Bennett Doubles Down On Ethics Questions, Challenges Golden To A Debate

John Bennett Memorial Day 2014Monmouth County Republican Chairman John Bennett wrote to Sheriff Shaun Golden today, reiterating his concerns about the potential ethical questions raised by Manalapan GOP Chairman Steve McEnery and Freehold Republican Chairman Anthony Graziano and challenged Golden to a debate to which all County Committee Members would be invited.

Bennett did not offer to buy breakfast, lunch or dinner for those attending the debate, but he was agreeable to MMM publisher Art Gallagher moderating.

Bennett’s letter can be viewed here.

In his letter to Golden, Bennett restated his argument that McEnery and Graziano were not attacking the Sheriff’s character or ethics, but rather raising a legitimate question under the New Jersey Local Government Ethics Law.  Bennett said that the Court case that Golden cited in responding to McEnery and Graziano does not apply to the questions raised by the municipal chairman because 1) the Ethics Law was enacted in 1991 and the Court’s decision was in 1978, 2) the Court case applied to a sheriff holding the office of municipal chairman, not county chairman and 3) the Ethics Law “does without question address the risks to both you and the Freeholders should you hold both positions.”

Bennett said that Golden’s response to the McEnery-Graziano letter was a personal attack on him.  He said that his daughter, Meghan Bennett Clark, had acquired his legal practice and that he no longer earns money as a result of Meghan’s legal work for Monmouth County.

Bennett said that Golden could have sought an advisory opinion of the Local Finance Board.  “You did not, and the issue lingers.”

This is not about you or me, Shaun, and although I believe your intentions are pure, this is about preserving the Party’s best interest. The issue gives everyone pause, and it should because there are long term implications for the Party. Let us never forget we live in a County where Democrats outnumber Republicans by 4,000 voters. We need stability and strong leadership at the Chairman’s position, not unanswered questions.

 

Bennett said that the race should be on the issues, and avoid personal attacks. He asked that Golden and his supporters stop the personal attacks against him and his family, online and elsewhere, and said that he has asked his supporters to do the same.

When reached for comment, Golden said he had not yet seen Bennett’s letter.

Posted: May 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: John Bennett, Monmouth County, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: , , , | 57 Comments »

57 Comments on “Bennett Doubles Down On Ethics Questions, Challenges Golden To A Debate”

  1. Finally!! said at 4:37 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    Shaun won’t even entertain questions at his little little breakfast parties! There is no way he could take Bennett in a debate. I won’t hold my breath though – I am sure his “advisors” won’t let him off leash/script.

  2. You Go John!!! said at 4:45 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    Let’s hear straight from the candidates – not the ones scripting behind the scenes. How about it Shaun. Wait I know! We will hear more of … Stop being mean to me. Great tactic when faced with a clear ethical violation that could potentially risk the careers of our entire Board of Freeholders! You will have to speak on your own sometime Shaun.

  3. Edith T. Nowels, Brielle, NJ said at 4:49 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    ABSOLUTELY ……. QUICKEST HEALING REMEDY, AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY SEE WHICH COLORS DON’T RUN ……. A DEBATE …… ! THROW IT OUT THERE NOW …. MORE THAN COUNTY COMMITTEE FOLKS NEED TO KNOW THE SCOOP …… ! ALL MONMOUTH COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOULD KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING………………! SET THE DATE, TIME, and PLACE. I do NOT want to believe there will be a ‘cockle-doodle-doo’ from either of these men.

  4. Heartbroken mother said at 5:23 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    Sheriff Golden,
    How can you possibly hold down two jobs when you can’t even fulfill the duties of the first one?Stop allowing young men to die under your administration. Fix your broken and crooked prison system. train your employees ,stop spending so much time at your “Big Boy breakfast parties”. You are a disgrace to your party and to every taxpayer in the County. The truth shall be known.

  5. Heartbroken mother said at 5:27 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    Erased again???????

  6. Art Gallagher said at 5:33 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    Your comments have never been deleted, Heartbroken mother.

  7. Shire Reeve said at 5:35 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    Debate is a great idea. Hope it happens. What also needs to happen is for someone to reach out to the state to see if what the Sheriff wants to do is permissible. Freeholder Curley is independent enough and has enough of a backbone to do it; let’s hope he does.
    Also, where’s the “paid by” info on the Sheriffs ads on this site? Who or what is paying for them? At least Bennett says where his money is coming from.

  8. @ Heart Broken Mother said at 5:44 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    I feel for you but from what I have learned today, there just might be another side to your story. And, it is under litigation.

    How can one expect Shaun to speak on it?

    The rest of you doomsday predictors?

    Put a sock in it.

  9. Ummm said at 6:08 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    How and where can we afford to hold a debate with only a few thousand in the MCRC account… all of this money Bennett supposedly raised is GONE!!!

    Why was Bennett so opposed to candidates raising money on their own? Why does he want it all in the MCRC account under his control?

    Now those are some good questions!

  10. The Ghost of Coolidge said at 6:42 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    @Ummm if you actually knew anything about fundraising you’d know most money comes in close to the campaign, and you’d also know moneys made on the Gala won’t be public online until at least July

  11. But Ummmm said at 7:09 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    raised an excellent question, an issue I forgot about.

    “Why was Bennett so opposed to candidates raising money on their own? Why does he want it all in the MCRC account under his control?”

    This is highly unusual as I understand.

    Care to answer that question “Ghost of Coolidge,” or do you just want to skip it?

  12. The Ghost of Coolidge said at 7:37 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    Probably because the candidates who don’t have as much campaign experience would waste it on something stupid like pens and sponges. Unless I am wrong all candidates have money in their accounts some last year raised quite a bit! The Chairman has won elections and won big, it’s a proven formula. Other successful counties use the same formula

  13. Tim H said at 7:43 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    BAM! And just like that, down goes Golden Boy. Bennett’s letter is on point, succinct and dishes a professional yet brutal beat down on the Golden Boy.

    Will be interesting to see if Golden Boy takes him upon on the debate. Also, wonder what Congressman Smith has to say now that Golden Boy is after his job next?

    Bennett scores a knock down……. what will Golden Boy do next?

  14. Tim H said at 7:46 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    TOP 10 REASONS GOLDEN SHOULD NOT BE CHAIRMAN:

    1) No real experience running political organization at all. He showed up 5 years ago without any experience.

    2) His own town a mess and he did nothing to help fix it. He sat it out and did not want to be involved. He did not have the “balls” to lead.

    3) He is terribly conflicted as county wide elected official that wants to be party-boss. Can you say ethics charges to follow in the future, blowing up in our face?

    4) He was the chief engineer that led failed coupe to dump a popular sitting Freeholder, Gary Rich, with an unqualified, over the top 3x loser, Bobby Walsh. The failed coupe once again caused division and disharmony in the ranks that he fostered and led; after lying to Gary’s face.

    5) He has messes in his own department by hiring triple dippers on the tax-payer dime.

    6) He has not political loyalty to anyone or anything. Only to himself and will stab anyone in the back —- or in the chest — to further his own selfish causes.

    7) He wants to turn over the County political machine over to a handful of the big towns and return to the old days where you had to be from a big town to be anybody.

    8) He wants to dole out more county jobs to people when he is conflicted.

    9) He plans to use the sheriff’s office and county chairman’s job to be a “de-facto” County Executive; a role not allowed under this county form of government.

    10) He will/plans to use chair to build chips and topple sitting outstanding Congressman Chris Smith in 2 years. As chairman he can give himself the line and dump Smith, a supremely competent Congressman.

    Should we go on? This is just bad for the County and the Party and it needs to stop. I barely know Bennett but I know he has won elections, raised money and restored sanity. Just because Golden Boys says its “his time” does not entitle him to anything.

    The facts don’t lie. He should end his candidacy and work with Bennett and learn the ropes and perhaps succeed Bennett wen he steps aside.

  15. Hearing crickets... said at 8:04 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    Hearing crickets from Shaun’s camp. Bennett’s letter raises valid concerns that Shaun has not and cannot address. Wouldn’t be surprised if Shaun is out of the race by tomorrow. I’m sure he is getting inundated by calls from elected Monmouth County politicians, including Chris Smith. How dare he risk the party.

  16. Voice of Fairness said at 9:38 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    Cty Cmtee deserve this exchange. THEY deserve all the facts.. They’ll be voting June 9, 2014. Reserve a room at any of our County Libraries for this Debate $5 for a room. As Jack Bauer would say, “Just Do It”

  17. Hearing crickets said at 9:45 pm on May 27th, 2014:

    I agree Voice of Fairness but the election is June 10th.

  18. Dump the Big Dipper said at 12:06 am on May 28th, 2014:

    If Bennett conducted his affairs today, as he had 10 years ago he would most def been in violation of ethics laws.

    One can easily postulate that according to Bennett, it is not unethical if there is no ethics law violation. Well, laws alone do not define whether of not a person follows socially acceptable ethical and moral code of conduct

    Over charging for legal services, double charging for legal service, unnecessarily running up a clients billing for legal services, poised to receive multiple tax payer funded pensions, really Chairman Bennett? A lawyer questioning a Chief Executive Law Enforcement Office about ethics?

    On the other hand, there is a candidate of high ethical character, very well aware of existing ethics law, who is willing to prove that he can and will ethically and dutifully perform his sworn constitutional obligations.

    My fellow repubs, when it comes to a conscientious observer of ethics, the ONLY candidate for county chair IS Shawn Golden!

    BTW did he announce his Vice Chair?

  19. This County Committee Person said at 7:34 am on May 28th, 2014:

    All Tim H & his (few in numbers) ilk are doing with these stupid and vile attacks is firming the resolve of Shaun’s supporters & Shaun himself to win this for the long term growth of the Party.

    It’s this heavy handedness that is the trademark of Bennett’s tactics. Bennett himself said no negative campaigning. Why aren’t his supporters listening? Because Bennett says one thing, and then turns a blind eye.

    Shame on Bennett for allowing his supporters to throw mud. People know that Shaun is a decent and ethical guy. They won’t be deceived by the likes of people like Tim H.

  20. Shire Reeve said at 7:39 am on May 28th, 2014:

    @this county committee person – you seem to have a disconnect between Shaun’s personal ethics and the ethics law. It’s not about Shaun’s personal ethics, it’s about whether holding two positions simultaneously will violate the ethics law. See the distinction? If serving in two positions violates the law, it can’t be done, no matter how much you like him for the role. HTH.

  21. @ Dump the Big Dipper said at 9:42 am on May 28th, 2014:

    You claim there is an ethical candidate that is a conscientous observer of ethics and dutifully performs his constitututional obligations—that being person being Shaun Golden? I am laughing on the floor right now!

    Lets not forget that little pension fraud that Golden is responsible for. Did he ever have Mr. Donovan pay back the pension fund? Has Golden ever even addressed this issue? He has ripped off the taxpayers of this county and now he is trying to rip off John of the county chairmanship.

    Ethics my ass!! Shaun, as an ardent reader of MMM, are you finally going to discuss this fraud? Are you going to engage in the debate?? Your cornered like a rat now, and we all know that desperate people do desperate things.

  22. Also a CC person said at 9:49 am on May 28th, 2014:

    I heard the same Norcross inspired rhetoric about Bennett last time around. Makes it clear who is behind Shaun’s campaign. The Ethics Law was enacted in 2003, Bennett left office in 2003 as a result of the Norcross Machine political hit. He was never accused of a ethical violation. Because NONE existed. His bills for all his towns were reviewed for the prior 10 years, and they were able to come up with one billing mistake that was immediately rectified. Not sure why Shaun or his supporters aren’t responding to the clear issue – Shaun can’t hold the position of Sheriff and County Chairman without, at a minimum, putting the Freeholder’s at risk or more than likely squarely conflicting the Ethics Law. And just the word “debate” has rendered the Sheriff speechless.

  23. Also a CC person said at 9:52 am on May 28th, 2014:

    Meant Ethics law enacted in 1991.

  24. Umm said at 10:35 am on May 28th, 2014:

    I heard the ehtics law was written in honor oof John O Bennett!

    John Bennett- always the first snout to hit the trough!

  25. Joke of the Day said at 10:39 am on May 28th, 2014:

    When was the only time John Bennett not on the public dime…???

    Just 9 months, while in the womb!

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  26. Writing On The Wall said at 10:49 am on May 28th, 2014:

    It’s closing in on the hateful people of the Bennett camp.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1539857126241662&set=a.1535121003381941.1073741828.1531498783744163&type=1&theater

  27. Middletowner said at 10:56 am on May 28th, 2014:

    You people are so naive if you didn’t figure out who’s behind Shaun’s run for Chairman..

    Obviously it’s Art G, whose traffic has spiked to levels not seen since he pushed the BSTP candidates to challenge the incumbents.

  28. Shire Reeve said at 11:06 am on May 28th, 2014:

    @writing on the wall – it’s great Shaun is getting support, but unfortunately the ethics law has no safe harbor based on the number of endorsements. If he wins, he’ll never serve out the term; what will all the endorsements mean then? If he’s going to play ostrich on the ethics law issue and the debate, then he should at least have the decency to announce his vice chair ahead of time so everyone will know who will be serving out the other oh, 100 weeks or so of what would have been his term. And what will Shaun do? Wonder who he’ll take on – cough – Chris Smith -cough-? Wonder how he’ll get traction against a popular Congressman – cough – he’ll be given the line by the new chair -cough- ? People, use your brains before you vote, and don’t get on a train that’s about to go off a cliff.

  29. Wait...what? said at 11:11 am on May 28th, 2014:

    I guess if you watch enough political campaigns you’ll eventually see everything.

    Raise your hand if any of you political junkies have ever seen:

    1) A candidate attack another candidate by a) saying X may or may not be wrong and b) asking the accused to find out if what they’re being accused of is, in fact, wrong.

    2) The incumbent demanding a debate with a challenger.

  30. Tim H said at 11:26 am on May 28th, 2014:

    Like the old Verizon commercials…. hey Golden Boy, “can you hear us now”. Like the lyric from the old song, all we hear now is the “sounds of silence”…. as panic and reality sets in for Golden Boy. Word is Congressman Smith is FURIOUS as well.

  31. @ Middletowner said at 11:27 am on May 28th, 2014:

    Dang, you nailed it :)

  32. @ Tim H said at 12:11 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    How about you answer the questions someone else posed:

    1) Are you a county committee person

    2) what is right about Bennett wanting candidates to suspend individual campaign fundraising efforts, and wanting all of that money go to the county to control

    So far, you’ve had a lot of fun copying and pasting your comments from one post to another.

    How about having some cohones to answer a question for once.

    And stop with the Golden Boy attacks, you are making yourself look childish.

    P.S. I noticed another town went Shaun’s way. The table is getting smaller and smaller for Bennett.

  33. @ Tim 2 said at 12:43 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    I forgot…

    What do you think about Bennett being such a weak chair that he let John Costigan out of a deal swapping his Municipal Chair title for a State Committeeman seat?

    After all, isn’t that a sign of weakness and couldn’t the enforcement of such a deal started fixing Howell’s political situation?

    You see Tim, you want to make charges, but you can’t take return fire. You hide from it.

  34. Hey Tim said at 12:54 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    The reason they result to name calling is because they have no record for Bennet to run on or brag about. They need to throw up a cloud of smoke to try and confuse people with a non issue and make Bennet himself look like he finally gives a lick about anyone other than himself or his pocketbook.

    Why would Bennett have any doubt with someone like Burry keeping campaign donations in her own acct? Obviously he has some agenda for the money! What is it, who will know? At least this cloud of doubt is based on REAL issues!

    Bennett- Ding,Ding, Your goose is cooked!

  35. You Live in a Bubble said at 1:03 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    Look outside your insulated little world of Monmouth and take a look at successful models like George Gilmore’s Ocean County, or Bill Layton’s Burlington County. The Chairmen raise and spend the money. And the candidates win. Big. Simple as that. No agenda. Enough with your paranoid BS

  36. @ You live said at 1:46 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    You mean George Gilmore, one of the most corrupt political bosses in NJ who lives and keeps his seat by cronyism?

  37. Suckers said at 2:27 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    MMM’s blog entries about the girth of two guy’s political spheres get hundreds of comments.

    MMM’s blog entries about property taxes get no responses.

    Then some commenter here is cries about Costigan and his little VOLUNTEER committee seat. Yet it’s very likely that commenter is a TAXPAYER PAID someone who sends a TAXPAYER PAID letter out blaming Trenton for the outrageous property taxes in Costigan’s hometown of Howell and takes no responsibility of his own for doing nothing to address endlessly raising local property taxes.

    Fooled, again.

  38. Silence Dogood said at 2:50 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    My Gosh, The Loyalists Of King John Are In A Royal Snit Are They Not?

    Blimey, you have lost the plot, all of you and have created a spot of bovver that serves the Party so very poorly. You haters of the Royalist wing are all plonkers and fireballers.

    Soon, ye all will be blaming Shaun for this global warming thing, won’t you?

    I must quote from a very dear friend of mine, Benjamin Disraeli – ““Sir, I shall not defeat you – I shall transcend you.”

    Signed,

    Silence Dogood, Redux

    P.S. Tim H и всех вас Шон на прошлой неделе. Вы толерантности. Фактически, вы можете пройти психиатрическое освидетельствование по толерантности. Вы разжечь вопросов, которые не являются. Вы страх где никто не существует. Фактически, я думаю Вы используете Alyinski Саул правил для радикалов. Вы можете создать дурацкие теории заговора где ничего не существует. Позор вам.

  39. Kathy Baratta said at 3:07 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    “The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”

    ― Dashiell Hammett

  40. Shire Reeve said at 3:15 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    Silence Dogood for the best comment of the day. Substantively, it’s more of the same tired deflection, but at least it was pretty damn clever. The Disraeli quite is a bit overwrought though. Next time pick someone the Sheriff may have heard of – maybe like Dr. Seuss and “the places you’ll go”?

  41. @ Kathy Baratta said at 3:19 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    Trying to scare people, eh?

    Let’s here Bennett’s plans as to:

    1) How he is going to rebuild the ranks of the County Committee people and get them to do the grass roots work that was always required of them?

    2) Let’s hear Bennett’s response on how he let Costigan get away reneging on his deal to step down as Municipal Chair in return for him getting the State Committee person’s spot.

    Maybe a new chair would have fixed Howell’s problems.

    Instead, it made Bennett look weak

    3) Let’s hear Bennett’s reasons for individual candidates suspending their fund raising activities in favor of all of the money going to the county, taking away fall back positions for the candidates

    So far we haven’t heard anything from Bennett about his vision, because he has none.

    Oh, and before I forget…

    @Suckers…

    Costigan’s position is not just a “volunteer committee seat.” He is charged with the total operation of the Howell Township GOP.

    And I do plenty to say things about I taxes.

    So, pipe down unless you know what you are talking about.

  42. Kathy Baratta said at 4:11 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    “Trying to scare people, eh?” Is that what you got from that quote? Astonishing!

    I’m simply trying to illustrate how everything comes down to perception which, of course, is then projected. You’re proof of that seeing that you saw my quoting Dashiell Hammett as an attempt to, “scare people” when what I was doing was what YOU ended up proving for me – it’s all about perception! As for the projection, well, I won’t even TRY to figure you out in order to comprehend how you got
    scare tactics from the Hammett quote.

    Although it does help me understand why you post anonymously.

  43. @ Kathy Baratta said at 4:52 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    1) I am posting anonymously on this chairmanship issue because I have friends in both camps that I would like to keep as friends.

    Politics such as this can screw up relationships

    Fair enough?

    2) Knowing that you are a Bennett supporter, one could take your quote and think that electing Shaun as Chair could give us something that is unexpected or wrong.

    Fair enough?

    Now, since you are a Bennett supporter, would you kindly answer the questions I posed?

    Tim H. doesn’t seem to want to, so maybe I will have better luck with you.

    Oh, and again,

    @ Suckers…

    John Costigan is a State Committeeman, a position that Bennett held. So, technically he is above Bennett and as a State Committeeman, it should have been MORE incumbent on Costigan to fix the mess in his home town.

  44. Kathy Baratta said at 5:34 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    Because I came asking questions you assumed I was a Bennett supporter?

    We all saw “The Odd Couple” so we know what happens when we assume.

    As I don’t know enough about either man to offer my opinion, I “support” neither man. I read issues raised by those who seem informed and asked questions. As a matter of fact, my issues were with Art’s seemingly obvious biases and my own admitted one when it comes to Bobby Walsh. Nothing else.

  45. @ Kathy Barratta said at 5:40 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    My apologies then as I thought you posted several comments on an earlier post in support of Bennett.

    Fair enough.

  46. county Committee Person said at 6:24 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    I am completely confused by these posts. No one is addressing the issue. I have read the letter by the Chairmen. Does it not matter that Shaun Golden appears to be barred by the Ethics Law to hold both positions. Why would anyone vote to take that risk. All the bashing on both sides appears pointless. And is anyone else concerned that we would be handing over the County campaign to someone who has only been involved in politics for 5 years.

  47. @Kathy Barratta said at 6:31 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    I read John’s letter. It appears he would look forward to discussing his ideas for the future. We haven’t heard anything from Shaun after Bennett challenged him to a debate.

  48. @ County Committee Person said at 6:38 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    First, as it stands; he is NOT barred from serving in both positions. Other elected officials in other counties do hold both positions.

    Second, maybe we need someone young and fresh NOT from politics to grow the party.

    Another County Committee Person.

  49. @county Committee Person said at 6:51 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    The other elected officials don’t answer to the very Board they have political power over. They are Senators and Assemblymen. How could say Serena vote no on anything proposed by the Sheriff’s Department and not look compromised? Shaun has the power to take her off the line. It’s as if you are choosing not to see the obvious here.

  50. Shire Reeve said at 7:31 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    @ @ county committee person; so by parity of reasoning, how about we let anyone pilot an airplane whether they’re prepared or not? Maybe they have some young and fresh ideas about take offs and landings. Or maybe I just I need to practice my doublethink a bit more. Barred = able, inexperienced = qualified, conflicted = right for the job. It is pretty fun wearing blinders; I’m now officially for golden. Can’t wait to see what else comes out about him and how people will ignore it anyway.

  51. Shire Reeve said at 8:03 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    Hey art, how slow are you at moderating? I thought you were going to take care of the “glitch” that keeps my comments from posting? Nice work buddy; you should go see golden about a job; he can’t shoot straight either.

  52. @@ County Committee Person said at 8:25 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    This is not a matter of being an elected official like an assemblyman or senator. Shaun is barred from being a chairman and a county sheriff because he will be serving the same board of freeholders that he has political power over. How can the freeholders ever make a decision contrary to what the sheriff wants if, as chairman, he can retaliate by taking away contributions or the line?

  53. Art Gallagher said at 8:44 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    Hey Shire Reeve,

    You trigger the spam filter and it’s my problem?

    I ‘whitelisted’ your one of your IP addresses a few hours ago and just ‘whitelisted’ the one you just posted from. Hopefully that will solve your problem. If not, I’ll give your double your money back on your subscription to MMM.

    Is there a pending vacancy in Shaun’s office that I don’t know about? ;)

  54. Shire Reeve said at 8:50 pm on May 28th, 2014:

    You’re a saucy one art; love the site of course. Best source of info out there and nice to see everyone rallying behind their guy. Thanks for the clearance!

  55. The "mess" in Howell said at 8:55 am on May 29th, 2014:

    The “mess” in Howell is one created and continued by Bob Walsh, Bill Gotto and the rest of Howell’s administration; that “mess” is incredibly high property taxes for residents and nothing but excuses to the question of “why?”. Walsh is being challenged in the primary because of his failure to address property taxes and his continued insistence that he is powerless to do anything other than raise taxes and point fingers at Trenton.

    What you probably also don’t know is that Costigan is being bitterly challenged in the primary, for a VOLUNTEER SEAT, by Walsh through a Walsh supporter. Walsh has been wrestling to get control of the Howell GOP and Howell Republican Club for several years now, not for the best interest of Howell taxpayers, but for his own interests in getting the party line and becoming a Freeholder… so that he can raise taxes county wide instead of just in his little town and then blame other people. And raising taxes is something that our GOOD REPUBLICAN FREEHOLDERS have not done in years.

    Bennett may or may not be a good chairman, but don’t drag Costigan into the “mess”. Costigan is a well respected man who has earned a distinguished status as a hard worker and team player state-wide. There are countless chairmen who bring no value to the party or their towns, your chairman is one of them, Costigan is not. If Bennett isn’t interested in seeing Costigan go, it’s because Bennett rightly doesn’t want to see Walsh or Golden in control of Howell instead. The rest of the county likely agrees with Bennett by not voting for Walsh.

  56. @ The Mess said at 10:25 am on May 29th, 2014:

    The truth is that Bennett let Costigan renege on giving up his Municipal Chairmanship when he got the State Committeeman position from Bennett. And stop with the bit about a “volunteer seat.”

    Yes, it is a volunteer seat, but he is the MUNICIPAL CHAIRMAN, the guy in charge of the nuts and bolts. If he can’t straighten it out, then maybe he should be challenged.

    And, if you are saying “Bennett doesn’t want to see Walsh in charge,” then why Bennett make such a phoney deal? Shouldn’t he have had the foresight to know that if Costigan stepped down, there would be a vacuum of power??

    That’s a strike at Bennett for not being trusted worthy as well as one for not thinking about the consequences or what would result.

    If Costigan made the deal, he should have followed through on it. Bennett should go because he is weak.

    Howell has been a mess for years. If Costigan was such a strong Chair, he would have solved the problem.

    That said, you are correct about “countless chairman bringing no value.” Too many are just little Napoleons.

  57. Just compare what you said at 12:42 am on May 31st, 2014:

    Received in the mail today from Golden and Bennett

    Color, positive, uplifting patriotic brochure
    From Golden giving his vision and ideas for the future
    and then 3- black and white pages
    Of words upon words that bored me to death on a lovely sunny day from Bennett.

    I will take the positive, short, sweet and to the point brochure any day.
    Don’t waste my time Bennett.

    Golden just took my Bennett vote and turned it into a vote for Golden

    Kuddos to the designer and printer of Goldens’ positive, colorful brochure