Lamb: Toms River GOP Establishment has Failed Ward 1 Voters

TO THE EDITOR: Over the past 13 years, the voters and taxpayers of Toms River have endured tax increases at the hands of a Township Council chosen not by the voting majority, but appointed by “party leadership.”

My opponent in this race was hand-picked for the council as a replacement in 2004, and has voted to raise taxes year after year. She has run for reelection, unopposed, every four years since that appointment, and her inexperience in a real election helps explain her remarkable silence during this entire campaign. Finally, after 13 long years, taxpayers have the opportunity to determine their own representative among several candidates – and to show that they’re tired of the complacent GOP establishment.

Residents have been forced to pay unreasonably high taxes for too long now, and our so-called representatives have failed to address these inequities. In March, the Township Council announced a three percent tax hike – amounting to nearly $2.2 million – for this year’s budget. I immediately blasted the Township Council’s poor fiscal management in Ward 1, and suddenly, the reactionary members reversed course and postured for a zero percent tax increase. This was not a change of heart or the result of heroic efforts by your representatives – it was an attempt to save face after a poorly constructed initial proposal.

Of course, this so-called victory proved immediately to be hypocrisy when they proposed the Board of Fire Commissioners’ $14 million downtown firehouse – an obvious, sneaky backdoor tax increase. While I openly and publicly opposed the rough plans to build an excessively lavish fire castle, my opponent sat silent over the looming tax implications – even when challenged by residents at a council meeting. Taxpayers were left in the dark about the impending vote, with a lack of proper notice, polling places left without visible signage, and voting machines hidden behind firetrucks. Despite torrential rain on voting day, residents responded in a record turnout to shoot down the unreasonable expenditure in an extremely lopsided vote.

This election marks the first opportunity in more than a decade for Toms River voters to have their voices heard. Again, my opponent took office in 2004 not after winning an election, but by being appointed as a replacement. Just last year, Ward 2 brought in a similar, hand-picked replacement, and voters are now stuck with that “choice.” As a lifelong Republican, I find this practice positively un-American. Admittedly, much of the blame for taxpayers’ lack of influence on the council lies with us – the voters who have failed to show up on that first Tuesday in June. Historically, less than 20 percent of registered Republicans have voted in their party’s primary elections. Our so-called representatives at the Township Council have been in cruise control for too long, running as unopposed incumbents and maintaining their cushy status quo. The only real challenge for the Republican establishment at election time has been planning a victory party up in their ivory tower.

This June 6, we have a chance to embark on a new path, and to blaze a trail of real change in Toms River. We have the opportunity to break free from that status quo, and to make our voices heard – to discuss the real issues and to address them as a community. I believe my campaign has shown that I am determined to put an end to wasteful spending, to bring the taxpayers’ concerns to the forefront, and to help Toms River and its residents in any way that I can. It’s time for a change, and on June 6, we can take the first step toward a better Toms River.

Justin Lamb

Toms River GOP Ward 1 primary candidate 2017.

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21 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    Problem is when you go over the bridge. No one knows him.

    • Christopher Espo Angulo says:

      Problem is he is a liar. Sure Ortley taxes are too high but he is not the answer. He is a wolf in Lambskin. Kook. Quitter. Quit surfing. Pig. Alcie. Baby. Priveleged wussy.

  2. Mac says:

    Many say the problem Lamb has is that ‘no one knows him.’ Personally, I find that a plus. When one honestly looks at who they know, and what they have been voting support for time after time after time, how could anyone possibly do that to themselves again? Really! Lamb has shown a lot of success in a very short time for all the right reasons. You could do worse in your voting selections, especially if you are voting for more of the same.

    • Cuddy says:

      I agree, problem is. Most voters, that are Toms River Republican’s just go to the polls. Look and vote down the line. They will vote the endorsed Republican row Tuesday, you watch. They will not even notice Row F where Lamb is hanging out.

      • guest says:

        Ditto that…………………….. they will see Guadano, Hozaphel, Wolfe, McGuckin, Kelahar, Haines and down the line you are right down to Maruca. Same line, same vote.

      • Christopher Espo Angulo says:

        He hangs out at any bar he can and drives drunk and crashes and gets away with it. Criminal.

    • guest says:

      Mac, you sound like a seasoned vet of Ocean County Politics. I kind of figure you knew without the “R line” Lamb was going to be out there in the wind.

      • Mac says:

        Primary elections for GOP Ocean County candidates are always going to be won by the party supported candidates. It’s a special interest election. The voting base is made up of good old boy families that traditionally plan their family sizes by the number of government positions available for them for guaranteed lifetime public financed support (which contributes thousands of votes to maintain their family political welfare benefits,) and the number of brain-dead politically-correct fools that still believe political party values are the same on all levels of government in any and all areas of this country. The only chance a Republican has of winning an election in Ocean County without party support is to run as an independent Republican, foregoing the fairy tale primary powder puff elections of little to no substance.

        • guest says:

          So true on the hiring of family and friends. So maybe this guy should have held out to run as an Indy.

          • Mac says:

            That’s what I would have done, for whatever it was worth. With occasional exceptions, primary elections are nothing more than the same old, same old political clubhouse votes. And voters are more likely to show their true colors in a general election than a primary. And that is a true concern, at least until a batch of appealing and qualified independent candidates appear on the scene. From experience, I can truly say that from the coveted county voting lists, one with knowledge of the system can accurately predict, with only a small margin of error, who and how each registered voter has voted in each past election, and who, for whom, and if, they will vote in the next election. It’s a remarkably accurate method of controlled sheep herding.

          • Christopher Espo Angulo says:

            How do you think Justin , his sisters, his brother got their jobs? DADDY. You all are clueless as to what a sham, fraud and criminal this person is. He should be locked up with his criminal baby brother and father and oh yea the Chief of Lavallette who has been covering for their crimes and who himself, Colin Grant yup u u rube, was investigated for murder and manslaughter in the death of Albert Kushinsky and has been arrested for domestic abuse and stripped of his badge and gun. Criminals. Wake up people. Know your history.

          • Mac says:

            Two questions please.

            1. If you feel so strongly about getting this information out, why did you wait until after the election to post it?

            2. With all the deceptive postings by the machine about Lamb’s faults, why did they not mention of these thoughts of yours?

          • guest says:

            Just got back from a trip looking at the results. This Christopher is just fabricating stuff. Also is would of been nice if someone told lamb there are not enough voters on the barrier to support him.

          • Highlight says:

            Holy jumping jacks batman, is that any different then the current crop of hires thru out Toms River’s different agencies? You want we should list the names and family members that work in Town Hall, its various departments,the TRDPW, Toms River school system and the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority?

    • Christopher Espo Angulo says:

      When people get to know him and his sordid, priveleged history they will see he is entirely unfit to hold office and should have lost his job years ago. The boy is a disgrace to free, hard-working America. Little boy.

      • tax cheat hero says:

        Are you on Happy Gilmores kneeler?

      • Mac says:

        As I stated elsewhere on this page, I don’t understand why his opponents didn’t use any of this information you have supplied on this page themselves. It would have gotten far more attention.

  3. Sammy says:

    Lamb is going to be very disappointed tonight. I don’t think he was aware of how the voters in River City cast ballots. They follow the row, he did not get the Republican Line.

  4. Im Trump the 25 Mil Fraud says:

    Write in Gavin Rozzi

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