No wonder Corzine won't be photographed with Sean Byrnes.
Responding to the ethics charges levied against him last week by Thomas Stokes, Byrnes told Politickernj, "I represented (the client), but I didn't have any personal interest in the lawsuit."
His client, Cathy Sullivan, must be thrilled to hear that. No wonder the suit is taking so long. Remind me not to hire Sean Byrnes when I need aggressive representation.
Byrnes justified his conflict on interest in voting against Stokes for the Middletown Sewerage Authority by saying ( as originally reported by MoreMonmouthMusings) that he voted against all Sewerage Authority appointees, "There were four people up for appointment to the Sewerage Authority at that time, and I voted against all four. I've never voted 'yes," or for any salary, health benefits, or pension benefits for members of the sewerage authority. They shouldn't be doing that. It amounts to $100,000 for taxpayers each year. Middletown shouldn't even have a sewerage authority."
So why didn't you recuse yourself from the Stokes appointment and vote against the other three, Sean?
"I don't vote to appoint people to the sewerage authority," Byrnes added. "It's just a boondoogle. I introduced an ordinance earlier this year to do away with pay, pension and benefits for sewerage authority members."
John Curley didn't stand for Byrnes' anti-patronage hypocrisy. He told Politickernj, "Sean Byrnes talks about transparency," said Curley. "He tries to play the role of Bobby Kennedy. He talks in generalties. But when they asked him in the editorial board meeting if he would have voted in favor of Glenn Mason, he said he probably would have."
Mason ran unsuccessfully for Freeholder as a Democrat last year. He was rewarded for his efforts by the Democratically controlled Freeholder board with a $75K job, overstepping a long term and highly decorated county employee for the post.
Curley and Brynes, along with Independent candidate Stan Rosenthal, will face of in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday evening, 7PM at the Monmouth County Library, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan.
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