George Gilmore has opened up a new political consulting firm and he’s already made $22,500, Election Law Enforcement Commission records show.
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Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) has already paid Gilmore’s company, JGG Associates LLC, $12,500 in her off the line bid for re-election to a third term.
“He’s providing advice and direction for the campaign,” said Tom Scarano, DiMaso’s campaign manager. “He’s doing what every other consultant does. He’s experienced.”
Phil Rizzo, a Hudson County pastor seeking the Republican nomination for governor, has paid Gilmore $10,000.
The firm, possibly an acronym for Joanne & George Gilmore, is listed at Gilmore’s Toms River home.
Monmouth County Republicans denied DiMaso party support for re-election, instead endorsing Vicky Flynn, the Holmdel school board president, to run on the organization line.
Scarano praised Gilmore’s work for the DiMaso campaign.
“He’s providing pretty good advice so far,” he said.
The Monmouth GOP chairman, Shaun Golden, has forged an alliance with Gilmore’s nemesis and successor, Ocean County Republican Chairman Frank Holman III.
In Ocean, Gilmore is backing candidates for the State Assembly in the 10th district against incumbents Gregory McGuckin (R-Toms River) and John Catalano (R-Brick). But his candidates, Geri Ambrosio and Brian Quinn, are running on a line with gubernatorial candidate Hirsh Singh and their reports reflect no payments to Gilmore or his new firm.
A political action committee controlled by Gilmore, South Ocean Conservative Republican PAC, has contributed $1,000 to Rizzo and has not paid JGG or Gilmore.
In March, Gilmore lost control of the Toms River Republican Club when the county GOP voted 124-91 to certify a new club allied with Holman.
Gilmore had been the Ocean County Republican Chairman for 27 years and was often among the most powerful non-elected Republicans in the state. He resigned in 2019 after his conviction on federal tax-related charges, but never went to prison. President Donald Trump pardoned Gilmore on his last day in office