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Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino is keeping the heat on local Democrats for giving a pay raise to former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay (D-Camden), who was arrested for punching his girlfriend in the face last year.
Barclay resigned from the Assembly and the charges against him were dropped when the woman didn’t show up in court to testify against him. He remains employed by Camden County and received a cost of living increase last year, along with other county employees.
“Is it common for county employees who admit to punching their girlfriends to be given new jobs and pay raises? Does county government agree with what Congressman Norcross said at the time that, ‘This type of behavior is unacceptable under any circumstances,’ and, if so, why is the former assemblyman still employed by the county?” Ambrosino asked. “Given the fact it was reported that Mr. Barclay resigned from the New Jersey Assembly for ‘health reasons,’ does his health prevent him from performing any of the duties associated with his county job or the job he held previously?”
POLITICO reported this month that Barclay earns about $62,000-a-year as a confidential assistant at the county Division of Senior and Disabled Services.
“Residents of Camden County deserve truthful answers,” Ambrosino said. “At the very least, those who engage in unacceptable behavior shouldn’t be getting new jobs with pay raises.”