Multiple Ocean County Politicians Served Grand Jury Subpoenas in Gilmore Federal Investigation

More people have been served with grand jury subpoenas in connection with the ongoing federal investigation into Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, OCP has learned.

According to a source familiar with the contents of the subpoenas, federal grand jury proceedings related to the case were scheduled for 10:00 AM Thursday morning in room 316 of the Clarkson S. Fisher United States Courthouse and Federal Building located in Trenton.

A sample subpoena issued by the federal courts

According to the source, “at least eight” of Ocean County’s municipal elected officials from several towns were personally served with federal grand jury subpoenas in connection with the ongoing federal investigation, along with two influential Republican state senators, one of which is connected in some way to additional loans that were made to Gilmore over the years.

The source said that it is possible that additional subpoenas may be issued in the course of the investigation.

Chasing News first broke the story about the federal investigation on its “Aurora Project” investigative series. Gilmore has refused to publicly comment on the investigation, with his attorney telling the Asbury Park Press that the influential Republican chairman “will be exonerated” in the course of the probe.

The Chasing News report referenced an unidentified contractor that was subpoenaed as a part of the investigation who made a loan to Gilmore.

More information is expected to become available about the investigation in the days and weeks ahead.

Ocean County Politics was the first to report on Gilmore’s substantial amount of unpaid federal income taxes back in March, with the liens on Gilmore’s house totaling almost $1 million dollars.

Amid all of Gilmore’s tax troubles, Governor Chris Christie recently nominated Gilmore’s son Michael to be a state tax court judge earlier this year.

Gilmore’s riverfront enclave. Photo courtesy of Barry Bendar

 

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. In 2017 he created New Jersey's first statewide freedom of information portal, OPRAmachine.com. He can be reached via email at editor@politicsoc.com or via phone at (732)-504-3636 ext. 1 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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14 Responses

  1. World Star H. says:

    Well the cards are starting to crumble within the local GOP strongholds. While they are at it, they should look into the nepotism that has withstood the test of time around these parts. One would think their luck is starting to run out, wonder whom these lucky folks are that got served?

    • Gladys says:

      Agree, would hate to be a GOP leader in OC these days. Maybe the air of arrogance in their dealing will take a notch down. I also agree with the prior poster, unlikely it is only about back taxes, even though the amount is enormous. There have been plenty of folks that have owed back fed taxes , get a good tax pro and work it out even at these numbers. This is bigger and I think it has to do with other things, we do not know about yet.

  2. guest says:

    Why do I get the feeling this has more to do then owing back federal Income taxes?

    • Ida Lupino says:

      I am reading this the same way, the gentleman owes a cool million to the feds. However, it states the investigation centers around a $20,000 loan? Something just does not seem right.

  3. Sparky says:

    Don’t go getting too excited ladies and gents. We are talking about a very powerful man. I expect most of this to get sweeped under the rug with the rest of the Cockaroaches!

  4. frank says:

    while they are at it, take a look into how mikey got the appointment to be a judge in tax court.

  5. Guest says:

    Thoughts?
    Two LEH committee people will be some of those who were served Subpoenas, unless one or both turned.

  6. Nuclearprogram says:

    Trust me, it isn’t about taxes, and it isn’t about, just, $20,000. The investigation is about the millions in questionable loans over the years. Gilmore’s loan scam, aka bribery, was, or so he thought, bulletproof.
    All I want for Christmas…

  7. Old guy says:

    Lock him up!

  8. Darin Sanji says:

    No doubt……………::::: this is much deeper then oweing back taxes. Grand jury, politicians being called in.

  9. Ken Bank says:

    If Georgy Boy was getting interest free or reduced rate loans, it could be considered a bribe and there would be tax consequences.

  10. stev melv says:

    I wonder if this is connected to the giving away of 1.36 acres of the public domain Seaside Heights beach to the Storino’s ( owners of Casino Pier) for development as George Gilmore was deeply involved in what seemed to be an odd deal.

  11. Mercy Otis Warren says:

    Anyone expecting salvation from the feds is going to be sorely disappointed. Corruption exacerbates as it does up the ladder; it does not dissipate. Though, this is just thew kind of low hanging fruit that the FBI pursues, so as to show all of us little people that they are only a generally useless organization and not a completely useless one.

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