Dear Editor,

Having first met Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley many years ago, and at one point being in a position where I frequently spent time around the man, it is clear to me that the allegations made against him are not only baseless, but form a retaliatory political witch hunt.

I have observed the behavior of Freeholder Curley around many women, including my own mother, and I can say without any hesitation that he never sexually harassed anyone.

As blunt as he is, Freeholder Curley has been Monmouth County's loudest voice for doing the right thing, even when it means throwing members of his own party under the bus. This scares the corrupt.

For many years, Freeholder Curley has stood up to corruption and misconduct in "Club Monmouth". Were it not for Freeholder Curley (and then-Freeholder Amy Mallet) the corruption at Brookdale Community College would have never been uncovered. Curley put ex-Brookdale President Peter Burnham in jail for theft. Others on the board are still out to get him for this.

Freeholder Curley and I had a bit of a personal falling out, so if anyone was going to trash the man, it would be me. But despite our differences, I can say Freeholder Curley is an honest, ethical gentleman. Stop this nonsense and let the man continue his excellent public service, because Freeholder Lillian Burry is the one with a broomstick and vendetta.

Eric Hafner
Toms River, NJ