Monmouth County freeholder John P. Curley will seek re-election to a fourth term as an independent, filing petitions signed by more than 400 voters.
“Since my days on the Red Bank Council to sitting on the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I have been a consistent voice against corrupt practices,” Curley said in a statement released this morning. “From stopping a helipad that placed corporations over residents to cleansing Brookdale of corruption, I have been on the right side of taxpayers.”
Curley, who lost Republican party support earlier this years, says he “will not be bullied out of my seat because party politicians do not believe in my cause, which has been and continues to be putting taxpayers first. Monmouth County residents showed with their signatures that they are tired of party politics and want me to continue being their voice in Freehold.”
“This Freeholders seat has a rich, bipartisan history of individuals that put people first, from Ted Narozanick to Barbara McMorrow, and people recognize that I am continuing their tradition,” said Curley. ” I look forward to serving the residents of Monmouth County for another three years.”
Republicans booted the three-term freeholder from their ticket after his colleagues censured him in January following a five-month sexual harassment investigation. Curley says the probe was in retaliation for a lawsuit he filed against the other freeholders.
Hazlet deputy mayor Sue Kiley is unopposed in the Republican primary to run for Curley’s seat. Some insiders say that Curley can win enough votes to serve as a spoiler and help Democrat Amber Gesslein, the 30-year-old administrator of the New Jersey Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) PAC, win.