Following Atlantic County Surrogate James Curcio’s guilty plea this morning to a second DWI offense, he needs to resign, said the chairman of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee.
“He has betrayed the public trust and has behaved in a way that is beneath the high standards we should expect from a member of the Judiciary,” said Chairman James Schroeder. “Mr. Curcio was charged with this offense in April. He was entitled to the benefit of the doubt until this case was adjudicated.”
The surrogate pleaded guilty at 10 a.m. in North Wildwood Municipal Court.
“Now that he has pleaded guilty to this serious charge for a second time, he should adhere to the words of Governor Christie who recently said of another New Jersey elected official: ‘Once indicted, he should resign. It puts a cloud over the office. You don’t have an entitlement to a public office,'” said Schroeder.
In April Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis said of Curcio, “If these charges are proven true, he has an obligation to do the right thing and immediately resign as Surrogate.”
Schroeder said he agrees.
“In this instance, I agree with Governor Christie and Keith Davis,” he said. “It is time for Jim Curcio to do the honorable thing and surrender his office. I hope for his sake and that of his family that his problems can be addressed and that he and an innocent public will be spared the risk of this ever happening again.”