Monmouth County Freeholder accused of using slur

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John P. Curley is running for re-election as an independent. He was left off the Republican ticket for November 2018.
Freeholder John P. Curley is running for re-election as an independent. He was left off the Republican ticket for November 2018.
Monmouth County Freeholder race

John P. Curley, a Monmouth County Freeholder, has been accused of using a gay slur during a Freeholder meeting. He is also accused of trying to physically attack former Freeholder Gary Rich.

Curley, who is running for re-election as an independent, was censured in December of 2017. The censure was over comments of a sexual nature made to women on the Monmouth County staff according to reports.

The gay slur accusation was brought up at the June 27 meeting by Freeholder Director Tom Arnone. A proclamation was being read recognizing LGBT Pride month. In a video exchange at the meeting, Arnone is shown demanding that Curley deny he said the unspecified slur. Arnone called it offensive and took the slur personally. He said he has a gay relative.

This past Wednesday, the slur, and the attack on Rich, both came up after Curley accused the all-Republican board of targeting him. He mentioned specifically the other freeholders passing a resolution that says freeholders shouldn’t accept county health insurance. Curley is currently the only freeholder getting health insurance from Monmouth County.

Arnone said the gay slur incident happened in front of two Monmouth County sheriff’s officers. He went on to say that Curley had to be ‘separated’ from Freeholder Rich after trying to physically attack him in Arnone’s office.

Curley, who is a Republican, is running for re-election as an independent. He was left off the Republican ticket for the current fall election.