Ashley says his client will plead not guilty

Roselle Mayor Garrett Smith has retained civil rights attorney Tom Ashley as his attorney, who says his client is not guilty.

“It was never the mayor’s intention to defraud the insurance company,” Ashley told “He’s prepared to enter a not guilty plea with respect to all counts in the indictment.”

Earlier today, a Union County Grand Jury indicted Smith on one count of 2nd Degree Insurance Fraud and one count of 4th Degree Filing a False Police Report.

“This has nothing to do with his elected office,” said Ashley, who was defense attorney for former Newark Mayor Sharpe James.

Yesterday, Smith doubled down on his commitment to pursue a third term as mayor of Roselle.

Ashley says his client will plead not guilty