Former Red Bank council member John Curley is gearing up for a second run for a seat on the Monmouth County Freeholder board, a post he narrowly fell short of after a recount last year, according to a report in PolitickerNJ.com.
The political-news site says Curley is taking aim at Democratic incumbent Barbara McMorrow, teeing her up for supporting the hiring of Glenn Mason as the county’s $75,000-a-year emergency management coordinator.
Mason, of Hazlet, was running mate to Fair Haven’s Amy Mallet, the Democratic who squeaked past Curley in last November’s election. Mason came in fourth in a race in which Curley’s running mate was GOP incumbent Lillian Burry.
Here’s Curley on the hiring, via the article:
I think Director McMorrow stated she would take politics out of county hiring practices, said Curley, and here this is a blatant disregard, particularly when you consider the freeholder boards layoffs of people who have been there for years. When you put a political crony in a job as important as emergency management, despicable is the word that comes to mind.
Politicker says Curley “intends to screen before the County Republican Committee on March 28th in an effort to secure his partys backing to again run for freeholder.”
Curley was in the midst of his freeholder campaign last July when he moved out of Red Bank to Middletown and resigned as one of two Republicans on the borough council.
In November, those two seats were won by Democrats Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich, giving their party full control of the governing body.