TOMS RIVER, NJ – A poll of Shore News Network readers over the past week shows that most are opposed to Toms River Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill’s botched backdoor sale of public land to a member of the Lakewood Township Planning Board. Over 500 answers were received in the poll and 83.3% of those who took the poll feel Hill acted in an inappropriate or unethical manner to facilitate this land auction.
Just 10.8% approved, 3.9% were undecided and 2.0% said they really didn’t care what Mo Hill does.
89.2% of those who took the poll said they did not support Hill’s proposed auction, but just 48% said the township should not put the land back up for sale in a fair and open auction that is properly publicized and approved by the board. 11.8% said they don’t care if the land goes up for sale again and 13% were undecided about the sale. Just 26.5% felt the town should go back to the drawing board and sell the property on the open market.
The vast majority of poll takers said they felt Mo Hill and the Township of Toms River tried to cover up the details of the land sale once they were brought to light by Shore News Network after Councilman Daniel Rodrick blew the whistle on the suspicious transaction. 83.3% said the town tried to cover their tracks and an nearly identical amount felt Dan Rodrick did the right thing by exposing the land sale.
Although the poll is officially over, you can see the results and continue voting here.