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I Know, I Know, Great Minds Think Alike

Here is a tally of all yes and no votes by our Council since 2012.  Any distinction between “routine” votes and non “routine” votes would be subjective so I included all votes, even approval of minutes.  Absences and abstentions are excluded.  It should be noted, however, that many of Bean’s post-Sandy abstentions are due to his self-imposed “Bean Rule”.  This rule states that he will not vote on any spending that is done before the Council has had the opportunity to vote on it, and he will not vote on any disbursements to which the recipients are kept secret.



Deicke: Yes 117, No 1 (Voted yes 99.15%)

Bean: Yes 100, No 13  (Voted yes 88.50%)

Nicolay: Yes 104, No 0  (Voted yes  100%)

Doherty: Yes 106, No 0 (Voted yes 100%)

Magovern: Yes 112, No 1  (Voted yes 99.12%)

* Link to minutes of June 20th meeting broken.  Info not avail.



Deicke: Yes 158, No 0  (Voted yes 100%)

Bean: Yes 115, No 23  (Voted yes 83.33%)

Nicolay: Yes 147, No 0 (Voted yes 100%)

Doherty: Yes 143, No 0 (Voted yes 100%)

Magovern: Yes 142, No 2 (Voted yes 98.61%)


Up to March 4, 2014, the last meeting that the minutes are available for:

Blackburn: Yes 27, No 0 (Voted yes 100%)

Bean: Yes 21, No 5 (Voted yes 80.76%)

Nicolay: Yes 27, No 0 (Voted yes 100%)

Doherty: Yes 21, No 0 (Voted yes 100%)

Magovern: Yes 19, No 0 (Voted yes 100%)


“If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, you should vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, you should see a psychiatrist.”  (Ed Koch)



  1. Claire Deicke wrote:

    What’s your point? Why would I vote no on resolutions/ordinances I agreed with? I didn’t vote yes to go along…always researched pros and cons of all issues….I voted yes because I agreed with what was proposed…..You use my name and I’ll always respond because your assumptions are off base most of the time….You don’t know why I voted the way I did, or what went into my thought process…….

    Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:25 am | Permalink
  2. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Bean’s votes indicate that due-diligence was performed …….. good management thingy ….. Thanks, Jim.

    Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Claire Deicke wrote:

    All public officials have the responsibility of executing due diligience. This was a responsibility I took seriously…my yes votes
    were delivered with thougt, investigation and consideration for what I thought best for the residents of Belmar. whether you agree or disagree with my votes, these words speak the truth.

    Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink
  4. Joy DeSanctis wrote:

    Claire Deicke – Why shouldn’t we know why you voted the way you did, or what went through your thought process. What kind of response is that to support your voting position? It makes no sense, you were elected, the reasons for which you place a vote should be known to the public. What are you hiding? If assumptions are incorrect, correct them by being open. It certainly appears there is a pattern to your voting history.

    Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:46 am | Permalink
  5. Claire Deicke wrote:

    The pattern of voting would be that I voted for what I deemed best for our community and our residents-your accusations are incorrect….never had anything to hide….what can you be thinking? Your defensiveness reveals that you are not open to anyone who disagrees with you-your words are very transparent…sorry you were unable to understand my wording-I used “due diligence” with all my show lack of ability to understand the concept…your words about me reveal much about yourself.on the attack.just because we don’t agree….childish..let’s get even mentality..

    Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  6. Claire Deicke wrote:

    For those of you who couldn’t guess, I’ll respond to anything and everything that has negative conotations about me-learned this from my parents-defend your name when others smear it…..that idea has stuck with me over the years-your attacks are after the fact-I’m no longer a councilwoman-ever hear of The Power of Positive Thinking? Book by Dr. Norman vincent Peale………read it, Ms DeSanctis-positive rather than negative thinking will bring happiness and purpose to your life-rather than wallowing in negative thinking…the book will be of benefit to you

    Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink
  7. Joy DeSanctis wrote:

    Thanks Claire Deicke, for the negative attack on me, and explanation of what is a negative attack. I believe and say that with positivity, that I understand your negative attack. Those were your words, “you don’t know why I voted the way I did, or what went into my thought process…”, I just repeated them. You just called your own position negative using the current buzz word of this administration, no news here, and still no sense of your voting history. No one, conducting real “due diligence” votes 99.57% in two years with the boss. Your suggestion of a beach reach, done & done, couldn’t read anyway with my eyes glazed over with all your buzz words. Let’s stop here, there are more important issues. Sorry your parents never taught you that an opposition view can be considered as positive and not necessarily an attack. Would have been a good lesson to learn, open minded thinking and less self absorbed internet searching on yourself. This forum is a positive place for critical and open thought.

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  8. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    Perhaps Ms. Deicke should read Judge Lawson’s opinion of Belmar’s Mayor and Council … “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” and take it personally.

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink
  9. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Ms DeSanctis-Again you miss points made sorry-you are unable to grasp my words-I Attacked you?? come on-you’re all about personal attacks-that’s what you’re about -I give up-certainly-keep going…..your sarcasm and inability to understand the written word leave me stymied….my parents taught me well-especially to identify a negative person when I see one-you -begin this tirade-now you can finish it-you started this attack-I didn’t-if your words speak for you, then I’m not entitled to my opinion… one who conducts due diligence could vote my %’s? what do you know about the time i spent on each and every resolution/ordinance that came up?? you’ve contradicted yourself….amazing!!

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  10. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Ms.Perspicacity-wouldn’t listen to or entertain the thoughts of anyone who hides behind a word-not a name-let me know who you are and I’ll respond-why don’t you use your name?? You and Ms Deanctis are vying for the position of “Ms Sarcasm”…..apparently you don’t think I have a right to respond- you are demonstrating one-way thinking

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Though brief, I have a history with former Council President Deicke. While
    Claire clings to N.V. Peale and the “Power of Positive Thinking”, I lovingly suggest reading “When Society Becomes an Addict” 1987 by Anne Wilson Schaef. I was fortunate to have a real life Auntie Mame who urged me to read Ms. Schaef’s book when I was in my 30’s. Her statements about politics and the “control addiction were and are in my understanding spot on. The power of positive thinking will allow us to look on the bright side of all transgressions against civilized society. Coupled with denial, we then have elected officials who promote a emotional or feel good narrative rather than a logical or legal solution. Claire and I both know the pitfalls of letting a student have a false of their present capabilities only to find out that in reality they have but few. Potential, absolutely… demonstrated at the present time or past? Not so much.

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
  12. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Please reveal who you are-your comments intrigue me……I intend to read your suggested title-then let’s meet to discuss it!

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
  13. B wrote:

    I think it’s the Mayor, so I’m not surprised, still batting 1000

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink
  14. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    2X…… twice………. Jim Bean voted against Borough doling of beach privileges and the minority wasn’t heard ……. run over by the herd ……… a victim of due-diligence.

    Monday, June 2, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Permalink
  15. joegoofinoff wrote:

    What does “due diligence” mean to some people? Don’t these numbers contradict any idea of due diligence?


    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink
  16. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    Ms. Deicke, my votes were bought with the handouts from Borough officials. Can I still keep my name secret?

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink
  17. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Can’t imagine that what you say is so-tell us who you are!!

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

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