Adam Herbsman, Frank Pallone's opposition researcher
Frank Pallone's opposition researcher is Adam Herbsman of New York City. Adam was the Deputy Research Director of the Corzine '09 campaign. He's probably the guy who came up with the "dirt" on Chris Christie last year, i.e., the loan to Michelle Brown, the traffic stop in Lawrenceville and the accident in Elizabeth. All pretty obscure stuff. Herbsman must have good research skills. As a graduate of Columbia and Tufts, he's probably a smart guy.
On April 25, Herbsman submitted an OPRA request to the Rumson Police Department (in the 12th congressional district) for "any reports filed for police calls" to the residence of Diane and Mickey Gooch. In case this is your first time reading this blog, Diane Gooch is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 6th congressional district. The seat is presently occupied by Frank Pallone.
Much to triCityNews publisher Dan Jacobson's chagrin, I am happy to report that there are no police reports concerning domestic violence because of Diane throwing a gold ingot at Mickey, as Jacobson speculated in his newspaper. Nor are there any calls initiated by the Gooch's neighbor General Pete Dawkins, as Jacobson also speculated. I'd link you to the triCityNews article, but Dan doesn't publish on the Internet.
However, there are two reports that will keep Herbsman busy for a while, should Diane win the primary on June 8.
On October 4, 2006, Mickey Gooch called the police to report a suspicious vehicle in front of his residence. It was a 1988 Subaru DL AWD Station Wagon. As is did not have historical license plates, it had Montana license plates, an 18 year old Subaru is somewhat out of place in Rumson. According to the report, Mr. Gooch later contacted police headquarters and advised that the vehicle was owned by a friend of his nanny.
Now I'm not a smart professional researcher like Adam Herbsman, but over the years of selling and leasing trucks I've learned that Montana has been an easy state to get a drivers license in, if for some odd reason you don't have the proper paper work to get a drivers license in New Jersey.
I'm not a trained professional researcher like Herbsman, but it only took me a few minutes to discover that this 1988 Subaru DL AWD station wagon was sold in Livingston Montana, with over 127,798 miles on it in August 21, 2003. Some two weeks later, September 5, 2003, the car was serviced at World Jeep Subaru in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Six months after that in March of 2004, the vehicle was sold in Montana again, according to the Montana Motor Vehicle Department. Six months later, September of 04, it was serviced at World Jeep Subaru again, as it was about every five-eight months through September of 2006.
World Jeep Subaru's service department must have an outstanding reputation in Montana!
On October 11, 2006, seven days after Mickey reported the car as belonging to a friend of his nanny, the car was reported to have been in a front end collision in Monmouth County. It was towed and there are no further reports on the car.
None of this could mean anything about Diane and Mickey Gooch. However, Mr. Herbsman might be inclined to do some further research, especially given one of the other reports the Rumson (12th congressional district) Police Department disclosed.
On November 5, 2005 the Gooch's security company reported an alarm coming from the family room. The sergeant who was dispatched located a housekeeper named Ima waiting near the front door. The Gooch's care taker, who is known to the police, said Ima was OK to be there.
Again, none of this could mean anything. It probably doesn't mean anything. If it did, the Two River Times, the small business that Diane Gooch owns, would have written about it. TRT reporter John Burton OPRA'd the same police reports that I received. He got his three weeks ago, the week the TRT reported that Pallone's operative made the request. I got mine today.
But I bet Adam Herbsman will be digging deeper anyway, should Diane Gooch win the primary on June 8.
Gooch's opponent in the primary is Highlands Mayor Anna Little, a former Monmouth County Freeholder and an immigration attorney.
The 6th district covers portions of Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Union counties.