Mo Hill Republicans Were Election Day Losers in Toms River’s County Committee Primary

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – By the numbers, Toms River Mayor Maurice Hill’s Republican Club failed to gain the majority of seats on the important Toms River Township Republican Municipal Committee after losing 17 out of 28 challenges by the town’s historic Regular Republican Club.

The defeat for Team Hill on election day doesn’t bode well for Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, who now sees himself with a major vote deficit in his hometown of Toms River.

Hill formed his new Republicans for Toms River Club after several unsuccessful attempts to seize control of the club were defeated by party rank and file members.

The traditional Toms River Republican Club saw Ocean County Freeholder candidate Sergio Fossa and his wife Tamara Fossa defeat Hill club candidates Yakov Birnbaum and Yakov pearl in the sixth district.

Toms River Councilmember Matt Lotano and his wife Melissa Lotano, both staunch Hill club candidates, defeated the regular Republican club opponents in District 9.

Toms River School Board Member Lisa Contessa and her husband Toms defeated the Hill team in District 17.

Beth McGuckin, the ex-wife of Hill heavyweight Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, who now works at the Ocean County election board, was defeated by Lisa Fiore and John Loiacano in District 19.

Lynn O’Toole and Jeff Dingsor, representing the traditional Republican club, shellacked Mo Hill candidates Pat Mackin and Donna Skiatrito by a nearly 2-1 margin in District 21.

Toms River Regular Republican Club President Jerry Ambrosio defeated her Mo Hill-aligned opponent Vivian Vosbring in District 28.


After getting voted off the Toms River Township council in 2021, Maria Maruca received a consolation prize, narrowly defeating Kimberly Troisi 49-41 in District 29.

Mo Hill diehards Janet Mutter, Robert Maruca, Tracie Fornier, Philip Briliant, Jason Crispin, Tom Kunz, and the Wallmans were all soundly defeated by the Regular Republican candidates.

Mo Hill’s Republican Club won big in District 58 where Baruch Birnabaum and Avrobom Fiohr defeated the Regular Republican Club candidates by a 3 to 1 margin in North Dover.

The election results don’t bode well for Sheriff Michael Mastonardy, who is now down 34-18 votes in his upcoming chairman’s election in Toms River. Mastronardy will face off against former Ocean County Chairman George Gilmore to see who will become the Ocean County Republican Party’s next chairman in July.

District – Regular Republican Club – Votes – Mo Hill Republicans – Votes
4 Lightbody-Cimer – 74 Peter VanDyke – 78
4 Cimer – 66 Kathleen Vandyke – 78
6 Sergio A. Fossa – 90 Yakov Birnbam – 62
6 Tamara D. Fossa – 90 Yakov Pearl – 60
8 Francis Quinn – 143 Patricia Oshea – 98
8 Brian Quinn – 155 Alan Santoro – 94
9 Zachary Lamb – 60 Matt Latano – 86
9 Brianna DeGeorge – 55 Melissa Latano – 82
12 Leoni Pinheiro – 66 Stephen Lychock – 60
12 Laura Pinheiro – 65 Kimberly Lychock – 65
17 Tom Contessa – 82 Tom King – 57
17 Lisa Contessa – 87 Ed Casler – 56
19 Lisa Fiore – 57 Beth McGuckin – 48
19 John Loiacano – 51 Kevin Sewart – 51
21 Michael Mailot 32 Marc Galella – 44
21 Tamara Mailot – 28 Joanne Galella – 44
22 Lynn O’Toole – 152 Donna Skiatrito 75
22 Jeffrey Dingsor – 122 Patrick Mackin – 69
26 Michelle Volpe – 112 Mark Wade – 106
26 Maria Muscarella – 99 Donna Angiolette – 98
27 Jesse Gonzalez – 32 Teresa McMahon – 60
27 Jessie Gonzalez – 27 Troy McMahon – 60
28 Craig John Ambrosio – 62 Vivian Vosbrink – 47
28 Geraldine Ambrosio – 58
29 Kimberly Troisi -41 Greg Sakoeicz -45
29 Peter L. Troisi -42 Maria Maruca -49
32 Nina-Kostecky Lauria 77 Kyle Yaeger – 46
32 Maria Lauria – 79 Crystal Scally – 43
33 Raymond Mundy – 76 Paul DiGregorio – 64
33 Linda Mundy – 71 Tracie Fornier – 61
34 Gretchen Ann Cook – 55 Chris Shea – 59
34 Norvella Lightbody – 59
35 Joseph Duff – 99 Deb Franzoso – 68
35 Michael Busciglio – 95 Janet Mutter – 76
41 Brenda Tutela – 61 Lenard Adams – 59
41 Rick Tutela – 64 Robert Maruca – 58
42 Joseph J. Bramante – 91 Todd Garia – 61
42 Robert J. D’Andrea – 87 Lisa Garia – 62
45 Terry Brady – 44 Jaques Halpern – 100
45 Kathryn Brady – 44 Efram Shkarolsky – 102
46 Joe Bilotta – 91 Cherie Nelson Garrison – 72
46 John Row – 89 Philip Brilliant – 72
48 Debbie L. Clement – 84 Carmel Rutman – 45
48 Charles Rott – 86 Tyler Rutman – 50
50 Warren Chabot – 47 Shane Wallmann – 31
50 Carmine DeRosa III – 51 Heather Wallmann – 29
56 Carmen Memoli – 78 Tom Kunz -53
56 Angelica Memoli – 68 Jason Crispin – 64
58 Mark Fiore – 52 Barruch Birnabaum – 157
58 Arianna Garcia – 53 Avrobom Fiohr – 160
61 Angelo Otchy – 76 Christina Bogus – 91
61 Teresa Stefanelli – 72 Mark Mutter – 92