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UPDATE: Lurie Not Running to Focus More on Career

Sharon Cadalzo. Barry Moffett, George Loder, Stephen Reid and Andy Cortes filed to run

Democrat Tim Lurie, , is not running for re-election to Point Beach Borough Council, but Democrat Sharon Cadalzo is running, according to two officials in the local Democratic party.

Early Monday evening, Lurie confirmed he is not running, saying he needs to focus more on his professional career as a partner with DW Smith, an engineering firm.

However, Lurie, a Gowdy Avenue resident, has been working there for years. So what changed?

"Nothing changed," he said. "It's just time for me to move on and deal with my professional career. I've served three terms. I've had the pleasure of serving under three mayors. It's time for someone else to have a turn."

He said the amount of time spent on council meetings has become excessive and he would rather use those evening hours on other pursuits, including possible additional professional education and training.

"I may go for an architect's license," he said. "And I would rather use that night time for that."

"The meetings used to end at 9 and they were a pleasure," Lurie said.

"The meetings only got long under Vinny," he added, referring to Mayor Vincent Barrella. The two have become political adversaries.

Earlier on Monday, John S. Morrongiello Jr., Democratic club president, said they knew Lurie was not running, but that he had not given them a reason.

Barry Moffett, Ocean Avenue, and , Atlantic Avenue, are the Democrats running in the June 5 primary for two, three-year council seats, Mazzola and Morrongiello said.

Cadalzo, who is running in Point Beach for the first time, is a former municipal employee,

After a long, expensive legal battle, a judge ruled in favor of Cadalzo, who was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, and also ordered the town to pay the ACLU $11,000 in legal fees.

That was a fraction of what the ACLU requested, but the organization responded that it was just glad the court action resulted in the town changing its prayer policy.

Since then, the town began using a more generic prayer, without any reference to any specific faith.

Morrongiello said Moffett is a businessman who owns "an insurance company, a pool hall and race horses."

The deadline to run in the June primary was at 4 p.m. today at By that time, Cadalzo, Moffett, George Loder, Stephen Reid, New Jersey Avenue, and Andy Cortes, Washington Avenue, had filed with the Point Beach Borough Clerk's office to run.

George Loder, who is a registered Republican, has filed to run as an "Independent Republican," under the motto, "Putting Residents and Taxpayers First," said Municipal Clerk Maryann Ellsworth.

Loder could not immediately be reached for comment to elaborate on why he is using the term "Independent Republican." He is challenging Stephen Reid and Andy Cortes who have been endorsed by the local Republican Club.

Cortes ran unsuccessfully last year for council. Reid narrowly missed being elected mayor last year.

Reid is on council now, having been appointed to a seat vacated by Jeff Dyer, who resigned as a councilman last year.

When asked to comment on the challenge by Loder, Reid said in an email on Monday afternoon: "There's no such thing as an Independent Republican. You're either a Republican or not.

"I am not surprised  that George Loder is running. George is nothing more than Mayor Barrella's lackey," Reid continued. "It looks as though George was the only one the Mayor could get to run against me. I look forward to discussing issues as well as one's character in this year's spring primary."

Candidates running as true "Independents" do not run in any primary and have until the date of the June 5 primary to file with the Ocean County Clerk's office to run in the general election.

Barrella and Councilman Bret Gordon ran successfully as Independents last year. The other winner this past November was Wiliam Mayer.

When asked if he is considering moving out of town, Lurie replied, "It's not for me to say what the future holds."

When asked if he will run again, he said, "Never say never."

randi April 02, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Let us join together and pray that Sharon does not get elected.
Chief Wahoo April 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Sharon does not have a prayer in winning
Tarkus April 03, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Hey Chief Wahoo-Morrisey-Oscar Wilde, glad to see you're off of the Brick Patch for a while!
JohnnyT April 03, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Sharon has just as much chance of winning as all the others less desirable that is running for a win. 1, 2 3 strikes Reid is out. Andy Cortes is an Angry man. George Loder had a few chances. He just does not have it in him.
JohnnyT April 03, 2012 at 12:44 AM
randi, Let us join together and pray that you are out!
Cathy Kelly April 03, 2012 at 03:05 AM
It should be interesting to see how Reid convinces people to vote for him when both times he tried he failed....We will be watching him very carefully.... I for one have a bad taste when the voters have spoken and said "NO" to him being elected and then suddenly he was appointed anyway against the voters wishes...time will tell I guess.
Spooner April 03, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Ms Kelly: your just in denial. . . and don't accept facts from the election results last year. Reid got more votes than any one who ran for Council last year. 816 voters who don't support Barrella and Gordon, and the politics that comes out of District One! http://www.clerk.co.ocean.nj.us/ElectionSite/
Cathy Kelly April 03, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Spooner,I am not in denial,You are...He ran twice,he lost twice,those are the facts,,,,i am not getting into your spin...like I said,time will tell......
Beach_N8iv April 03, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Ya got trouble, folks right here in river city. Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool
Spooner April 03, 2012 at 04:25 AM
...when your Mayor and Company gouges the residents with a 14% property tax increase. . .we'll see about "show & tell".....
JohnnyT April 03, 2012 at 11:32 AM
14% property tax = BUSINESSES IS COSTING THE RESIDENTS MONEY! We have a bunch of NEW lying, cheating council members.
Rick Ricky April 03, 2012 at 12:03 PM
The council members in all the towns that are closely connected "FAILED" the residents over and over and over again. When they come knocking on your door tell them NO. Write in "Dumbo" leave the seats empty until there is no one left to lie and play all their games.
outofthebeach4now April 03, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Good luck Tim. I am sure you are glad to get away from the craziness that is PPB politcs. You always acted with class and with the peoples best interest in mind. That is something that is sorely lacking with the current cast of misfits and liars. Not even a prayer before the meeting could help them.....All hail to the cheif of Barrellaville NJ!!!!!!
outofthebeach4now April 03, 2012 at 07:20 PM
By the way, anyone catch the fact that the mayor has everyone up in arms about the "pay to play" for the bars while he was downplaying the huge tax increase he and his cronies are about to pass????? ....good job of deception Vinnie!!!!!
John Wayne April 03, 2012 at 08:20 PM
George Loder ? Isn't that the guy who has run before ? I hope not because I don't want to hear about all of his personal issues in flyers again ! Give it up Georgey Boy ! Your the mayor's hack. Looks like the Beach will get these types while Vinny hails. Who would want to deal with a dictator.
randi April 03, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Geo Loaded. I would never vote for him. I hear he can not stand up for anything.
randi April 03, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Johnny T: Do what you want. I'M in !
Julie S. April 05, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Ms. Kelly, I really don't understand your point. You didn't like Dyer, did you? So, Dyer stepped down, and they put up Reid. From what I've heard, there's a legal process to all of that, and they followed the rules, didn't they? Plus, it's the same way that George Loder got to be a Councilman. He got appointed, just like Reid did. And, after Loder got appointed, he lost the following year, and lost so badly that he took out Mike Loughran, who was a very popular and experienced Councilman. Loder ran again after that, and lost again, too. Mayor Barrella ran for Board of Education at least once, but I think twice, and lost those elections before he decided to run for Mayor. I think if someone is willing to run for office in this town, God Bless Them, because the voters deserve choices, and you really have to be willing to put up with a lot when you run for office in this town...first that Voters & Taxpayers Association and now you. I always tell my kids "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." I give Reid a lot of credit for stepping up and running for office again. I really enjoyed meeting him when his house was on the Cook's Tour last year, and was pretty impressed that he kept his house on the Cook's Tour even after he lost. I thought it showed a lot of character.
A Resident April 05, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Spooner...since you like facts so much.... Steve Reid wasn't running as a Councilman, so his vote total does not matter there. If he had run as a Councilman, no one knows what his vote total would have been. I think Steve is 0 wins, 2 losses for his political campaigns.
Cathy Kelly April 05, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Julie S..haha I thought you were actually sincere in your other comment on the table ordinance but you have managed to show your agenda in only 2 posts.Now that is comical. I think you should vote for Reid.hahaha
Seth Lyer April 06, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Julie, S. The only way Reid got in was because Jeff Dyer voted and elected him in with other very important issues that was going to affect our town while he new that he was quitting. Frank Rizzo came out for the occasion for the same important votes even though he could not make all the prior meetings do to suppose serious illness and his near death experience. They even voted if Frank Rizzo should be able to make a decision and vote being he missed the last 15 council meetings. That is the only way how Stephen Reid was elected. They both were liars. I think at the next council meeting their was a vote on this issue now. Anyone who misses so many meetings can't vote on any issues or get paid. The funny thing is Jeff Dyer rubbed it in to the residents of the town how busy and how much money he is now making from his dealings with Jenkinson's. Frank Rizzo looked great but he did not know what was going on as his usual puppet self.
Seth Lyer April 06, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I would not trust anyone that the Republican Club has or supports in the future. Just look at who they have supported and what they have done to the town.
Spooner April 07, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Seth: the Monday morning quarter backing is a little late with regards to Rizzo. Under the law the Council could have removed him from office. Corbally or Tooker could have taken the initiative. . .as well as any of the other three Councilman?
JohnnyT April 09, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Spooner, WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO FOOL? C=CORRUPTION.
beachmom46 April 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM
George Loder just another Atlantic Ave trouble maker added to the already troubled Family on Atlantic Avenue. You know the Barrella Supporter and Boardwalk critic. But then again, I was told the farmer brown duo supports issues and people in front of them but everyone knows behind your back they are saying something totally different. They support the police, No they don't. They support the schools, No they don't. They support their friends, No they don't. They are fraud, fakes and liars, Oh MY.
Fran Finkelstein July 22, 2012 at 05:00 AM
I don't live in point pleasant, but I can honestly tell you when I had a problem recently and wrote an emotional and troubling letter to the mayor and all the councilman, the gentleman that helped me and cared and had a heart, was Stephen Reid!!! If I lived in point pleasant he would be the man I voted for. A truly caring, honest, and compassionate man!!!!

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