor said. He said the borough would continue to press that argument in court…………….

………………“We have to follow the legal advice of our attorney’s,” Mayor Doherty said. Based on that advice, he said, the borough will proceed with an appeal of Superior Court Judge Katie A. Gummer’s decision on the ordinance, seeking a ruling on whether the original ordinance is, in fact, unconstitutional.

“We’re appealing her decision seeking a judge to make that determination,” Mayor Doherty said.

In response to Mayor Doherty’s plan to continue to fight the ordinance, Mr. Pringle said, “I think he’s delusional.”

“The appellate division already ruled on the issue whether the constitutionality of it should be addressed now and ruled that the referendum should go forward,” Mr. Pringle said.


  1. Guest wrote:

    The two incumbent council people up for reelection will suffer a great loss due to this delusional behavior. Mayor Doherty, the people spoke, now fight your battle on your own dime!

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:39 am | Permalink
  2. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Definition Of Insanity
    Must disagree on the definition. Matt is not insane. He’s inexperienced. Inexperience is worse than bad in my opinion. The same can be said for the befuddled council – although one of them does show a bit of experience on occasion.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:58 am | Permalink
  3. Belmar Dude wrote:

    Which puppet would that be??

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Over 800 people just told you how they feel. A message to all council members, especially Brian and Janice, stop this stupidity or explain how any appeal makes sense. Any further fight should be by CANDIDATE Matt Doherty and not by the town.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink
  5. Joan Corallo wrote:

    How many times can they (mayor & council) beat a dead horse. Enough already. Makes you wonder who they are representing.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  6. anonymous2 wrote:

    You’ve got to be kidding..our votes don’t matter to our Mayor? He truly is a loser.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:39 am | Permalink
  7. anonymous wrote:

    #4 has it right. Taxpayers in Belmar do not want to pay for the Mayors political collections of contributions from pay to play donors. Over 800 voters just told him that. Why continue this charade that ‘our ‘ lawyers say it is unconstitutional, Scarinci is his hired gun, we are just paying them big bucks so the mayor doesn’t have to. But if he can keep this ball in the air until Nov 8th he can keep on taking the contribs, keep on being a no show at meetings[ or show and recuse] and have that war chest full to spend. I suspect he does not really expect to win a freeholder seat but does expect to have a lot of money in his political kitty .

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 11:48 am | Permalink
  8. OLD MAN wrote:

    Never under estimate the stupidity of elected officials. If the two incumbents get re elected then it’s over. A complete waste of money appealing this. Complete idiot

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 11:50 am | Permalink
  9. Quack wrote:

    When is the recall?

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    He is a complete idiot but let’s not forget, there are 4 more people who would be responsible for this stupidity.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm | Permalink
  11. An Observation wrote:

    I think he knows he has no chance of being a freeholder,so he gets his sic ego of creating mayhem in Belmar. He is not a mayor , more of child doing things to create attention.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
  12. Resign Matt wrote:

    matt’s primary responsibility as mayor is to the town. He has made too many decisions that have not been in the best interest of the town and are self serving to his personal political career. It is long past due for this guy, who has lost the confidence of the Town of Belmar, to leave the office of mayor. Resign matt.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 4:47 pm | Permalink
  13. Summer Timer wrote:

    Considering the Mayor’s attorney has a strong opinion about winning an appeal, the attorney should take the case on a contingent bases…. He wins he gets paid, if not he gets nothing…. I bet his opinion on winning an appeal would be very different….

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  14. elemental wrote:

    Using lawyers paid on a contingency basis should have been the Borough’s practice with all these lawsuits.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm | Permalink
  15. ALLTRUMPEDUP wrote:

    Soooo. What would prevent the M&C from drawing up a new Ordinance by changing just a few words from the one they just had voted down, and enacting that one? And then, does the whole cycle start over again, with a petition, lawsuit, referendum and such and so on and so on???? Sort of like the Pavilion voting fiasco. Any ideas out there?

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:07 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Contingency basis rules. If you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen.

    If a lawfirm has enough metal they will go the contingency route, if not that firm, whomever they may be will soak their clients. That firm has nothing to lose if they lose.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 9:07 pm | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    Does M&C mean mat and conthecouncil?

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:07 pm | Permalink
  18. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #15 – BINGO, That’s right up their alley. I can see them doing that.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:29 am | Permalink
  19. OLD MAN wrote:

    Rumors have it they are all ready re writing it now. Maybe on Nov ballot? Or another special ($13,000.00) election.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 6:10 am | Permalink
  20. Uprising wrote:

    Enough is enough! Time for the residents to grow a pair of balls and run this shameless buffoon out of town! This is our town! He didn’t grow up here! He has no loyalty to us! He has no respect for the 800+ voters that saw through the trash! Doherty, Connelly, the idiot puppets on the council, get them out! They’re disgusting human beings! We don’t have to take their crap anymore! Time to start a movement against them! A Belmar secret society to oust these corrupt public servants! They have done nothing to help us! They have lost case after case! Matt Doherty is a loser! How dare you look our residents in the eyes and lie through your teeth! Doherty doesn’t have the balls to show up to meetings anymore! Take back Belmar! Give it back to the people! I don’t care if he goes back to Edison or spends 10 years in the clink! Doherty, Connelly, council, your time in this town is running out. We, the people of Belmar, will get you out! Start looking for a real job Doherty and stop living off your wife’s inheritance! You should be in jail.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

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