Patrick Allocco, the GOP congressional candidate who was present at yesterday’s meeting with rivals Peter DeNeufville and Antony Ghee, says that DeNeufville was just exploring a path to victory and did not perceive the same quid pro quo that Ghee felt.
“With just a few days left in this hotly contested Primary, I would never have chosen to publicize the meeting that took place at the Versailles Diner and indeed, declined an invitation to participate in a press conference. I strongly believe that there was no intended malice on the part of Peter [DeNeufville] and that he was truly exploring a path to his own victory,” Allocco said. “With that stated, I consider both men to be friends and I have no further comment on this unfortunate matter.”
Allocco’s statement is at odds with comments made earlier today by an individual close to Allocco and with direct knowledge of the discussions, who confirmed Ghee’s statements but was speaking on the condition of anonymity.
DeNeufville told the New Jersey Globe that Ghee’s allegations are “preposterous.”
“It is sad that Antony Ghee is trying to resuscitate his failing and broke campaign by distorting and mischaracterizing a meeting we had to discuss the campaign. Being an attorney, he knows better and in fact has initiated a number of similar conversations,” DeNeufville said in a statement released today.
Ghee alleged today that DeNeufville offered him an appointment to the Morris County Parks Commission in exchange for withdrawing from the race and endorsing him. He said he has sent a letter to federal and state prosecutors to ask them to investigate.