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Jay Coffey

Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Borough of Oceanport
315 E. Main Street
Oceanport, NJ 07757

Tel: 732.222.8221
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Mayor's Message

May 2018

For all the right reasons, the Borough of Oceanport has been in the news a lot lately. On back to back weekends, our tiny little town was blessed to host thousands of people from all over the world and, as always, Oceanport was more than equal to the task. Thousands of runners descended upon Monmouth Park Racetrack on April 29th for the 22nd running of the New Jersey Marathon. This event has become an Oceanport tradition and our streets were filled with runners who were cheered on by throngs of supporters standing on the sidewalks and in front yards along the route. Then, less than a week later, over 20,000 people walked through the turnstiles at Monmouth Park Racetrack to watch four legged athletes run around the most beautiful and historic horse track on the eastern seaboard. For the first time in the history of Monmouth Park, opening day coincided with the running of the Kentucky Derby and it was, by all accounts, a rousing success. I hope this “Jersey Style” celebration of the Kentucky Derby becomes another Oceanport tradition because the vibe at the track that day was absolutely electric and should serve as a reminder to our friends in Trenton that, if given the chance to compete on equal footing with surrounding states, Monmouth Park Racetrack and New Jersey thoroughbred racing are second to none and deserve to return to their rightful places at the top of the equine leaderboard.

Oceanport has also been in the news because we are anxiously awaiting word from the Supreme Court as to whether or not it agrees with the State of New Jersey’s claim that the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 is unconstitutional or, in the alternative, whether it will allow New Jersey to repeal its own prohibition on sports gambling. If the Supreme Court rules in New Jersey’s favor, it would pave the way for sports betting at Monmouth Park. That wouldn’t be a panacea for all the ills that affect the horse racing industry and Monmouth Park, but it sure wouldn’t hurt!

Just before I attended opening day at the track, I had the distinct honor and privilege of participating in Troop 58’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at which both Davidson “Miles” Lessa and Christopher Glenn were made Eagle Scouts. For such a small town, Oceanport has an incredible number of Eagle Scouts (there are 4 living within 50 feet of my house) and, based on the number of Scouts in the audience that day, we will be adding to that number for years to come. That the Scouting community in Oceanport continues to thrive is yet another example of how the social fabric of Oceanport finds its strength in the efforts of the volunteers who serve it.

We can’t all be Eagle Scouts and we can’t all be Buddy Brocklebank (although we would save a lot on haircuts if we were), but Oceanport needs volunteers at almost every level and the Oceanport Historical Committee is asking for help from members of our community as it prepares for Oceanport’s Centennial Celebration in 2020. The Committee is looking for pictures, newspaper articles, historic maps and old programs from days gone by in Oceanport to augment the “Oceanport in Retrospect” book that was published in 1970 to commemorate Oceanport’s  50th anniversary.  If you have anything --- including stories --- to share with the Committee, please contact Frank Baricelli ( or Rosanne Letson ( so that the Historical Committee can move the process along.

It’s getting warmer, kids are playing in the parks and riding their bikes on the streets. If you’re driving in Oceanport, please SLOW DOWN! If you don’t slow down, you’ll be getting tickets to the hottest show in town --- “MEET JUDGE JOHN A. PATTI” --- now playing at a municipal court near you. Once again, please SLOW DOWN!

Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ