NJ Politics Digest: Top NJ GOP Power Broker Convicted on Tax Charges

Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore at the Ocean County GOP Convention on March 8, 2017.
Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore at the Ocean County GOP Convention on March 8, 2017. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

George Gilmore, the head of one of the state’s most powerful Republican organizations, faces hefty prison time after being convicted Wednesday of failing to pay payroll taxes and submitting a false loan application.

As the Asbury Park Press reports, the chairman of the Ocean County Republican Organization faces a maximum of 30 years in prison following the convictions. A jury, which acquitted him charges of filing false tax returns, was deadlocked on charges that he evaded federal income taxes from 2013 to 2015.

While Gilmore, 70, faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison, his attorney indicated he has no intention of giving up leadership of the Republican organization. The Ocean County GOP is one of the most powerful in the state, known for delivering large vote margins to candidates it selects.
During his trial, Gilmore’s attorney argued that Gilmore was a hoarder, not a criminal, who ultimately paid the government the money it was owed.

Quote of the Day: “I, to this day, will never understand it. I still believe, absolutely believe we don’t know the real story,” — former Gov. Chris Christie, on the Bridgegate scandal that derailed his presidential ambitions.

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