A political action committee run by former Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore is under fire again for using money to compete against the county Republican organization.
“Despite what he may wish you to believe, George Gilmore, rather than try to work with the Ocean County GOP and assist our candidates and help defeat Phil Murphy, he has embarked on an effort to destroy it,” said Gilmore’s successor, Frank B. Holman III.
Gilmore’s Southern Ocean Conservative PAC (SOCR PAC) contributed $8,200 to former Toms River Republican Club Chair Geri Ambrosio, who is challenging Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R-Toms River) and John Catalano (R-Brick) in the June 8 primary election.
“For those who may have been led to believe otherwise, there should now be no doubt, what the real purpose of the SOCR PAC,” Holman said in a letter to party leaders obtained by the New Jersey Globe. “It is being used to attack our organization and our endorsed candidates.”
Holman has been critical of Gilmore’s fundraising activities since 2020, just months after he won a special election against his predecessor’s hand-picked candidate.
“I was dead set against the former Chairman’s efforts to raise money since it would inevitably compete with the OCGOP’s fundraising efforts, and I said so. I also questioned its purpose. The response we all received was, don’t worry, these funds will only be used to assist the OCGOP and our candidates,” said Holman. “As I suspected, this was a lie.”