Leaked Documents: Remington Engineers Paid Off Embattled Former MUA Boss With Pricey Sports Tickets

How far will Ocean County’s politically connected public contractors go to keep their lucrative professional services contracts? Engineering firm Remington, Vernick & Vena allegedly had to buy sports tickets with company money for David Johnson, the embattled former executive director of the Little Egg Harbor MUA, presumably in order to keep their contract, according to leaked police documents obtained by Ocean County Politics.

David Johnson

David Johnson

Alan Dittenhofer

Alan Dittenhofer

Engineering firm Remington, Vernick & Vena has a reputation of giving generously to many of Ocean County’s Republican candidates, but according to a police intelligence report authored by Little Egg Harbor Police Chief Richard Buzby, they’ve been giving out a little more than the usual vig campaign contributions, according to documents we’ve obtained.

Earlier this year, we reported that the Toms River-based Remington firm was cited as the largest business entity donor to candidates around New Jersey by the state Election Law Enforcement Commision (ELEC).

Report: MUA Director Johnson Given Sports Tickets 

According to Chief Buzby’s intelligence report, the Remington firm’s Alan Dittenhofer, who serves as the MUA’s engineer, was for years provided with a “long list of expensive expensive entertainment tickets,” which were required to be provided to then-MUA executive director Johnson, who after being the highest paid MUA director in Ocean County, retired in the midst of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former MUA employee. 

Buzby’s report said that witnesses revealed the arrangement saw Remington, Vernick & Vena expend company funds to purchase the tickets, which were then given to Mr. Johnson, presumably to ensure they keep their contract as the Little Egg Harbor MUA’s engineering firm.

“These lists required four tickets for each event,” Buzby wrote. Mr. Johnson specified “premium conditions” he wanted along with the tickets, to include box seating in prime locations, all paid for with company money.

Free Tickets Stopped In 2013 After Learning Of FBI Investigation

Chief Buzby’s report said that Mr. Johnson stopped demanding the sports tickets after he learned of an active FBI investigation into the affairs of the Little Egg Harbor MUA, according to statements made by Mr. Dittenhofer.

A confidential informant cooperating with authorities during the 2013 investigation into the MUA corroborated these claims in previous interviews, according to the Buzby report.

“[Confidential Informant], in one of his interviews stated to investigators that Johnson regularly attended sports events in Philadelphia using very expensive box seating,” according to Buzby.

The informant said that the seats were frequented by Mr. Johnson so often that MUA employees came to believe that they were actually owned by the municipal utilities authority, which was not the case.

Mr. Dittenhofer would not confirm or deny the allegations presented in the report, as attempts to reach him for comment were not immediately returned.

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Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. He can be reached via email at editor@politicsoc.com or via phone at (848)-667-0840 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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  • Harrods

    I highly doubt that was the only MUA that he is/was involved with.

  • TRWatch

    Uh, isn’t that bribery?

    • Mercy Otis Warren

      Yes, the rules do not apply to the rulers though; just the ruled!

    • Randy

      You folks down there yonder in Southern Ocean County are too confusing, Is there not there enough of that nepotism and family hiring plan going on in the Northern Ocean County Utilities them there parts, to keep us busy with gossip?

  • freedomfromcorruption

    What was the outcome of the investigation by Chief Busby and the FBI?

    • As of this time, we are still here at the meeting, and it’s going to continue for the foreseeable future. Lots to talk about. This has been going on since 7:30 and I have the whole display on tape.

    • redsquirrel1

      The retaliatory witch hunt launched by the two corrupt committeemen against Mr. Loesch and Chief Buzby went up in SMOKE, as predicted!

    • Mercy Otis Warren

      Deep six-ed no doubt.

    • BUZZNUTZ

      Probably still an active investigation but leaked by guess who ????
      That’s a felony !!!!!!

      • freedomfromcorruption

        Who?

  • Behest

    Gee, those darn MUAs, don’t you guys have a sense of humor?

  • HenryHudson

    This is one teeny tiny example of what really goes on beneath our noses.
    Extortion. Bribery. Moral perversion. Putrefactive decay….
    This precisely describes the state of business affairs in Ocean County. If you don’t Pay to Play, you don’t exist. Freedom? There is no freedom to succeed as the “little guy”…. Kiss the ring of Gilmore and just maybe your granted a chance….21 municipalities in Ocean a County ruled by this crooked male sovereign and his puppet jesters. A County Prosecutors Office controlled by him where HE decides what cases get buried and what moves forward. Where HE decides what gets built in the county and by whom. Where HE has a hand on every single deal.
    How do these staff attorneys wake up eveyday and feel good about themselves? Remember this Gilmore attorney’s ?

    “I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of this state ; that I will honestly demean myself in the practice of law; that I will discharge my duties to my clients to th best of my ability; and that I will conduct myself with integrity and civility in dealing and communicating with the court and all parties. So help me god.”

    Remind yourself this morning, WHY do you work there?

    • redsquirrel1

      HenryHudson NAILED IT! “Boss Hogg” Gilmore and his minions!

      • BUZZNUTZ

        Hey tb what’s up

    • Mercy Otis Warren

      While Gilmore is no doubt a corrupt pencil head, he is not the one pulling the strings. Those are the money men; always was; is now and always will be. Find out who the richest people in OC are and you will know who are calling the shots. Gilmore and all his petty bureaucrats are just obstacles, who extort and skim off the top. They are not calling the shots unless the person they are dealing with is an ordinary Joe.

      • HenryHudson

        Case in point. We are a county full of ordinary Joe’s with indigenous traditions of freedom grossly being squelched by the greed and crime of these few…So say what you mean Mercy, who is calling the shots?

        • Mercy Otis Warren

          Well if in fact our county is free from big money men, then I agree with you, and of course have no use for Gilmore or anyone like him. In fact I am in favor of simply closing county government down all together. I just hate to give petty tyrants any more credit than they deserve and we can not exempt from blame the people behind the curtain.

  • Mercy Otis Warren

    If these allegations are true, it is a clear violation of multiple federal laws. But do not expect the FBI to do anything about it as it has bee a useless organization since its inception. Perhaps that is because there should not even be a FBI as police powers were intended to lie with the states and municipalities. With that said, sell off all the MUA and privatize them. Government does nothing well and this is just another small example proving that point.

  • InTheKnow

    John Kehm and Ray Gormley admitted last night to accepting a paid fishing trip to Guatemala by a township business and never disclosed it? Why? Because they feel they didn’t have to? I call that a bribe. They call it business as usual.

    • freedomfromcorruption

      What business sends townships officials on vacation?

      • Coupe

        None, there should be no dinners, no vacations, no sporting events no nothing whatsoever. Don’t get it.

        • freedomfromcorruption

          Apparently there are vacations, sporting events and who knows what else. What I want to know is what business sent two town officials on a paid fishing excursion. Also, why are they taking paid gifts from constituents?

          • Just Saying

            Because they are Ocean County
            RepubliCONS

          • BUZZNUTZ

            If the business has no dealings with the township and two people go on a trip with friends there is not a thing wrong or questionable about it

          • freedomfromcorruption

            If the business is in the township and provides public officials with a free trip; yes, that is certainly questionable. The business does have a relationship with the town as they pay taxes and fees to the township. If the business is in a neighboring township, that too is still questionable. The bs of “friends” going on a trip is just that, bs.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Totally disagree if they have been friends a long time and nothing shady has been done

          • freedomfromcorruption

            You can disagree, but that’s why there are laws regarding these types of “friends” and “gifts”.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            There’s laws about accepting money or gifts from vendors or anyone that might benefit because of the gift period .Is there corruption yep most certainly so and has been for many years.Thats why the Meka investigation was halted ,because he had it nailed .

          • freedomfromcorruption

            Clearly, especially since I said that earlier about the laws. It is you that disagreed with me by stating, “totally disagree if they have been friends for a long time and nothing shady has been done”.

            Now you say corruption has existed for many years, which, by the way, most residents have known about.

            So now you’re saying the friends are shady and corrupt.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            No the friends are not the ones mentioned you will see in the very near future what I’m talking about

          • freedomfromcorruption

            You’re back pedaling now.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            No backpedal doesn’t work on my scooter only drive forward

          • freedomfromcorruption

            You said something, then changed it and said that’s not what you meant. That j is back pedaling.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            whatever it is what it is .
            But it isn’t what you think
            And it is not what they want it to be

          • freedomfromcorruption

            So we should just look at it as you said, “is there corruption yep most certainly so and has been for years”. So then what your saying is they’re ALL corrupt liars.

          • InTheKnow

            He was on the boat with Kehm and Gormley trying to set up the politicians. Don’t be kind to this guy.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Whose this guy

      • InTheKnow

        Apparently any business that wants to play ball with the corruption team of Kehm and Gormley. They may have started a foundation like the Clintons. this was no regular 10 day fishing trip, this was a luxury trip worth over 20,000 each. Did Gormley bait Kehm’s hook or the other way around?

        • BUZZNUTZ

          People that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones .suppose I was sitting with a police chief and he knew I had arrest warrants and did nothing about it ,what would that be called???????!

        • BUZZNUTZ

          And what’s your motivation for working for free when you wanted a raise while getting paid for a job garret was also getting paid to do.All of s sudden you got in the volunteering mood .I THINK NOT

  • guest

    . Wonder what other MUA Authorities does this company and person do business with in Ocean County?

  • InTheKnow

    If you want to email buzznutz, his email is buzznutz@outlook.com

    • BUZZNUTZ

      Howdy torch ,chief and the rest of the group

      • BUZZNUTZ

        I wonder where leisure Irene went he didn’t like shadow boxing but loves sending emails under disguise poor John Barrett. Back peddling

    • BUZZNUTZ

      You can email me whenever you like and if you have the nutz to meet me face to face I’ll do that too

    • BUZZNUTZ

      So what do you want to email about I’m all ears .so you are gloating over the vote that will not stand ,sorry was bad atty advice .cant have a majority vote with a quorum of 5 with 2 abstaining and one needed more time to make a decision .Will be reversed

    • BUZZNUTZ

      Good evening John Barrett how’s it going down at town hall

    • BUZZNUTZ

      You already goofed today and probably will land you in some hot water do you really want to continue .

  • BUZZNUTZ

    The Little Egg Harbor/Tuckerton PBA should not involve themselves with politics.The report clearly states that Garett Loesch did not have permission from the committee to spend $ 27000.The committees responsibilities include the oversight of the town expenditures.The appropriate action was to have this investigated in which it was .As a law enforcement officer Mr.Maher you should understand this and not turn on the two committeeman that requested the investigation.The corruption has gone on for too long and certain people have gotten tired of watching it happen.If you move money without authorization it is against the law .Instead of vilifying Kehm and Gormley you should commend them for having the guts to withstand the attacks to do the right thing for the public.Your post of the meeting is an embarrassment to yourself and the members you are supposed to represent.Only one year ago you wanted to have a no confidence vote against the chief ,so today I ask you why did you change your mind?Maybe it’s time for a change Almost 50% of your members wanted to vote for no confidence .Have a great night and I would hope you sleep on this .

    • InTheKnow

      And now the drunk is posting again.

    • Joel

      BUZZNUTZ – I will only make one post and no others since you mention me by name. I am uncorruptable and so is the PBA where I am president. We act only in the best interest of our community, and would never do anything to violate the public’s trust. I work and live in this community and have a vested interest in its success. My release of information is based on what myself and my members observed at Thursday’s meeting. I don’t dislike Mr. Kehm or Mr. Gormley, but their politics are of obvious concern after observing Thursday’s hearing. My post does not embarrass me in the least, and we made no mention of a vote of no confidence in Chief Buzby last year, or the year before; that statement is a complete untruth. As far as whether or not the PBA should involve ourselves in politics… when a politician unjustly attacks an officer in our community, they can expect to be aware of our presence. I don’t follow this blog, so direct future comments to my facebook instant messenger. I know you have it.

      • InTheKnow

        Watch out, he may say you are Santa Clause

        • BUZZNUTZ

          No in the know Joels ok but just disagree with PBA getting involved in politics.I trust that the outcome of this once brought to light he will respect what Kehm and Gormley have done .

        • BUZZNUTZ

          No I know who Joel is but nobody knows who I am nor will you ever, just keep on guessing

  • BUZZNUTZ

    I would just like everyone to know In the know is really John Barrett the former assistant to Garrett Loesch who couldn’t handle his job so Barrett was brought in.
    Barrett also goes by leisureirene@aol.com so if you have received any emails from that address he’s your man .Good luck Barrett sleep tight ,might need a sleeping pill .

    • InTheKnow

      Keep quessing. Who else is on your hit list. Are you John Kehm? And who is leisure Eileen?

      • BUZZNUTZ

        Whose leisureileen come on you know. How can I be Kehm if i am Barney fife ? Keep guessing

        • InTheKnow

          Who is Barney Fife? I never called you that. Jerkoff and a hole are more appropriate.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Oh you are so tuff my friend wise guys are born not made

          • InTheKnow

            Are you now admitting publicly that you are mobbed up? Maybe I will start to fear getting my knuckles broken? It’s OK to just give up the BS posting, because I have as much time as you to go back and forth. PFRS affords us both that opportunity.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Lmao ,that’s why where in this situation too much time on your hands

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Man you guys must be in it real thick if you have mob on your mind what the hell did you guys do down there????Your not suppose to get caught .Geez

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Did I hit a nerve ooooohhhh

          • InTheKnow

            Nothing struck, just funny how you are shooting with buckshot. You have been identified, deal with it.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Lol I’m having a grand old time .This is called Operation Buzzstorm .

          • InTheKnow

            Did a tree branch smack some sense back into your head? Just let it go. He made the position, respect that.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            His position as chief is always respected but it works both ways

  • InTheKnow

    Buzz nuts has been exposed for what he is, and now he attacks John Barrett? I guess when he stood up and asked Kehm and Gormley questions they couldn’t answer, this is what he gets, the wrath of a BuzzNutz.

    • BUZZNUTZ

      Clearly you are besides yourself John .You know what Garret did with the 27000 was clearly illegal.Do you really want to carry this on .I know alit more than you might think or wish to know.The vote from the other night will not stand an investigation of the leaks will get underway and those responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.If you think that a fishing trip where no township interests were at stake or benefits to anyone involved is unethical than so be it .Was that the best you could do.Great job You no longer work for the township and I’m almost positive your services will never again be needed .As you know in the near future the shoe will fall.

    • BUZZNUTZ

      Stop hiding behind an alias it’s like shadow boxing John Barrett

      • InTheKnow

        Why do you mention shadow boxing? Are you seeing ghosts? Great job trying to change the topic, corruption is something you continue to support. Congrats with your efforts.

        • BUZZNUTZ

          You got a short memory

          • InTheKnow

            I have a great memory and good looks too. Just because I exposed your email address, don’t shoot other people who are not me. But then again, you must be busy changing your email address and calling Hillary to get her advice on scrubbing your computer. Happy Sunday. Sunlight is the greatest disenfectant.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Lol no need to change email I welcome them all ,have s great collection of souvenirs

          • InTheKnow

            Good. I guess you didn’t get a lot of those while you were on the job. Can you hear me now? Verizon smart phones are trackable.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Ok so is someone looking for me for excercising my 1 st amendment lol
            I’ll just have to call in my boy Al Sharpton lmao

          • InTheKnow

            See, that’s the second funniest thing you said. I agree with the Sharpton call. “No Tracking, No Peace March 2016”

          • BUZZNUTZ

            You got it

          • BUZZNUTZ

            But see I already know who you are and it’s the funniest thing going that you don’t know who I am

          • InTheKnow

            You have called me out being John Barrett along with an email address. If that is saying that you know me, then guess again sailor. Just lay down the cell phone and you won’t get exposed anymore. It’s ok, Trac phones were your afterthought yesterday. Nobody has to get hurt here.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            It’s ok that he gave up my email address no worries ,as far as tracking gonna take u on a wild goose chase .I know in the know is used by the group it’s ok .

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Do you really want to know how I got this phone ,ok hold on to your hat????????????
            I was riding thru Queens and this junkie comes up and asks me for a smoke I said what u gots for me ,he says nuttin ,I said I’ll take that phone and here you can have a pack of butts.So I think times almost up .Gotta go. Back to queens ????????????????????

          • BUZZNUTZ

            See where I was born raised and live we use throw away phones lmao
            Piney Powa

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Who’s been lying to you about your looks,I guess they are trying to make you feel good.A nice glass of wine and a cigar will do the same lmao

          • InTheKnow

            Now that is the funniest thing you have said in your history of posting what a difference a day makes. Let’s let the authorities deal with this instead of residents like us.

  • Rusty Manahawkin

    What is the deal with these MUA’s? Between reading this report on LEH about possible abuse, the blatant family and friends hiring at the TRMUA, It seems that they just do not care, nor does the Mayor or Council in those respective towns that appoint them. The end result is in the voting booth, and there again , no one seems to care.

  • BUZZNUTZ

    It’s pretty sad when you can’t post relevant matters on sites.I guess what Ret Detective Waldron posted on Little Egg Tuckerton PBA website will be coming down and he will be blocked as well .The credibility of the PBA is now at risk .Its President and members have made a mistaken decision jumping the gun in taking a stance in a ongoing Political showdown and possible ongoing investigations.Now Waldron further explained in multiple posts In regards to Sgt Busby’s lawsuit against the township .As part of the settlement of that lawsuit Chief Buzby agreed not to ever be a Little Egg Law Enforcement officer ever again.How was this overlooked where is the letter.This letter should be immediately made public and his immediate resignation is warranted.This doesn’t matter that it’s a 20 year old case we residents are still paying the price.We the people deserve an answer.

    • InTheKnow

      Buzz, you need to let it go. 20 year old settled lawsuit? What’s next, check g for skid marks in his undies? I have a song to share with you and I want you to close your eyes and think happy thoughts. Say after me, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me. Just play the video, mantra, then the video again. Here’s wishing you peach and love, peace and love…https://youtu.be/L0MK7qz13bU

      • BUZZNUTZ

        That’s something that can’t be let go, they are busting Kehm and Gormleys ass for a fishing trip that was irrelevant to any official business.Here we are talking probably in the millions .Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

        • InTheKnow

          If you think taking a fishing trip is OK, then giving them bullets, police apparrel, and tires should be OK too right? Should we discuss your involvement in any of that? Go away.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Really ,that is pathetic !!!! Oh you just uncovered a Massive conspiracy ,great investigative skills .Keep up the good work.Smack ,you have just earned yourself the idiot award.

          • BUZZNUTZ

            Really ,that is pathetic !!!! Oh you just uncovered a Massive conspiracy ,great investigative skills .Keep up the good work.Smack ,you have just earned yourself the idiot award!!!!????????????

          • InTheKnow

            Don’t make me have to go there. You were the first on scene to Kehm up the mess…….

  • BUZZNUTZ

    Take care im done ,bye let the FBI do their job.

  • InTheKnow

    Happy Monday BuzzNutz, I found the perfect song for you and all your corrupt buddies who are standing behind you. Congrats, you earned this dedication. Remember to email BuzzNutz@outlook.com to congratulate him.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x219gr0_jimmy-buffett-the-asshole-song_fun

  • BUZZNUTZ

    Well I kept this site pretty active but time to move to a new forum it’s quite evident that this site is partial to one side .????Search for our new venue coming soon .bye bye

  • InTheKnow

    Buzz nuts has deleted all his posts. Just wait until an upcoming Regional BOE meeting where they will be all read back on the record. Tommy, you were warned. Now you will pay for your sins.

  • W.J.M

    It would be curious to find out how many other utilities authorities around Ocean County this company deals with and or Mr Diddenhofer is involved with. Being a Toms River based firm, that is the county seat.