Democratic Freeholder Candidates recount their arrests, Threaten Blogger
By Art Gallagher
Monmouth County Democratic Freeholder Candidate Lawrence W. Luttrell continued his assault on Freeholder Director Lillian Burry’s character tonight at a candidates forum in Middletown.
“There have been 10 indictments since Lillian Burry has been in office,” Luttrell declared at a League of Women Voters moderated debate sponsored by the Lincroft Village Green Association at the Lincroft Elementary School. “Monmouth County has a corruption problem, ” he said.
Luttrell rattled off 10 names, starting with former Freeholder Harry Larrison and six other Operation Bid Rig defendants who were arrested in February of 2005.
“Those people were gone before I got there,” Burry angrily shot back at Luttrell.
Burry was first elected to the Freeholder Board in November of 2005, nine months after the Operation Bid Rig arrests.
In answering a question from the audience, “Have you ever been arrested?” Luttrell and his running mate Giuseppe “Joe” Grillo both admitted that had been after the other five candidates on the dais, Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore, Democratic candidate for Middletown Township Committee George Mardinly. Burry and Deputy Freeholder Director Gary Rich, answered “No.”
Grillo recounted his arrest in Neptune Township earlier this year on multiple warrants for failing to answer parking violations in Asbury Park.
Luttrell said he was arrested in Florida in 1997 for, he said, mouthing off to a police officer. “A cop asked me when they started giving rings to the water boy”, Luttrell said referring to his championship ring from the ’91 Miami Hurricanes where he made the team as a walk-on. “At the same time they lowered the height requirement for cops,” Luttrell said he retorted. “The cop didn’t like that and arrested me, but it is all resolved.”
Luttrell then blamed his Republican opponents, Burry and Rich, for the question. “Other than that, 1997 was a very good year. Bill Clinton was President and the economy was great. I don’t hear them (the Republicans) talking about that from 1997.”
Following the the forum, Luttrell threatened me. “Be careful what you write, that last one got you in trouble, ” he said. “It did?” I responded. “It’s coming, it’s coming.”