Photo credit: Lynn Gordon, Bayshore Tea Party. This photo has nothing to do with this story. I just like it because three of my favorite Republicans, Governor Chris Christie, Mayor Anna Little and Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger are in it.
A few things have been bothering me about the Too Thin Skinned for Prime Time story I wrote this weekend about Frank Pallone doing opposition research into Mickey and Diane Gooch, and their newspaper, the Two Rivers Times, making a big deal about the OPRA requests that Pallone's opposition researcher made in Rumson for "any and all records of police calls to the Gooch estate on the Navesink River."
In his piece in the triCityNews, Dan Jacobson speculated that Gooch neighbor General Pete Dawkins might have called the police over Diane sunbathing nude or throwing a gold ingot at Mickey's head. I'd link you to Jacobson's piece, but he doesn't publish on the Internet. Such speculation is just Dan being Dan. I enjoy quoting Dan because he says such outrageous things that I can press the envelope and still come off Republican.
You would think such a fine journalistic institution as the Two River Times would have published the OPRA findings. Wouldn't you? I mean, why not tell the whole story? Maybe they did, but I'd think Jacobson would have covered the facts rather than speculate, and I don't want to spend the $22.95 to subscribe to the TRT archives to read the TRT story to find out.
So I did the next best thing and drove over to the 12th congressional district to make my own OPRA requests in Rumson. The new Rumson Borough Hall is gorgeous. The people who work there are the nicest friendliest government workers I've ever encountered. Even the police officer, dispatcher and administrator working in the police department were smiling and friendly. There was none of that tough intimidating police speak that is so prevalent in most police departments I've visited.
I OPRA'd "any and all records of police calls to the Gooch residence" and for good measure, "any and all OPRA requests, and the answers to such requests, concerning Michael Gooch, Diane Gooch and their property." I didn't want to leave anything out, and it would be great to know the name, address and phone number of Pallone's opposition researcher.
The other thing bothering me about this story is, how did Mickey and Diane find out about Pallone's OPRA request? One of the nice people in Rumson Borough Hall must have tipped them off. That is why I'm writing about my OPRA requests now, rather than wait until I get the answers back. I'd like them to hear it from me, rather than get another tip from Borough Hall. Mickey, or someone from his firm, GFI in New York visits this blog several times per day, according to my statcounter, and rumour has it that some campaign staffers check in too.
Maybe Mickey will write a "Besides the Point" column about me or this blog. Lots of other newspapers and websites have mentioned MoreMonmouthMusings over the years, but never the Two River Times, according to their search page.