McGuckin Looks to Father's Brick Past While Celebrating Assembly Win

Longtime Toms River Councilman says Brick Township roots a proud part of his victory

Gregory McGuckin’s face reddened as he smiled behind glistening eyes to accept victory as District 10 assemblyman, thanking supporters from the podium of the county Republican victory party Tuesday night.

The longtime Toms River Council president couldn’t take a step in any direction without being greeted by a handshake, a hug, or congratulations.

“I am so proud to stand here,” McGuckin said. “We are a party of opportunity and I am so thankful for the opportunity.”

The by a wide margin.

Holzapfel, a Brick resident and incumbent assemblyman, will take the two-year Senate seat long inhabited by retiring incumbent Andrew Ciesla, while McGuckin and incumbent Wolfe will head to the General Assembly for two-year terms.

Holzapfel earned at least 28,538 votes to Democratic challenger Charles Tivenan's 16,042. McGuckin and Wolfe tallied 26,697 and 27,818 votes, respectively, to Democrats Bette Wary and Eli Eytan's 16,841 and 15,639, respectively.

McGuckin praised retiring legislator Ciesla: “I hope I can be one-tenth the legislator you have been over the last years.”

The victor was nearly drowned out by applause as he listed the many family members present, thanking them for support.

He pointed to his father, John McGuckin, who inspired him early to seek a path of public service.

“It was 40 years ago my father became the first directly elected mayor of Brick township,” McGuckin said. “This is something that always stuck with me, growing up.”

McGuckin, who for the last eight years has served on Council, was chosen to be the first council president in Toms River under its new form of government in 2003.

That this mirrored his father’s achievement was not lost of McGuckin. “This is really something special,” he said. “It is a pretty personal story.”

Now, as an assemblyman for District 10, McGuckin will represent the town his father led so many decades ago.

“To represent Brick after my dad’s history, and to represent Toms River after my service there, it’s just a tremendous honor,” McGuckin said.

The 10th district includes Brick, Toms River, Manchester, Lakehurst, Lavallette, Island Heights, Bay Head, Mantoloking, Point Pleasant Beach and Seaside Heights.

Writers Daniel Nee and Nick Loffredo contributed to this report.

skizma November 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Martin, it's the dem's that created the HUGH state employee payrolls. what are you talking about......
Catherine Reichwein November 11, 2011 at 02:10 PM
these fat cats, do your homework...McGuckin is a self made man as is his father...you could not have a better person on your side...breath and ck out the facts ....it'll make ya feel one heck of a lot better...he's no different then us....he delayed paying taxes....so what, so did millions of others....seen the economy lately...so what, so you pay and you pay penalties too....he paid....ya got no beef morrissey, but you do have a great voice in McGuckin....
Catherine Reichwein November 11, 2011 at 02:12 PM
send him to Cali and as fast as you can and have him bring his pal Cristi! we need him and so does our country! Go McGuckin!
skizma November 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM
people are sooo small minded and think like a herd of cattle. The man "didn't pay his taxes" and you all flock to the other side. Duuuhhhh.....have any real intelligent thoughts and facts? probably not. If they told you some other made up "fact" statement, the herd would then stampede behind the buffoon who said it as mindless and unintelligently as a cow.....
disgusted homeowner January 11, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Catherine, your wrong. He did not pay his federal estimated quarterly tax paymments for SEVERAL YEARS!!!!!!! When your self employed that's what you have to do. He wasn't a little bit late. He owed all of his federal income tax for several tax years. Just like the mayor of Brick owed the IRS $27,000 also. If this was you or me we'd be in JAIL . Get real........


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