TOMS RIVER, NJ – Judge Marlene Lynch Ford, a former Ocean County Prosecutor and New Jersey Assemblywoman said in a decision this week that Toms River Mayor Maurice Hill and Pay to Play Attorney Greg McGuckin violated no town ordinances or state statues when McGuckin was hired to a $500,000 per year job in the township. McGuckin, who holds over 20 municipal and county positions donated thousands of dollars to the campaign to elect Mo Hill, Matt Lotano, Kevin Geoghegan and Josh Kopp in 2019. In 2020, during the pandemic shutdown, Hill and the council hired McGuckin to head the law department in the township, in a no-bid contract scheme. Subsequently, Toms River Councilman Daniel Rodrick filed a lawsuit against McGuckin and Hill, but that suit was dismissed without prejudice this week. McGuckin earns an estimated $3,000,000 annually in public pay to play contracts. He has not attended a single township council meeting since being awarded the job he created for himself since being appointed.
Since being appointed McGuckin has organized a coup effort along with Hill and Ocean County GOP Chairman Frank B. Holman to overthrow the Toms River Republican Club in order to control the club endorsements in the 2021 primary election where three seats are up for grabs. To date, McGuckin’s efforts of a hostile takeover of the club have been unsuccessful. Earlier in the year, McGuckin proposed a law that sought to fine New Jersey residents $15,000 for violating Governor Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 executive orders. He later rescinded that bill in the assembly, where he serves as an elected assemblyman after public outcry.