In 2014, Doherty wrote a letter endorsing the work of Foward New Jersey, a coalition of unions and other special interest groups who will collect the $2 million per mile construction costs that the $.23 per gallon gas tax will fund. Forward New Jersey has been lobbying for the gas tax increase for almost two years and is waging a social media campaign to counter the grass-roots opposition to the tax increase as you are reading this article. Doherty’s letter can be found here.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Belmar, Gas Tax, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: AshBritt, Belmar, Dirty Doherty, Forward New Jersey, ForwardNewJersey, Gas Tax, Governor Chris Christie, Lawless Matt Doherty, Maggie Moran, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, NJ Gas Tax, NJ Transportation Trust Fund, Transportation Trust Fund | Comments Off on Doherty’s long term support for the gas tax increase, toll hikes and other profitable ventures
Pringle: “What is Doherty hiding?”
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty told The Asbury Park Press that he would disclose all donations to his campaign for Monmouth County Freeholder under the amount of $300, but only those donations received after July 13. July 13 was the date that the Doherty administration filed the 12 year old pay to play ethics ordinance with the state.
“I’m going to follow the ordinance and the state statutes to the letter.” Doherty told app. It’s disappointing that the reporter let him get away with that Clinton speak.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Asbury Park Press, Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News | Tags: Asbury Park Press, Belmar, Dirty Doherty, ethics, Judge Katie Gummer, Ken Pringle, Lawless Matt Doherty, Matt Doherty, Matt's Law, Monmouth County News, Pay-to-play | Comments Off on Doherty thumbs his nose at the Court, lies to the press
By a margin of 829-292, Belmar voters repudiated the hubris of Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty on Tuesday.
In a special election to decide the validity of the pay to play/ethics law that the borough council approved shortly after Doherty became a candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder last Spring voters said NO to the mayor’s attempt to change the rules for his own ambitions. Doherty, a Democrat, had claimed that the new law had nothing to do with his candidacy for Freeholder. Rather, it was designed to make it easier for Belmar Republicans to raise money.
The law, which had it been approved by the voters, would have allowed Doherty to conceal contributions to his campaign for Freeholder in the amount of $300 or less and to accept donations from liquor license holders, developers and other vendors and professionals with business before the Borough and still take official action on that business. The existing pay to play/ethics ordinance in the borough prohibits those activities.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: Belmar, Belmar Special Election, Dirty Doherty, Ken Pringle, Lawless Matt Doherty, Matt's Law, Monmouth County News, Pay-to-play | 7 Comments »
Belmar taxpayers are stuck with a $47,306 legal bill because Doherty placed a fraudulent interpretive statement on a bonding referendum ballot last summer.
Judge Katie Gummer ruled in Monmouth County Superior Court on Wednesday that Belmar taxpayers will pay the legal fees for the citizens who sued Dirty Doherty over the fraudulent statement which Gummer ruled was a Civil Rights violation. Belmar taxpayers are paying the legal fees for both sides of the case because of Doherty’s sneaky dirty lawlessness.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News | Tags: Beach fees, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Civil Rights Violation, Dirty Doherty, Judge Katie Gummer, Lawless Matt Doherty, Legal fees, Monmouth County News | Comments Off on Doherty’s Lawlessness Costs Belmar Taxpayers
Belmar Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty just can’t stand the fact that residents of his community had the audacity to gather in front of his home to protest the fact that his administration is screwing over one small business in town while he his arranging for a major donor to his freeholder campaign land a helicopter in a borough park while patronizing another business.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News | Tags: Belmar, Belmar protest, Dirty Doherty, Lawless Matt, Lawless Matt Doherty, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, Salt Waterfront Belmar | 2 Comments »
Gopal likens Belmar protest to a home invasion
17 year old says he wasn’t paid to protest
Belmar Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty and Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal are continuing to use a naive 17 year old boy as a political pawn in an attempt to create sympathy for Doherty because his “safe space” was violated by Belmar residents who protested outside the mayor’s home during a fundraiser featuring Senator Cory Booker on August 10.
The residents were protesting Belmar not authorizing a local restaurant to transfer their liquor license to a new location, despite the fact that the borough had approved the building of the location and the mayor had signed a redevelopment agreement authorizing the location. They were also protesting the mayor allowing a $2500 campaign contributor to land a helicopter in a borough park without obtaining the consent of the Council or providing public notice. Doherty said the restaurant owners, the Harmon brothers, made a bad business decision by building out the new location without first obtaining approval of the license transfer.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, Vin Gopal | Tags: Belmar protest, Dirty Doherty, Lawless Matt Doherty, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal, Tim Harmon | 2 Comments »
By Art Gallagher
If a pre-op transgender person with boobs and male parts goes topless in public, is that person violating anti-nudity ordinances?
I’d ask Congressman Frank Pallone, but he couldn’t tell me if a woman with all the parts she was born with should have the right to go topless wherever a man does when I caught up with him three years ago. Since then, the president of the GoTopless movement has publicly chastised the congressman and he runs the other way whenever he sees me.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Belmar, Congressman Frank Pallone, Dirty Doherty, Equal Rights, GoTopless Day, GoTopless.org, Lawless Matt Doherty, Maitreya Rael, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Raelian Movement, Spring Lake | 1 Comment »
Former Belmar Councilman Jim Bean filed an Ethics Complaint with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Local Finance Board against Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty on Friday, August 19, alleging that Doherty did not have the authorization of the Borough Council to grant a campaign donor permission to land a helicopter in the Borough or on Borough property. Additionally, Bean alleges that Doherty did not provide public notice nor notify Monmouth County officials of the temporary landing permit, as is required by the Department of Transportation when applying for said permit.
A copy of the Ethics Complaint can be found here.
Bean said that Dirty Doherty used “public resources to allow a campaign donor special privilege to land a helicopter in Belmar’s small but very populated Green Acres Silver Lake Park.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Belmar, Department of Community Affairs, ethics, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News | Tags: AshB, AshBrit Matt Doherty, AshBritt, AshBritt-Conti, Belmar, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Belmar traffic, Department of Community Affairs, Dirty Doherty, Ethics Complaint, Helicopter, Helicopter landing in Belmar, Jim Bean, Lawless Matt Doherty, Maggie Moran, Monmouth County News, New Jersey Local Finance Board | 1 Comment »
Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal drew more attention to the grassroots uprising of Belmar residents against the policies of their mayor, “Lawless Matt” Doherty, yesterday with a post on the Monmouth Democrats facebook page denying the Observer (formerly PolitickerNJ) article that reported that he and Doherty accused the Monmouth GOP and this website of paying protesters to demonstrate outside Doherty’s house during a campaign fundraiser last week featuring Senator Cory Booker.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Vin Gopal | Tags: Belmar, Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Belmar protest, Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso, Dirty Doherty, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Lawless Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal, Serena DiMaso, Tom Arnone, Vin Gopal | 2 Comments »
Monmouth GOP: We’re not run by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz or Hillary Clinton
Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal has a canny knack for getting otherwise good journalists to print stories based on his libelous allegations that have no basis in fact.
In 2013 Gopal issued a Friday evening press release accusing a Republican Red Bank Council candidate of having a warrant out for his arrest in Texas. MoreMonmouthMusings contacted Texas authorities to confirm the story and found that it was false. But several respected publications ran with Gopal’s lie before retracting their story after MMM published the truth.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Boathouse Bar and Grill, Dirty Doherty, Lawless Matt Doherty, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Salt Waterfront Belma, Senator Cory Booker, Tim Harmon, Vin Gopal | 8 Comments »