Ryan Green Takes A Shot At Holmdel Township Committee

Serena DiMaso fires back

Manalapan Township Committee Member Ryan Green, a candidate for Freeholder in tomorrow’s Title 19 election, has taken the gloves off in what until now has been a clean and collegial intra-party contest.

Green issued a press release late last night criticizing the Holmdel Township Committee for considering selling land, including land purchased with Green Acres dollars, to close a budget deficit.  Green based his criticism upon a January 6 article in the Holmdel Patch.

Holmdel Deputy Mayor Serena DiMaso is competing with Green, along with Howell Mayor Bob Walsh and Atlantic Highlands Councilman Peter Doyle for the freeholder seat vacated by Assemblyman Rob Clifton.

“To learn that the Holmdel Township Committee would consider selling one of our most valued resources in Monmouth County, open space, is very disappointing. I have a strong record of preserving open space, as I believe it improves our quality of life. I will never support selling any of it,” Green said.

Green said he believes very strongly that when governing bodies purchase land, especially with Green Acres funding, it should be maintained as open space. He said he has been a leader in preserving open space in Manalapan since joining the Township Committee.

He is also concerned that selling land, as the Holmdel Township Committee is considering doing, is a short-term solution to address Holmdel’s looming budget deficit.

“In order to address budget deficits, we need long-term solutions. We need to prioritize what services are being provided, reduce spending, and find new shared services agreements that can save taxpayer dollars. Once that land is sold, it’s unlikely that Monmouth County will ever get it back,” Green stated.

DiMaso shot back, “If  we sell, it would be 10 acres of a 400 acre facility to a soccer academy. It will be deed restricted for recreational use, so it will remain open space, and its use will not change. The sale will have Green Acres approval.”

“The Plum Lane property that Ryan ‘read’ about was not purchased with Green Acres money. It was donated to the Township and is surplus land.”

“If Ryan wanted to engage in a genuine debate about open space, why wait until the 11th hour with a press release? I saw Ryan on the campaign trail three times this week. He has my number and my email. He could have brought this up anytime. This type of last minute distortion is very disappointing coming from a so called Republican. Maybe Ryan’s ambition and NJEA DNA is more dominant in his character than his status as a Republican, especially one who promised to run a positive campaign.  If he broke this promise to a fellow Republican, what promises will he break to the Monmouth County taxpayer? ”

Update from Ryan Green:

I was informed of this issue while walking door to door on Wednesday evening.  I have never mentioned one of my fellow candidates by name during this campaign, nor have I ever engaged in personal attacks.  The actions of the Holmdel Township Committee raise a legitimate policy issue for Monmouth County regarding open space, and I feel that it’s important for the voters to know where each candidate stands on this issue.
Posted: January 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Freeholder, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Republican Committee | Tags: , , , , , , , | 22 Comments »

22 Comments on “Ryan Green Takes A Shot At Holmdel Township Committee”

  1. Farmers Daughter said at 9:54 am on January 13th, 2012:

    Ryan has a lot of nerve critizing Serena after all the trouble he and Andy Lucas has caused the party with their crony capitialism in Manalapan.

  2. Jim Sage said at 10:09 am on January 13th, 2012:

    “Desperate people do desperate acts”–so the saying goes. Serena is the perceived front-runner, and it is obvious on the eve of selection, she has a target on her back.

  3. Sounds like said at 10:38 am on January 13th, 2012:

    the sound campaign tactics/advice of his infamous municipal chairman, who never learned/espoused the Reagan belief of:”speak no evil of another fellow Republican”..I knew it was too quiet and civil.. oh well, we’ll know tomorrow!

  4. Freespeaker1976 said at 11:04 am on January 13th, 2012:

    Ryan REALLY Lost Me Over This

  5. Where and how did the Phrase...... said at 12:21 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    Lyin Ryan originate from?????

  6. A little green around the gills said at 12:30 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    What a joke. Ryan Green does Mchenry’s and Lucas bidding, enriching Lucas while he’s at it, and embarrassing the Manalapan GOP and Monmouth GOP and then he pulls this half-assed stunt?

    Shut up, Mr. Green and go away.

  7. Serena Sweeps it said at 12:36 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    What a class act Serena is! She has stayed above the fray and been a wonderful candidate. She deserves the nod, and the others should simply concede and back her nomination.

  8. Name (required) said at 12:46 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    Don’t mess with a Staten Island woman !!

  9. where are the true fiscal conservatives? said at 12:53 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    The most evil four letter word to a nj taxpayer in 2012 is NJEA. The other bad word is PBA. Two of the main reasons why our municipalities and state are near bankruptcy and us taxpayers suffer. The other glaring abuse are the salaries of the county sherrifs and jail workers under Golden. Its just abusive to the avg Nj resident.

  10. Charles M said at 1:41 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    I just hear that Ms Dimaso when Bob McCleod was replaced as a judge, she voted to replace him with a democrat.

  11. Jim Sage said at 2:04 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    PBA..the evil word??? Give me a break! Don’t blame the workers under Golden..blame Golden! Remember, he was part of the Guadagno team. The same team that hired people in fictitious, non-existent positions.


    Serena has my full support. What Ryan did was disgraceful. What say you Mchenry???

  12. Stop the madness said at 2:04 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    I heard that one time, Serena didnt come to a full stop before making a right on red.

    Effing RINO.

  13. Poor Ryan said at 2:07 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    He just committed political suicide.

  14. Justified Right said at 2:40 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    Being one of the few Monmouth Conservatives who thinks government buying land to preserve it is akin to a Keynesian waste of money and an unnatural tinkering with market forces (which makes me one of the few actual Conservatives in Monmouth County) I couldn’t be happier if Serena sells open space. Good for her! Her stock just rose in my book.

    But I’m still for Walsh. I want him negotiating for me.

  15. Farmers Daughter said at 2:42 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    What’s with that update??!!!

    Art, you really should have some compassion for Ryan and not let him do anymore damage to himself.

    Does he really expect us to believe that his press release was not a shot at Serena?

    He thinks its a legitimate policy issue for all of Monmouth County?

    Let’s have a debate about Ryan’s vote to buy Andrew Lucas’ farm with tax payers dollars while we are at it. It seems to me that that kind of crony capitalism, which we all have been reading and hearing about for two years is a much more legitimate issue.

  16. Trying to help said at 3:31 pm on January 13th, 2012:


    Rule #1 of holes…when you’re in one, stop digging.

  17. Odd NJEA being mentioned said at 4:12 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    It seemed odd to me that Ms. DiMaso referenced “NJEA DNA” in her reply. Does she think that all NJEA members are unstable? Seems like a broad brush to me (no pun intended).

  18. Please...stop...you're....killing...me... said at 5:44 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    Ryan, son, you are not going to help yourself if you keep talking. That transparent, lame “update” actually does more harm than good.

    At least have the BALLS to take on Serena in the first place, and the BALLS to stick to it.

    All you’ve done is demonstrate poor judgment and a lack of spine.

    Buh Bye, thanks for playing.

  19. red skeleton said at 8:53 pm on January 13th, 2012:

    Ryan attacking Serena? For what purpose? Who’s lining his pocket?

  20. Proud Republican said at 10:50 am on January 14th, 2012:

    A guy in office for one year should not be trashing other Republicans. Dude, your political career is over before you even got out of the crib. A year from now, the talk at the Lincoln Day dinner will be, “Whatever happened to that guy Robert, er Richard, er, oh yeah, Ryan Green?”

  21. Freespeaker1976 said at 12:36 pm on January 14th, 2012:

    What goes around, comes around.

    Nice shot across the S.S. Green, at the Affiliated Dinner last night Serena; turning the S.S. Green into the Titanic.

  22. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Winners and Losers From the Freeholder Election said at 4:23 pm on January 14th, 2012:

    […] week of the campaign and kept building relationships for the future.  Green threw an ill advised Hail Mary pass with his 11th hour press release bashing DiMaso.  DiMaso intercepted the errant pass and ran it […]