A recent article in the Press of Atlantic Cty notes that Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Winkelstein has ordered Hamilton Township to pay $42,130 in legal fees and $661.43 in costs to Harry B. Scheeler, Jr., who was sued by the township in April.
This is the latest episode in the Scheeler saga that began when he stepped down as the publisher of the Galloway Township News and became an "activist." One of the first things he did in his new role was to file a lawsuit against the State of New Jersey under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) to obtain records related to the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal, among others.
Aided by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, he requested copies of all record requests filed in relation to the closure of the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 — as well as records from six state government agencies. These requests were denied by the State of New Jersey, but Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ordered the Christie Administration to turn over the records to Scheeler (see Woodbine Resident Wins Lawsuit Over Bridgegate Records.)
According to Scheeler, the lawsuit filed against him by Hamilton Township was "because they received bad legal advice and the taxpayers shouldn't be responsible for covering that cost," which could run as high as $75,000.
I am not sure what Harry Scheeler did with the data supplied by the State of New Jersey in his "Bridgegate" lawsuit, if anything. In a brief interview with Scheeler at the time, he told me his health was not good and holding down a "regular" job was a problem. His role as an activist seems to have resolved the question of what he can do in the meantime.
Scheeler, who lived in Woodbine, NJ, at the time of his "Bridgegate" lawsuit, now lives in Concordville, North Carolina, according to the Press.
Beau Weisman, Editor