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Teen's Benefactor Snubs TV Reporter on Lawsuit Issue

Parsippany attorney won't speak on camera when confronted, has ignored requests for comment by Patch and other media outlets for two weeks.

John Inglesino. Patch File Photo.
John Inglesino. Patch File Photo.
While the world watched as a Morris County family unraveled in public as an 18-year-old sued her parents for living expenses, one person involved also found the spotlight without ever speaking publicly about it.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township attorney John Inglesino, the former Rockaway Township mayor and former Morris County Freeholder, not only let Rachel Canning stay at his home – Inglesino's daughter and Canning are friends – but he bankrolled the teen's lawsuit against her parents.

Canning sued her parents for living expenses and an outstanding Morris Catholic High School tuition bill, as well as future college tuition bills after spending four months living out of the family's Lincoln Park home. 

In the time since the court documents were filed on Feb. 26, Inglesino has not made any statements to the media or public about the situation. He did not respond to multiple emails and phone calls from Patch.

Sibile Marcellus, a reporter with My9 News Chasing NJ caught up with the longtime friend of Governor Chris Christie Tuesday night, and asked why he decided to let Rachel Canning stay at his home. 

All Inglesino would give back, through a smirk, was, "I'm trying to do my job here, but thank you very much."

The segment also catches up with former New Jersey Assemblyman and current Mendham Township committeeman Richard Merkt, who alleges Inglesino, acting as a "surrogate" for Christie, tried persuading him from running against the then-Attorney General in the 2009 Republican Gubernatorial Primary Election.

The attorney for Canning's parents, Elizabeth and Sean, announced Wednesday that the teen had returned home.
jerseytomato March 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Shoeless Joe: 'John' presented the parents, and the court with a $12,000.00 bill, requesting that the court order the parents to pay the bill. The judge ruled against the attorney's request. That's public record. As you stated, 'tax, real estate, land use, stuff like that' is the type of law practiced. Family court must be lucrative - could be why he was willing to make an idiot out of himself. As for the allegations of abuse, both sexual and psychological, DYFUS deemed those allegations to be not true. The judge didn't buy it, either. As to your name calling on this thread, and chiding a poster for 'writing an erroneous nasty anonymous comment,' talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
jerseytomato March 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Shoeless Joe : Incidentally, who call's their friend, 'Johnny' on a public forum. No hetero guy does that. You are either the wife of the 'non family court attorney,' or the gay lover. Spare us the details, sister.
Ken Barber March 13, 2014 at 02:15 PM
The media has not reported in many years. The media just beats people up, especially if they are not democrats.
Walter O. March 13, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Funny how Inglesino came in ranting and raving on what an injustice the parents were doing to their brat daughter, than he hands the court a bill for $12K grand. FF…not a word from this slime bag today! Says he's trying to do his job? Wasn't he doing his job before? If I was Mayor I would get the town another lawyer
Domino March 13, 2014 at 04:48 PM
The Morris County Freeloader Board has, for a very long time, been little more than a political stopping off point for arrogant, self-absorbed dirtbags.

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