John Curley began 2018 pledging an epic fight during his fire and brimstone rant at the Monmouth County Reorganization on January 4.
He ended the year, and his career as a freeholder, with a whimper during a statement at his final meeting as an elected member of the Monmouth County governing body.
Curley was censured by his colleagues in December of 2017 following a six month investigation into his conduct by retired Acting Supreme Court Justice Mary Catherine Cuff that concluded he sexually harassed and bullied County employees, constituents and other elected officials.
In 2018, he was stripped of most of his responsibilities, lost the support of the Republican Party for reelection, and waged an Independent campaign for reelection losing to Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley with less than 5% of the vote.
Curley hired prominent Democrat attorney Angelo Genova to save his political career by preventing the Justice Cuff’s report from being released to the public. The federal lawsuit filed by Genova on Curley’s behalf has cost Monmouth County taxpayers over $300,000 to defend.
Curley has refused to disclose the amount Genova has billed to wage the unsuccessful suit. Neither has he disclosed the source of funds to pay Genovoa.
Curley refused to comment on the status of the litigation against Monmouth County taxpayers during the freeholder meeting on December 20. Rhoda Chodosh of Manalapan asked Curley to drop the suit and stop costing taxpayers legal fees.
MMM has learned that Curley has refused to clean out his office at the Hall of Records until after the Sine Die meeting on the morning of January 3, 2019. His term legally ends on December 31, 2018.