Bill Shea, the young retired State Trooper with a disability pension who is challenging Freeholder Director John Curley for a seat on the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, called for a 20% across the board reduction in county government spending yesterday. Shea’s running mate, former Hazlet Mayor Kevin Lavan, said Shea’s proposal “is not out of the realm of possibility” and would depend on the results of a county audit.
Shea and Lavan were speaking yesterday to the Asbury Park Press Editorial Board where they appeared along side Curley and Freeholder Serena DiMaso. DiMaso and Lavan are competing to complete the unexpired term of Assemblyman Rob Clifton who resigned in January upon taking office in Trenton. DiMaso was elected by the GOP County Committee to serve in the seat until the general election results are certified.
Curley and DiMaso said such cuts would be impossible to achieve, according to APP. They said such cuts would annihilate small county departments and cripple to county’s efforts to reduce municipal spending with shared services.