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Former Point Pleasant Beach mayor Vincent Barrella

Ex-mayor files as independent for Assembly

Vincent Barrella screened for Dem nod in 10th district, but didn’t get picked

By David Wildstein, June 03 2019 1:27 pm

Former Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella has filed to run as an independent candidate for State Assembly in the 10th district.

Barrella, who was first elected mayor as a Republican, said in April that he might run as an independent after losing a Democratic screening committee vote to Brick Planning Board member Eileen Della Volle and teachers union president Erin Wheeler.

“Having twice run as an independent for Mayor of Point Pleasant Beach, I recognize that an independent run for Assembly will be, to paraphrase Jean Arthur in ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,’ a 200 foot dive into a bucket of water, but I have always had a quixotic streak,” Barrella said in April.  “Simply put, the residents of the 10th legislative district deserve better than having to choose between our current failed Republican legislators and the unqualified candidates being foisted upon them by the Ocean County Democratic organization.”

Barrella accused Ocean County Democratic chairman Wyatt Earp of stacking the deck against him.

Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R-Toms River) is seeking re-election on a ticket with former Brick councilman John Catalano.    Incumbent David Wolfe (R-Brick) is not seeking re-election after 28 years in the State Assembly.

Barrella spent eight years as mayor and was in office during Superstorm Sandy.  He did not seek re-election in 2015 and was replaced by Republican Stephen Reid.

He was elected mayor as a Republican in 2008 with 52%.  He was the target of a recall in 2010, but voters rejected the move by 172 votes.  He had run as an independent in the recall election and outpolled Reid by 101 votes.  Barrella ran for re-election as an independent in 2011 and defeated Reid.

At a raucous Point Pleasant borough council meeting last month, Barrella went at it with the Reid.

“You are just a rude son of a bitch, aren’t you? You’re a horrible person,” Reid said to Barrella.  “You’re a nasty son of a bitch.”

The 10th district has 15,270 more Republicans than Democrats and Democrats have not won there since John Paul Doyle (D-Brick) and Marlene Lynch Ford (D-Point Pleasant) were elected in 1989.

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