Toms River GOP Leader Rips Maruca Primary Challenger’s Team as “Anarchists” After $14m Firehouse Referendum Fails

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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  • SeasideMaria

    Raimann, up and coming Gilmore puppet. Thought he was next in line for council spot, must be jealous of Lamb! Public silence from council and GOP before vote. Why?? Tough to claim conservative credentials when advocating for gross govt waste. RINO alert 🚨!

    • guest

      What is Lambs voting record in Toms River?

      • SeasideMaria

        What’s Maria’s voting record on tax increases?

        • guest

          I asked first. I will make it easier , did he ever vote in Toms River?

          • SeasideMaria

            Guess you’re not on bowtie bobs email chain, you missed the memo about that half crocked smear campaign not working. No he hasn’t voted but who would he vote for anyway? Maria never ran against anyone. That $500 she spent on the media consultant ain’t cutting it! Raimann to the rescue! He smells blood in the water, making a power move for himself.

          • guest

            Yes just what I thought he NEVER EVER even BOTHERED TO vote in the town he is running in. LMAO We will leave it at that.

          • Mac

            Perhaps your lifetime voting record praises and successes are the reason so many people in Toms River seldom, if ever, vote. Lamb’s entry into this race may go a long way, by itself even, in finally overcoming this often noted national tragedy.

          • Halley

            Mac, I actually have no use for any of the current crop. However I am not running for office, and if I was, I probably, or most likely, would want to at least have voted maybe once in the town that I’m running in. I get it and understand what you’re saying. But, I am not running for office, this man is, and he has absolutely never voted in Toms River.

          • Im Trump the 25 mil FRAUD

            Vote for anyone not associated with Happy Gilmore

          • Mac

            I hope he voted in this firehouse election at least.

          • Halley

            That is a good point, if he did vote, it would be his first in Toms River.

    • panacea

      10 minutes to Wapner.

  • Tommy p

    $14 million for a fucking firehouse???? Glad the people said enough!

    • llewellynh

      Isn’t there any empty set of store fronts over there that could be converted at a much lower cost?

  • llewellynh

    No point in building anything with so many empty malls and retail strips around. Shop for the best price and the taxpayers will be ahead of the game. However, the public ought to know up front just who the seller is and what if any connections he or she has to the entrenched political establishment.

    • Roger Houston

      Good idea!

  • Roger Houston

    there isn’t a piece of fire equipment in Ortley Beach. You know, where Toms River is allowing 35′ tall 5-bedroom vinyl tenements to be built. Not to mention the cars associated with those whoppers parked crazily along the street in the summer, potentially blocking large vehicle access, as in fire trucks. Seaside generally responds (volunteer fireman are as noble as it gets) to Ortley Beach. The Toms River building department websites flowchart for an existing home elevation shows plenty of paths for the town to nickel & dime homeowners/builders, yet when it comes to fire prevention and the safety of volunteers the pertinent box reads – “Fire Subcode Inspection: None”. Tell me about the wisdom of the ‘leaders’ of Toms River. Vote them out

    • Gary Puckett

      This entire shamozzle does not pass the smell test. The recent resignation last month of the Toms River Republican Club Chairman that lives in Seaside no less, the defeat of this referendum Saturday plus numerous odious embellishments of the current crop of incumbents in Toms River is ominous. What to do, what to do?

      • guest

        Don’t you worry your pretty little head my dear. The former club Chairman is now running the Toms River M.U.A with his former Brick boss and current accounting partner , as Chairmen of the Utilities Authority TR. Now that’s the ticket. Leave one position and they give you another. “What about Bob” is now holding the reigns at the club level trying to get the troops out for the upcoming primary.

    • llewellynh

      That must do wonders for your homeowner’s insurance.

  • Karen Deak Colyer

    It’s appalling to me that as a taxpayer and resident of Chadwick Beach, neither I nor any of my neighbors was notified that this special election was even taking place on 5/13/17. If it weren’t for Justin Lamb passing along this information to us residents in Ward 1, we would NOT have known to vote. Voting location on Kittiwake in Lavallette offered limited voting hours, displayed not a single sign indicating a vote was taking place, and the voting booths were virtually hidden behind the fire trucks. Everything about this was sneaky – shame on Toms River and its current “leadership.” Whether or not we agreed with the merits of this proposal, at least Justin Lamb let us know this vote was taking place and gave us the opportunity to voice our opinion and exercise our right to VOTE.

    • llewellynh

      Think of all the summer home people who never get to vote for a thing and now so many of them are living in very expensive houses because they had to be lifted that they the highest tax payers in the county, have no vote.

      And those same people use next to zero services because from what I see they get garbage pick up once a week for tops 12 weeks.

      • Karen Deak Colyer

        The homes that had to be lifted were expensive even before they were lifted. The barrier island beach towns: Ortley, OB I II and III, Chadwick Beach, Normandy, etc are little more than cash cows for Toms River. Very very few use the school system (largest chunk of tax dollars go towards the schools) and 9 months out of the year our garbage is picked up weekly and recycling twice a month. Not understanding why homeowners cannot vote in the municipal elections unless it is their primary residence. If you own 50 different properties in 50 different municipalities, you should be able to vote in those municipal elections.

  • Mac

    Oh no! Say it’s not so! No $14M firehouse bonanza. WARNING: Big reduction in this year’s GOP campaign contributions both possible and probable. No wonder the GOP chiefs are in such a lather. Not only is the traditional flow of money taking a hit, but more concerning is the thought that the sheep might actually be starting to pay attention. That is no good for them but it is good for us. Three hundred years without a new thought is long enough. The time for a change is now.

    • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

      How is Happy Gilmore? Still under investigation? Any more liens?
      Cost estimate for the Sunrise Beach drive way expansion?
      Whos owns the land locked property west of the road?
      Send in the drone

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  • Guest

    This LAmb guy is bringing this weak and outdated club to its knees…a little competition is a great thing

    • guest

      For the past years they have let that club be run that way “weak and outdated”, even with the new Chairman I doubt it will be new and improved.

    • Gilford

      Has mr. lamb ever voted in Toms River?

      • guest

        Nope

        • Im Trump the 25 mil FRAUD

          Can Happy Gilmore vote from Jail?
          Take the deal happy and send most of the Republicons of Ocean to jail in your place

    • Pat

      How many people actually vote in Ortley Beach, or in comparison to the main land of Toms River.

      • Krampus

        A few hundred on the barrier Island compared to thousands on the mainland.

        • Camp Otis

          Does anyone know how many districts there are in Ward 1? I know there are only 2 on the barrier Island.

      • Im Trump the 25 mil FRAUD

        And those votes should or shouldn’t count?
        Are you on the Friends of Happy the tax cheat Gilmore Plan?

        • Pat

          I never said that. My reference was that there are very few voters in Ortley as compared to other areas of Toms River. Their vote count’s as much as anyone on the mainland. You just have mostly 2nd home people in Orltey.

  • Not Sandy’s Friend

    “Anarchists”?!? Call them what you will, but the fact is people on the barrier island are fed up with being treated like Toms River’s stepchild.
    What would you expect- another raise in taxes for a building which will provide not an iota of safety here. Perhaps if even one of the powers-that-be was a resident of the island, they might understand the frustration resulting from decisions made by people who have little knowledge (and disregard residents’ opinions) of what is needed here. What benefits the mainland doesn’t always apply on the barrier island.

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  • CJIS

    Which one illegally accessed state database first, the DMV employee or the guy in charge of the sheriffs radio room? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • guest

      What you talking bout Willis?

  • 35S

    Did see the hit piece on Mr Lamb in today’s mail. Check out the address on the flyer, nope no connection there.

    • Root Canal

      35S, for chit’s and giggles, Check out the PAC ” Continued Prosperity” on the Lamb piece, same office as none other then. Wait for it, the Chairmen and Vice Chair of the Toms River MUA.

      • Im Trump the 25 mil FRAUD

        Maybe they all want to be bunk mates with Happy Gilmore?

        • Mac

          It’s more likely roughly 400 Happy Gilmore stooges are praying that they don’t become his bunk mates. And if we ever get a federal prosecutor clean enough to be able to apprehend this Ocean County Depends Secured Kiddie Pool Racketeering GOP Club, then 100-125 of them will definitely be his bunk mates.

          • Im Trump the 25 mil FRAUD

            Maybe Jared Kushner could bunk with Happy Gilmore

          • Mac

            Unlikely. Jared’s already been to the crying wall.

          • Im Trump the 25 mil FRAUD

            Not as unlikely as you might thing they already have him on tape talking to the Russians Is the Fbi asking you about Russia? NOPE me either
            That wont be the only wall he will be crying too it will be a prison wall that Bubba has him bent over and wailing

          • Mac

            Oops. I was talking about Gilmore crying. I’m sure Jared is well-covered in any Russian involvements, much like Trump will be. Business and politics, while often the same, can be viewed as independent of each other also.

          • llewellynh

            I’m not a fan of Jared’s but it is not against the law for an American to talk to a Russian!

          • Im Trump the 25 mil FRAUD

            Trump is right Republicons are stupid ppl
            So what was he trying to hide? The Salami?
            Where do you think Trump gets his money since he is a con man fraud who went BK 6 times?
            How about Trump U?
            Where is your Trump gear made? China
            Next you will tell us Happy Gilmore didn’t do it either
            How about Mike transition team member Ritacco?

      • guest

        Well at least Juan and Carmen keep the running of the MUA and the Toms River political Campaigns at arms length.

      • guest

        How about this one “NJ Citizens for Conservatism” political action committee, Take guess at that address and it’s owners.

      • Root Canal

        Drum roll please, and yet another hit squad piece against the Republican Justin Lamb from the 222 Oak Ave, Suite 5, PAC “Continued Prosperity”, listed on the mailer today. That Bellu-Memoli address must be very busy.

    • guest

      Well there she blows,another hit piece on the R primary challenger Justin Lamb from the 222 Oak Ave..address AKA the Bellu and Memoli firm address. Went to the MUA site that those guy’s run with the former Brick Mayor, no updated minutes since Feb 2017. Too busy with PAC’s I would think.

      • Paul Sinsot

        You are a complete idiot, what does one thing have to do with another? Here you’re speaking about a political piece against a person running in the primary what does it have to do with a Utilities Authority?