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Brick Councilman: Dems ‘Kicked Me To The Curb’ Over Controversial Vote

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Councilman Bob Moore (inset).
Councilman Bob Moore (inset).

The first casualty of the 2015 election season came months before a single ballot was cast. Councilman Bob Moore, a Democrat, was not supported by his party to run for re-election and did not file paperwork to run a primary campaign against his former running mates.

Moore, a well-known volunteer firefighter in town who was elected to the council in 2011 alongside fellow Democrats Susan Lydecker, Jim Fozman and then-councilman John Ducey, said Tuesday that his party did not support him running for re-election on their ticket. Moore will be replaced on the ballot by Arthur Halloran, a real estate agent from the township’s barrier island portion who has previously served as a Democratic county committee member.

“They kicked me to the curb,” Moore said Tuesday, a day after the deadline passed for partisan candidates to file to run in the June primary election.

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Moore said his relationship with the other Democrats on council began to sour after he voted against a controversial plan in 2013 to oust Township Clerk Lynnette Iannarone and replace her with Kathy Russell, a former Democratic councilwoman. The day the vote was rumored to be taking place, this reporter – then working for Patch.com – wrote a story on the matter. At the council meeting that night, before the normal proceedings could begin, Fozman immediately motioned to appoint Russell as clerk. Three Democrats – Fozman, Ducey and Lydecker – voted in favor of giving Russell the job – while two Republicans – Domenick Brando and Joseph Sangiovanni – voted against the measure. Moore’s ‘no’ vote resulted in a tie, ultimately defeating the motion and shooting down Russell’s appointment and keeping Iannarone in the position.

Bob Moore with Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp. (File Photo)
Bob Moore with Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp. (File Photo)

The 3-3 vote against Russell’s appointment led to Iannarone keeping the position and earning her tenure under a state law to protect clerks who serve more than three years. The vote led residents in the audience to erupt in cheers and hand clapping.

After the vote, sources said Democrats on council wanted a clerk who would be friendlier to the majority and not abide by an edict in place at the time to communicate to council members through the mayor’s office. The clerk’s position is one of the few that is technically controlled by the governing body, rather than the mayor, who at the time was Republican Stephen C. Acropolis. Republicans claimed the move was a patronage appointment that would bolster Russel’s public pension. At the time, Democrats on the council publicly stated that the move was a cost-saving measure, since Russell would have purportedly earned a lower salary than Iannarone.

“If I had to do it all over again, I’d do it the same way,” Moore said. “I don’t play political games. I want to get the job done.”

As for his political future, Moore stopped short of divulging whether he has any plans of seeking office again, but said his “heart is still in it.”

“I’m not done helping the people of Brick yet,” Moore said.

Though it is too late to file to run as a Democrat, independent candidates have until June 2 to file the necessary paperwork to run for council.


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  • Mike Morton

    Thank you Bob for everything you’ve done for Brick. I wish more people in the Brick government had the ethical standard that you exhibit. I hope you find a way to return to Town Hall, perhaps in a bigger role. We need more elected officials like you.

    • JJones

      Bob sit back and watch them fall..enjoy life and your family ..

  • Denise S.

    Bob Moore is a great guy. He is honest which is what this town has always needed! Thank you Bob for what you’ve done. Hope to see you back out there soon!!

  • Tom Russo

    Hope to see you back in the race in Nov election as an independent. Good Luck Bob……You have my vote……..

  • Marynary

    This looks to be a great opportunity for an independent to win over one of the established parties that are seemingly unbeatable.

  • Chief Wahoo

    GRIP. GRIP. GRIP. VOTE FOR MOORE AS INDEPENDENT. AND HOPEFULLY TWO OTHER INDEPENDENTS TO GET RID OF LIE DECKER AND VERA.
    Are we starting to understand now, there is no difference in either gang of thiefs ?????

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM

  • Tom Russo

    How sad what the DEM party did to Bob Moore……….He had his own mind and the NEW Mayor kick him to the curb…..make no mistake that the MAYOR calls the shots……

    • JJones

      big egos come with that position..

    • JJones

      KABOOOOOM

  • Spock’s Brain

    Everyone knows that Acropolis gave Bob Moore’s wife a job in Brick Town Hall so he would vote with the Republicans. Bob is no better that Mayor Acropolis, Councilman Sangiovanni, Councilman Brando, Councilman Tony Matthews and all the other Brick Republicans who used their political office to line their own pockets. Good riddance to Bob Moore and all the rest of them.

    • Tom Russo

      I did not know that……..has Mayor Ducey been handing out jobs to friends and DEMS…….What about ex councilwoman Kathy Russell……..she was not given the town clerk job and Mayor Ducey is getting his revenge….What about Councilman Fozman wife being put on the Housing authority(VERA)……..
      ……

      • Spock’s Brain

        Tom – Get your facts straight. Housing Authority Commissioners are UNPAID appointments. It is a lot of work and meetings for no money. Democrats and Republicans, like former Councilman John Catalano, serve on the Authority for no money and they should all be commended for their service to our town. Shameful that you would try to score political points by trying to deceive people into thinking it’s a paid job.

      • Tom Russo

        Spocks Brain, You are correct they are not paid…… but what about the PATRONAGE……PATRONAGE…… is it funnelled to VERA’S husband Councilman John Fozman…..

      • Spock’s Brain

        Tom – You are just making stuff up. What patronage? Fozman gets $8000 for being a councilman… Just like every other Democrat and Republican serving on Council for the last 10 years… There is no patronage. Tom – You’re entitled to your own opinion… but you’re not entitled to your own facts.

      • Tom Russo

        Agree to disagree……

      • JJones

        Its political patronage and i want control game ..its a game thats out of control on both sides ..Its said that they dont worry about major problems like drugs, crime,taxes etc…until there back are up against the wall and or its election time ..Very sad and no respect for both sides..

      • JJones

        snakes of a different color..

    • JJones

      Hey didnt the democrats run that year elections saying that they would stop friends and family positions and not take full time pay for part time jobs ??? Come on folks they came in like a storm and cleaned house and put democrats in positions in many places…All the same crap…

  • Adicia

    thought he would have supported the party that got him elected

    • Tom Russo

      I thought it was about doing the right thing

      • Adicia

        At that time the majority of Democrats on council thought it was the “right thing” ,Bob sided with the Republicans. Simple really.

      • JJones

        Bob did the right thig

    • #@#.com

      He supported the tax payers that voted for him, like they are all supposed to do.
      Political parties stink. They need to be broken up and made illegal. That is the only thing that might save America.

      • Adicia

        I prefer to live/believe in reality,not in abstract ideals. Political parties will not be abandoned at anytime in the foreseeable future.

  • walter.f.campbell

    Bob,it is time to run for B.O.E…you have the interest of the community at heart….forget the political hacks!! There is a slate forming of old retread B.O.E.members (PUBS) who did nothing when in office..to once again using it as stepping stone to town council…never ends!!!!

    • Tom Russo

      Walter. you were one mean character at those BOE meetings.. You should not be giving any type of advice to anyone…….You never won an election and we all know why……..SAD but TRUE

      • walter.f.campbell

        Tom Russo(a.k.a.B.D.or G.D.)….I was waiting for the “trolls” to surface.This”mean character”has spent many hours the last four years assisting dedicated “core”group of board members(2011-2015) to repair,and renovate numerous schools in Brick.Furthermore,no referendum,and miniscule tax increases…..No Politics….like the past decades!What is “sad”and “true”is the fact you attempt to put people down….lacking the intestinal fortitude to use your real names! Political Cronism has ruined this town!!!

      • Tom Russo

        I have only judged you on your behavior at BOE meetings. Sad to see your anger is still present.

      • walter.f.campbell

        “Tom”B.O.E videos on mtgs.prove otherwise….have a nice Easter!

      • Tom Russo

        You to Walter

  • Sal Petoia

    It would be refreshing if we could return to non-partisan government such as we successfully had for roughly 20 years. It would stimulate more independents to run for office, hopefully people who would seek to do the best for the community and not for their own selfish interests. Party loyalty is noble, but it has gotten out of hand, not only in Brick, but everywhere. Regrettably, a return to a non-partisan government would be fiercely opposed by any party in power, partly because they depend on so many people simply voting the “party line” without thought to what the candidate(s) stand for. Under non-partisan, voters would need to do a little thinking before they cast their vote because there would be no party affiliation presented either on the ballot or during a campaign.
    Bob Moore could be commended for being his “own man”, but the fact that his wife was given a job by Acropolis taints his motives.

    • The narrative of, “Acropolis gave her a job” has another side to it from what I’ve gathered. My understanding is that she served as a volunteer answering phones at town hall after Sandy (along with a number of other people) and after several months FEMA provided funds for those people to be paid something in the area of $10/hour. The township kept the people on after the FEMA money ran out because of the call volume that still existed. Again, this was my understanding as to how that came about. There are two sides to every story, and that appears to be the “other side” to this one. I’ll let everyone judge for themselves on the matter.

      • Spock’s Brain

        There is only one side to this story. People that serve in government should not get jobs for their family members. That’s why the Republicans got voted out of office here in Brick. You have been working this beat in Brick for years. Don’t tell me that you are really not that naive.

      • It has nothing to do with being naive. It has to do with hearing two sides (yes, two sides) of this story and putting them both out there for the public to see. You’re free to believe whichever narrative you wish, and we’ll keep reporting, in a balanced way, on issues of how jobs are obtained in local government.

      • Spock’s Brain

        Yes Dan. It is just a coincidence that Democrat Bob Moore’s wife is hired for a position in Town Hall by Republican Mayor Steve Acropolis. It is also coincidental that after this hiring, Bob Moore starts voting with the Republicans on Council. I understand that the press should point out both sides. But it is also the job of the press to uncover what is happening behind the scenes. And to uncover the real reason that Bob Moore switched sides.

      • Spock’s Brain

        I suggest that you put in an OPRA request to the Ocean County Board of Elections. You will find that Councilman Moore switched his voter Registration to Republican a few months ago. I would also make some calls to the Republican leadership in town. Bob interviewed with the Republicans go be on their ticket and they turned him down, which explains his change in registration before the interview process.

      • Also, Spock – I’ve heard conflicting reports on a change of voter registration. I’m writing this as I am on my way to Florida on vacation for a week, so I likely will not have a chance to OPRA it. We’ll assess the situation for future political stories and report back if needed.

      • JJones

        true …

      • JJones

        B.S. ELECTION TRASH TALK..

      • Spock – I think we do a pretty good job of uncovering what is happening behind the scenes. In the last week, we’ve featured investigative-style reports on the Juan Bellu proceedings as well as some revelations on the Housing Authority. And remember, I’m doing this as one guy with a small amount of freelance help. As far as uncovering the “real” reason why things are done as they are, in many cases the press can speak with both sides and report on what is said. I don’t have access to private conversations between everything in town. For better or worse, we sometimes have to use our own human judgment to infer the reasoning behind certain events. I put as much information out there as I can.

      • JJones

        Cheers to Bob for voting on what he felt was correct for town ..not to strenghten the democrat party …And there are no other political connection positions working in town positions on either side April fools ..oh sorry to late but true ..

      • JJones

        Come on Spock ..the republicans lost correct and the Democrats filled those patronage positions very quickly that they said during ther run for election they would stop that in Brick..What happened they LIED !!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Tom Russo

        Thanks Dan

      • JJones

        Thanks Dan ..its part of the trash talk that comes out during election time..People dont care what they say true or not ..they just look for trash to to take away from main problem and question like what are we going to do on the war on drugs,crime and higher taxes…wasted project ,empty building and land etc..both side are quility of bull shitting the tax payers..Very Sad…..

  • Chief Wahoo

    Go Red Team. Go Blue Team. My team is better..rah rah rah !!!….sure looks like the Purple team to anyone with common sense. Who is winning ?? Sure ain’t the Taxpaying sheep of Bricktucky.

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM

  • #@#.com

    Bob Moore should wear a pink Tuxedo and bring a “pee pee man ” toy to the remaining council meetings of his term.

  • #@#.com

    Bob Moore, Miss Liberty, Art Sholty and Chief Wahoo should all run as a team of independents.

  • JJones

    Bob Moore is a good guy who voted for what he considered to be the right vote for the town not the party ..Total respect to a good guy..god bless…spend value time with your family and your life and forget the crap of politics..

  • Chief Wahoo

    Nee has done a great job here at Shorebeat. (Bet you never thought you hear that from Chief Wahoo). Perhaps he realized carrying the republicants water, was a fools errand. Perhaps he became an Anarch-capitalist !!!!!!!

  • Brandy the Dog

    Brandy the Dog agree’s with part of Chief Wahoo’s statement. Brandy also feels that Daniel Nee has done an outstanding job at Brick Shorebeat. Brandy the Dog doesn’t often agree with Chief Wahoo’s opinion but in this case I feel he is correct. Oh my Lord, Brandy is starting to enjoy referring to herself in the third person!