Calling the charges against Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean Twp.) a “betrayal of the public trust” Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany-Troy Hills) today called on him to resign from the assembly.
“I am calling on Assemblyman Van Pelt to immediately resign from the General Assembly. He cannot represent his district effectively with this cloud hanging over his head. The people of the 9th District are entitled to a representative who is above suspicion and beyond reproach. These allegations are disturbing,” he said. “No betrayal of the public trust can be tolerated. Republicans have long advocated for stronger ethics reforms that hold all public officials accountable for their actions. These reforms apply to all office holders, regardless of their party affiliation.”
Van Pelt, who was until recently also Mayor of Ocean Township and is the administrator of Lumberton, was arrested today as part of a huge sting that hit religious leaders and elected officials alike. He allegedly offered to use his influence to help a real estate developer in his legislative district.
One other assemblyman, L. Harvey Smith (D-Jersey City) was arrested today. Smith, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Jersey City in May, is not seeking reelection.