Tinton Falls Mayor Gerry Turning and Council President Gary Baldwin threw their support behind Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and Deputy Director Gary Rich in the Freeholder’s bid for reelection next Tuesday.
“Monmouth County has been Tinton Falls partner in controlling the cost of government and in revitalizing our economy in the wake of the great recession and the closure of Fort Monmouth. Lillian and Gary has been right there in the lead,” Turning said. “I have worked with Lillian at Fort Monmouth and with Gary on solutions for the homeless. They are great people who are tremendously committed with a great work ethic. I find them very committed and deserving of reelection.”
“I’ve served with Lillian for many years. She is a passionate, outspoken and honest young lady,” Baldwin said. “There is no question in my mind that she is best qualified to continue leading our county government. As a member of the Veterans Affairs Sub-committee at Fort Monmouth, Lillian always fights for the rights and well being of our Veterans.” Baldwin, a retired Air Force Captain with 26 years of service, serves with Burry on the Fort Monmouth Veterans Affairs Committee.
Turning’s support of Burry and Rich is a blow to the Monmouth County Democrats who have been attempting to ride the Mayor’s coat tails to electoral success in the Borough since his uncontested election last November. Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal took credit for for Turning’s election last year, which amused the Mayor who ran unopposed. Democratic Freeholder Candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo touted Turning’s support last June in a fundraising announcement.
“I really don’t know them,” Turning said of Luttrell and Grillo this afternoon. “But it doesn’t matter. Lillian and Gary are doing a great job and I hope they get to continue.”
Turning is a registered Democrat. Baldwin is a Republican. Tinton Falls has a non-partisan municipal government.