Leadership We Can Depend On

Tony Fiore

Tony Fiore

By Tony Fiore, Former Middleotown Mayor and Current Township Committeeman

I am writing today to ask you to join me in support of three extraordinary county leaders who deserve our support on June 4th; Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Serena Dimaso.  As the Mayor of the largest municipality in Monmouth County, it should come as no surprise that I have had many first hand experiences working with Shaun, Tom and Serena on a number of issues and initiatives.  While I can point to a number of needed improvements that they have helped to bring to Middletown, it is not my intention.  Instead, I’d like to share with you my experience working with them during one of the most difficult and challenging times in our township’s history.

Superstorm Sandy’s impact on Middletown was unprecedented. Thousands lost their homes and everyone lost power for almost two weeks.  When we needed to secure our devastated bayshore for safety and security, we couldn’t depend on the federal government to get us the necessary resources.  However, we could depend on Sheriff Golden.  Each day Sheriff Golden would hold a personal call with both myself and the Township Police administration.  Through his efforts, officers from as far as Mississippi came into Middletown to help us secure our most affected areas.  At his direction helicopters with night vision flew over our bayshore to prevent and catch looters and others who came in to prey on our victims.  Through his leadership, we were safe.   I received a call or text message from him every day asking for our needs until power was 100% restored and we were back to some semblance of normal. 

Like you, I would get increasingly frustrated with the lack of information that we were receiving from JCP&L.  Despite the dozens of calls that I would make to my contacts at the utility, often times answers were extremely hard to come by.  When I needed answers or an immediate response, I knew I could turn to Tom Arnone and Serena Dimaso for help.  When we needed JCPL crews at TOMSA to prevent major issues with the sewer pumps, Tom Arnone stepped into action and made sure that we received the priority necessary to prevent sewerage from backing up into our homes.  When we needed answers to what sub-stations would be coming back on line so that we could deploy our resources to other areas, it was Serena Dimaso who would not rest until she called me with the information that we needed.  Without their leadership and constant pressure on JCP&L from a county level, I truly believe we would have gone another week in Monmouth County without power.  Ask any of your friends or relatives in Morris and Hunterdon County and they will tell you it did take another week for them. 

In closing, I ask that you please join me in showing your support for Shaun Golden, Tom Arnone and Serena Dimaso by casting your vote for them on June 4thShaun, Tom, and Serena are not only leaders that we can trust, but time and time again prove to be leaders that we can also depend on.


Posted: May 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Election, Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, Monmouth GOP, Primary Election, Serena DiMaso, Shaun Golden, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Leadership We Can Depend On”

  1. Golden...You gotta be kiddin!!!!! said at 5:12 pm on May 15th, 2013:

    Isn’t that the guy I always read about on here who placed people in fake positions??? For what–to collect a pension and salary when they weren’t supposed to?? Yeah right vote for this guy and we will see what else he does thats costs the taxpayers more money.
    I like the guy who is a resident of Middletown–Dan Peters. My buddy works at the correctional facility in Monmouth County (freehold), he said he nearly made $200,000.00 last year. Thats ridiculous!! They are the highest paid correction officers in the state of New Jersey–I see tony doesn’t talk about that—how convienant.

  2. redlightRedhead said at 6:13 pm on May 15th, 2013:

    Instead we should support the guy who worked for a red light camera company? The same guy who is being paid a pension because he went out on disability as a police officer? Or does he have Bellew qualifications and has never been a police officer?

  3. MiddletownMike Sez..... said at 6:49 pm on May 15th, 2013:

    Wow you guys…it’s a tough choice isn’t it? I had three years of the incumbent, now it’s time to give another person a crack at it. The first one failed us miserably..see the hyperlink I attached. It may have been done awhile ago, but the stench of this corruption still lingers cause the beneficiary of receiving a pension and a salary is still there. but most of importantly, Sheriff Golden is part of the problem. He is complicit in this mess. He knew about it before he became sheriff (or should have known) either way–time for a new guy–a MIDDLETOWN GUY!!!!


  4. Middletowner said at 8:16 pm on May 15th, 2013:

    The “Middletown Guy” will be receiving ZERO support from Middletown.

  5. Another Middletowner said at 1:01 am on May 16th, 2013:

    It’s good to know that Peters’ campaign relies on Middletown Mike as reference

  6. TheDigger said at 3:42 pm on May 16th, 2013:

    How deep does the dem support for one set of candidates in a GOP primary go?

    Who is funding them? Who is providing assistance?

    Republicans need some answers before the primary.

    Politics 101 – the dems are only following this basic law of campaigning – split your opponents.

  7. Republicans Certainly Need Answers Now! said at 5:37 pm on May 16th, 2013:

    Has Sheriff Shaun Golden given any explanation whatsoever why he has placed a person in a non existent position? Has he apologized? Has he blamed his predessor?

    How about an explanation for not giving an explanation? That would be cool for starters.

    And the Middletown guy will have support!

  8. Bob English said at 5:15 pm on May 17th, 2013:

    Are any of the candidates taking a strong position on the Governors attempted theft of Affordable Housing Funds from local municipalites?


    This could hurt local property taxpayers in the future if new affordable housing still has to be created and the funds to do so were sucked up by Trenton to plug up its budget.