Woodbridge Councilman Admits to Traffic Arrest

Councilman Kyle Anderson said at the December 4 council meeting he had been arrested by Woodbridge police on a bench warrant for an outstanding motor vehicle ticket.

Councilman Kyle Anderson admitted at a Woodbridge council meeting Tuesday night that he had been arrested on a bench warrant for an unpaid traffic ticket.

Anderson reportedly had been pulled over by a Woodbridge patrolman for having a broken tail light in early November. The officer discovered that Anderson had an outstanding ticket for failing to pay for a previous motor vehicle fine.

The councilman was brought into the Woodbridge Police Department and was released.

Bench warrants are issued in New Jersey for contempt of court charges, such as not paying tickets for motor vehicle violations.

Anderson brought up his arrest at the December 5 council meeting. He said that he had forgotten about the ticket, and didn't remember it until he was pulled over for the Woodbridge traffic stop.

The councilman said at the meeting the ticket issues have been resolved.

Anderson could not be reached for comment.

A former Woodbridge Housing Authority commissioner, Anderson was appointed by Mayor John McCormac to fill out the unexpired term of retired Councilwoman Patricia Osborned in January of 2011. He ran for the council seat in September of last year and won. 

Anderson is also the first black councilman to serve on the Woodbridge governing body.

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Tom Maras December 06, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Kyle, The ticketing happened in July, the arrest in Woodbridge happened on or about November 11, and the public admission at the council meeting took place on Dec. 4, 2012? Why the long gap? Who contacted the Star-Ledger to ascertain their position on the story? Doesn’t it seem odd that the McCormac Administration takes every possible opportunity to promote itself and its town council members, but let a credible news media or a citizen show anything put adulation for the powers to be and OMG, the cries go forth to burn those heretics! Ms. Bell did her job! So did NJ.Com (see: http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2012/12/woodbridge_councilman_kyle_and.html) In case anyone has failed to notice, many news papers publish statements regarding arrest and other crimes almost immediately after the incident, as can be seen at: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20121005/NJNEWS14/310050066/Police-blotter. So, why wasn’t the arrest of a seating town council news worthy, if the information was ever provided to the news services, at the time of the incident? Personally, I feel you are a good person and an asset to this community. My opinion of the Administration you serves is another matter.
Tom Maras December 06, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Goldie, really! Bring money to a location that was pleading for aid, as fast as they could get it, is, your eyes, theft! Perhaps, you should get those locks out of your eyes!
hd 1981 December 07, 2012 at 11:55 AM
See if you get a free ride , when you forget. The average Joe would be arrested and have the car towed to police yard. Wonder if he forgot his insurance too.
Goldie Locks December 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I was taught this by my parents at a very young age -- If you take something that doesn't belong to you, that is stealing, regardless of your intentions. Remember what they say about "good intentions." Perhaps your parents didn't teach you right from wrong when you were a child. As far as Kyle Anderson's ticket, if you were at the meeting, you would have heard the entire story. He did everything right. The ticket was misplaced during auto repairs. He is a human being and humans make mistakes. He learned a valuable lesson from the situation. Let's move on.
slyfox1961 December 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
@marass: give it a rest. It was not a crime, it was a traffic ticket. You are pathetic.
Jessie Ponce December 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I feel ashamed by some of the comments left here in reference to this article on Mr. Anderson's inccident which caused no harm to anyone but to himself. It's amazing how some people will pick up "rocks" and throw them without looking at their own lives first. I am not justifying how the ticket situation was handle but most of you fail to look at the collateral damage some of your comments are creating. This is a "family" man with children and a wonderful wife and to post such comments on the internet only serves to affect the children invovled when they or their friends read them. This a civil matter that is now resolved as required by law, did you ever stop and think of all the responsibities involved in being a councilman, having a regular job, being active in a cheerleading team for our own children in woodbridge and serving the public at the same time. Why do some people feel the urge to pass judgement so freely on our peers without first looking at their own lives. I know that as a public servant that he has to lead by example but any of us can "forget", "overlook" or procrastinate about something at any given time.
Jessie Ponce December 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Right now we still have victims of hurricane sandy to worry about and I am sure that many senior homeowners out there could use our help in bringing back some normalacy back to their lives or a neighbor needs help with damages caused by the storm that if you really wanted to care about something important you have the chance to make a difference. Let's not lose sight of the important things the really make a difference in our community and try to refrain from causing any more insult to his children and family for in the long run they are the ones that suffer at the hands of your words. Be true to yourselves and you will see that in the end none of this was worth it. Thanks to all for understanding and enjoy your respective holidays in health and true harmony with all.
Deborah Bell (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Please, folks, watch it with the name calling. And a reminder: you need a legit email address to post on Patch (if you don't have one and you're posting here, you know who you are. Change your email to one that works.)
Debbie W December 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Tom - Even if you believe your intentions were good, the fact remains that you should not have taken the jug to the shelter. Once the shelter was unable to accept the jug, you should have brought it back to the business where the funds were collected. The main issue is that you held on to the jug full of donations. You should just recognize that you shouldn't have transported the money. You could learn something from Mr. Anderson. He showed us how to admit a mistake and not try to cover it up. And Marge continually thanks the community for each and every donation and you implying that she doesn't is just wrong.
Goldie Locks December 07, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Thanks Margorie :)
Jessie Ponce December 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
All that I am asking is that before you write another negative or insulting comment about councilman Anderson is to stare at his picture at the top of this page at think of the faces of his wonderful children that do not appear in the picture possibly looking sad, ashamed and crying over your words due to your lack of compassion. Please don't ruin their x-mas in the name of "drama". Think of how your children would feel if it was you or a family member of yours in the paper instead. Why not replace your comments with well wishes for his kids and family so they can "read" the "good" in you. Let's put an end to this article and it's sad history, thanks.
Tom Maras December 08, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Part 1 of 2 Ladies, let's keep it real. The point of this article is not weather I stole money, I didn't. In fact, I helped collect and delivery it in response to the shelter's call for money, materials, food, towels, etc. The jug that was delivered to the shelter had a larger handwritten note on it calling for money to help the shelter. I was there when it was written, two days prior to it being delivered to the shelter. Knowing the shelter was in need of funds, the management of the establishment were the jug was on display encouraged me to drop the jug off, as I was going to be passing the shelter en route to the center of town. To ensure no one could 'legitimately' question if all the money in the jug would arrive at the shelter, it was well sealed by an employee of the establishment. To further ensure the delivery of the jug was duly reported, I contacted an elected township official, who, in turn, contacted the Director of Public Works. If there is a lesson to be learned here, it is that the old idiom; "no good deed goes unpunished"! applies. Hope the money helped. As to Mr. Anderson, he stated:"...as a public official, I am held to a higher standard of conduct..." (see: http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2012/12/woodbridge_councilman_kyle_and.html). That is exactly what is happening! How ever unfortunate the incident may be, he broke the law and was arrested. That is no trivial matter.
Tom Maras December 08, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Part 2 of 2 There are many aspects to Councilman Anderson’s account of the events that lead up to his arrest that bear further scrutiny, e.g., timing, official notification and weeks of auto repairs that left his vehicle with “flickering headlights”. Despite Mr. Anderson’s hopes that news medias, other than PATCH would ignore his story, it appears other credible news media, such NJ.Com and the Home News Tribune (http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20121206/NJNEWS/312060029/Woodbridge-councilman-learns-slow-down-after-arrest-unpaid-speeding-ticket?nclick_check=1) have contact Councilman Anderson and published his commentary about his arrest. While there is sympathy for Mr. Anderson’s family over the embarrassment of his arrest, he, like Mayor Mack and Assemblyman Robert Schroeder, must bear the responsibility for their actions. Unfortunately, all too often in the world of politics, it isn’t the crime a politician commits that invokes the most repentance , it is the fact that they got caught that is their real sorrow!
Tom Maras December 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Councilman Anderson, for the record, if John McCormac, as the titular head of the Woodbridge Democratic Party had not approved your "Appointment" to the town council, it is highly unlikely you would now hold that high office.
hd 1981 December 08, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Driveing around unregistered an uninsured. Get a free ride is your major scope of work.
Tom Maras December 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Bark bark, woof woof! Just got the response to my OPRA on the acquisition and operational costs of the shelter, among other things. So far, it doesn't seem to be quite as self-sustaining as you claim it to be. But that is not to say the shelter is not a needed operation in the community. Surely, everyone that cares about animals knows it is! No doubt, you'll enjoy reading my next blog about the shelter. Would write more here, but I have to get back to one of my favorite, inspirational movies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood:_Prince_of_Thieves
marge petrow December 09, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Very interesting how my posts have been deleted.
Kyle Anderson December 09, 2012 at 07:12 PM
No surprise there. Mr. Maras also edited his own original comment to this article where he comments on the matter and then compliments me calling me "a good person who is good for the community". This has now been deleted. Why? Because he had to. How else could he continue to write on the subject the way he has without deleting it. Who is the spin doctor now Mr. Maras?
Deborah Bell (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Actually I'm deleting posts. Posts that get deleted engage in name calling and the sort of remarks that get people sued. Reasons for deleting: If someone has stolen something, file charges against that person. Otherwise, it's libelous. Implying someone is the slur word for a female dog is against Patch's terms of service. That gets deleted. I believe in giving people the utmost freedom in posting. We're all adults here, right? Can we show some respect for one another? The alternative is closing comments. I hate doing that. To everyone, please temper your remarks if you feel an overwhelming urge to insult (or be a lot more clever about it.) Thanks for your cooperation. N.B. If you have a complaint about how I've deleted comments, please email me at deborah.bell@patch.com. The one poster who refuses to update his email address to one that works should email me as well if he'd like to keep posting on Patch.
Tom Maras December 09, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Mr. Anderson, Complimenting you for being a good person and saying you have done good for the community is my true believe, based on what I know about you and your devotion to family. That opinion does not necessarily apply to your abilities on the town council, nor does it mean I do not believe there is more to your arrest confession than has been told. In that connection, why don't you make all the records of the ticket, letters of notification about, your letter to the other municipality that issued the arrest warrant, etc. public? You are a seating councilman who votes on how local laws are promulgated and how MILLIONS of taxpayers' $$$$ are spent, and you, based on recent events, can't even take care of your own legal/financial affairs! Perhaps, John Hagerty can write your next retort. How much worse could he possibly do!
Tom Maras December 09, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Ms. Bell. Thank you for reminding me not to let my frustrations cloud by professional judgment or my writings. Please accept my apology for the lapse. Hopefully, your admonishment serves as a wake-up call to all concerned.
slyfox1961 December 09, 2012 at 08:57 PM
@maras: What "professional judgment"? You are not a professional. Being a professional implies that you are paid for your services. To my knowledge you have not been employed since the mid nineties, and you definitely are not a journalist, except in your own mind.
Rosie L. December 09, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Maras, get off the internet and go to the shore. Use your heart, your hands and your feet to help someone else for the day, then come back here and tells us all about your experience. Until then you are not the best person to be judge & jury. You have a lot to make up for!!! He who is with out sin can cast the first stone!!! Please don't say a word, just go and help, then report back to all of us. Take action with you hands not your mouth!!!
Tom Maras December 10, 2012 at 01:28 AM
@slyfox1961 Would decorum suit you better? And what is or was your profession? Have you retired yet? If not, just wait till you can and you'll know why I enjoy mine.
Miss Nikky December 10, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I'm retired and sure do enjoy my life but I also volunteer at something I truly believe in and get my hands dirty so I walk the walk; -- not just talk the talk. Makes no difference what profession anyone is in - just don't be a Monday morning quarterback and bellyache. Do something to show you care in a sincere manner without any underlying motive.
Tom Maras December 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM
@ Miss Nikky, Kudos on your volunteerism. what makes you think I haven't been a volunteer or haven't gotten my hands dirty, or even bloody? And, if calling elected or "Appointed'" officials to the "higher standard" that some acknowledge is applicable to them, is Monday morning quarterbacking or bellyaching, no wonder I, and many others in this community, have so much acid reflux! @Rosie L. Please give me the name and contact numbers of some of the organizations/agencies you volunteer at and I'll get in touch with them.
Tom Maras December 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM
@slyfox1961 Anyone who claims to be employed full-time and and spends as much time on the internet as you do must be Mac or his employee! Will show my DD214 if you can produce a birth certificate that lists two parents that are not related!
slyfox1961 December 11, 2012 at 01:09 PM
@maras: appararantly you are not adhering to Deb's request concerning derogatory statements. ANd where I work and how much time i spend on the internet is none of your business. Did it ever occur to you I may be self employed? Or I am allowed internet access where I work? Perhaps I am salaried, and how much time i spend on the internet is irrelevant as long as I get my work completred? There are many, many possibilities, Mr. Maras!
Tom Maras December 11, 2012 at 01:47 PM
@slyfox1961. As someone you demands answers of me to your question, no matter how terse those questions may be, you have little room to complain about derogatory statements. Why do you, as nothing more than an UFP (unidentified frequent poster) feel I owe you any information or proof about my personal life? Anyway, if you think my question was derogatory, it was not intended to be such. I t was just a way of seeing how you like puns direct at you. Obviously, not so much! And just to clarify, most people know the parents listed on a birth certificate are related, by their marriage, as I am sure were yours. Now get to work so you can afford to pay your taxes. Us 47% 'ers are counting on your contributions.
MARY CHIUCCHI December 26, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Mr. Maras, I too have a DD214 (Military Discharge Papers), but this does not give anyone the right to bash or judge others. Being 100% Service Connected disabled, I suggest you spend as much time volunteering at the V.A. as you do posting on this paper. With all those who have served needing help, your time would be better served!


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