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Assemblyman Arthur Barclay (D-Camden). Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Assemblyman arrested on assault charges

Camden Democrat, accused of domestic violence, expected to resign

By David Wildstein, June 18 2018 6:02 pm

Assemblyman Arthur Barclay (D-Camden) is facing assault charges after being on arrested on June 7  on domestic violence charges and is expected to resign his seat in the State Assembly.

“It happened,” Barclay told the New Jersey Globe.  “I don’t want to talk about it.  It is what it is.  It happened.  I just want to move forward.”

Camden County Police officers arrested Barclay in his car.  Additional details were not immediately available.

Barclay was elected to the Assembly in 2015 after serving two years as a Camden city councilman.  Sources say that Barclay told Democratic leaders today that he was resigning.

The assemblyman was released on his own recognizance after a bail hearing and is due to appear in Camden County Municipal Court on June 28.

The timing of Barclay’s legal issues comes as Assembly Democrats are trying to pass a state budget.  Barclay is part of the South Jersey delegation that is expected to back efforts by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to pass his own budget and not one advocated by Gov. Phil Murphy.  This gives Coughlin one less vote on Thursday, as state law requires at least seven days to pass before a special election convention can be held.

Sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, say the 6’8” former college basketball player punched his girlfriend in the face and broke her nose.

Barclay’s legislative office said this morning that the assemblyman was in Trenton, but several legislators confirmed that he was not in the Assembly Democratic Caucus today.  His chief of staff did not return calls or e-mails seeking comment at 1:25 PM.

The 36-year-old Barclay was the captain of the state champion Camden High School basketball team in 2000.  He played for the University of Memphis basketball team.

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