Ocean County Freeholder Bartlett Not Seeking Re-Election Citing Health

Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

TOMS RIVER – No one doubts John Bartlett when he says he’s the longest-serving Freeholder in state of New Jersey.

But after 38 years, he’s retiring.

Bartlett cited rapidly deteriorating health and considerable pain as his reasons for suspending his campaign for a 14th term. The current freeholder deputy director step down at the end of this year.

Nearly three years ago, Bartlett received a diagnosis of colorectal cancer. He was treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He learned in recent months the cancer metastasized and has spread to other organs.

The stunning announcement was made at the Wednesdays pre-board meeting.

Micromedia Publications/Jersey Shore Online will have more on this stunning announcement in future reports.