Golden: Curley is tone deaf, disgraceful and puts himself first
Disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley filed to run for reelection as an Independent candidate this afternoon. NewJerseyGlobe was the first to report his candidacy and said he submitted over 400 signatures. In a press release, Curley said he would run under the banner, “Fighting Corruption Together.”
Curley compared himself to former Freeholders Ted Narozanick and Barbara McMorrow. “This Freeholders (sic) seat has a rich, bipartisan history of individuals that put people first, from Ted Narozanick to Barbara McMorrow, and people recognize that I am continuing their tradition. I look forward to serving the residents of Monmouth County for another three years,” he said in his release.
Monmouth County Republican Chairman, Sheriff Shaun Golden issued the following statement upon learning of Curley’s candidacy:
“That John Curley has the audacity to seek reelection after disgracing himself, and his office, while costing Monmouth County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend against his litigation, shows that he is tone deaf and only puts himself first- not the taxpayers of Monmouth County.”
After a months long investigation regarding allegations of sexual harassment and subsequent censure from fellow Freeholders, the Monmouth County Republican Committee chose not to endorse John Curley as the Republican candidate for Freeholder, opting instead to endorse newcomer Sue Kiley. Curley, accused of sexually harassing minors, sexually harassing Monmouth County employees and elected officials, and threatening to stab a fellow Freeholder with an insulin syringe, now faces accusations of public corruption.
In response to Curley’s announcement as an Independent candidate, Golden continued, “I am shocked that when announcing his Independent candidacy Curley would invoke the names of former Freeholders Ted Narozanick and Barbara McMorrow- two individuals that displayed class and integrity throughout their terms as Freeholders. What’s worse is that John Curley is bilking the taxpayers by enriching himself with premium health benefits paid for by the county for a part time job. Monmouth County voters have had enough of Curley’s bad behavior.”