Ultimately the job of a county chair is to win elections.
Unfortunately, much of the current campaign for Monmouth GOP chair has been focused on the spoils of victory—which lawyer would be a hungrier pig if he/she got elected.
That issue is a red herring.
John Bennett’s pledge that he, his daughter and his firm will forsake doing legal work for the county should he be elected chair would be impressive if he also pledged to forsake municipal work and pledged not to trade legal work at the county and municipal levels with chairs from other counties. That will never happen.
Bennett has demonstrated over his thirty year career that he is a master of working the system for the benefit of himself and his family. There can be
no little doubt that before he pledged that he and his daughter would not do legal work for Monmouth County should he be elected GOP County Chair, that he already had made a deal to replace and expand those billable hours and retainers in other counties. To put it bluntly, if Bennett becomes Chair, his income will increase from Ocean County and Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore’s income will increase in Monmouth County.
“That’s the way the game is played,” one Bennett supporter recently told MMM in defense of the obvious.
John Bennett’s career is a case study in “the way the game is played.” From the high five figure state pension, plus lifetime health benefits, he is collecting from tacking together part time jobs, a practice that is no longer legal, to the jobs he has secured for himself and his family members on the state, county and municipal levels, to making the government work that his opponent in the Chair’s race, Christine Hanlon and her partners, do an issue in this race, Bennett is the maestro.
Talk to me about the potential conflicts of interest of your opponent after you’ve pledged to give up all government work for yourself and your family. Short of that, please stop insulting our intelligence.