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Keady Is One Of Ours, Governor

Asbury Park Sun, 11/02/12:

The city of Asbury Park put out a call for volunteers earlier this week after Hurricane Sandy hit, and more than 100 people turned out to help. Aid is needed for manning voting booths; overseeing recreation and helping with cleanup and other duties in Belmar. A beach cleanup in Ocean Grove is slated for 10 a.m. tomorrow. City residents Joe Grillo, Joe Woerner, Jim Keady and Bret Morgan have been helping to coordinate volunteer efforts., 11/11/12:

We passed lines of cars waiting for rationed gas. We passed blocked-off streets and downed power lines. We went through intersection after intersection without working traffic lights. And we finally arrived at the Belmar police department – a model in efficiency for the volunteer effort. It wasn’t two minutes after we signed in that Jim Keady, an Asbury Park resident who grew up in Belmar, approached us. “Are you guys here to help out?” he asked. “You can hop in the back of that big red truck out front.” And then quickly we were in the back of a dump truck headed to the first of four homes we helped to gut of waterlogged furniture and boxes of mementos, decorations, appliances and lifetimes of collectibles, children’s craft projects and toys.

Coast Star, 11/29/12:

The 10th Avenue Freeze Out: Rebuilding Belmar event opened up with local politicians, such as Congressman Frank Pallone [NJ-6], Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Assemblyman David Rible [R-30], Senator Robert Singer [R-30] and Assemblyman Sean Kean [R-30], as well as Mark Farrell, owner of Connolly Station, and Jim Keady, a volunteer in Belmar, speaking about the community, personal experiences and moving forward after Hurricane Sandy.

Maybe someone should have mentioned this to Governor Bigmouth. What a disgrace!


  1. VITO CORLEONE wrote:

    I know this guy did plenty to help the people of Belmar. Christie should know all the facts before he opens his big mouth.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Permalink
  2. watchingmyback wrote:

    Mayor Closed Mouth was within whispering distance from Christie’s ear. Or was he at the end of the platform? Yeah, right.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink
  3. Guest wrote:

    What is the Gov. supposed to do? The guy was standing right in front of the podium waving a billboard and interrupting the Gov.’s speech. Neither showed much respect or class. The whole situation was embarrassing.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:12 pm | Permalink
  4. VITO CORLEONE wrote:

    The Governor should have made an appointment to meet this guy right in public.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
  5. Tulip wrote:

    Will someone explain why a Rep. Gov. is supporting a Dem. Mayor? Have I missed something?

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm | Permalink
  6. yikes wrote:

    Matt should of at least told the governor in his ear, who he was. Major fail, Matt hung Christie out to dry.

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:32 am | Permalink
  7. Southie wrote:

    The Governor should not have said sit down and shut up. Who talks like that and is a professional, no one. Doherty should not have applauded Christie’s anger directed at at man he knows personally who broke his back helping in Belmar in the aftermath of Sandy. And the rest of those dopes in the audience clapping for Chritie’s rudeness speak for themselves.

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  8. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    So much press and banter about this confrontation. Unfortunately for Jim Keady, the personally delivered message ie: the facts about how only 20% has trickled down in the specific Sandy relief didn’t fare well and got silenced by the event becoming a canvas for everything but. Most curious is the identity politics mania. Jim ( like myself ) is currently an unaffiliated voter. After reading many different news stories and hundreds of blog comments, he was attacked this week for being an out of control liberal Dem and by others as an unhappy conservative Republican. How did Jim do in Belmar? This morning I woke up to find that most vocal Democrats agree with me about Christie and how poorly he handled it. But it is more about their hatred of all Republicans.
    Jim has posted that everything is cool between Matt Doherty and him. Our bourough council president, Brian Magovern begs to differ. On Janet Grosshandler’s Facebook, Brian posted” I hope Jim Keady didn’t cost Belmar $millions in grant money”… Later he states as fact that Keady’s comments ” It now causes the mayor to work harder to convince the governor to continue his support of Belmar after such an ugly experience.” There is an entire uninformed world in those comments. Keady told the press that it was an act of “civil disobedience”. I trained in such during the civil rights movement. If Jim got arrested, then definitely. This was freedom of speech and a clever way to get his message out using Christie’s limelight. Keady has learned like me and many others calling your representatives and the press in NJ is futile. For me looking ahead it is more troubling to have a council president who shares Christie’s demand to sit down and shut up.

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  9. excuse me wrote:

    What is it about those doggone liquor licenses? At Wednesday’s gathering, Christie boasted that he was able to facilitate the time extension of a local restaurant owner’s liquor license, ASAP, as I recall, but still a huge amount of the NJ disaster money is still tied up. Seems like material for one of the funny skits on Saturday Night Live, the “what’s up with that” stuff. Keep folks tipsy so they don’t worry too much about their property losses from the storm? Makes one wonder

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
  10. Guest wrote:

    This years liquor license extension by the Governor was illegal,as New Jersey was no longer in s state of emergency and He had no authority to extend the liquor seasonal licenses. **FACT**

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink
  11. excuse me wrote:

    Interesting. Sounds like a potential example of trickle-down disregard for the law. Theoretically, if the official up the ladder can “do something”, then it must be ok for a lesser official to follow the example. BUT, I thought that the governor did that two years ago, the year of the storm.

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  12. Maria wrote:

    Keady could have upset the presidential race for Christie if all the facts are revealed

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Permalink
  13. Belmar Independent wrote:

    Congratulations to Jim Keady.
    NJ Politicker in their weekly “winners and loosers” column voted- Christie as a looser for his remarks and Jim Keady as a winner. Keep up the good work.
    Sorry Matt, they didn’t mention you.

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
  14. linlee wrote:

    Upset Christie’s presidential aspirations? For this week, I’m hoping it will upset the grinning fool .. standing behind Christie .. efforts for a second term as Mayor. Does anyone else see the resemblance to a bobblehead doll?

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Permalink
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Why does the governor get to pick favorites as to who is deserving of grant money?

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
  16. Tulip wrote:

    Excuse Me #9 – Please be advised that it was not all the property owners that enjoyed the adjust- ment on the liquor licenses we were a little busy if we were back in our houses. It was our visitors and guests and I do hope they enjoyed it. That’s right up there with the gift cards.

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

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