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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."

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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