Lawsuit: Manchester Mayor Palmer’s Campaign Manager Says Toms River Officials Retaliated Against Him for Speaking Out

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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  • East Dover

    Toms River…..a political cesspool. Their past problems are all catching up to them. Just a few of
    the choice articles here indicate they have major problems with their leadership, the guy that runs the club ,TR Utilities Authority doesn’t even live in town, their Republican Club is falling apart, from top-down is a complete mess. Thought

    Anthony Benypla was the director of Public Works, you know the gentlemen that had some issues a few years ago. His wife is the secretary to the executive director, the former mayor of Brick, of the Toms River mua. Tell you one thing, these guys keep it close to the vest when they hire each other. Just seems that the chickens are coming home to roost in Toms River politics. It may take a little while longer but the proverbial poop is hitting the fan around River city.

    • I do not live in TR, so I went off of what was on the Township website. The website currently has Lou listed as both assistant business administrator and director of public works.

      • guest

        Correct, the other gentleman mentioned is second in command.

  • HenryHudson

    Surprise surprise Gilmore and the puppeteering of ocean County again

  • guest

    This town really has no election this year. Wait till next year when , I think, The Mayor and council are up for re-election.

    • The appointed GOP Councilman, Kevin Geoghegan, who replaced Sevastakis, is up for reelection this year. He is being challenged by Democrat Daniel Rodrick.

      • Hazmat

        I think the poster was correct in stating. The town really has no election this year. Rodrick has lost , what twice already in prior elections? However, with the majority up next year. Maybe the Democrats can focus on picking up a few seats. The chicanery that has been going on the Toms River Republican circle , when brought to light , at the very least is embarrassing.

        • I won’t disagree on the likelihood of the GOP winning as they usually do, but hey, at least they have somebody on the ballot in Toms River. In my town we couldn’t even get two “placeholder” candidates to put their names on the ballot this year, all but guaranteeing a win for the Republicans.

          • Hazmat

            I think the best bet for next year in Toms River it would be the Democrats putting up solid people that could maybe pick up a seat or two. One way is to constantly bring out some of the cronyism, nepotism, and other Shenanigans going on around town. Hey, just take a look at the hiring of friends and family around the municipal government in Toms River. Or the family hiring plan they have over at the Toms River MUA. I think if those points are kept out there in front of the public at some point it may catch on. .

          • All valid points. I would only add that the hiring plan is not confined just to the MUA…. look at what’s going on in town hall and over at Oak Avenue as well. It’s kind of funny how many of the people on the hiring plan also happen to be in the ELEC reports as financial backers of the pols that gave them their job. What a coincidence.

      • Elks

        Correct, and Mr Sevastakis was the nicest and most approachable of all of them.

  • Cuddy

    Maybe she meant “she did not need this” because Councilwomen Maruca is busy running the Toms River DMV also? The good folks that run Toms River pass out jobs like tic-tacs.

    • Telex

      DMV, I thought she was Pizza Pizza..

  • Nuclearprogram

    Significant, in the fact that Hometown Heroes’ offices have burned to the ground twice in the last few years…makes you wonder.

    • guest

      What is equally amazing is that the person they hired. Gets a full-time taxpayer-funded pension of close to $100,000 a year, and on top of that makes $90,000 a year in a taxpayer funded job.. That’s double-dipping.. At its finest.

  • guest

    The gentleman has quite a biography on Wikipedia.

  • psk715

    It appears that Mayor Palmer didn’t want to ruffle the Gilmore machine’s feathers;which is why he probably didn’t hire Schwartz for the position (although that would have also been a patronage hire).Perhaps the mayor wants to attain higher office,in the county,or wants work sent his law firm’s way.Isn’t also just great,that Gilmore’s law firm is representing Toms River,& even more tax-payer dollars,will get to pay their high-priced rate.The cronyism never ceases.

  • psk715

    It appears that Mayor Palmer didn’t want to ruffle the Gilmore machine’s
    feathers;which is why he probably didn’t hire Schwartz for the position
    (although that would have also been a patronage hire).Perhaps the mayor
    wants to attain higher office,in the county,or wants work sent his law
    firm’s way.Isn’t also just great,that Gilmore’s law firm is representing
    Toms River,& even more tax-payer dollars,will get to pay their
    high-priced rate.The cronyism never ceases.Since Schwartz is a Repub,I wonder what he did,to upset the Gilmore Gang.

    • guest

      Doesn’t take much to upset those guys. Ask a question or two, go against the grain, make a wave here or there.

    • Crusty begger

      This guy along with Mr Novy probably has a few tales to tell about the Toms River Political Org. Dominoes are falling in the local scene there.

  • guest

    What are these players thinking when they try these stunts? Toms River is just ridiculous.

  • Beachwood

    Mr Schwartz used to run the campaigns with the current Toms River GOP chairman years back. Why the backlash against him?

    • guest

      The old adage “beware of unguarded talk”.