Opponent Blasts State Senator Singer’s Silence on Lakewood’s Troubles

LAKEWOOD – The Democratic opponent of State Senator Bob Singer (R – Island Heights) is taking Singer to task over his silence on the problems facing Lakewood, which range from rampant welfare fraud to school funding shortfalls.

Bob Singer

Amy Cores

Singer’s challenger, Amy Cores, a Howell-based attorney, is the Democratic candidate challenging Singer in this year’s New Jersey State Senate election in the 30th legislative district, which is comprised of Lakewood and several Monmouth County towns.

The LD30 challenger took to social media to take Senator Singer to task for his silence on Lakewood in the wake of massive welfare fraud allegations that recently rocked the township. Cores criticized Singer’s willingness to support giving the town more state taxpayer dollars, and even began an email writing campaign to Singer’s legislative account to try to get a response from her opponent, to no avail.

“My main issue is that we have a senator who does nothing to serve his constituents as a whole,” she said in another recent social media post. “We need someone who will speak for more than one town.”

Rather than take time to address the recent allegations of welfare fraud, among other problems facing Lakewood, Singer publicized a legislative measure he backed that would create a “special envoy” to monitor alleged incidents of anti-semitism within the state, an action that drew the ire of Cores, among other constituents that posted on the Republican state senator’s Facebook page.

Since she began her campaign, Cores has also called out Singer for his close financial ties to prominent Lakewood developers, such as the Kokes organization and a web of LLCs. Cores has lambasted Singer for acquiesing to the status quo in Lakewood, which in recent months has described by some as being on the brink of collapse due to overdevelopment.

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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. In 2017 he created New Jersey's first statewide freedom of information portal, OPRAmachine.com. He can be reached via email at editor@politicsoc.com or via phone at (732)-504-3636 ext. 1 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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14 Responses

  1. Concerned Lakewood resident says:

    Because there isn’t “rampant” welfare fraud. 26 people out of 120,000 isn’t exactly an epidemic….#fakenews

    • Gavin Rozzi says:

      Thanks for reading, enjoyed your insightful comment. Clearly you’ve added to the discussion here on how Lakewood can move forward from these activities, but I have to respond with my own two cents. Sources in law enforcement familiar with the details of this case advise otherwise with regard to what the final arrest count will be, but I have been informed that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • Don the Con says:

      How many don’t pay their property taxes for religious reasons? So why is Lakewood such a shit hole?

    • laceylady says:

      RAMPANT, RAMPANT, RAMPANT I say…26 people who have been caught so far, I’m sure there are many, many more to follow. Maybe not an epidemic yet but most certainly a plague! #Realnewsthatishardtodigestforsome.

  2. Lakewood resident sees it all says:

    Everyone is say only 26 people HOWEVER as a life long lakewood resident UNFORTUNATELY……theres way more then 26, but they havent gotten caught yet. Not just in the jewish community either. However there is ALOT of double dipping with section 8, as far as sec 8 paying the rent for a house and then that person just renting for cash to another family. Oh yes thats what really happens. Or how their are tons of illegal home childcare centers that the children’s home society pays for thats state money too. Or the fact that just about every jewish family i seen or know the husband is in school and the woman stays at home they each get seperate welfare money as well as thousands of foodstamps per family, and they still have the money to pay $400- $500 a week for their sometimes non english speaking maid/nanny/slave. Its crazy. But then u have the same spanish woman earning 500 week receiving tons of benefits as well cause she is off the books so there u go. The jewish community is just smart knows how to work the system. But it hurts people who really need help, i know a family of 2 parents 5 children both work and still are having housing issues. Why cant they have sec 8? Because its all going elsewhere.

  3. Whats really happening says:

    Theres tons of stuff that lakewood has going on…..most dont know if you are not there seeing it yourself. On shabbat which goes from sunday friday to sunday saturday for the frum community, they arent allowed to turn their lights off and on, open their fridge,turn the ac on, theres many things. As well as no driving. Does anyone remember reading that the lakewood police now as part of their shifts during this time for the jewish community. They will stop and go in and turn a light on for a family or stop and turn the heat or air on. Thats a waste of tax dollars. But then everyone is worried about lakewood crime. The police are busy doing housework. Its crazy and its not like someone will walk out and ask a police officer oh turn my lights on….no they flag an officer down and will say oh its really dark in my home or its very hot in my home. Then the officer will know to go and do it. THIS IS NUTS! And a shame for officers working these shifts!! Theres SO much going on in Lakewood under the scenes.

    • LakewoodRes says:

      The real crime is these people using Our law enforcement to turn on a light for them . I am not belittling a religion but stick with what you your religion actually is . If you can have power don’t have power.. don’t have someone else turn it on for you

      • Don the Con says:

        WTF is wrong with you? Lakewood is a shit hole The real issue is organized crime hiding behind Religion in order to commit fraud Its stealing pay your property taxes too

  4. Ken Bank says:

    The VAAD has a stranglehold on politics, not just in Lake wood but Ocean County. Even George Gilmore has to kiss their tushies and dance to their klezmer music. And it’s even worse in Israel where Orthodox religious groups hold the balance of power among competing political parties. Kudos to Amy Cores for taking on the most powerful political machine in New Jersey, the Lakewood VAAD.

  5. LakewoodRes says:

    Whoever wrote this article is a joke . Get your facts straight . “Close ties to Kokes” how can you put that in a negative connotation? First of all who cares and second of all if you do care Let’s not forget what used to be in Lakewood before the Kokes built the developments that they built . They are the only reason Lakewood would be worth living in . Take this from someone who has lived there their whole lives .

  6. Jimmy Jam says:

    In my official capacity, I reported a widespread civil service scam to Senator Singer, via certified mail. He not only ignored it, but he eventually wound up promoting it. Senator Singer has been long time friend… he not only ignored the faith, trust, and generosity that I’ve extended to his family for the last 3 decades, but he also ignored his oath. Why is it that not one single politician will ever do the right thing? Even just once.

    • Mac says:

      That’s easy. NJ ‘oaths of office’ are written on toilet paper. Every time an elected NJ politician uses up a roll of this ‘God-blessed sworn oath’ toilet paper, the voters quickly provide the NJ politician with another roll.

      It’s a gene flaw that has hopelessly overtaken NJ. The NJ voters have been so successfully overwhelmed by ‘short-sighted wiseguy beliefs of pint-sized offered illusions of grandeur’ that they have come to believe the flow of MUA production is uphill. While they may be correct about the physical beings that steer this system, they remain embarrassingly incorrect about the physics of the system, as Singer’s picture on the public bathroom walls alongside of Gilmore’s and Vicari’s always indicate.

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