It’s been a BAD week for the State Assembly, Save Jerseyans. On both sides of the aisle.
Ironically, both politicians at the center of these respective stories reside in Washington Townships. Weird, right?
On Tuesday, Gloucester County Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-LD4) was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence on his way to a Washington Township Chick-fil-a restaurant (insert punchline here).
This morning, police in Washington Township (this time the Bergen County one) reportedly “removed files and a computer hard drive from the home of Assemblyman Robert Schroeder (R-LD39), who faces numerous lawsuits from vendors and other creditors seeking money from his business.” (h/t NorthJersey.com). PolitickerNJ.com cites unnamed sources who claim today’s police activity is related to an alleged check kiting scheme.
No one is 100% sure right now what is being investigated and exactly what the authorities think Schroeder’s involvement might be. [UPDATE: 1:10pm 8/3/12 - NJ.com reports that Assemblyman Schroeder has been charged with "writing nearly $400,000 in bad checks to people who invested large sums in his company."]
We’ll keep you in the loop as more information comes to light…
Details have been fluid, and I’m sure they will continue to slowly emerge regarding Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D – 4th district) and the charges against him for an alleged DUI and refusing to take a breathalyzer, Save Jerseyans.
The Washington Township police, facing serious accusations of misconduct from the Assemblyman/Former Mayor himself, are not rushing to inform the media on the status of the situation.
The full records, according to NJ.com, will be released once it can be determined that they are “public records,” meaning they have not been released yet and will not be until there has been extensive review, and I am using the term review very loosely. I find it hard to believe that the same considerations would be taken for any other alleged offender.
But truthfully, I am not all that interested in whether Paul Moriarty had a drink before hitting the road Monday afternoon. This is a political blog, and this year, unlike most of the districts in our state, the 4th has a special election, so lets talk implications . . . CONTINUE READING….
Assemblyman Moriarty’s office has released the following statement via email regarding his arrest this afternoon:
This afternoon after spending over an hour at my local car dealership and heading to grab lunch, I was pulled over by a Washington Township Police Officer who claimed I had cut him off at an intersection. I disputed his assertion which led him to order me from my car, submit me to a field sobriety test and issue a summons for DUI. Let me be clear: I had consumed no alcoholic beverages, and this entire episode was an abuse of power.
The Officer that detained me, today, was previously fired from the Washington Township Police Department for allegedly being untruthful in an Internal Affairs Investigation. A court subsequently ordered his reinstatement.
My attorney intends to vigorously defend these allegations, which may include filing charges with Washington Township Police Department’s Internal Affairs.
Keep with Save Jersey as this story develops…