Ocean County Republican state legislators, representing different districts, were not unified in their vote to approve a $7.2 million dollar bailout of courtesy busing – with the funds to be overseen by a consortium of private, religious schools – during a three year pilot program to be established with the passage of Senate Bill 2049. The bill passed with 41 yeas, 27 nays, 3 abstentions, and 9 members not voting in the General Assembly after previous passing the state Senate.
Legislation sponsored by the former mayor of Lakewood, State Senator Bob Singer has successfully made it through both houses of the legislature.
Some of Ocean County’s state legislators may have voted “no” on raising the gas tax, but the lower house of the state legislature has collectively said “yes” to injecting $7.2 million dollars more into Lakewood, amid the township’s financial woes.
Republican insiders told Ocean County Politics that Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore was known to have personally supported the bill, and Governor Chris Christie is expected to sign the bill as soon as next week.
Lakewood’s constituency is known to have considerable influence over the county Republican organization, with politicos like Singer able to secure concessions such as this for his district with ease.
Here’s the breakdown of how Ocean County’s assembly delegation voted:
9th Legislative District A Unified “Yes” Vote
The 9th Legislative District – in the heart of Gilmore turf – is a safely Republican district. Therefore, Chris Connors and his crew’s no vote – despite vocal opposition – will not likely impact their longterm electoral prospects, as Democrats have failed to muster a credible challenge in years to current and past LD9 state officeholders. It should be noted that Mr. Rumpf was absent for this week’s earlier vote on the gas tax, but was present to vote on the Lakewood bill. Diane Gove, also voted no. Ms. Gove replaced corrupt former Waretown Mayor Daniel Van Pelt in his assembly seat after he was arrested for taking a bribe from Solomon Dwek.
10th Legislative District: McGuckin & Wolfe Both Vote No
The two Republican assemblymen of the 10th district both voted no to the bailout.
12th District: Dancer And Clifton Vote No
Assemblymen Ronald Dancer and David Clifton both voted against the bill.
30th District: Kean, Rible Vote Yes
Considering this district belongs to Bob Singer – the sponsor of the bill – Assemblyman Sean Kean and David Rible’s yes vote really comes as no surprise here.
Here’s the full roll call vote, courtesy of the Shore News Network: