TOMS RIVER, NJ – There’s a new sheriff in town and everyone in the Ocean County government, including our sheriff, now kneels before the elder stateswoman, Virginia Haines, 87, one of five Ocean County Freeholders. It was a long-held wish of longtime Ocean County Freeholder John C. Bartlett that Berkeley Township Councilman John Bacchione would eventually lead the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Committee. Bacchione was admired by the entire board of chosen freeholders, he’s loved by his town of Berkeley where he just won an election with over 80% of the total vote.
There’s just one problem. Last year, Bacchione didn’t agree with Haines over who should be the next GOP Chairman. Haines wanted her lifelong friend from Jackson Township, Frank B. Holman to take the reigns. Bacchione disagreed, upsetting the angry, vindictive slate of Haines, McGuckin, Dasti and Holman.
Haines is now planning to remove Bacchione from that public board, simply to settle her political beef with Bacchione, being the executioner for Dasti, McGuckin and Holman.
You may say now, Haines only has one vote on the five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, but the men are scared to death of her. They all know the ruthless, vindictive and punitive nature of Haines, Holman, Dasti, and McGuckin and as elected officials, they don’t want to be the next ones on the executioner’s block.
Haines, a mean-spirited, vindictive and evil dictator, with the power of the pay-to-play machine behind her, now including Jackson Township Mayor Michael Reina, is going to replace Bacchione and the good-old-boys are going to let it happen because they don’t want to be the next ones in the hangman’s noose.
Freeholders Joe Vicari, Jack Kelly, Jerry Little and Gary Quinn will submit to Ginny Haines dominatrix-like hold on the other four members of the governing body. On Wednesday, Haines will vote to replace Bacchione with political newcomer Marty Flemming who is serving out his first year term as an appointed, non-elected member of the governing body in his home town of Jackson.
Prove me wrong.