Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore indicted on tax evasion charges

Updated 5:19 p.m.

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, an attorney and of counsel for a powerful government affairs firm, has long considered the state’s most powerful unelected GOP power broker.

Today? He’s been indicated on federal tax evasion charges.


On Thursday, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced that Gilmore had been “charged in a six-count indictment with one count of income tax evasion for calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015; two counts of filing false tax returns for calendar years 2013 and 2014; failing to collect, account for, and pay over payroll taxes for two quarters in 2016, and making false statements on a 2015 loan application submitted to Ocean First Bank N.A.”

Click here to read the U.S. Attorney’s full statement which provides additional details underlying the allegations.

APP.com was first to report the story here.

Gilmore denied the charges through his attorney in a statement issued to N.J. reporter Matt Friedman

Stories (and rampant rumors) concerning a federal investigation into Gilmore’s income taxes originated back to 2016. In 2017, Politico reported that Gilmore had weaved a ‘tangled web of loans.’ 

Ocean County remains one of the state’s last truly “red” outposts amid successive cycles of Democrat statewide victories.