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.Curley