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Former Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato

Gilmore should step down, Coronato says

By Nikita Biryukov, April 17 2019 4:24 pm

Former Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato called on Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore to resign following guilty verdicts on three of six charges the power broker faced in his federal tax evasion trial.

“As a former prosecutor, I have the utmost respect for our legal system,” Coronato said. “While I am deeply saddened by this news on a personal level and respect his constitutional right to appeal the verdict, I am hopeful George does what is best for the party and steps aside as chairman while he continues his legal fight.”

Coronato won county backing in the race for Toms River’s mayoral seat. Toms River councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill, a longtime Gilmore foe and Coronato’s primary opponent, called on the chairman to resign earlier Wednesday.

Gilmore was convicted on two counts of failing to file employee payroll taxes and on one count of making false statements on a loan application. The jury found he was not guilty of filing false tax returns and did not return a verdict on federal tax evasion charges leveled against the power broker.

The chairman has said he does not intend to step down and is appealing the verdict. His sentencing hearing is slated for 10 a.m. July 23.

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