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Freeholders Rankled By Newspaper's Criticisms

Kelly, Vicari say claims they have done nothing are baseless

The Ocean County Board of Freeholders reviewed plans on Wednesday to seek bids for retrofitting two more stormwater basins in the county, during the bimonthly preboard meeting in Toms River.

The two basins -- one along Vermont Avenue in Toms River, the other at the intersection of North County Line Road and Jackson Mills Road in Jackson -- are the newest in a series of basin retrofit projects the county has done to help create a filtration system that lessens the impact of rainwater runoff on Barnegat Bay.

The county is estimating the retrofits will cost $1 million, with the county splitting the cost with the state Department of Environmental Protection, county engineer Frank Scarantino said.

Citing the stormwater basin projects as just one example, Freeholder John P. Kelly took the opportunity to blast a newspaper editorial over its criticisms of the board.

"How dare they say we don't care about Ocean County?" Kelly said. "We were one of the first counties to build these basins, to protect Barnegat Bay.

The editorial, which appeared in Sunday's Asbury Park Press, endorsed Democrats Joseph Grisanti and Pat Barndt in Tuesday's election for two freeholder positions, currently held by John C. Bartlett and Director Gerry P. Little.

"How dare they say we don't do enough to fight for Ocean County?" Kelly said. "Where are they when we are meeting with the commissioners, pushing for widening of Route 9?"

Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari said there have been active efforts to block any attempt by Ocean County to get funding directed to the widening of Route 9 by the state Department of Transportation, which has responsibility for the road.

Kelly said that during a conversation with one commissioner, he learned that commissioner was under the impression the county wanted Route 9 widened to three lanes in each direction.

"He was surprised to find out it was only one lane each way," Kelly said.

Little said that while the county's road crews clean stormbasins throughout the county each year, storm drains along the state highways through the county -- Routes 9, 70, 37 and 35 -- go untouched, resulting in flooding during heavy storms and sending pollutants into Barnegat Bay.

"There seems to be a confusion between what's the county's responsibility and what's the state's responsibility," Vicari said.

"The state should be doing more," Kelly said.

"Maybe if newspapers disappeared our recycling crews would have time to do other things," Freeholder James Lacey said, half-joking.

Da Poppa October 25, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I do agree. I wouldn't just specify the APP as slanted, but almost the whole news delivery organizations. and the change we need in Ocean County is not going to come from a change from GOP to Dem, it's going to have to come from within the party. The GOP in Ocean is out of touch and as corrupt as any party, Dem or GOP, in the state.
Rufus O'Callahan October 25, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Bartlett, Little, and all the rest of the Freeloaders are RINOs who advocate for higher spending and raise taxes year after year. They are playing people like you for suckers who buy into their blatantly false conservative rhetoric. This libertarian-minded voter is going to support their Democratic opponents, as it is hard to imagine them doing any worse than Georgie Gilmore's puppets have done in their decades on the board. Attracting businesses to this part of the state should be a top priority, and they haven't done anything to that effect in all their time of cashing a paycheck on our dime. And they're dragging their feet on the one project that this area really could benefit from (the long-in-gestation M-O-M rail line). But they think nothing of throwing down $50 million or so of our dollars to add an unnecessary expansion to the county jail just to house people who mostly aren't menaces to society. That's pathetic.
Fawkes October 25, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Da Poppa, If you think the APP has some sort of liberal agenda then you've discredited yourself entirely. Such statements are actually more indicative of your bias than anything.
Rufus O'Callahan October 25, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I think it's unfortunate that very red Ocean County is too blind to see that every single "Republican" on the Board of Freeloaders is actually a tax-and-spend liberal Democrat in all but party affiliation. We had a chance to elect Traditional Republicans of Ocean County, who ran on the Steve Lonegan line back in 2009 and advocated a pro-business fiscal conservative platform, and ran strong campaigns pointing out the many flaws of the Ocean County RINO Organization. Alas, they received no media coverage, and were only able to muster about 30-40% of the primary vote before disappearing into obscurity, with their website vanishing as well. I still refuse to support any of these hacks even in the primary, and write in former TROOC candidates instead. It's a shame that no one is posing any real challenge to these career politicians who do absolutely nothing of any worth, and it's also disappointing that the local Democrats haven't challenged the Freeloaders anywhere even close to the way TROOC did. They have the platform and the ability to make a difference, but they're just not proactive enough.
Rufus O'Callahan October 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
APP's current editor, Hollis Towns, wasn't on board at the time of the Bush endorsements. Since he has joined the paper, I have noticed a strong swing in the direction of liberal Democrats as far as endorsements are concerned. This could just be a coincidence, but I'm guessing that it's not. They even always endorse the most leftist Republicans in primaries as well. In the coming days, I fully expect them to support Ballot Question #1, a $750 million bond that our state simply cannot afford but that our electorate, oblivious to our state's financial struggles, will probably support anyway (recent polling shows 72% of voters in favor of it).
Rufus O'Callahan October 25, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Ocean County voters would support Osama bin Laden & Adolf Hitler if they ran as Republicans. That little letter next to their name means everything to them. It's apparently all they care about. They will buy into all the gobbledygook, the false rhetoric, and the empty promises ... while completely overlooking the fact: while passing themselves off as conservatives, every single Georgie Gilmore-backed "Republican" is really just a tax-and-spend liberal from the way they raise taxes every single year to the way they have countless boondoggles that they spend money on (most offensive: over $50 million for an expansion of the Ocean County Jail). They have run an anti-business agenda where they and their friends gorge themselves on our dime, and they have long been the beneficiaries of an ignorant local media and incompetent opposition that is probably working for them (i.e. "Wyatt Earp", head of the Ocean County Democrats). Hopefully the advent of Patch will open some eyes to this corrupt group in power, and perhaps the recent Democratic bias at the Asbury Park Press may help us replace some of the parasites in control. Gilmore has all kinds of ties to Ritacco ... I'm sure if you dig around enough, you can find some dirt on him and his loyal puppets.
Da Poppa October 25, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Fawkes, I'll defer to Rufus as to the current state of the APP editorial board and news slant. Again, you focused on the APP, when I've stated, now for the THIRD time, I'm lumping APP in with a vast majority of the news media. They show their bias and refuse to admit, even going so far as to try to pass themselves off as unbiased. Me? I don't think I've stated anything in my postings that would hide the fact that I am a conservative, registered Republican and disappointed and dismayed at the state of the GOP. They are RINOs, from Christie (whom I voted for) to the county GOP or my local "Republican Club" of Point Boro, which I will never vote for. I've hid nothing nor stated anything to give the appearance of being anything other than a conservative. You, on the other hand, by your defense of the APP show an obvious bias towards towards the organization/publication. I'd go so far as to say you either work for the Press, or know of someone who does. Otherwise, why defend something so vigorously spewing half truths and flat out lies.
Joseph Herbert October 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM
APP was a good, mostly unbiased until Gannet bought them out, and Gannet was good until Al Meurith retired. The new editor is in the tank for the left.
LT Guy October 25, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Lacey suffers from "Napoleon" syndrome. Little man who thinks he's more important than he is, acting like a big shot when he's up on the dias.
Fawkes October 25, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Da Poppa, So you show yourself for the conspiracy nut you are. I am in no way invested in the APP. Frankly, I think they could be doing a much better job all around, but in the case of exposing the Freeloaders for what they are they are doing a great job and I make no bones about defending them for it. But I do call BS when I see it, and you making up this fantasy that the APP is a part of some vast left-wing conspiracy along with the rest of the mainstream media is comical and a testament to your wild imagination.
Larry Cataldo October 25, 2012 at 09:09 PM
LikesTea2012 October 25, 2012 at 09:59 PM
The final line of the article says it all. Freeloader Lacey wishes there were no newspapers? What difference does it make? He keeps on getting re-elected, and keeps padding his big fat pension. He has a barely-show job in Brick that he is completely unqualified for. Before that? It was job to job to job in republican controlled towns. The Freeholders quoted in the article kept touting all they have done for Ocean County. What have they done? What have any of them done except collect paychecks from the public and build up their pensions. It's over. There is no hope. These leaches are here to stay. It's very sad.
Da Poppa October 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
@Fawkes ... Once again, you're twisting my words and calling me names. Once again, you fail to read and comprehend my postings. You're a fool. I claim no vast conspiracy, but I point out what everyone knows and understands, and even the media admits to on occasion .... they are liberally biased. The APP took a hard left after the Ganett takeover. Others have posted it, verified what I've said in their own words, but you rail on me and my postings. You're obsessed, with me and defending the APP, is there any wonder anyone would assume that you're associated with the Press? I never once specifically attacked the APP, but rather I included them within my criticisms of the news media in general, but your pee-brain can't process that information, you're myopic and can't process the subtle difference. You think you're opinion matters, but because you can't state it clearly and succinctly and you're unable to comprehend what others, more intelligent than you, are saying you expose yourself as ignorant and unworthy to be included further in this discussion. Begone, nave ...
Fawkes October 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
More babbling idiocy. When you post something coherent instead of just whimpering how you're not being treated fairly because I don't bend over, grab my ankles and beg for more, I'll consider formulating a legitimate response.
Chief Wahoo October 26, 2012 at 03:25 AM
GRIP these leeches !!!!!!
Opinionated October 26, 2012 at 03:56 AM
In some of our eyes, there are no newspapers in this area.
Opinionated October 26, 2012 at 03:58 AM
After reading this link, perhaps the APP isn't in such bad taste. The new CEO of the New York Times was CEO of the BBC while this went on. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/25/savile-scandal-allegations-cover-up-very-grave-for-bbc-top-exec-testifies/?test=latestnews
Joseph Woolston Brick October 26, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Simple solution, term limits, period!
Mrgrumpass October 26, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Mrgrumpass October 26, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Term Limits sounds wonderful! I fully expect the APP to be a thing of the past soon other than the fishing report the APP is left wing trash; they never go after Dems or Libs only Conservatives, and Republicans.
Mrgrumpass October 26, 2012 at 07:56 AM
And as for Freeholder Lacey I agree with the comments here he is pond slime!
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM
You DO have an independent choice, and an independent voice - available and ready to serve as freeholder...actually, you have TWO. Scott Neuman and Tracy Caprioni Visit Democratic-RepublicanParty.org to learn more about the candidates and Ballot Position Litigation - breaking the false "duopoly" by applying the Constitution Article the First - Returning power in Congress to "We, the People" - ALSO by applying the Constitution "Change the Rules" Pledge - Using the Separation of Powers in the Constitution to allow the House and Senate to exclude pay-to-play and influence peddling from their actions. Hey, there seems to be a theme, here...USING THE CONSTITUTION, not circumventing it. The party is driven by that. Wait until you see what's next regarding the corruption...(Hint - "OPRA" requests and a whole bunch of accountant volunteers)
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM
By the way - when the news story breaks on Monday, please be aware that partisan censorship is in evidence even here - several blog posts are now "pending approval" for over a week - news you should know about this campaign and the ballot shenanigans being committed by the incumbents in your district - it ain't slander or libel if it's true. Democratic-Republicanparty.org has the original post dates and content of what they won't let you read.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
for examples of active censorship, visit democratic-republicanparty.org. Worth it to see how low the present incumbents will stoop in blocking free press/free speech/right of assembly.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 28, 2012 at 02:40 PM
snuck that one by the censors!
BW October 28, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Why wouldnt you do your own blog then? Very easy and most are free. In the world of ocean county politics it is every man for himself. And just an FYI if it were reversed you would do the same thing to them, and dont say no we wouldnt. Been around a long time, I know the game, and there are no rules.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
We have several, and, no, whether you believe me or not, we don't censor ours. You don't know me if you think we do. Honor means something to some of us. So does the Constitution. Ask folks who know ME. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Democratic-RepublicanParty.org, NationalTruth.org, ChangetheRulesPledge.org - all worth a look. Not a shot at you personally, but I sign everything I write with my real name.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Actually, I bring that up because there is a fellow on here who uses three aliases to make it look like he has support in his trolling. He accused me of "cut and paste" of someone else's work, because the exact text appears on WikiPedia. It does. They cited ME. I'm the AUTHOR. Ken Lack is the wiki editor for anyone who wants to confirm that. We are running the entire campaign with a pen, a calculator, and a library card...watch what happens in Philly tomorrow (electronic issue, so closed city matters not). We ARE independent of the George v George / D v R machine politics, and have actually managed to expose the antics that have hurt our communities for years.
mjmjr December 16, 2012 at 06:34 PM
foggyworld January 12, 2013 at 06:54 PM
"How dare they ....." The whole point of journalism is to report things and often that rubs the feathers of those on high the wrong way. Newspapers also write editorials and that is a traditional part of the package. News reporting has gone astray in recent years and become more and more political in tone but the smart ones do try to walk that center line because from there other opinions can be promulgated. And by attempting to stay neutral (which is tough to do) successful news outlets are providing spring boards for comments that put some articles up for challenge. It's all part of the healthy free speech we have and we and newspapers, should "dare." People in office ought to expect criticism and if they can't respond with facts that overwhelm the original writer's criticism, so be it. Most of us are getting tired of pat-you-on the back stories and give the results politicians have been providing us, criticism is in order.


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