Trump Pardons Gilmore

George Gilmore photo by Art Gallagher

President Donald Trump granted a full pardon to George Gilmore, former Ocean County Republican Chairman, shortly before midnight on Tuesday. The President issued 73 pardons and commuted 70 sentences in one of his final acts in office.

Gilmore was convicted in 2019 for failing to submit his employees’ payroll taxes to the IRS and for lying on a loan application to the Oceanfirst Bank.

The pardon was supported by the President’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, former Governors Chris Christie, Jim McGreevey, Jim Florio, Donald DiFrancesco and John Bennett, former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, former Congressman Tom MacArthur, State Senators Gerald Cardinale and Michael Testa, David Avella, the Chairman of GOPAC, Joseph Buckelew, a former Ocean GOP Chairman and Democrat power broker George Norcross’s business partner, Lawrence Bathgate II, Larry Weitzner and Adam Geller, according to a statement released by the White House.

In a statement published by New Jersey Globe, Gilmore said his conviction was unjust.

“Words cannot express my gratitude and humility at being granted a full pardon by the President of the United States,” Gilmore said. “When it came to his attention, President Trump recognized the injustice of my conviction and used the power of his office to right that wrong.”

Trump also commuted the sentence of Dr. Salomen Melgen, a co-defendant in U.S. Senator Bob Menendez’s corruption trail. Melgen had been sentenced to 17 years in prison for healthcare fraud following a trial separate from the Menendez mistrail.

Posted: January 20th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Donald Trump, George Gilmore, NJ GOP, Ocean County | Tags: , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Trump Pardons Gilmore”

  1. Hope this said at 2:28 pm on January 22nd, 2021:

    doesn’t cause a rift/ problem for party unity there in Ocean..can’t afford that..

  2. Jose Freiwald said at 10:34 am on January 24th, 2021:

    Hope, where have u been the past year plus?? Gilmore and Holman have been at each others throats . Ppl here seriously need to do a lil research before they post.

  3. Pardon me: said at 3:10 pm on January 24th, 2021:

    I know perfectly well the prior power scrambles, there. Now that this situation has evolved/escalated, their issues will only get more complicated..

  4. Feel better said at 3:30 pm on January 24th, 2021:

    being snarky? Know well the past/ present struggles there. This latest wrinkle means more of them to come.. (lighten up, pal..)

  5. Jose Freiwald said at 8:27 am on January 25th, 2021:

    I did not write that post, this is the 2nd time it’s been done on this site. Obviously I’ve been hacked Art. Please look into it. Thanx !!

  6. How said at 9:09 am on January 25th, 2021:

    does one get hacked on a public blog with no login? Lol I mean 😅