Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley called for Freeholders Thomas Arnone, Lillian Burry, former Freeholder Gary Rich and now Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso to reimburse legal fees and costs the county was ordered to pay after the latter four were held in contempt of court for improperly revealing portions of an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment against Curley.
Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden dropped Curley from the county line after the allegations surfaced, and Curley is now running for reelection as an independent.
“They took an oath in which they swore to support the Constitution of this State, the Constitution of the United States, and the law generally,” Curley said on Monday. “By violating a valid order, they violated that sacred oath and the public’s trust. I hereby call for the public censure of Freeholder Arnone, Freeholder Burry, former Freeholder Rich, and Assemblywoman DiMaso for their conduct.”
Curley added that the four should resign should they refuse to reimburse the county for legal fees related to the contempt charges leveled against them.
The move from Curley is something of an odd turn, as he was censured by the four, who were all Monmouth Freeholders at the time, over the allegations that led to his removal from the party line.
But when they censured Curley, the four violated a court order by revealing portions of the investigation, Curley said. A federal judge ruled they that the county foot the legal bill for the contempt charges.
Curley, left with few options in the face of a challenge by Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley and the Monmouth Republican establishment, might win some points over the costs associated with the contempt charges, but keeping the allegations against him in the spotlight does little to help his bruised public image.