Hanlon certifies Curley’s nominating petition

Disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley survived a challenge to his nominating petitions for reelection, according to a letter from Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon dated June 13, which was obtained by MMM via OPRA request.

After noticing irregularities in the Curley petitions, Monmouth County Republican Chairman, Sheriff Shaun Golden, submitted a formal challenge to the petitions requesting that Hanlon’s staff review the signatures before certifying Curley’s candidacy for Freeholder as an Independent.

Hanlon found that over 120 signatures were invalid because the signers were not registered to vote in Monmouth County or the signature on the petition did not match the signature in the state voter records.  The censured freeholder still has over 100 valid signatures, making his overall petition valid.

Curley, a former Republican and a former Democrat, was censured by his fellow freeholders last December after an investigation by former Acting Supreme Court Justice Mary Catherine Cuff into a formal complaint by a Monmouth County employee.  Justice Cuff found that Curley sexually harassed County employees, that he threatened to stab former Freeholder Serena DiMaso (now an Assemblywoman) with a syringe, that he referred to DiMaso as a “Staten Island Guinea,” that he used homosexual slurs in the presence of gay County employees,  and that he lied to the Justice during her investigation.

Curley sued the County and his fellow freeholders in federal court to keep Justice Cuff’s investigative report under seal. The parties are waiting for U.S. District Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti to rule on a motion to dismiss the case.

Curley’s litigation has cost Monmouth County taxpayers over $250,000 to defend.  He has not disclosed how much his attorney, Angelo Genova, has charged to wage the litigation or who is footing the bill.

Despite the fact that Golden announced that he would not support Curley for reelection, the harasser sought the GOP nomination but failed to submit his paperwork in time to compete in the Republican nominating convention.  Rather than challenge Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley in the Republican primary and with no interest on the part of the Monmouth County Democrats, Curley became an Independent and waging this quixotic candidacy.

Curley has raised over $76,000, ostensibly for his reelection, over the last three years.  However, he spent almost $59,000 over the years, including money for chauffeured rides to court.  He has less than $18,000 in his campaign kitty.

Posted: June 21st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Hanlon certifies Curley’s nominating petition”

  1. Legit question said at 3:50 pm on June 21st, 2018:

    How can they determine the signature doesn’t match? What are they using as a comparison?

  2. The original one said at 7:48 pm on June 21st, 2018:

    that we sign, when we register.. That is the standard for comparison.. It will be interesting to see what this year’s voter turnout decides, as to whom they want in Freehold. Will they go with a familiar name who is obviously flawed, buy the pomposity as the “ corruption fighter,” or pay attention, to the reality that this career really has come to an end? Many believe that this will be an unfortunate distraction, in a race that could start to change the county we love, and that we could start losing seats, because of this blip on the political radar screen. If we do not want that, then we need to rally for Kiley and Scharfenberger.. think future, folks.

  3. Give me a break said at 12:06 pm on June 22nd, 2018:

    Corruption fighter? John has mastered the fine art of taking credit for things he had nothing to do with. If anyone one is corrupt it’s John Curly. Isn’t it corrupt to bash a fellow freeholder for taking health benefits and then turn around and take those same benefits for himself? Isn’t it corrupt to tell taxpayers that he will fight for them and then spend his entire time in office abusing employees and fellow freeholders alike? The game is over – time for him to step down and salvage whatever integrity he has left.

  4. Whoa! said at 12:45 pm on June 22nd, 2018:

    Calm down: the quotations were quoting Curley, as what HE erroneously says he is! Am saying he can be the start of us losing! Pay attention to the nuances, and tell any of the old Curley loyalists you know( and he DOES still have support out there,) that they should not waste their vote on him,this year!

  5. No John Curley said at 8:08 pm on June 22nd, 2018:

    The Republican Party did not leave you as you are saying, YOU were told you couldn’t be part of the Republican Party because of your bad acts.

    Stop fibbing to voters out of desperation.

  6. Proud Republican said at 7:19 am on June 23rd, 2018:

    Anyone who still supports John Curley has 5 months to come to their senses and do the only sensible thing to save Monmouth County and that is to support the ticket of Kiley and Scharfenberger. If you want the disaster that is Phil Murphy to spread its cancer into Monmouth, then pull the lever for John Curley because that’s exactly what you will be doing. We are so lucky to have a super ticket at the county-level that it would be criminal to let one or both of these candidates down by supporting John Curley. I’m excited about the Republican candidates up and down the line and we have to make sure that every one of them gets the full support of Republicans, Independents and even Democrats who really care about Monmouth County