Former Township Clerk Serves Notice of Additional $3 Million Claim Directed at Councilman Kleiner

Lisa Tilton previously filed tort claims again the township for $3 million in a related matter. She also has another claim for the same amount against the Atlantic County Board of Elections.

Former Galloway Clerk Lisa Tilton filed a new tort claim — a legal warning that she intends to pursue a civil lawsuit — on Friday against the township and Councilman Dennis Kleiner.

The notice stems from alleged incidents in late October between Tilton and Kleiner, after she had already resigned as clerk.

Kleiner filed a police summons on Oct. 25 against Tilton on a charge of harassment, claiming Tilton followed him into a local restaurant, shouted threats to sue him and then tried to intimidate him by circling the police department's parking lot, which is directly across the street from restaurant. The summons was eventually dismissed.

Her tort claim against Kleiner includes: invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, malice, breaching a contract, violating the state open meetings act, violation of due process, malicious prosecution, stalking and other charges.

Tilton has filed at least three claims against local governments since September. Each of the three claims seeks $3 million in damages.

One previous claim and most of the government's leadership—but not former mayor Keith Hartman —and at Atlantic County, particularly the Board of elections. Tilton was reprimanded for allegedly prematurely releasing voter maps that were not yet final.

Tilton had worked for the township since 2001, and had served as township clerk from 2008 until earlier this year. Her salary was $64,429 a year when she was following a spate of reprimands by Acting Township Manager Steve Bonanni. She formally .

She declined comment on the new claim.

Her lawyer, David Castellani, declined to discuss specifics of the newest claim, but said, "This is just another circumstance of continuing harassment even though she's not an employee there any longer."

Kleiner, who recently had oral surgery, said he would respond later today by email when reached by phone. He later declined comment.

Mayor Don Purdy, who was hospitalized at the time of the incidents cited by Tilton, said he was aware of her latest claim, but did not know details. He planned to discuss the situation Monday with Galloway's lawyer.

"It is a feud that just won't end," he said. "I have a job to do with budgetary problems to deal with and this is like high school."

VTPat December 10, 2011 at 08:08 PM
I have never seen anyone eating in the "restaurant" mentioned in this story. LOL The place is a bar.
Bruce Sefton December 10, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Oh this is just the beginning. 2012 is not going to be a good year for Councilman Kleiner.
Bruce Sefton December 10, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Don't stop digging Harry. You've only uncovered the tip of the iceberg.
Bruce Sefton December 11, 2011 at 06:32 AM
That's a very good question that I would like to hear an answer to.
Bruce Sefton December 11, 2011 at 06:45 AM
Good, just keep at it. There are some big secrets that they don't want anyone to know, but they will come out no matter how hard they try to stop it.
Keep Galloway Green December 11, 2011 at 03:52 PM
And the Hartman/Tilton/Kleiner feud continues....lol. 9 Mil?....Castellani is really trying to ring up the register on this one. Maybe Jill Gougher will come back dressed as Santa & write Tilton a check!....lol.....Have Castellani or Tilton picked out their new yacht yet?.....lololololololol
Keep Galloway Green December 11, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Harry...At this point I find it amusing. Your under the assumption Tilton will win against Galloway. Who knows?....Maybe she will maybe she won't. You've already decided she will win....What did you say that amount was?...30 - 50 mil?.....I'm holding my breath!....lolololololol
Bruce Sefton December 11, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Well nice to see the editor of this blog finds it necessary to delete posts that make statements of fact that are freely available to the public.
Bruce Sefton December 11, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Oh there is no doubt she'll win. The best thing council can do is boot this clown off council before he costs the township any more money.
Keep Galloway Green December 11, 2011 at 10:52 PM
ccj...It's her lawyer who is filing these suits. I'm surprised her lawyer let Tilton go back to council meetings & speak & give comments to the media. Usually lawyers don't want their clients saying anything. Then she popped her cork over Kleiner...lol....Now her & her lawyer arn't talking. She wouldn't be suing anybody if she didn't have a lawyer who wanted to sue. Before the case ever gets into court it will go thru mediation. That might be her only chance to collect $$$. Judges & juries can be tough. I'm still not clear over how this whole mess started...Was it over maps?...Seems like Bonanni & her didn't get along. But did her actions rise to the level of getting suspended?....Seems like Bonanni just had a grudge against her for some reason. I'm still not clear on the Kleiner mess...What was the starting point of the feud with Kleiner?...What a tangled up mess for little ole Galloway.
Keep Galloway Green December 11, 2011 at 10:55 PM
Harry....Do you have any documents you can send me by email concerning the investigations you speak of?....
VTPat December 11, 2011 at 10:59 PM
At some point the "Republican" union boss, Kleiner (more on that contradiction later), will bring a bunch of half juiced unemployed union guys to the Township meeting to intimidate locals who ask too many questions. What a joke....a republican union boss?? LOL! That should tell you something about this guy. Soon the Revel will be done and his fellow Laborers or Carpenters or whatever they are will be at the bars all day whining and crying about how the government won't give them jobs and taxpayers are too cheap to build schools we don't need. BTW vote NO to the bond question this Tuesday. The school system doesn't budget for repairs? Let the soon to be unemployed union guys show some community spirit for a change and do the work for normal wages like anyone else. Better still do it like a republican and hire cheap foreign labor....LOL Gotta luv the republican union guy line though.
BruceSefton December 12, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Ccj you ignorance on the issue is stunning. When the truth about Kleiner's behavior becomes public you will owe Lisa an opology.
Jessie Rush December 12, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Galloway Township is out of control. I watched the last council meeting on TV. This council should be embarrassed at the way they acted. I'm sorry I voted for some of the people up there. I really do hope the state comes in. Isn't it possible if they find them all to be corrupt that they take over like they did in Camden and Atlantic CIty?
BruceSefton December 12, 2011 at 02:00 AM
Harry it would not surprise me one bit if it was him.
ccj December 12, 2011 at 02:05 AM
No not DK either. Just an amazed bystander. Though must admit am considering a freelance piece as I think it's a story that would have incredible appeal to weeklies like New York Magazine or sites like DailyBeast. It's too juicy not to move beyond Patch. Still researching and talking to people but it's interested me enough to spend time away from piece I've been researching on Hoboken corruption for past few months. Hoboken story's plot is a great deal deeper, but Hudson County City politics filled with corruption isn't exactly a new story. It will still certainly sell but won't have the buzz as political and bedroom shenanigans in NJ bedroom community. The affluent urbanites love to read stories about how screwed up the pristine suburbs are as makes them feel like they made the right decision not moving their families out of the city. People will eat it up. The best thing as a part time freelancer (actually run company as full time job but have been writer/ journalist want-a-be ever since first time saw "All the Presidents Men") is this is a story in the public domain so no need to buy rights, pay sponsor media fees or worry about silly lawsuits. Just keep it to the facts and what's been in the public domain (attributed appropriately of course). Surest defense against any suit.
smithvillian December 12, 2011 at 02:06 AM
That ambulance chaser smelled the $ all the way from Northfield. Strange choice of representation. I've seen him in action first hand in the court room. Good luck....he turns off the jury like a light switch. Oh so tempting to count your riches as this town is fleeced for more than it's worth....personally, wouldn't be so quick to salivate at a hopeful instant higher tax bracket....things may not go as you dream. When the surface is gouged beyond oblivion it's gonna get ugly for all.....but hey, who says you can't buy a new rep. It's the integrity that comes at a higher premium. Move a town over and start new! We'll all be there when the dust settles. Whatever the outcome it's always fun to watch it all go down....Good luck to all....you ( and the rest of us) are gonna need it. Thanks for the irresponsibility, atrocious leadership and gross misconduct by all. ViVa La GaLLoWaY..!!..
BruceSefton December 12, 2011 at 02:18 AM
KGG, you have some very good questions there... Someone should look into that further. What did Bonanni and Kleiner have against Tilton?
ccj December 12, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Harry... can you reference your site here? I'd love to take a look at it as it relates to this story.
Brian McCoyle December 12, 2011 at 03:02 AM
I am curious to the "amount" Tilton was willing to settle for? Care to share the inside scoop you think she was willing to settle for? Your comments are quite troubling. It appears you have a fatal attraction to Ms. Tilton as you speak in essence of her mental state. If you are not from the area that you claim to be, how do you even know Ms. Tilton personally?
Keep Galloway Green December 12, 2011 at 03:59 AM
300 people before she gives her opinion?....This is so ridiculous. A Municipal Clerk is out of a job & some say she will get 30 - 50 mil $$$$. Tilton got suspended 6 months ago....The whole thing is getting a little too far fetched for me. You guys should be more concerned that Gallloway wants to sell open space land to Stockton & Developers...basically stealing it away from the residents of Galloway. Did it ever occur to anyone that Galloway could be sold & turned into one big gated community including the lake...Imagination Station & the Skate Park. The entire Municipal Property could become Private Property if a big developer buys it. And this Council doesn't even want to give the residents a vote on the matter. That's what makes me sick!...Hartman/Tilton/Kleiner/Bonanni are just sideshows!
ccj December 12, 2011 at 04:02 AM
Brian, Appreciate your encouragement. I can assure one thing with certainty. Whatever I end up submitting for publication will be based richly in facts. The added stuff...the coloring...made up of interviews, blog postings, etc. is what people ultimately love to read, but one includes that simply to make the facts more interesting and to put them in some context that the readers will enjoy and understand. My focus will be straightforward and simple...and again supported by facts and publicly disclosed information. Small Town's Big Scandal--- 1. Why was Ms. Tilton fired? 2. Background on Ms. Tilton - reg bio stuff with local's commentary. 3. What was going on in the background related to the town council and Mayor as it related to her position and firing? 4. Her various lawsuits. 5. Little background on her and her attorney. 6. Legal experts' views on case. 7. Where are the town, council, Ms. Tilton and ex-Mayor now? 8. Townspeople sound off and lessons learned about small town politics and scandal. Trust me there will be responsible research, attributions, etc. It will not be an in
ccj December 12, 2011 at 04:05 AM
"harassing nature"? You must be kidding? I'm likely the only person showing any real sympathy for this poor young woman. Who could I possibly be harassing with my comments?
Keep Galloway Green December 12, 2011 at 06:07 PM
I'm wondering why Harry/Brian/Bruce are so intent on pumping this case. They make it sound like all persons/entities being sued should just write Tilton a huge check. More than likely it will be a long drawn out legal case. Maybe Tilton gets nothing? If her story doesn't add up...there will be no Total on that cash register at checkout time!...
Keep Galloway Green December 12, 2011 at 06:31 PM
That doesn't explain the motivation of you 3. Sure the information is available....Bet I could get it all if I wanted to?....Why spend your time & effort doing this & pumping the Tilton case?...Either your getting paid by someone or you have axes to grind against Galloway....Is this a friends of Tilton thing?.....lol. PS: Go dig up all the dirt...it makes for amusing reading.
BruceSefton December 13, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Everything Brian said goes for me as well. I've never met Ms Tilton, but it is plain to me that some crooked politicians in Galloway are trying to cover something up. Something centered around Bonnani and Kleiner.
BruceSefton December 13, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Has anyone filed an OPRA request on the email accounts and cellphones of the council members? I would think if they are township issued phones and email accounts then they should be subject to an OPRA request.
BruceSefton December 13, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Thank you Brian.


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