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A censure issued to Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes earlier this year hasn’t left a lasting rift between her and Freeholder Gerald Thornton,
“That’s been resolved,” Thornton said of the conflict stemming from the censure. “That’s been over for a while.”
Both freeholders declined to say whether they would seek re-election together after Hayes was censured for allegedly retaliating against freeholder board clerk Beth Bozzelli and an alleged conflict of interest involving Hayes’ son, who is a county employee.
They’re now campaigning together now despite a suit filed by Bozzelli that repeats the retaliations claims that were the source of the censure.
“We’re in the same party,” Hayes said. “We have the same beliefs.”