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Gummer: Bogus bond ballot a

civil rights violation

Decision placed on record late this afternoon.

Court holds that Borough defendants’ submission of misleading and invalid Explanatory Statement violated DeSanctis plaintiffs’ civil rights.

Plaintiffs entitled to attorneys’ fees from the Borough.

Plaintiffs’ fees to be submitted within two weeks,┬ádefendants then have two weeks to review and respond.

Judge will decide amount.

Transcript of decision coming soon….maybe tomorrow!



  1. Anonymous wrote:

    What proven bums they are trying to steal an election from those people they thought they could confuse.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
  2. Guest wrote:

    Seems like all future borough council meetings should just be held in Judge Gummers courtroom.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 8:44 pm | Permalink
  3. Resident wrote:

    Another loss for Lawless Matt how much more wasted money will Belmar residents tolerate. Matt thinks he is above the law. We will see.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 8:46 pm | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Where the hell does it end with Doherty ?! Political hack.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm | Permalink
  5. OLD MAN wrote:

    Very sad that it had to get to this point. What an embarrassment to our town and citizens. Pass the aspirins and OJ please.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 5:41 am | Permalink
  6. Kattrina wrote:

    Mayor Matt constantly says things like “who sues their own town?” What the real question is, is, “why do we HAVE to sue our own town?” The answer is simple. We have a Mayor who continually rejects the rule of law, whether by ignoring them, or trying to change them to his own advantage. He uses OUR money to try and defend his actions. So when he talks all this nonsense about not raising taxes, he fails to talk about how much debt he has put us in, or shamelessly using tourism dollars to plaster his face all over for his freeholder run. He ignores our Pay to Play laws .He openly scorns anyone who doesn’t go along with his self serving policies and our council blindly follows along. How many lawsuits have THEY lost? 4? 5? 6? How many petitions have they disregarded? Sorry I’m losing count. Our business adminstrator is found not credible in court and they still follow her lead.
    Those who think Matt Dorehty is this great guy doing wonderful things for Belmar, I ask you to analyze the FACTS and not the rhetoric.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:52 am | Permalink
  7. Kattrina wrote:

    PS. And why did THEY cancel the council meeting? The next one won’t be until the day AFTER the primary. Is it possible they did that so no one could stand up and publicly question our council members about the FACT that “lawless Matt” has campaign contributions that go AGAINST our conflict of interest/pay to play laws, that were ordered by THE COURT to still be valid. Food for thought

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8:05 am | Permalink
  8. Summer Timer wrote:

    Does this ruling have an effect on the actual bond vote or is the result still standing?

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10:04 am | Permalink
  9. A Voter 2 wrote:

    Katrina, Their supporters don’t care about facts, they are so obsessed with their ideology, they would follow Matt walking off of a cliff. Very sad folks.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  10. Belmar Independent wrote:

    Katrina “Shamelessly use Tourism Dollars” you point to a very recent and minor infraction. I would say you touched the tip of a very deep iceberg. Fact is that when Lawless Matt appointed Mary Brabazon ( illegally )as the full-time Tourism Director, paid for illegally-salary, benefits and pension , illegally by State and Local ordinance, the funds that come from businesses in Belmar for supposed tourism end up being used for just whatever they want. SO don’t get me going.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 5:14 pm | Permalink
  11. Maria wrote:

    Tourism has never accounted for any monies that they have taken from all the businesses in town for how long they have collected the monies

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm | Permalink
  12. Belmar Independent wrote:

    And they won’t till they are taken to COURT.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

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