A September 18 letter from Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) concerning animal rights laws as they impact Hoboken—where he is currently running to represent ward 4 on the city council—were stuffed into envelopes from the office of Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1).
While some have alleged that the incident could rise to mail fraud, Garcia’s office claims that the issue was a “simple and innocent error.”
According to Garcia’s office, the “last shipment of envelopes from Trenton evidently must have had some of Assemblyman Fiocchi’s envelopes inadvertently mixed in—our volunteers stuffing envelopes didn’t catch it, unfortunately.”
Garcia’s office said they were unsure of exactly how many went out but claims that it is probably no more than a “handful” or the error “would have been noticed.”
“Its an oversight on both Trenton’s and our part. Nothing nefarious,” Garcia’s office said.
Fiocchi is a Republican and represents the first legislative district in the southernmost part of the state. Garcia is a Democrat whose district is in the north.
Though Garcia’s term as an Assemblyman is ending this year and he is not pursuing reelection, the letters present him in his current role, not in the role of potential Hoboken city council candidate.