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Maggie’s Letter – Style And Substance

In yesterday’s mail:

Maggie Moran

112 Inlet Terrace

Belmar, NJ 07719

September 17, 2014


Fellow Belmar resident,

My name is Maggie Moran and I am the wife of our Mayor Matt Doherty. (So far, everything she said is true although there is a grammatical error; the word “mayor” should not be capitalized and should have a comma after it.)  In recent weeks, Matt’s political opponents, including former Mayor Ken Pringle, have made a series of baseless allegations about my business and me. (I’m not sure what allegations she considers to be baseless.  It’s not like someone is out there telling people she was born in Kenya or something. Everything I’ve heard from Jim Bean or Ken Pringle, and everything I’ve written and said myself  is taken from the public record and is completely documented.  Reputable and disinterested news sources such as the Asbury Park Press and the Newark Star Ledger are asking the same questions we are.  And why is she referring to Democrat Ken Pringle as a “political opponent”?  Is it because he has been critical of the mayor?  This is a tactic we’ve seen over and over from these people. They brand any and all criticism as being political in nature and then dismiss it as such.  I find that very frustrating.  Oh, and there’s too many commas in that sentence.  The first one should have been left out.  And it would have sounded better if she said “about me and my business” instead of the other way around)  I want to take this opportunity to communicate with you directly and set the record straight.

I have a public affairs firm in NY and NJ called M Public Affairs – we work solely with private clients and have 20 employees.  (Yeah, her clients are private concerns like AshBritt, Ferreira Brothers, and LIUNA.  The question is whether she is using her influence in the government to help these private clients.  In fact, her bio page on their website lists all her government connections and the powerful politicians she has been senior advisor to.) 

These allegations have been made through direct mail and even at the homes of voters, and I expect that, unfortunately, it will continue through the election season. (Skip the first comma.) Please know that what has been said, and what is likely to be said is simply not true.  (This one is missing a comma.  And this paragraph really should have been closer to the beginning of the letter, before she starts defending her work at M Public affairs.)

I want everyone in town to know that M Public Affairs has NO business in Belmar. It never has, and it never will. I have no clients that provide me or my firm with any financial or other benefits in regard to Belmar. Belmar is where I raise my family, not where I perform work for any clients.  (It’s true that no impropriety has been proven.  But the standard is supposed to be the appearance of impropriety.  And the possibility of impropriety is appearing to everyone except, perhaps, Mr. Magoo.)

I love this town, and I love raising my three children here. My kids and I should not have to endure rumors and baseless allegations because Matt is our Mayor. (She’s out there overtly bragging to her private clients about how much political influence she has and then she feels all sorry for herself when people ask questions about it.  It’s not like you’re a stay at home mom like Tracy Bean, or work for the phone company like my wife.  And again, in that context the word “mayor” should not be capitalized.  It’s capitalized when it’s in front of his name as a title, just like Mr. or Dr. are capitalized.  It’s also capitalized when it’s part of the name of a specific entity such as “the Mayor and Council”.  So many people capitalize it every time it’s used.)  Matt works very hard for the people in Belmar. During and after Sandy he took a lot of time off from his full time job as a Financial Advisor (Caps?) to stabilize and rebuild our town. (He didn’t stabilize our debt, that’s for sure.)  I am proud of Matt and the work he and all of the great employees of Belmar performed during and after that crisis.

I hope Matt’s political opponents stop making false and misleading allegations about me. (Yeah, stop telling people she was born in Kenya!)  Our town deserves better and I could not stand by any longer and let Matt’s opponents continue to undermine my reputation. I thank you for reading this letter and hope these baseless allegations do not distract you from the great work being done in town.



Maggie Moran

Style, I’ll give her maybe a C.  Substance?  I’ll let you decide.



  1. Anonymous wrote:

    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink
  2. Belmar Resident wrote:

    I have lived in Belmar many years now. When I received this letter from the mayor’s wife I not only was confused by what she stated but also wondering if I am not getting my mail. She mentions allegations against her and her business
    in direct mailers and at homes. News to me. The only small reference which was a statement of fact and not an allegation of wrong doing was a brief mention in Ken Pringle letter which I did receive 5 weeks ago concerning the Bond Vote. Pringle stated ” LIUNA and its president (have) been contributors to the Mayor’s past political campaigns, (but) the Mayor’s wife used to serve as a Director of Business Development for LIUNA, and has continued to represent LIUNA through her PR firm”. To my knowledge these are factual statements and not baseless allegations. If “baseless allegations”
    have appeared, I wish Ms. Moran would
    site them-quote them and their source specifically. If this blog or any readers got other direct mail with allegations please post them here so I can better understand the concerns of the mayor’s wife.

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    “I have no clients that provide me or my firm with any financial or other benefits in regard to Belmar”- Didn’t the Asbury Park Press and Star Ledger both have articles that mentioned her relationship with Ashbritt and Ferreira Construction ?These are two contractors her husband hired to do work in Belmar. The mayor was actually creative in explaining these hiring’s by saying his business administrator hired them.

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  4. Guest wrote:

    Was it ever said that the guilty attempt to get ahead of the curve by preaching how innocent they are?

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  5. VITO CORLEONE wrote:

    Ok now I have heard everything. I gotta get out of here and start anew. I’m thinking on talking to the five families and go back to NYC. If Bean does not make it then it’s over for Belmar. Ah maybe the families will wait.
    Bean is a sure winner. Wonder what Vegas has the odds at?

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink
  6. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    My name…
    my business…
    my firm…
    my family…
    my three children…
    my kids…
    my reputation…
    my, my, my!

    Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7:33 am | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    I didn’t pick that up when I read it. Good eye Mr. Creamer.

    Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 9:27 am | Permalink
  8. madame.snark wrote:

    I guess Maggie does not want Matt to drag her down.

    Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink
  9. Scott Jeffrey wrote:

    This is over the line. Families of candidates should not be part of campaign rhetoric.

    You should be ashamed of yourself.

    Friday, October 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
  10. admin wrote:

    First of all this post is over two years old. Secondly, Maggie is not a housewife. She is one of the most powerful Democrats in the state, is deeply involved in many public policy debates and works very hard to raise our taxes.

    Friday, October 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
  11. Ms. Sarcastic wrote:

    If Matt was doing so well as a financial advisor, why did he give it up to make less money as a Mayor?

    Friday, October 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  12. Tulip wrote:

    If Mrs. Mayor isn’t involved in the
    town did the mayor pick Ashbrit and
    Ferreira Construction on his own and fired the one he hired. That just won his law suit plus for being fired. I think she protests to much.

    Friday, October 28, 2016 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

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