HOLMDEL, NJ - The New Jersey Superior Court just threw out a lawsuit that was filed by Holmdel Committee primary hopefuls Greg Buontempo and Ronald Emma. Their attorney was Thaddeus Maciag out of Mercer County.
The lawsuit was filed against the Co-Chair of the Monmouth County Republican Organization, Christine Hanlon. Hanlon serves as the Monmouth County Clerk and was sued in that capacity. Hanlon is also President of the Monmouth County Bar Association.
Buontempo included Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso's husband, Gerald DiMaso in the suit as well as his wife, Annemarie Buontempo and others.
The newest complaint out of the Holmdel political world centered on their demand to be listed with their preferred Senate candidate, Natalie Rivera. While not well known in Holmdel, she does have a website and Buontempo and Emma claim in their lawsuit that they share 'like mind and goals'. You can visit her website here:
https://natalierivera85.wixsite.com/natalie4ussenate Rivera is an Activity Director at JDT Christian Academy in Pennsauken NJ (according to her FACEBOOK page).
Buontempo's stated in his suit that "their right of franchise as well as the rights of the voters to identify and choose candidates of like mind and goals will be denied if the Defendant County Clerk's (Hanlon) wrongful action is permitted to stand. They point to being of like mind and sharing the same goals as Rivera as a basis upon which to join her ticket.
You can read here the entire Lawsuit.
Dismissed with prejudice and no right to appeal
The result from judge in the case, Katie Gummer, was to deny the application in its entirety. Additionally, she dismissed it with prejudice and denied a stay pending appeal.
She was apparently unmoved by Maciag's argument that they were irreparably harmed by not being listed with Senate Candidate Natalie Rivera. Rivera is running under the banner 'We the People.'
The dismissal came on Thursday afternoon.
The accusations that were tossed were significant:
- Denial of the Constitutional First Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech
- Denial of Freedom of Association
- Denial of their Fourteenth Amendment rights to Equal Protection of the law
- Civil Rights Violations under the NJ Civil Rights Act
They sought damages, attorneys fees and costs to be levied against Clerk Hanlon.
Buontempo and Emma are not on the endorsed Monmouth County Republican Organization Line. Headed by President Donald Trump, the line is valuable real estate. In this case, local Holmdel Republican Chairwoman Marcy McMullen and local Republican 'Municipal Committee' chose Holmdel Board of Education President Vicky Flynn and long time resident, former owner of Dearborn Farms, DJ Luccarelli to run with President Trump. Election Day is July 7th.