Jackson Councilman Calogero Next in Line for County Patronage Job?

JACKSON – Will Councilman Barry Calogero be the next Ocean County politician to receive a position in the county government, or a lucrative appointment to one of the county’s political boards or commission? Emails logs obtained from the county say it’s a strong “yes.”

Emails Show How GOP Chairman Gilmore Manipulates County Government Hiring

George Gilmore

Barry Calogero

Councilman Calogero

According to copies of email logs obtained in a public records request, Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, who is under FBI investigation for unpaid taxes and questionable loans, sent Ocean County Administrator Carl Block an email on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 with the subject line “Fwd: Barry Calogero Resume.”

Just a few minutes after Administrator Block received a copy of Calogero’s resume from Gilmore in an email, he forwarded it to Ocean County Personnel Director Keith Goetting.

Carl Block

The email logs were obtained by Ocean County Politics in response to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request seeking email logs for County Administrator Block. This story is the first in a series that will be based on the Block email logs.

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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7 Responses

  1. Stafford Twp. says:

    Remember there is a mighty difference between getting a job, or being put on a Commission, they both have pay and or benefits. The boards are all volunteer as they are in the local municipal boards.

  2. frank booth says:

    I wonder if people are really understanding the magnitude of what is happening here. The only way to circumvent patronage hiring in Ocean County is by having Gavin OPRA Carl Block and Keith Goettings emails. It’s incredible.

    • guest says:

      You are not going to circumvent hiring, do you think they really care? Has any of them ever lost elections because of this? Get real. It just makes more people vote for them. This is Ocean County. You ever look at the family friend tree of hiring throughout Ocean County and municipalities?

      • Mac says:

        They’re the most successful colonial pirates in American history. You don’t see many of them around much during the year, but when the polls close, you can certainly feel the chill of their never-ending presence.

  3. Joe Pockets says:

    I’m sure Mr Calogero is just as over qualified for his position as was
    The Jackson house painter &JR Snow plower /Superintendent of Bridges!

    • Mac says:

      Hey, not just anyone can be over qualified in mimicking a bridge going up and down from just a push of a button, at least while holding onto a paint brush with one hand and steering from the front end a snow plow with the other.

  4. Don the Con says:

    Sir
    Your custom knee pads and your bobble head are ready
    Happy Gilmore is under investigation and is still calling in favors?
    Either he is setting up others to take the fall or is that arrogant or he just doesn’t care
    If I’m an OP Republicon Id stay far away from Happy Gilmore because if he does go down hes not going alone
    Say Hi to Mike I didn’t do it Ritacco

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