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Former Brick GOP Councilman to Run as Independent for Mayor

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Anthony Matthews (File Photo)
Anthony Matthews (File Photo)

A Republican-turned-independent former Brick Township councilman plans to run on an anti-nepotism and cost-savings platform in a bid for mayor this year.

Anthony Matthews, who served on the council from 2003 to 2011, plans on making his return to politics in this year’s mayoral run, joining a field that includes incumbent Mayor John Ducey, two Republicans and another independent candidate.

Matthews said he is ready to return the Brick political scene to run against both party candidates, promising to introduce strict anti-nepotism ordinance and other laws that would bar elected officials from giving jobs to family members and political allies. Elected officials themselves would be barred from employment for a number of years equal to the time they served under his plan.

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Matthews resigned from the council in 2011 after landing a job at the Brick Township Housing Authority, but he said his own job was “clean up the mess” that a party-affiliated predecessor made of the enterprise. The housing authority was in the news this week when Matthews’ replacement, Alesia R. Watson, pleaded guilty to embezzling federal funds from the Ocean City Housing Authority.

“One of the reasons I am back is because people are tired of what’s going on,” Matthews told Shorebeat, adding that residents have requested he return to municipal government. “They use the taxpayers’ assets to better their own lives.”

Matthews said members of both political parties have stacked township government with family members and patronage employees, and his proposals would put a stop to the practice. He would also favor a strong anti- “pay to play” ordinance to curb public contracts being paid to firms which donate to candidates.

“We had a public works director go to jail, a mayor go to jail, problems with unpaid bills at the MUA,” Matthews said, recalling notable scandals in Brick’s political history that were ongoing when he first was elected to the council. “It was good that things were getting done, but the people I was working with were getting more concerned with getting their family members jobs than the business of the public.”

Matthews, who is still recovering from a car accident in which he was rear-ended earlier this year, said he will be Brick’s “full time” mayor, and will not seek or accept public employment elsewhere.

“I will be the mayor of Brick only, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said. “I’m a worker, and I do what I say.”


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  • Rich W

    “Matthews resigned from the council in 2011 after landing a job at the Brick Township Housing Authority…”

    Hmmm — the “Republican-turned-independent” is not as altruistic as he claims!

    • Chief Wahoo

      The only true independent in all of Bricktucky would be Chief Wahoo.

      • Mac

        So you’re the one that encouraged our county prosecutor that he looks best when wearing his fully feathered head dressing. Beware of the pitfalls if you decide to run for office though. That head dressing has been known to pop up from an underground tunnel or other MUA passageways whenever there is a threat of any fresh air breezing through Ocean County. Fresh air can corrode the license plate readers that will soon be featured at the end of every driveway throughout Ocean County, and open to any government agency looking for dirt or any other information collected for them to review at will.

  • Andy Pat

    I remember this guy. Part of the Acropolis Team that was nepotistic to an extreme! He must think that shedding the Repub tag and becoming an Independent removes the baggage he previously accumulated. Sorry Tony. We the people are not that dumb!

    • Jack Mac

      It doesn’t matter red or blue they both have skeletons in their closet’s and not in it for the best interest of Bricktown everybody takes a little when they run it doesn’t matter red or blue they both have skeletons in their closet’s and not in it for the best interest of Bricktown everybody takes a little when they run and all claim they will stop Pay to play and patronage positions until they win and that’s just a dream

  • Chief Wahoo

    Oh no. You are that dumb. You still believe that the blue team is better than the red team.

    Anarcho-Capitalism

    • Andy Pat

      And do you believe that by dropping the R label and picking up an I label makes Tony a “Different Person”???

  • Rob

    I think the lesson we learned this week is a leopard can’t change its spots. I chose to run independent to avoid having issues like this, I didn’t want the association

  • Jack Mac

    Ok four candidates running for mayor this one will be interesting may the trash talk begin .

    • Rob

      There’s 5. Incumbent, 2 reps and 2 inds

  • Late Night Comedian

    Whatever happened to Dan Toth?

    • Jack Mac

      Out of politics and the smart one !

    • At last check, there has been no movement in the case. We check periodically with the prosecutor’s office. We will report if there are any developments.

      • Late Night Comedian

        Thank you.