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State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) said Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede should consider resigning over her alleged role in the release of her primary opponent’s expunged criminal record.
“Do I think she should resign? Maybe. I know Jeff Martin has called for it, and certainly, every day something new comes up,” Greenstein said. “It’s just a big mess, and it’s very bad for the people of Hamilton. It’s just a matter of the politicians. It’s the people of the town who are being embarrassed, and it’s just a mess over there.”
Martin, the council president and the Democratic mayoral nominee, did not call for Yaede’s resignation.
Yaede is accused of forwarding the expunged arrest records of David Henderson, whom she defeated in an off-the-line primary re-election bid earlier this year, to an anonymous blog backing the incumbent.
Yaede’s campaign has denied affiliation with the blog.
Knowingly releasing expunged records is a crime in New Jersey.
“It’s hard to really understand, but at a minimum, she should step away because every day something else happens,” Greenstein said.
What Greenstein meant by “step away” was unclear.
“I don’t know how you do that, but I just think she shouldn’t be doing her mayor job and dealing with all the issues that she’s having to deal with right now,” the senator said. “It’s a mess.”