An Ocean County Superior Court Judge froze a joint re-election committee for the re-election of Toms River Councilman Mo Hill, who is seeking the town’s mayorship, pending the outcome of a hearing next Friday.
“It is a shame that we have to go to court to get the funds raised in my name in order to get our message out to the Toms River voters,” Hill said. “But that is the campaign strategy of convicted felon George Gilmore, Carmen Memoli and Frank Sadeghi who are now running the campaign account of my opponent Joe Coronato who was handpicked by Mr. Gilmore.”
The fundraising committee was a joint effort with mayor Thomas Kelaher and councilmen George Wittman and Brian Kubiel. The three are not seeking re-election this year.
Former Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore froze the account, which currently holds $103.330, before he was convicted on federal tax charges.
Hill is seeking to gain access to a quarter of those funds, or $25,832.50.
Gilmore was convicted last month on two counts of failing to file employee payroll taxes and one count of making false statements on a bank application.
He has since resigned, and Ocean Republican Vice-Chairwoman Barbara Lanuto is heading the organization until a special election is held to fill Gilmore’s seat at the head of the Ocean County GOP.
Hill is running against county-backed candidate Joseph Coronato, a former county prosecutor, for the mayor’s seat.
“I am grateful that Judge Hodgson has issued an Order protecting the funds and I am confident we will prevail at our hearing next week,” Hill said.