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Manasquan Councilman Rich Read. (Photo: Chris Rice/Facebook).

(Updated) Incumbent who ran off-the-line seeks recount in Manasquan

Rich Read lost GOP primary by two votes

By David Wildstein, June 27 2022 2:06 pm

Update on June 28 at 1:59 PM: Judge Kathleen Sheedy has ordered a recount on Thursday, July 7 at 2 PM at a cost of $108 to Read.  Bruce Bresnahan did not appear in court to challenge the recount.  His running mate, Patricia Connolly, attended the court hearing remotely but did not object to the recount.

A Manasquan councilman who ran off-the-line in the June 7 Republican primary, has filed for a recount after losing by two votes.

Bruce Bresnahan leads incumbent Richard Read, a party-switcher who was a Democrat when he was appointed in 2016, 395 to 393.

Read’s running mate, Councilman Gregg Olivera, appears to have won the GOP primary without party support.  He received 405 votes, with Patricia Connolly, who ran on the organization line, finished fourth with 304 votes.

An attorney for Read, Christopher J. Brennan, is asking a judge to order a recount.

According to court documents, Read alleges that that “errors may have been made” in the counting of the machine vote.

While recounts in New Jersey are not automatic, it would be unusual for the judge, Kathleen Sheedy’ to deny a recount in a race decided by two votes.

Sheedy told attorneys on Monday that she will not require briefs to be filed.   Neither Bresnahan or his attorney were in court today.

George Cohen, a deputy attorney general, said that the upcoming Independence Day holiday would make a recount before the middle to the end of next week impossible.

No Democratic candidates filed in Manasquan, making the results of the primary tantamount to election.

Olivera (346) and Read (340) won the Election Day machine vote over Bresnahan (324) and Connolly (243).  Olivera and Connolly each received nine votes during the three days of early voting, while Bresnahan received seven and five went to Read.

Read (12) and Olivera (10) carried the Election Day provisional ballots over Bresnahan (6) and Connolly (4).

Bresnahan (58) and Connolly (48) led on vote-by-mail ballots over Olivera (40) and Read (36).

This story was updated at 3:43 PM. 

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