TUCKERTON – Borough code enforcement officials have ordered the removal of political campaign signs supporting Little Egg Harbor Council Candidate Dave Schlick (D – Tuckerton) and his running mate Todd Nugent from the campaign’s Great Bay Blvd. headquarters.
The violation notices were directed to the owner of the building being utilized as the Schlick & Nugent campaign headquarters, John McMenamin. The building, which was formerly a gym, was cited for violating the borough code’s provision on political signs.
That section provides as follows:
Tuckerton Code Enforcement Officer James McAndrew ordered McMenamin to remove the Schlick and Nugent signs from the front windows of the building or face the threat code violation summonses that could result in fines.
McMenamin (I – Surf City), himself no stranger to local political controversies, served a brief and tumultuous stint as the mayor of Stafford Township since he was elected in 2009 before ultimately being forced out of office for buying a home in Surf City – and not the township he was elected to represent.
The ex-Stafford mayor, who currently represents Surf City on the Long Beach Island Board of Education, painted a rosier picture of his removal from office in 2017 campaign literature.
Troubles with area code enforcers have crossed town lines and followed Schlick from Little Egg Harbor – where the Democrat committeeman most recently was billed for work done by DPW workers on his property – to the neighboring tiny borough of Tuckerton, where the Schlick-Nugent campaign has setup shop and the Little Egg Harbor committeeman owns a residence.
For his part, Schlick has pushed back against the Tuckerton code enforcement department by taking to social media, and he attempted to cast their action against his campaign headquarters as being politically motivated.
The Little Egg Harbor committeeman characterized the Tuckerton code enforcement department’s action against his signs as “small town politics.” Schlick’s fiance, Paula Guzman Bell (I – Tuckerton) is running as a candidate in this year’s borough’s council race with running mate Skip Deckman.
No word if Schlick will be filing a tort claim over the incident