More Duplicity From Vin Gopal

Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal just can’t help himself from practicing the “politics of yesterday,” as Governor Chris Christie said of him last year.

Friday evening on the Political Roundtable segment of the NJTV News with Mike Schneider, Gopal reacted to the news that the federal government had cleared Christie Administration of any errors or wrong doing with the AshBrit contract for cleaning up much of New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy by sticking to the Democratic/Star Ledger talking points. “The bigger issue is,” Gopal said, “why was so much money wasted in the process?”   “Costs were higher,” he said, without saying higher than what. Certainly they were not higher than what the Army Corp of Engineers charged New York for their clean up.

What Gopal didn’t say is that he was busy helping AshBrit get business in the aftermath of Superstrom Sandy.

Click here to read an email Gopal sent me three weeks after Sandy hit asking for my help in introducing AshBrit’s agent, Laura Matos of M Public Affairs, a veteran of the Corzine administration, to Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan.

GOP political consultant Chris Russell joked on the segment that he was waiting for apologies from all the Democrats who criticized Christie over the AshBrit contract. Gopal should have apologized on the spot, especially since he was an active participant in recruiting municipalities to sign with the clean up company.

I don’t know if Gopal got paid for helping AshBrit get business but it is a safe bet that Matos and her fellow Corzine administration veterans at M Public Affairs did.  Vin should ask Matos why the AshBrit contract cost so much.

I didn’t get paid.  Nolan had Highlands almost entirely cleaned up without AshBrit before Vin reached out to me.


Posted: March 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Frank Nolan, Superstorm Sandy, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “More Duplicity From Vin Gopal”

  1. Bob English said at 9:49 am on March 8th, 2014:

    Was Ash Brit ever asked to reduce their prices to match other firms that were willing (and in some cases did work for individual towns) at significantly less cost?

  2. Getting back on topic, said at 10:55 am on March 8th, 2014:

    When public funds are involved, there are many laws on how it gets spent.. Emergencies are just that, and there are procedures that still need to be followed..the “declared”emergencies often result in officials taking shortcuts and easier ways out, of bad situations, sometimes resulting in more being paid.. Some who were desperate to move tons of debris signed up because the state said ok.. But, many who are in public procurement know the need for documentation, and justification, not just a growing pile of invoices, and try to encourage their leaders and bosses: ” when in doubt, put it out,” to quotes or bids- and often, money can be saved with a little more effort and attention paid.. It’s still the taxpayers’ money..

  3. Sancho Panza said at 7:00 pm on March 8th, 2014:

    He’s just living up to his sordid history as having nothing to contribute except unmitigated chutzpah.

  4. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Vin Gopal Threatens Legal Action Against MoreMonmouthMusings said at 11:35 pm on March 10th, 2014:

    […] Gopal’s gotten a small taste of his own medicine.  We hope he’ll alter his conduct, and lead members of party to do the same.  It’s not looking too good, so far, but that is what we’re after in our “Monmouth County Republican Chairman John Bennett did not issue a statement…” posts and our posts calling Gopal on his duplicity. […]