A Tale Of Two Tort Claims

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As most of our readers know The Bob & Steve Show was notified former candidate for sheriff in Salem County, Bob Gant, filed a Notice of Tort Claim because he apparently plans to sue us, and 18 other entities and/or persons, for a total of $350,000.

As far as The Bob & Steve Show is concerned this is nothing more than Gant attempting to crush our First Amendment rights. As to everyone else named in Gant’s notice, if he goes through with this and files an actual lawsuit it will likely go down as one of the most frivolous lawsuits ever filed in New Jersey. Really, this whole thing is just Gant being a sore loser.

There was another Notice of Tort Claim filed that folks are now learning about. According to NJ.com Katie Brennan, “who accused a former top Murphy staffer of raping her in 2017, is seeking damages from the state of New Jersey for inflicting ‘emotional distress’ by employing her accused rapist,” has filed a Notice of Tort Claim and accused “the administration of acting “unlawfully, intentionally, negligently and/or with reckless indifference” when it hired and retained Albert J. Alvarez.”

NJ.com provided a link to Brennan’s Notice of Tort Claim here.

There are some very big differences between these two tort claims.

First, Gant claims to be suffering “both mentally, physically and emotional and economically as a result of the aforementioned breach.” Frankly, I think the only thing Gant suffers from is being a sore loser and even made fun of his “suffering” in a blog post yesterday. Brennan, in her Notice of Cort Claim states she is suffering from “emotional distress and other damages.” I absolutely, positively believe her!

Second, what happened to Katie Brennan is real and should never happen to anyone. Frankly her attacker is lucky she isn’t one of my sister because I guarantee if she were I would have hunted her attacker down by now, and I’m sure Bob would be with me. What happened to Gant was nothing, he’s just mad that he was unable to bully people into not talking about the fact he beat up a defenseless man in the old jail.

Finally, look at the signatures of the certifications. Brennan’s lawyer signed her Notice of Tort Claim, as is usually the case. Gant signed his, which tells me not even his lawyer really believes his line of BS.

Bottom line: we hope Brennan gets justice, both civil and criminal. She deserves justice! Gant, on the other hand, is just a sore loser, upset he couldn’t bully people to not talk about the bad he has done.

Updated at 7:37PM to include Gant’s Notice of Tort Claim below:

My Mom Is Going To Be Pissed! Former Salem County Sheriff Candidate Bob Gant Is Attempting To Crush The First Amendment.

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Bob Gant

Former Democratic candidate for Sheriff in Salem County, Bob Gant, may soon face his toughest opponent ever – my mom. When she reads this blog post and learns Gant has named The Bob & Steve Show in a Notice of Tort Claim she’s going to be mad, and she’s a lot tougher than a handcuffed inmate.

Seriously though… yesterday Bob Greco and I were notified by radio station management that the Notice of Tort Claim was delivered to the station for the “Bob and Steve Radio Show.” Management was upset at first because they thought they were being sued, after it was explained to management that it was for “Bob and Steve” they were trying to figure out why we were laughing.

We were laughing because Gant’s Notice of Tort Claim is a bunch of garbage.

In his Notice of Tort Claim Gant writes, “October 9, 2018 Said named individuals wrongly released the Claimants personnel file.” The problem with this claim is The Bob & Steve Show released legal documents that were obtained through OPRA requests after he denied ever assaulting an inmate at the old Salem County Jail. The Bob & Steve Show doesn’t have, nor ever had, his personnel file.

Another obvious problem with Gant’s claim is The Bob & Steve Show didn’t write anything about Gant on October 9, 2018. And, since October 9, 2018 was a Tuesday and our radio show airs on Saturdays we certainly didn’t talk about Gant on October 9, 2018. We didn’t even know who he was on that day. The only post on The Bob & Steve Show blog on October 9, 2018 was about Vincent Squire. The headline was, “Did Camden County Freeholder Candidate Vincent Squire Break The Law Again.”

The fact is the first time The Bob & Steve Show ever mentioned Bob Gant was on October 11, 2018 in a blog post titled, “Challenger Sheriff Candidate Gets Paid To Campaign. Is He Costing Salem County Taxpayers Money?

Perhaps Mr. Gant should come clean and admit the reason why he is threatening to sue 19 different entities and/or people with his Notice of Tort Claim is he is angry that after denying he ever beat an inmate at the old Salem County Jail The Bob & Steve Show found the former inmate, interviewed the inmate on the radio show and then proved the inmate was being truthful by releasing legally obtained legal documents and not a personnel file.

Every blogger, news reporter and radio personality should pay close attention to Gant’s threats of a lawsuit as it is nothing more than a frivolous attempt at suppressing our First Amendment rights. As a reminder the First Amendment is clear, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” And, bloggers and radio personalities, like us or not, are members of the press.

This story gets better, in his Notice of Tort Claim Gant states, “The claimant has and continues to suffer both mentally, physically and emotional and economically as a result of the aforementioned breach.”

Gant lists four items, “mentally, physically and emotional and economically” after the word both. Maybe it’s a good thing he doesn’t work in the jail because the counts would be off considering he obviously does not understand “both” means two and not four? Perhaps the reason he answers the question “State the total amount of your claim and the basis on which you calculate the amount claimed” with $350,000 is so he can pay to go to college and learn what the word “both” means.

What is it with this guy? Is he so upset that we didn’t back down from the attacks by him and his buddies on social media and exposed his lies that he is now going to try to bully us through the courts?

Of course, I am very curious as to exactly how Gant “continues to suffer both mentally, physically and emotional and economically.” My guess is all the time he spent trying to bully Bob and I into not breaking the story of him having once beating an inmate caused a mental strain which led to the physical problem of erectile dysfunction that led to emotional stress and losing the election made him economically unable to afford Viagra. So, now he wants to sue. If you have a better explanation, I’ll listen.

Gant tried to bully us once and failed. This frivolous Notice of Tort Claim is just more of the same. This story likely isn’t going to go away soon, so expect to see more.

It’s A New Year And Gloucester Township Has Another Controversy Brewing

Photo Source: GTEMS.org

Photo Source: GTEMS.org

As if it isn’t bad enough that Gloucester Township has an assistant store manager from the Deptford Mall as its communications director, a newly elected school board member with connections to an “adult superstore” and the fact the newly elected school board member didn’t even live in town when he got elected the folks running Camden County’s third largest town just had to add more controversy. It’s like they can’t help themselves.

The latest controversy has to do with the Township’s Emergency Medical Services operation, or a possible lack of an operation. It appears the Township is ditching Gloucester Township EMS Alliance for American Medical Response. To be clear, Gloucester Township EMS Alliance is a non-profit contracted to provide Emergency Medical Services to Gloucester Township.

The issue was raised by a Township resident at a recent council meeting:

In the video above a resident asks about the Township being without ambulance service “for a couple of days.” The folks on the dais explained they were not at the level of service as agreed to in the contract and that services were provided by Virtua. It was also explained council was working towards a resolution.

Considering a lack of Emergency Medical Services could lead to a public safety issue, The Bob & Steve Show did some digging since being contacted about the issue more than a week ago. Here’s what we learned:

Francis Pagurek was the GTEMS Chief until recently. Word is he was fired, “let go,” or forced out. The thing is Pagurek is well-known in the EMS community and has been named “Outstanding EMS Administrator” by the New Jersey Statewide Conference on EMS in the past. In other words, he knows what he’s doing. In fact, Pagurek has saved GTEMS money by doing things like eliminating the weekend “power turck” last year, negotiating with the mayor to allow vehicles to be worked on at public works and he put the employees’ health insurance out to bid and increased the co-pay to save money. Despite all this there were claims the organization was still broke. The claim is when Pagurek asked where all the money he saved the organization was, he was “fired.”

Looking back at the video above it is interesting that the Township resident asking questions about the EMS situation was told they were working on a resolution. It’s interesting because, based on what we’ve been told and confirmed, at the GTEMS Christmas Party held at Villari’s over a week ago Jim Wintrode, the GTEMS Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, and Ray Curry, who we’re told is the President of GTEMS, but haven’t confirmed his title, were called away by Mayor David Mayer and told effective Monday American Medical Response (AMR) was taking over the Township’s EMS duties. It has been confirmed that AMR has taken over. Last Friday morning EMS employees were called to Erial station and told AMR was taking over and there would be a 30-day transition and all were welcome to apply.

The obvious question is if people were telling us AMR was taking over EMS in Gloucester Township since last week how is it Council only knew they were working on a resolution? How much did Council know and when did they know it? Also, why was Virtua good enough shirt-term, but long-term plans are for AMR to take over?

There is obviously an issue with transparency in Gloucester Township.

The Bob & Steve Show has received more information on the GTEMS situation we are working to confirm. This means there will likely be more to this story so stay tuned.