In an exclusive statement to TLS, Toms River Mayor Daniel Rodrick says the offensive comments made during last night’s Council meeting were “disgusting” and are being investigated.
“The disgusting comments that were made should have been muted and they weren’t,” Rodrick said. “We will be investigating the matter and looking into who made those comments,” he added.
The comments, which came several minutes into a highly contentious meeting, forced the meeting to be cut short, before the Councilmembers were able to vote on the agenda items.
“It was most unfortunate that Councilman Quinlisk and Ciccozzi turned the meeting into a circus,” Rodrick went on, adding that the two “are an embarrassment to our great town.”
Quinlisk and Ciccozzi had both voiced their objections to holding the meeting on Zoom due to capacity issues, claiming it limited members of the public from being able to voice their opinions.
However, Rodrick countered that the Zoom capacity of 500 people was almost double that of the 249-capacity meeting room at town hall. Hundreds more were watching on the Township’s YouTube channel.
Rodrick also noted that the meeting ended without a formal adjournment or vote, and promised that that would be “handled.”
“I am also very concerned that tech support did not follow directives to mute people who are speaking out of turn. It will be handled. It was also outrageous for the clerk to end the meeting without a vote or direction from Council president,” Rodrick added.