Toms River GOP Shakeup: Juan Bellu Calls it Quits

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Republican Club’s chairman of the board of trustees, Juan Bellu, is stepping down from his club leadership position, according to TRGOP sources familiar with the move.

According to a Republican Club source that saw Bellu’s email to club membership , Bellu is said to have cited family and business issues as reasons for vacating his club leadership position. Bellu, a resident of Seaside Park, is often seen on ELEC filings as managing the financial affairs of Republican political campaigns in the township along with business partner Carmen Memoli.

Juan Bellu

Bellu’s resignation has been seen by area Republicans as a victory for the faction of the club led by current TRGOP president Robert DiBiase. A decision has yet to be made on who will replace Bellu on the club’s board of trustees.

 

 

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Gavin Rozzi

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  • Lettuce

    He in addition Chairs the TRMUA , with the other half of BelluMemoli as Vice Chair and his old boss from Brick as Executive Director.. Noticed his firm runs the PAC that gave money to the R backed TR-BOE candidates. They was a major league shakeup at this years re-org. Out with the old, in with the new.

    • guest

      Incorrect, they don’t “run the Pac” What I think you’re saying is that the address that is used for that particular Political Action Committee, is their address.

    • Aaron Ruut

      Well now I feel much better, knowing those three run the water utilities company in Toms River.

  • guest

    Wow, The Changing of the Guard at the largest Republican Club in the county.

    • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

      They are all changing their diapers since Happy Gilmore is “under investigation” Sing Happy Sing and take the rest of these dirty RepubliCONS to jail where they belong

      • guest

        That is big over there, River City is the County Seat, they have an election this year , plus I think, Tommy Kelahar is up in 17. Power in that circle does not turn over often.

        • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

          When the Feds are done ppl will go to jail

          • guest

            Toms River and it’s Municipal agencies have been the family and friends hiring capital of Ocean County.

          • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

            Not for long once the Feds are done

  • Mike MBA

    Victory for faction backing current President, was that an internal organizational vote that decided the outcome of his resignation. Looks as though. Better to resign then be removed maybe.

    • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

      Lol There will be lot of RepubliCONS “removed” when the feds are done with Happy Gilmore

      • Mike MBA

        This is more of a local civil war within the Town Republican organization, it is not on a County level.

        • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

          The war will be in the same jail cell as Mike transition team Ritacco as to who gets the bottom bunk

          • Guest

            Im Trump: You make no sense, as this. Is an article about the leadership of the local Toms River Repub. Club.

          • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

            Now follow the bouncing ball The TR RepubliCON Club takes its marching orders from Happy Gilmore who is under Fed investigation hence Happy will not be joining Mike transition team member Ritacco alone
            Does that clear it up for you?
            Take the blinders off

          • Guest

            Still makes no sense.

          • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

            How about this many RepubliCONS are going to jail along with Happy Gilmore
            Now take the blinders off put down the pom poms remove your head from your ass and give it some time

    • ken

      More likely the old adage of “taking your bat and going home” because you’re faction lost.

  • Doris Satti

    Just reading this, so if they stay true to form. What family member or friend will be taking this position?

    • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

      Doris the friend N family member that Happy Gilmore doesn’t take with him to jail

    • guest

      One would think it would be a person to follow his agenda within that club in addition to the Toms River Water Utility he Chairs.

      • Happy Gilmore Fan Club

        One would think at some point the Republicon sheep would remove their head from the Seaside Sand and realize they have been conned and scammed maybe one day

        • guest

          Probably saw the handwriting on the wall. The Republican machine in Toms River may have a few problems in this years local Ward races. My guess he and his former boss should stick with hiring family members over at the DMUA.

          • Happy Gilmore Fan Club

            My guess is they all got a subpoena in the mail and they are worried they will be sharing a cell with Mike Ritacco