Matt Friedman writing for NJ.Com reported— Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) tonight acknowledged her husband got help from a non-profit group that assists low-income homeowners in demolishing a shore home severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy that records show had been purchased for nearly a half-million dollars.
Richard Stender only registered to vote in Monmouth county on 8/6/13. Which could mean he was not a full-time resident of Manasquan during Hurricane Sandy.
Name: RICHARD C STENDER
Residence Address: MANASQUAN **
Registration Effective Date: 08/06/2013
Earlier this month Assemblywoman Stender was hired to be the Assistant Director of the Union County Improvement Authority, with a salary of $90,000. Former freeholder Daniel Sullivan is the Director.
An Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) investigation report released on January 22, 2015 found that Union County paid in excess of $1.5 million over a four-year period to a non-profit agency that produced a biannual newsletter and little else in return for the public’s money.
The County Watchers published evidence in 2008 that when Stender was a freeholder her husband’s printing business d/b/a SVO Printing was given no-bid county contract to print the Direction’s Newsletter even though his bid was $50,000 more than the next highest bidder.
Linda Stender began her political career in 1988 as a Fanwood Borough Councilwoman, in 1994 she was elected to the Union County Board of Freeholders and in 2001 she became assemblywoman of Legislative District 22.
Stender was a double dipper since the day she left her Union County freeholder seat in 2001 to be an Assemblywoman. She was promptly placed on the county payroll that January with the title “Volunteer Coordinator” for Runnells Hospital, with all the implications that title suggests, she was paid $66,083 to supervise people who were volunteering selflessly for free.
Around the time Assemblywoman Stender announced her first run for Congress, her county job title changed to Runnells Hospital Foundation Director. The Foundation was established as a non-profit 501(c) 3 with Stender’s salary being paid in part by grant money. Under her leadership, this organization did not meet the threshold of raising over $10,000 which would require them to file an IRS 990 form. This doesn’t stop the taxpayers from having to pay Stender’s $72,858 county salary for her fundraising efforts along with her staff. The then Union County Manager, George Devanney who is the nephew of State Senator Raymond Lesniak, mother-in-law Glenna Bowen was hired in 2005 to be Stender’s assistant with a salary of $40,430.
Runnell’s Hospital has since been sold.