The chairman of the Ocean County Republican organization says he played no role in county towns' decision to hire a debris contractor that used him as a consultant.

Trash piled up in Seaside Heights after Sandy (Townsquare Media)

George Gilmore spoke Tuesday after a campaign event for Gov. Chris Christie in Lakewood.

Gilmore says Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based AshBritt Environmental hired him after Superstorm Sandy last year to identify local subcontractors and officials for its workers to contract. But Gilmore says he did not persuade officials to use AshBritt, even in the communities where his law firm works for the local government.

Gilmore says he does not tell local Republican officials what decisions to make.

Democratic lawmakers have criticized New Jersey for giving AshBritt a contract to set prices local communities would pay for debris cleanup after Superstorm Sandy last year.


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