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GOP Freeholder Lillian Burry Fails Monmouth Taxpayers Over Brookdale College Scandal

A lack of oversight is directly linked to the increase in student tuition.

Earlier this summer, Brookdale Community College President Peter Burnham pled guilty of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money. The web of corruption surrounding this case is just another example of Monmouth County Republican cronies profiting at the taxpayers’ expense.

Mr. Burnham, along with Brookdale Community College’s then-Board President Howard Birsdall and Brookdale’s Board Attorney John Cantalupo, were all close allies and major political supporters of the Republican Party establishment here in Monmouth County.

Mr. Cantalupo served as Freeholder Lillian Burry’s close confidant and official Campaign Treasurer in her 2005 and 2008 Freeholder campaigns.

In this same time period, Mr. Cantalupo negotiated the terms of Peter Burnham’s lavish Brookdale contracts.

This represents a clear conflict of interest, given that Mr. Cantalupo was Freeholder Burry’s right-hand man. Perhaps this is why Freeholder Burry sat silently on the sidelines as the truth about Mr. Burnham's theft was being exposed.

As a result of the Republican-controlled Freeholder Board’s lack of oversight, student tuition increased at Brookdale Community College --  while their college president profited immensely.

This is what happens when a chief advisor for the Republican Freeholders is negotiating salary contracts on behalf of a College President that is funded by these same Republican Freeholders.

It is time for Monmouth County taxpayers to unite against the Good Ol’ Boys Network here in Monmouth County.

Vin Gopal is the Chairman of the Monmouth County Democrats. 

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John Jay September 04, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Let's look at that statement again from Mr. Gopal: "ier this summer, Brookdale Community College President Peter Burnham pled guilty of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money. The web of corruption surrounding this case is just another example of Monmouth County Republican cronies profiting at the taxpayers’ expense." OK, Mr. Gopal: * Please show us the following direct link between how "Monmouth County Republicans" profited from the crook, Peter Burnham of Brookdale. * Was it not the REPUBLICAN FREEHOLDERS that demanded the resignation and charges against Peter Burnham? * Your logic is falling apart. How can the Freeholders be "for" and "against" corruption at Brookdale at the same time?
Nick J. September 05, 2012 at 12:17 AM
The Democrats are like the lions in the jungle....watching the wildebeest for the sick or young and will attack when they feel safe.....I guess it's Lillian Burry this time. How sad when they don't have anything of substance to attack.
anonymous September 05, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Another scandal regarding Monmouth County is soon to explode taking down the Lt. Governor and deeply embarassing the governor. This brewing scandal which all Republicans in the county are aware of--has not raised a whisper. Not a call for an independent investigation--nada!! Club Monmouth will be going through another Operation Bid Rig. See below for details: http://newjersey.watchdog.org/2012/05/14/conflicts-controversy-plague-dcj-investigation-of-lt-gov-guadagno-245k-pension-scam-investigative-report-by-mark-lagerkvist/
anonymous September 05, 2012 at 01:21 AM
John Jay, with the exception of Freeholder John Curley (R) and former Freeholder, Amy Mallet (D) NOT ONE member of the Republican Freeholder's said anything! Nor have they said anything about the pension abuse at the Sheriff's Department (see below for details). The Republicans are acting like the three monkeys--see, hear, say no evil. Oh by the way, before you accuse me of being a Democrat--I am not. I am a former Republican now turned Independent due to the silence of the Republicans regarding this scandal and others in the past i.e. Operation Bid Rig.
bayboat September 06, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Dont confuse Gopal with a rational argument.

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