Nathan Orr gets lost, shows up at wrong debate

Nathan Orr and David Atwood are two young guys running for the State Legislature in District 24.  Well apparently their GPS wasn't working and these two young Moes ended up at the legislative candidate's debate in District 26. 


Once there, they wanted to speak anyway.  And we all know how a millennial can be when it wants its way.  They cried and acted out until they were allowed to speak.  But once started, the debate moderators couldn't shut them up and they held the floor for nearly twenty minutes.  Rude.


Their hosts finally got them to shut up and sit down, but not before they announced which one of the actual candidates in District 26 they preferred.  Of course, it was another millennial.  This one...


Lawyer seeks $162,000 from Morris County Freeholder Hank Lyon

Morris County Freeholder William “Hank” Lyon has been accused of owing his former lawyer $162,000 in unpaid legal bills while Lyon also is battling with the state over alleged campaign violations.


“What a worm,”  said attorney Sean Connelly about his former client, Lyon. “We never expected to be in this position. We won precisely how we said we would win.”


Lyon, a Montville resident, did not return several calls for comment and an email to his freeholder address.


Connelly and the law firm of Barry, McTiernan and Wedinger of Edison represented Lyon during a nine-month court battle that ended up with Lyon winning the freeholder seat.


Lyon had won the 2011 Republican primary by four votes over Freeholder Margaret Nordstrom of Washington Township.  Nordstrom sued and won, gaining her seat back.


Lyon appealed the ruling and a state appeals court ruled in his favor in February 2012 and removed Nordstrom from the position. Lyon later won the freeholder post at a special election in November 2012.


Connelly said that after Lyon refused mediation and other offers to settle, the firm finally filed the suit  on June 13 in Superior Court in Middlesex County against Lyon and his father, Robert A. Lyon, both of Montville, and their organization, “Lyon for Conservative Freeholder.” Connelly said Lyon has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit.


Connelly said that before the court action, he had told Lyon that the lawsuit would be very costly.


“They said they were going to fund this to the end,” Connelly said.


The legal effort included  extensive court representations and $18,000 for transcripts.


“We filed motions upon motions upon motions,” Connelly said. “It tied up my practice for six months.”


Connelly said his firm has offered several discounts on the outstanding legal bills.  “They kept ignoring us,” Connelly said. “We offered them great terms to pay over time.”


Connelly also said he filed the lawsuit in Middlesex County in an effort to limit publicity in Morris County.


“I don’t want to embarrass him,” he said. “I want to get paid.”


Connelly said the freeholder avoided being served with the lawsuit summons, forcing him to hire a professional to  serve him at Lyon’s freeholder office.


Connelly said he also named Lyon’s father, Robert, in the lawsuit because the elder Lyon initially had agreed to pay the legal bills.


Connelly said he believes Lyon and his family have significant assets, including real estate holdings and restaurants.


Lyon’s income includes $24,375 a year as a freeholder. He also works with his father in the family’s business, which owns four restaurants, including Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurants and Maggie Moo’s ice cream parlors.


Election Violations


The N.J. Election Law Enforcement Commission also has accused Lyon of four violations of campaign finance laws during the 2011 Republican primary. Each violation could result in a maximum $6,800 fine.


The same alleged violations were cited by Superior Court Assignment Judge Thomas Weisenbeck when he ruled against Lyon and in favor of Nordstrom.


The commission names Lyon and his father who was the campaign treasurer.


One alleged violation involves a $16,000 loan made to the campaign a week before the primary but not reported until July 8. The state says that because the contribution was more than $1,200, it should have been reported within 48 hours.


Another alleged violation occurred when Lyon and his father certified the information on the loan and campaign report was correct but that they changed it in a subsequent report. Initially, Lyons reported that he had made the loan but it was later changed to identify Robert Lyon as the contributor, the state said.


Additionally, the state claims the information about the contribution was submitted after the June 27 deadline.


Further, the complaint says that $16,795 in expenditures were listed on July 8 but were due on June 27.

(Editor Phil Garber, December 11, 2013,


Better keep that GPS in working order.  This crew couldn't find their backsides in a snow storm.