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Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley

Monmouth waits to see if Curley files

Deadline to run as independent is 4 PM

By David Wildstein, June 05 2018 1:17 am

Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley has until 4 PM today to decide if he wants to seek re-election to re-election as an independent.

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.

Sources say that Curley has enough signatures on nominating petitions to run in the general election.  He has not announced if he will file with the County Clerk, or if he has recruited a running mate to take on freeholder Gerald Scharfenberger, who was appointed earlier this year to take the seat of now-Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso.

Curley did not return a phone call on Monday morning seeking comment.

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