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Zoom Forum with the Council Candidates – October 21, 2021

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  1. choose wrote:

    Think of this as Bean v Nicolay but in reverse. One candidate is a much needed check on a fairly out of control mayor and council, the other is a rubber stamp for a fairly out of control mayor and council. Choose wisely and ignore the little letters after their names. These guys need a dissenting voice from time to time.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 12:29 pm | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I think it is good in times like these to have a diverse group. I am voting for Ms. Kinney so we have a woman on the council with alot of different perspectives and experiences than an all boys club.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:28 pm | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Ms. Kinney is also a small business owner and she will be able to utilize her knowledge to help bring back our struggling Main Street. Gerry has only collected a salary and pension from the taxpayers so he will not be able to offer experience in that aspect. Knowing the struggles especially in the recent year and half Ms. Kinney will be able to relate and utilize her everyday experiences to help the whole community.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:57 pm | Permalink
  4. Vote Jerry wrote:

    #2 Diversity of ideas is more important than diversity of gender. Kinney is a rubber stamp for that ‘boys club’ and will offer no new views but only go along.
    #3 While being a small biz owner is good, she is a hand picked candidate by Walsifer. Never a good idea to elect someone like that. In addition, anything that comes before the board that is related in any way to her landlord (a major Belmar developer and commercial property owner), she’ll have to recuse herself. That is a disqualifier in my view. Remember Tom Brennan recusing himself because his band may one day play at the bar that had business before the council? No thanks.
    Jerry is the choice. Walsifer and Kirschenbaum need a check on their power.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 6:54 pm | Permalink
  5. Don't Kid Yourself wrote:

    Jodi will be just another Pat Wann, going along with whatever the mayor wants. Don’t think for a second that she will bring any diverse ideas to the council. Whatever the mayor and BA want, they will get until the next mayoral election.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    #4 all Jerry does is criticize others and complain, he does not offer solutions better yet has not tried to accomplish things on his own.

    Jerry is in bed with the prior administration now that he became less independent and a dem, partying with Matt, Nicolay etc for their donations and support. I am sure he will owe favors. The financial state and the projects a lot of you complain about started with the dems and Matt, and even the great King P for that matter.

    Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  7. Mark wrote:

    Sounds like someone here cannot “see the forest for the trees”. With Jerry, we will all know where our tax money goes, how our tax dollars could be better spent, and how Belmar can improve both community and children’s programs. Put party politics aside for once and vote for the best person, which in this case is Jerry.

    Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 1:14 pm | Permalink
  8. Vote Jerry wrote:

    #6 You’re dead wrong. Saying that all he does is complain is disingenuous. Saying he hasn’t tried to do anything on his own is just plain confusing. He is running for council. Does that not quality? That’s more than you are doing, no?
    This council needs a check on its power. Matt and company were a disaster. Corrupt and dishonest. Jerry has zero allegiance to that crew. Walsifer is a nice man but he has been corrupted by power. It happens. There needs to be a dissenting voice on this board. Jodi Kinney ain’t it. Sorry.

    If you really have concerns, talk to Jerry. Have him over to your house. This is a small town. The candidates are available. If you did that, you would probably change your tune. He’s a good man with a head for numbers. This isn’t an ego trip for him. He’s genuinely concerned.

    Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 5:58 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    #8 are you serious Matt and his crew are attending and supporting Jerry. Pictures all over with them together all buddy buddy.

    I have spoken to Jerry or actually had the unpleasure of listening to him talk at me. I am turned off by his mis-speaking and mis-representations.

    Friday, October 15, 2021 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
  10. VJ wrote:

    #9 Ok ok. Vote for whoever you want. Free country. We’ll cancel each other out.
    I found Jerry to be soft spoken and intelligent. These candidates need to raise money. If you run as a dem, you get dem money. If you run as a Repub you get repub money. If you think there’re no corrupt a holes donating to the Kinney campaign then I admire your naïveté.

    Friday, October 15, 2021 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
  11. Guest wrote:

    #7. Is Jerry for children’s programs? My understanding was he was not for any spending ( to include children’s programs) until we balance the budget. Commendable but not for children in my understanding of the platform.

    Friday, October 15, 2021 at 9:16 pm | Permalink
  12. Guest wrote:

    Case in point. Today in coast star Jerry doesn’t mention rec programs at all. Other candidate does. Pick another reason to vote for Jerry but not for Rec. programs.

    Friday, October 15, 2021 at 9:29 pm | Permalink
  13. Mark wrote:

    #11/12….if we wait until we balance the budget, then nothing will get done…but stopping wasteful spending and knowing where we spend the money will help Belmar prioritize our needs. Look, I don’t think the current admin wants to waste money, I voted for Mayor Walsifer and Jim McCraken and previously for Tom Brennen, but last year I knew Jerry was the best choice for not only oversight and recommendations, but for the fact that Jerry will communicate what is happening to our residents, even if it is letters to the Coast Star…we will know. Give Jerry a shot please..

    Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  14. Jerryatric wrote:

    How could anyone not vote for good old Gerry! He’s god’s gift to Belmar- direct from Hudson County. Remember how much good Jim did against the D machine? Matt ran roughshod over him and we are still cleaning up that mess and will be for a long time. Vote for whoever you want. Just don’t discount Jodi because some Gerry supporter claims that she is “rubber stamp”. She is a successful business owner who has made her home, family, business and life here. That’s a lot more than could be said for the Hudson County pensioner.

    Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 1:08 pm | Permalink
  15. Kintastrophy wrote:

    #14 haha. Paranoia strikes deep my friend.
    The only thing you said that makes any sense at all was, “vote for whoever you want”. Neither candidate grew up in Belmar. BOTH of them have decided to make their home here. BOTH of them care enough about the town to run for the world’s most thankless job. Only ONE of them was hand picked by Walsifer (after about a half dozen of his first choices said no thanks). And if we learn anything from history, the only candidates chosen to run by those already in power are bound to walk the line.
    Personally, I refuse to accept that. Jerry gets my vote.

    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 8:15 am | Permalink
  16. A case for change wrote:

    In my opinion, the borough of Belmar has only gotten harder to raise a family in since the Walsifer mayorship started. Taxes have skyrocketed, water and sewer have skyrocketed, businesses have new regulations to comply with (need two paper cups to hold my coffee instead of one styrofoam), I got a ticket for having my car in the street when it snowed, Walsifer’s Borough admin bullies and steps on people, and the fear of eminent domain is always possible now that the council has shown they rejoice in its power. This isn’t what I voted for. Gerry would be a check on Walsifer ego and power, and through conflict comes better decisions. Bean was a check on Doherty. Looking back Doherty wasn’t that popular and only won elections that DJais was involved in. All special elections he lost. The state changed the voting laws denying DJais their vote harvesting and ushering in fairer elections. Bean was effective in exposing the corruption and the runaway spending. Gerry will hopefully do the same.

    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:37 am | Permalink
  17. DjaisDrunkard wrote:

    Man it sounds like everybody is voting for Jerry Buccafusco! Make the closing time 5 am Bro! Matty D will love it!!!

    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 8:39 pm | Permalink
  18. Stale wrote:

    #17 Haha. You’re back! You haven’t lost a step either. Still desperate to be funny/ironic, still coming up short. Maybe it’s the material? We all hated Matt, we all worked hard and got rid of his corrupt team. Walsifer is now the punch line. Back to the drawing board DD, we’ll wait.

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 6:52 am | Permalink
  19. Do diligence wrote:

    Everyone read the Tap Into article where the candidates answer a few questions. The answers are nearly identical. Neither candidate has any previous public service under their belts. In the end, to me anyway, Jerry comes across as the better choice. More of a shake up candidate to keep the current admin honest. And less about bending over backwards for tourists. Yes, we need tourism for our biz district but as a full time resident, I’m a little tired of every decision benefitting the bennies over the residents. Enough already.
    We’re the ones paying the taxes and beach rev stays at the beach.

    Brennan probably won’t run again next election so Mrs Kinney can give it another go.

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 7:09 am | Permalink
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    Jerry will win hands down. He will also be our next mayor. I supported Walsifer from the beginning. It then became very clear that He didn’t have what it takes. His band of ex cops rolled all over him. Stolen slips, out of control DPW guy who abused residents and employees both. The demise of the first aid. A BA who takes pleasure in crushing people. And on and on. This is the beginning of the end for Walsifer and and his crew. Jerry is my choice!

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  21. Bummed wrote:

    #20 right on. I supported Mr Walsifer too. I even defended his 27% property tax increase. Unfortunately he’s been a disappointment to say they least. And Kirschenbaum makes crooked Colleen Connelly look like…well…slightly less crooked. She was pretty bad, let’s be honest. In any event this admin seems to be very comfortable picking up where the last one left off. Sorry Mrs Kinney, can’t give Mark any more power. He needs to be sent a message.

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7:33 am | Permalink
  22. Community Experience wrote:

    Jodi has a lot more well rounded experience then Jerry and contributes to the community a lot more. She is raising her young family in Belmar, a fulltime Belmar resident and she has also invested in the Belmar community by placing her practice in the community.

    Lets not forget Jerry did not call Belmar home as a fulltime resident until he retired. Prior to that he was the what #19 referred to as “bennie” that would use Belmar during the peak seasons then ride back to his home in north jersey. Where he was collecting a state salary by being a secretary at the superior court, which you do not need a law degree to obtain the position.

    Mrs. Kinney is fully invested in our community’s success, she is a positive voice of the future and has knowledge from a bunch of unique perspectives as a resident raising a family and a small business owner and knows the struggles that come with same.

    She will constantly be interacting with the community even after election season. She is easy to talk to and does have her own voice.

    A strong woman would be able to start and continue a business. She went to medical school and actually practices and uses her degree and license.

    Mr. Jerry, clearly could not hack it as an attorney or he we would have used his degree and law license in a position that required one. Instead he took the easy way out and took a position not requiring that education. He could not even get a state appointment acting as an attorney. Sounds like he is the one that falls short.

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 4:17 pm | Permalink
  23. goosie gander wrote:

    Showing up at Mayor and Council meetings and speaking is an indicator, to me, of the effort that a candidate makes to be involved in the local forum. Jerry used to show up and speak. Ms. Kinney?

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    Jerry obviously knows the issues and knows exactly how to fix them.The spending ,development, cronyism and the thin blue line will only get worse if it’s not challenged now. Jerry will get my vote

    Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  25. Vote 11/2 wrote:

    #22. Mrs Kinney didn’t go to medical school. She is not a medical doctor. She went to chiropractic school. If you want to insult Jerry for getting a law degree but not becoming a lawyer, surely you must feel the same way about going to chiropractic school instead of medical school. No?
    Living in this town in any capacity gives a person perspective on what can be improved. Just because Mrs Kinney is raising a family here is not reason enough to vote for her. Matt Doherty, Jen Nikolay, and Tom Brennan all raised a family here too. Not exactly a compelling argument. I’m sorry but Jerry is more qualified. He will be a dissenting voice to check this administration. Plus he can dedicate more time to the position AND he won’t have to recuse himself every time Kapalko has business in front of the town. That alone makes her ineligible in my book. We remember from the Doherty admin how conflicts of interest can corrode trust.
    Also, folks who lived in north jersey and fell in love with Belmar after visiting in the summer make up about 98% of this town. Could be parents or grandparents or great grandparents. But somewhere along the way, someone summered here and decided to move to the shore permanently. That is not a bad thing.

    Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    To 22. I hope you’re not Her campaign manager. Pretty lame post.

    Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  27. Resident wrote:

    I watched the video conference last night. Jodi clearly has my vote.

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6:46 am | Permalink
  28. Concerned wrote:

    #27 Were you watching a different event? I mean Jodi seems nice but it was like watching a mismatched debate. Jodi literally said she’s not sure what happened with the BFA building. Really? You want to be on the council and you don’t know the story behind Walsifer’s little tantrum/eminent domain debacle? And the over 400 signature petition that made him fold like a beach chair and decide to not even let it go to a vote? The guy that picked her to run.
    Also, she has been to maybe three council meetings. My guess is someone on her committee suggested she attend a few before the election. Jerry has been to every one (except a few here and there) for over two years. She also didn’t know how the master plan works in relation to the zoning/planning board. I’m sorry but she’s not ready for prime time. She needs to attend more meetings, brush up on general civics and Belmar ordnances. This is not a learn on the job situation. Her inexperience and lack of preparedness for the position was apparent.

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:01 am | Permalink
  29. Anonymous wrote:

    If she truly wants to help Belmar she should walk away. She has no idea what’s going on. This is not the time for amateurs.

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  30. What #28 Said wrote:

    I’m not quite sure what debate #27 was watching, but it was fairly obvious from the very first question that Jodi is in over her head. Yes, she is accomplished and has a successful business in town, with kids in the school district, and has genuine concerns in the community. But not once have I ever seen her at a council meeting voice any of those concerns. And mind you, this is the second time she’s running. What has she done specifically to improve the community between that time? At least Jerry has been keeping up on events and holding the council accountable for it’s shady affairs.

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm | Permalink
  31. One choice wrote:

    Honestly. How can ANYONE in their right mind vote Democrat in today’s world. In 10 short months they have destroyed our country and it’s only going to get worse. I am afraid for my kids and grandchildren. I know Jodi can’t save our country but one small baby step for mankind can hopefully start the ball rolling for hard working Americans. Jodi for Belmar council.

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  32. One choice is right wrote:

    #30 I’m sorry, what? I really need to learn to just ignore comments that are so insane that responding is completely futile. First of all the difference between Jodi and Jerry in terms of Belmar policy (you know, the stuff here in town) is negligible. There is, however, a pretty significant intellectual difference between the two. Blindly voting the party line (especially in this case) is counterproductive and would go against your own interests. That is unless you are against balancing the budget, reigning in corruption, and regulating over development. If you are against all those things, then by all means vote for Jodi.

    I’m the meantime- lay off cable news. It’s seems to be having a negative effect on your ability think critically. Oh and please stop hating America. This is a great country and if you want to bash it please do so elsewhere.

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:01 pm | Permalink
  33. Wake Up! wrote:

    32. You should stay away from the cable news. CNN, CNBC, New York Times, Washington Post. They are all woke outlets. If you’re too brainwashed to see the illegal immigrant crisis at the border, the debacle in Afghanistan, etc, etc, etc, then maybe you should just open up your eyes at the grocery store and gas station. Inflation is rampant, shelves are empty, the economy sucks and is only going to get worse. Wake up!!

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 3:05 pm | Permalink
  34. Wide awake thanks wrote:

    #33 I’m writing an article for Hypocrisy Today. I just need clarification on something: so when a democrat says the country is heading in the wrong direction during a republican administration, it means he ‘hates America’. But when a republican says the same thing during a democrat administration, it means he’s being patriotic? I just want to be clear. My readers expect blatant hypocrisy, and I want to thank you for delivering such.
    You wake up, chicken little. Go ahead and blame the post pandemic GLOBAL supply chain and labor shortage on the guy that’s been in charge for 10 months. The removal of troops from Afghanistan was a s*%# show for sure, but you could say that about our last 20 years in that country. The exit plan was designed by the previous administration, who was very clear about getting all troops out of there. The unemployment rate in this country is at 4.8%. On Jan 20th, 2021 it was at 6.3%. In case you have a hard time with stats, the lower number is better.
    America vacillates between red presidents and blue presidents. And each time the other side thinks the country is being ruined. And each time, the needle barely moves. Take a break from your doomsday rhetoric and lend a hand. Otherwise get out of the way. Maybe this will help: the only President in modern history to leave office with a balanced budget was (gulp) Bill Clinton. George W Bush left office with an economy in free fall. Barack Obama left office with an economy that was booming on all fronts (as stated by economists on both sides of the isle) His admin created more jobs in his last three years in office than Trump did in his fist three years in office (pre Covid). These are just numbers. Maybe they don’t mean anything. Well, they do mean ONE thing…stop worrying so much, let go of your hate and anger, and appreciate the positive things in your life. Thank you

    Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:21 am | Permalink
  35. Anonymous wrote:

    #34- Apparently you have an electric car (by the way gas will be more that $4/gallon in a month) and don’t do the food shopping for your family (prices have skyrocketed). Oh, riiiiight, it’s all Trumps fault. I personally live on a fixed income. I can not ask for a raise. And for those of you that are getting mega raises. good luck trying to keep up with the inflation that is upon us. I guarantee you will be poorer by the time we vote Jackass Joe out of office. I am already poorer day by day.

    Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  36. WA wrote:

    #35. I’m sorry you are struggling. I take it you didn’t read my comment. That’s ok, it’s long. I’ll sum up for you- first I never said ‘it’s all Trump’s fault’. I didn’t lay one thing at his feet. All I did was point out some factual numbers. As you know, numbers don’t have an agenda. You know, or should know, that the US economy is like a over sized tanker ship. When the captain turns the wheel, it’s like a year before the ship starts to turn. As economists point out, we are often in a recession for six months before we know it. This current situation- inflation, gas prices (they were higher under Bush when adjusted for inflation but I digress), etc. are symptoms of larger problems. Blaming all this on the Biden admin is a little disingenuous. But like I said, this country goes through ups and downs. Sometimes during a Republican prez, sometimes during a Democrat prez. I actually agree with you that Biden is not the best guy for the job. But he’s president today ONLY because the last guy was worse. Plain and simple. Hopefully the next person returns us to a time when we elect vibrant intellectuals, not washed up reality TV stars and dottering old fools.

    Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 12:46 pm | Permalink
  37. Shrug wrote:

    Do you think there may have been some correlation between Covid lockdowns and the unemployment rate in 2020/2021? In case you have a hard time with stats, the lower number is better…

    U.S. unemployment rate for 2020 was 8.31%, a 4.64% increase from 2019.
    U.S. unemployment rate for 2019 was 3.67%, a 0.23% decline from 2018.
    U.S. unemployment rate for 2018 was 3.90%, a 0.46% decline from 2017.
    U.S. unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.36%, a 0.51% decline from 2016.

    Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 4:32 pm | Permalink
  38. Mark wrote:

    #36 excellent comments…now keeping it local, if anyone doesn’t vote for Jerry then you very, very obviously have not attended Belmar Council meetings the last 2 years…forget the Party, vote for the person who will help Belmar and will put the time in to do so….very simple…just vote for Jerry!!!

    Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
  39. eugene creamer wrote:

    Vote for the candidate that would champion return to ZOOM meetings from Borough Hall

    Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:38 pm | Permalink
  40. Editor wrote:

    Manasquan does Hybrid meetings – In-Person and Zoom.

    Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 3:27 am | Permalink
  41. WA wrote:

    #37 I absolutely think that COVID impacted unemployment numbers. I don’t recall saying that it didn’t. I just checked, I didn’t.
    I was responding to a commenter that basically said that this country is in ruins. It’s not. And since you like stats:
    Unemployment rate in 2009 peaked at 10%
    Unemployment rate in 2017 4.1%
    That’s a 6% decrease.
    That was during eight years of a Democrat in the White House. The rate of decline in unemployment under Obama did not increase under Trump. In some sectors it stayed the same in others it actually slowed. You kinda proved my point.
    Thank you.

    Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 8:05 am | Permalink
  42. Meet wrote:

    #38 Right on. In addition, Mrs Kinney claimed during the meet the candidate event that she’s been to “I don’t know, like 20 or so” meetings. Not only is that untrue. It can be easily verified. She’s probably been to less than five, and only very recently. It’s ok to be honest about only attending a handful meetings. It’s not ok to be dishonest about it.

    Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 8:10 am | Permalink
  43. Local wrote:

    If Jerry gets in, and I hope he doesn’t. He can save Mark in next year’s election by getting rid of Huisman, Cinelli and Kirschenbaum. They bleed the taxpayers’ money. They will be the fall of Mark.

    Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  44. Anonymous wrote:

    Nothing will save Mark in next year’s election. He doesn’t have the courage to do what’s right. He’s feeding all his cop friends with our money. It’s actually a disgrace. MY VOTE IS FOR JERRY!!!

    Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  45. Anonymous wrote:

    Why is Gerry running now? He should run against Mark, not the nice lady. He is our savior after all.

    Monday, October 25, 2021 at 7:28 am | Permalink
  46. That's just it wrote:

    Yes, she is a nice lady. Too nice to be the dissenting voice we need to keep this council in check.

    Monday, October 25, 2021 at 10:23 am | Permalink
  47. What’s up is down. wrote:

    I watched the candidates event. Mr Buccafusco is actually more fiscally conservative than Mrs Kinney. He is interested controlling spending. Mrs Kinney seems to not care about too much. Also she seems to have no idea why there is a drunk and disorderly element in this town. She said ‘maybe the realtors can rent to families rather that young partiers?’. That’s it folks, all these years of dealing with the vomit & s*%#, and all we had to do is have the realtors rent to families. I can’t believe no one thought of that. Haha.
    I think voters in this country (and this town) are so brainwashed (and a little lazy) that they let party loyalty control their lives. Both sides. I see Kinney signs on the lawns of people I know wouldn’t vote for her if they took even a minute to understand the candidate’s respective positions. I guess it’s possible that they agreed to a sign out of a sense of politeness, but in the privacy of the voting booth will cast their vote for Jerry. Hope so.

    Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Permalink
  48. Reeks of days past wrote:

    The Kinney campaign illegally campaigned at a trick or trunk gathering at the municipal building. That is a clear ethical and legal violation of the type the Doherty admin would do regularly. I hope there is a formal complaint filed. We, as a community, should not accept this kind of thing from either party. I assume, since that type of behavior was not tolerated back then, it won’t be tolerated now. I see this as a colossal blunder on the part of the Walsifer admin and Kinney campaign. All credibility is lost. What kind of person would I be if I would condemn the Doherty administration for these offenses, but I look the other way when the Walsifer administration does the same thing? I will hold everyone, regardless of affiliation, to the same standard. I hope everyone stands up against this blatant violation of public trust and takes the high road.

    Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
  49. Guest wrote:

    #48. Please cite ordinance or statute. Not sure I see where that was a violation of anything. Please be specific. Buccafusco sent mailer today with non applicable statutes so please don’t quote those again.

    Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 9:52 pm | Permalink
  50. Editor wrote:

    TAPinto – Click for the Article about this

    Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 11:15 pm | Permalink
  51. Anonymous wrote:

    48, you must be running with Murphy 2021!

    Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 11:38 pm | Permalink
  52. SMH wrote:

    #49- are you joking? Or are you being serious? I can’t tell. In any event: Ord No 1991-1 9-2; Ord No 1998-21 1; Ord No 2004-14 2; Ord No 2005-19 III b) ‘No elected official, municipal official or municipal employee shall use or permit others to use the facilities of the Borough for the preparation, storage or distribution of campaign material’.
    Please let me know how that doesn’t apply to this situation? I’m all ears.
    I spent six years fighting the corrupt Doherty admin for doing this kind of thing. It’s inexcusable and monumentally stupid. And Walsifer’s response is so Dohertyesque It’s classic political hair splitting and we never tolerated it from the last administration. It’s always the same- they violate the ordinance, then act like the person calling them out is just ‘complaining’. Remember when Matt used to say ‘I’m sorry you’re against our recovery’ when he was called out for elections violations?? Remember when we were ‘the element’?
    Well Walsifer is doing the same thing. If this is acceptable to anyone that had a problem with the Doherty admin, then you are a hypocrite. There is no way around that. If you are ok with being a hypocrite about this, we’ll them that’s a different story.

    Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5:31 am | Permalink
  53. Brain dead 2021 wrote:

    #51 that’s a fairly typical response from someone who is embarrassed about the candidate they’re backing. If deflecting like that helps you justify your embarrassment for trusting Walsifer and Kinney, go ahead. However, I recommend being honest with yourself. It’s ok, you can talk about your doubts and fears. No one will judge you. It will pay off in the long run. And FYI, I’m not voting for Murphy. I don’t like being lied to, which is exactly why I’m also not voting for Kinney. I vote the candidate, not the party. You probably follow the herd, I get sick of the view.

    Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5:41 am | Permalink
  54. Guest wrote:

    #52 – Ms. Kinney is not an elected official (yet).

    Monday, November 1, 2021 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  55. SMH wrote:

    #54 true, and because of this stunt, she should never be elected.
    ‘No elected official, municipal official or municipal employee shall use or permit others to use the facilities of the Borough for the preparation, storage or distribution of campaign material’.
    Please note ‘permit others to use’. Walsifer and McKrackin are elected officials. They ‘permitted’ it. Please don’t split hairs. We all know that if Doherty and Magovern did the same exact thing for new candidate Nicolay? You would be demanding answers and you wouldn’t (I wouldn’t) vote for her. Anything short of that is hypocrisy. Sorry

    Monday, November 1, 2021 at 11:59 am | Permalink
  56. JODI HAS MY VOTE! wrote:

    This is exactly why I am not voting for Jerry. He is like a needle prick. He will spend four years costing the tax payers more money on lawsuits. Please Jerry make claims about real crimes. This is so petty I can’t believe you would even stoop so low. No one wants your vortex of anger. Lastly, Jerry I received a post card of all the events you attended and participated, you don’t call that politicking? Seriously man…Get a life. Jodi you have my vote!

    Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5:10 pm | Permalink
  57. She didn’t earn it wrote:

    #56 So just to be clear, you are ok with what the Kinney campaign did at the boro hall? And you won’t vote for someone because they WILL keep the current admin honest? You don’t like that? Just trying to get my head around that philosophy.
    Oh and the post card of all the events Jerry attended, NONE OF THEM WERE HELD AT A THE PUBLICLY OWNED BORO HALL! Maybe do like a minute of research into what ‘politicking’ means. The lack of understanding about how laws work in this town is staggering. I want you to close your eyes and imagine if during a Belmar Rec basketball game in the Belmar gym, Jerry was there with a table and lawn signs handing them out to people and asking them to vote for him. You would be ok with that? I wouldn’t, and I support his candidacy. Well that’s the equivalent of what the Kinney campaign did. And if you can’t see why it’s very bad, then you are beyond reasoning with. Kinney has shown time and time again (lack of basic understanding, not attending actual meetings, violating campaign laws) why she does not deserve your vote. We need to stop allowing the politicians in this town to do what ever they want. We sent the last admin a message, now let’s send this one a message.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  58. Jodi has my vote! wrote:

    No you won’t convince me…
    Again, Jerry is like a needle prick. He will spend three years costing the tax payers more money on lawsuits. Sadly, he also proved he can not and will not work with the Mayor and council. As lengthy as your response was, thank you… you have to realize that it is a waste of a seat for beloved Belmar.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  59. eugene creamer wrote:

    Before Sandy, Belmar polling locations were at firehouses and the DPW building … Gov. Christie’s “State of Emergency” Order let Belmar consolidate all voting at the Municipal Building…

    It seems to me that we are still living in a “State of Emergency”

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
  60. Still didn’t earn it wrote:

    Well I hope you at least learned a civics lesson. Your blatant double standard when it comes to campaign rules explains why you would vote for Kinney.
    I know I can’t convince you to vote for Jerry. Hopefully you will one day understand that when an administration is corrupt, you do what you can to interfere. When an administration acts above board, there is no need for law suits. That’s like blaming the people who went after Matt Doherty for costing the town money. If Matt (and Walsifer) were clean, there’d be no need to challenge them. I hope you one day understand that. You don’t blame the patient suffering from a botched surgery for suing the incompetent doctor, you blame the incompetent doctor.
    A vote for Kinney is a vote against beloved Belmar.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  61. Anonymous wrote:

    Illegally campaigning during a town sponsored kids event on town property.
    Sounds like a Doherty move but it was……

    Dr. Jodi Kinney

    Either she didn’t know (dangerous to have someone that ignorant in charge) or she didn’t care (even more dangerous).

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  62. Exactly wrote:

    Walsifer and McKracken know it’s not allowed. They allowed it anyway. What they need is a new council member that makes them uncomfortable. Vote for the guy that Walsifer desperately (and for good reason) wants to keep off the council.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
  63. Just simmer down... wrote:

    My guess is there was confusion. First, the event was supposed to be outside and it was brought inside due to the weather.

    People there are serious things happening in the world. This is not one of them.

    Choose your battles.

    Don’t be petty.

    Love life. Breath.

    …and vote!

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 5:20 pm | Permalink
  64. Zen wrote:

    Yea you’re right. I think it’s fine that Walsifer and Kirschenbaum use this town as an ATM machine. Maybe Dave should’ve ‘simmered down’ when we were trying to hold Matt Doherty accountable. He probably should’ve chosen his battles. Maybe he should’ve just breathed and considered the problems in the world.
    Thank you.
    And you’re right….please vote

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  65. Anonymous wrote:

    Simmer down: The event was suppossed to be outside? Where? Also on municipal grounds, also run by the municipality. The whole point of government is to keep us safe, and keep us fair. The whole reason you’re on this blog is to check those two issues. Maybe you should follow a self help blog? That’s a good place to remind yourself to love life and breathe (or breath as you say).

    Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7:36 am | Permalink

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