Ocean Township Christopher Siciliano, in a phone interview last week with MMM, blamed an inflammatory piece of campaign mail that was paid for by an unregistered political action committee on Senator Vin Gopal .
“It was probably Vin,” Siciliano said when asked who was behind the mailer which depicted Councilman Rob Acerra as the Texas Chainsaw muderer with a paid for disclosure by “Ocean Taxpayer Coalition, 700 Carol Ave, Oakhurst NJ 07755.”
Gopal unequivocally denied any involvement with the mailer or the Ocean Tax Payer Coalition during a phone interview this afternoon.
Michael Reilly, the owner of 700 Carol Ave, told MMM that he was a member of the Ocean Tax Payer Coalition which he characterized as a Political Action Committee (PAC). Reilly said he had no prior knowledge of the mailer and had not authorized the use of his address. “When you join a PAC you have to give your address,” Reilly said.
“I don’t know, call Siciliano.” So we did and Siciliano said it was probably Vin. The mayor also said he would conduct an investigation and let us know who sent the mail. He hasn’t.
Councilman John Napolitani said that he thinks Art Gallagher is responsible for the mailer.