TOMS RIVER, NJ – Serial tax cheat, New Jersey Assemblyman Gregory P. McGuckin is once again a no-show at his $500,000 public job as the Township of Toms River’s Director of Public Law. McGuckin has now skipped every single public township council meeting since being appointed to the position by Toms River Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill. McGuckin instead chose to attend the Jackson Township municipal council meeting which is held at the same time as the Toms River meeting. McGuckin will earn approximately $350,000 per year as Jackson’s chief attorney, replacing the firm of Gilmore & Monahan which earned between $300,000 to $375,000 annually in that role.
McGuckin is a serial IRS tax cheat, according to multiple news sources and records on file with the IRS.
According to a 2008 Asbury Park Press article, cGuckin failed to pay income taxes from 2001 to 2005 and owed the IRS $121,000.
“Gregory P. McGuckin, Republican mayoral candidate and current Township Council president, has been hit with federal tax liens of over $120,000 for unpaid income tax liabilities, according to documents filed with the Ocean County clerk. The liens totaling $121,913.87 are for unpaid individual taxes from the years 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005, according to a pair of Notices of Federal Tax Lien from the Internal Revenue Service,” the newspaper reported.
McGuckin had more tax liens placed against him for the tax years of 2009 through 2012, according to IRS documents and owed the IRS and additional $57,889.32. He paid off some of his delinquent taxes, according to PoliticsOC. In 2007, McGuckin blamed his tax troubles on recently becoming a partner in the law firm, which resulted in different taxation technicalities compared to being an associate, according to past media reports on the topic, it was reported.
In 2007, McGuckin, who ran for council in Toms River, suspended his political campaign after it was reported in newspapers that he did not pay his taxes yet again.
McGuckin is now facing a lawsuit filed by Toms River Township Councilman Daniel Rodrick who is contesting Hill’s hiring of McGuckin to the position of Director of Public Law, according to the Asbury Park Press.
In addition to being the Director of Public Law for Toms River and chief municipal attorney in Jackson, McGuckin’s firm also serves as legal counsel for the Lakewood Township Zoning Board, Manchester Township, Lacey Township and receives income from at least 20 other pay to play professional patronage contracts.