An ally of New Brunswick mayoral candidate Patricia Bombelyn wants an investigation into police officers’ residency designations in the city.
In a June 4th letter to New Brunswick Police Department Lt. Christiopher Carroll, retired police officer Richard Rivera asks whether officers intentionally maintain their voter registration in New Brunswick and vote in local elections despite the fact that they live in other municipalities.
“It has been brought to my attention that this is a widespread practice among your officers which could probably be remedied with a departmental memorandum to personnel,” Rivera wrote. “Prior to forwarding this complaint to you I sought to personally confirm some of these allegations using public information and by visiting several residences.”
Rivera said he visted the listed New Brunswick residences of three police officers. The nephew of one of the officers said he no longer resides at the house and now lives in East Brunswick. Another other officer moved 15 years earlier and also currently lives in East Brunswick. Same with a third.
Rivera said the officers’ voter registration cards in all three cases indicate that they voted in New Brunswick in November 2009.
“Since, there is an upcoming local Primary Election on June 8th in New Brunswick, I am attempting to prevent other officers from possibly violating the law by fraudulently voting in New Brunswick when they should not, causing them unnecessary legal difficulties as well as impinge upon their credibility which is essential in police work,” Rivera added.
Bombelyn is challenging 20-year incumbent Jim Cahill.