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A township committeeman is suing a political adversary for comments on a blog that said he was addicted to gambling and criminally affiliated with a high profile Ponzi scheme.

Committeeman Steven Langert filed his lawsuit against Hershel Herskowitz, the Lakewood View and its owners including Yona Kviat and Yisroel Goodman, and anyone one associated with the blog. A hearing will be held July 13 before Ocean County Judge Frank Buczinski, according to the suit.

Langert is represented by attorney Reuel E. Topas of Lakewood.. read more app




41 Responses to “Lakewood committeeman sues political adversary”

  1. Anonymous says:

    LOL this is one of the funniest things I have seen in awhile!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Place your bets now, the odds are good. No one ever won in using the courts to rat out the commentors on a blog, ask tendler, Meir, etc

  3. Anonymous says:

    whos thelakewoodviews lawyer? michael inzelbuch? sheldon eisenberg? ben brafman

  4. Anonymous says:

    A Yid must go to Beis Din, unless he has a valid Heter Beis Din, which is given in very limited circumstances.

    Mr. Langert should publicly show his Heter Arkoas.

  5. mal-practice says:

    how much is topas taking for this one?

  6. self defamation says:

    hey steve, i can understand you dont want to be judged by your habits.
    but, how can you expect not to be judged by your intelligent choice of representation?

  7. analysis says:

    Regarding the two issues that he is suing on.
    1. being implicated in Weinsteins alleged Ponzi scheme

    2. being an addicted gambler.

    Even in Mr Langert could possibly win this lawsuit, which is doubtful, he faces enormous ridicule in the process.

    All the blog did in regards to "calling Mr Langert a criminal" is bring attention to Langerts appearing in an existing court document pertaining to Weinsteins case. Straight up reporting.

    What could be happening is that this forced langert to want to "clear his name", and he feels bringing additional court attention to himself is the best way to do it. Perhaps, but if there's even a small impropriety discovered or even a sustained allegation against Langert he faces almost certain political death.

    In regards to the allegation of the blog calling him and "addicted gambler". This part at least stands to be a very entertaining aspect of the laswuit. I would pay money to be able to watch this in open court. Basically, Langert has to say that he is only a recreational gambler and not and "addicted" gambler. So whats he saying that he's not a serious player?

    So the courts going to publicly debate exactly how serious a gambler is Mr Langert? I can just see it now, "but your honor I can stop whenever I want!"

    There is a saying: Politics and poker make a man a heavy smoker. I wonder if politics can be considered an addiction?

  8. Anonymous says:

    what about B Goodman isnt he the real owner of this site?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I wouldn't worry too much if I were Harold. If the information came from a court document, it is public info and no defamation there. If it came from the online public postings of Langert's wins and losses, no def there either

  10. Anonymous says:

    What a moron!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Steve is making this more public than it ever could have been on his own! A recreational card player? Yeah, so is my grandma! I don't think she ever mentioned seeing Steve at her bridge games.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Langert is the man the Yeshiva wanted in there. If they had wanted a moral ben Torah in office they had someone else available!! They've made their choice. Now the fall-out is all on the Yeshiva's cheshbon.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Steve! Stop this craziness!! You are just making it worse for yourself!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    What comes next?

  15. Anonymous says:

    On a warm summer's evenin' on a train bound for nowhere,
    I met up with the gambler; we were both too tired to sleep.
    So we took turns a starin' out the window at the darkness
    'Til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.

    He said, "Son, I've made my life out of readin' people's faces,
    And knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes.
    So if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces.
    For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice."

    So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow.
    Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.
    And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
    Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.

    You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
    Know when to walk away and know when to run.
    You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
    There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

    That's right, Steve. You got to know when to walk away and know when to run.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I don't get it. Why is Steve allowed to go to Arkoas?

  17. Anonymous says:

    "Freedom of the press"

  18. Anonymous says:

    To Langert, do you think sueing will help cover up for the truths, you do have a gambling issue. and ties with Weinstein.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Interesting article about this--
    http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2012/06/former-lakewood-mayor-sues-lakewood-bloggers-567.html

  20. Anonymous says:

    Steven Langert has a Heter Arkous From Rabbi Gavriel Finkel who heads Bais Din Vaad Hadayonim here in Lakewood (the fact that he has a Heter Arkous from Gavriel Finkel does not amount to much considering that Gavriel Finkel is Rav Malkiel Kotlers uncle and it is really BMG/CEO/KOTLERS/SCHENKY who are behind this lawsuit they have been trying to get rid of Herschel for years they are simply using Steven Langert as a Front)

  21. Anonymous says:

    Lakewood view has nothing to worry about Topas allways and i mean allways Backstabs his clients and ends up representing the intrests of his clients adversery

  22. Anonymous says:

    Theres nothing wrong with being an ex gambler. Do you know how many 12 step private groups there are in town and for more severe addictions .as long as he stays clean ,he should continue his public service.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Steve has aspirations for higher political office. Singers seat will not be vacant for a long time. Ocean county political boss is just playing with steve for his own benefit. Steve is living in a dream world. Hershel dropped all of his aspirations for political office.

  24. Poker Face says:

    to Kenny Rogers,

    you are right he ought to know when to fold and when to walk.

    however, this is the problem with poker players they apply their bluffing strategies in real life.
    well now that hershel called his bluff, which was a giveaway from the start when he played his jack of all spades "topas", he already revealed he is being flushed down the river.
    but , like others pointed out here. he is paying the price of being a puppet.

    the question here is, how much deeper is willing to be a sair lazozel for his bosses.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Throw the bum out along with the bums that control him. It is about time that someone called him out.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Lakewood should replace Langert. The tax payer of Lakewood can't afford their money being gambeled away to the Bragada casino. Then he will also bring a lawsuit to cover up.

  27. Anonymous says:

    IF he's using TOPAS as a lawyer he can't be serious.

  28. Anonymous says:

    steve u da man ! just a bunch of haters !

  29. Anonymous says:

    Lakewood needs real reform, not Langert type people.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Lakewood needs real reform. HH for mayor. I hope this won't anger Steave.

  31. Anonymous says:

    google steven langert poker - you get 1080 result . and he seems to be a very serious poker player , with all sorts of rankings

    judging by the amount of tournaments he was played , if you don't call that addicted , then my neighbor who smokes 2 packs a day for the past 20 years is not addicted to cigarettes

    to steve: your addicted to gambling, you don't have to go to court to find out that you are in denial , go to your local gamblers anonymous group. being a township committee member and having to sue about it is definitely hitting rock bottom.

  32. Anonymous says:

    hershel states in his previous article..."Furthermore his well known penchant for gambling in an extremely addictive manner makes him untrustworthy to manage our finances responsibly." Who says? steve is the only one in 15 years that actually facilitated a decrease in municipal spending. how come hh never mentions that?  Why doesnt' he learn that slandering other people only gets him scorned and sued. Hope steve busts him up good in court. what a donkey!

  33. Anonymous says:

    In denial? They all know the biblical history of Pharoh & his country. They were in denial, they are still in deh-NILE. It's better to look down at the grass than up at the roots.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Give it up Steve, your time's up.

  35. Anonymous says:

    No other lawyer would take such a frivoulous case accept for Topas who is desperate for money because no one wants to use him as an attorney i wonder why?

  36. Anonymous says:

    TOPAS Has a beter chance of making money by playing POKER with Steve Langert

  37. Anonymous says:

    Is that the Topas who Davens at Sons Of Isreal ?

  38. Anonymous says:

    I Believe Topas Davens at R Simcha Bunim Cohens Shul

  39. Anonymous says:

    are all fat people addicted to food?

  40. Anonymous says:

    Uh-oh! the lakewood view and some commentors may be in trouble now.. see >> http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/jul/10/s-r-must-provide-info-anonymous-commenter/ <<

  41. Anonymous says:

    what happened ???

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