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Ambrosino hits Camden Dems over Norcross-Barclay meeting

Former Assemblyman resigned after Globe reports on domestic violence arrest

By Nikita Biryukov, September 05 2019 12:02 pm

Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino slammed county Democrats over what appears to be continued support of former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay.

“What’s wrong with this guy that he goes on Facebook and posts a photo of himself with George Norcross and, at the time, the Assistant Chief of the Camden County Police Department and captions the photo with ‘Business as usual,’” Ambrosino said. “He had to know that after resigning from the assembly in disgrace that photo with ‘business as usual’ sends a really bad message.”

Barclay resigned from his post in the Assembly last year after the New Jersey Globe reported he was arrested for punching his girlfriend in the face.

The charges against the former Assemblyman were dropped after the victim failed to appear in court.

Despite his giving up his Assembly seat, Barclay was kept on as a Camden County employee.

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.

“After Barclay resigned from the Assembly the county spokesman said the arrest would be investigated as a personnel matter.” Ambrosino said, “I think it is time for someone to explain how that investigation led to Arthur Barclay being moved into a new job in county government and a pay raise. Was it simply business as usual?”

Barclay and other Camden County employees received a cost of living raise last year.

Despite his past legal troubles, Barclay appears to have stayed in Camden Democrats’ good graces.

According to a Facebook post made by the former Assemblyman and first reported by Politico, Barclay recently met with South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross, who praised the Camden County employee.

Camden’s City Council was set to vote on appointing Barclay to the board of its Parking Authority, though Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has indicated it would block the nomination if it had to.

“Frankly, I don’t know if Barclay calling it ‘business as usual’ or the fact George Norcross referred to him as a ‘mentor to many children in the City of Camden’ is worse,” Ambrosino said. “Nowhere else in New Jersey would a guy who admitted to punching his girlfriend be called a ‘mentor’ to anyone.”

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