Lacey-The Lacey Township municipal government has indicated it is looking to hire a new general legal counsel in January and are leaning towards the more expensive bid of Dasti, Murphy and McGuckin.
That account pays $150,000 annually according to township records and the New Jersey Election Commission’s Pay to Play database.
Insiders tell Shore News Network the township council is looking to pay homage to Ocean County GOP Chairman Frank B. Holman, III and is considering hiring New Jersey State Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin to serve as township general legal counsel. McGuckin is a partner in the firm of Dasti, Murphy & McGuckin, a pay to play firm that currently takes in $1.5 million in publicly appointed legal work, according to the New Jersey Election Commission’s Pay to Play Database.
Dasti & McGuckin have been lobbying for positions across Ocean County to take over work in towns where Gilmore & Monahan previously held contracts. The quest to flip those towns is a result of the spoils of war, won by the alliance of Holman, Dasti and McGuckin.
McGuckin’s history of IRS tax liens and settlements gives many pause in the hiring.
McGuckin Pays off his tax liens – OC Politics
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In 2007, McGuckin withdrew from his political campaign after news about his tax delinquency became public.