GOP Primary Challenger Lamb Slams Toms River Council’s “Knee-Jerk” Backtracking on Airbnb Ordinance

TOMS RIVER – First ward Republican primary challenger Justin Lamb issued a statement on Tuesday criticizing the all-Republican township council’s ordinance that would restrict the ability of residents to rent their homes for short term durations on online services like AirBnB following their decision to backtrack on implementing the measure.

“The Township Council’s overreach in its hastily delivered ‘Airbnb’ measure illustrates the type of bad decision making that needs to end now,” Lamb declared in a prepared statement on Tuesday.

Republican primary candidate Justin Lamb

“The ordinance as delivered was a knee-jerk reaction that was short-sighted and showed the lack of understanding the governing body has with our residents. After coming under fire by our Ward 1 residents, they now are quickly working to undo the draconian course they prematurely took.”

Lamb, who hopes to unseat Councilwoman Maria Maruca in the June primary election, went on the question the conservative credentials of the township’s incumbent Republican leadership.

“As a strong Republican, I strongly believe that any restriction on individual property rights is not consistent with the same conservative principles our Township Council members now claim to be running on in this primary election,” Lamb added.

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  • Teddy Price

    Lamb is right about one thing! The all Republican Council in Toms River needs to go. The Democratic candidate in Ward 1 has the credential’s and the temperament to represent his Ward. The Democrats in Toms River believe it is time to “Drain The Swamp” in town hall. Take away the bad hairdo and there is no difference between Maruca and Lamb.

    • TRWatch

      Just wait until the bedbugs take over.

      • guest

        I think they will need to hurry up and hire all their family and friends before they lose a few seats. Get those family and friend applications in pronto. The former Republican Club leadership in that town has been abysmal. It could be a case of too little too late.

    • Sammy Ortley

      Who Is the Democratic candidate in Ward 1? Keep in mind regardless Marie has the name recognition in that Ward.

    • guest

      Ward one candidate has the credentials say’s the President of the Toms River Democrat org.

    • guest

      Lamb, He is a Democratic shill.

      • Im Trump the 25 mil FRAUD

        So does that put you on the kneeler or bent over on the alter for Happy the tax cheat and more Gilmore?

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