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.
“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.