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What’s Going On in Berkeley Township?

The town council

BERKELEY – The town council is calling a special council meeting on Martin Luther King Day. FBI agents have been spotted around town hall last week. Are more legal problems in store for Mayor Amato’s administration?

Ocean County Politics has received word from two sources with firsthand knowledge that there was recently a visit to town hall from the FBI, and this latest visit saw them descend upon Berkeley with subpoenas in hand.

The FBI seal

One source who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation was present in town hall last week when they claimed to have witnessed the visit from the agents.

We have filed a request under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to obtain copies of the subpoenas.

Town hall

At the special township council meeting set for Monday at noon, Berkeley officials will likely quickly vote to go into executive session, as the public notice issued by the township indicated that no official action is going to be taken.

A Berkeley councilwoman told the Asbury Park Press that the meeting does not involve the Gilmore indictment, but declined to comment on the specifics of the meeting. Township officials told the Press that the meeting is being called over the Beachwood Plaza closure and labor negotiations.

Berkeley was previously subpoenaed in connection with the federal criminal case against Gilmore, the influential attorney & Ocean County GOP chairman.

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