TOMS RIVER-Joseph Coronato served as Ocean County’s prosecutor until last year when he was sacked by Governor Phil Murphy simply for being a Republican. Despite his best efforts to appeal to the Murphy administration based on his accomplishments and merits, Murphy instead installed a Democrat to the position shortly after taking office.
Now, Coronato is running for Mayor of Toms River in a heated Republican primary election. Coronato now, is getting support from an unlikely source, President Donald J. Trump.
Trump wrote Coronato in April thanking him for his service to the Ocean County Community, specifically in his role combatting the growing drug problem that plagues the county.
“I am pleased to commend you on your successful tenure as Prosecutor of Ocean County,” Trump said. “I am grateful for your many years of dedicated service upholding the rule of law, and I appreciate your tireless efforts to combat the opioid crisis.”
Trump continued to praise Coronato for his dedication to his job. Coronato led the charge in New Jersey that now allows prosecutors to charge drug dealers for murder in overdose cases.
“I hope you take great pride in the contributions you have made to ensure the well being of the people in your community,” Trump said. “I send my best wishes to you and your family.”