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...Enjoy the Ride!

Woodbridge Councilman Kyle Anderson was arrested. Was he a scofflaw?

In part of his statement to MyCentraljersey.com, Woodbridge Councilman Kyle Anderson said:... "Let’s slow down and enjoy the ride.’’

Having just reviewed the DVD of Mr. Anderson's arrest and transport to Woodbridge department's HQ, it can be seen, sadly, that Mr. Anderson did not enjoy the ride!

It was Patch Woodbridge that first broke the story of the councilman's arrest.  And despite the councilman’s stated believe in his post on Patch. com (and surely to his chagrin) that neither the Star-Ledger nor the Home News Tribune would run a story regarding his arrest, both news outlets did. Kudos to both news services for their follow up on the story.

For those who may have missed it, on December 4, 2012, Councilman Anderson, at the Woodbridge Town Council meeting, announced to those in attendance and to the TV 35 camera, that he had been arrested by the Woodbridge police.  That arrest, for Contempt of Court- MV Violations, occurred on November 13, 2012.  As the records indicate, the councilmen failed to pay a speeding ticket he received from another municipality in July 2012. After being arrested, the councilman was released after posting bail in the amount of $195.00.

While some may feel the councilman’s public admission of his arrest was an “upfront” thing to do, one can also wonder why the councilman did not make that announcement at the November 20th council meeting; just seven days after his arrest.  Perhaps, once he became aware that news of his arrest was being looked into by those outside the McCormac administration, his December 4th forthcoming was a pre-emptive political ploy.

The genesis of the councilman’s legal entanglement and public embarrassment may have been a speeding ticket, but as the councilman stated to the press, he should be held to a higher standard.  In his position as town councilman, a position that affords him the privilege of voting on local laws, regulations, administration expenditures, including the township’s $125,000,000 municipal budget, he is absolutely correct in that statement. Accordingly, the public has ever right to wonder if a person, in his high position, cannot handle his legal and financial affairs in a timely manner, how can he be trusted to handle theirs!

For the record, the DVD showing Mr. Anderson’s stop and arrest (which I will not make public) by members of the Woodbridge PD, shows that while those officers knew Mr. Anderson is a member of the Woodbridge Town Council, they, however reluctantly, did their sworn duty.  In that connection, the residents of Woodbridge Township can and should take great pride in that part of their local government. This community has a PD to be proud of!

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sheila December 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM
We are all human and make mistakes, he made a mistake and owned up to it, with a public statement. 20 children were just killed on Friday. Instead of always looking for negative in our beautiful town, we should all pray for the families and friends of these beautiful children and their teachers that tried to protect them. Really horrible things are happening in our world.
slyfox1961 December 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Any excuse to attack the administration. This is a non-event. It was a forgotten traffic ticket, not a felony. Why is this posted twice, did you think posting it again was going to make it more relevant than the first time?
Tom Maras December 17, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Any excuse! This is a sitting councilman (who, for all intense and purpose, was Appointed by McCormac) that broke the law and was arrested for it. That is no trivial matter, however Mac and company want to spin it! Aren't Hagerty and Robbins also Mac picks!
Jessie Ponce December 18, 2012 at 04:47 AM
I fail to see what it is you seek in continuing to bring up this inncident once again. You seem to be obsessed with this matter as if you were the judge and jury trying the case. The ticket was paid, the lesson was learned and the matter is over as far as the court is concerned. Why are you so adamant about this matter if the court no longer is. You seem too eager to pass judgement on all those around you and at the end of the day, what exactly do you gain? And to suggest that a simple non-payment of a ticket compares to voting on a $125,000,000.00 municipal budget on which multiple parties must agree on how it will be spent is childish and ignorant on your behalf. But since you seem to think that you are better qualified to handle such matters, here's an idea right up your alley. I say that at the next council meeting that they should vote to put the $125,000,000.00 budget in a "BIG" jar all taped up and with a big sign on it and let you take it to where it is required to go, since you seem to care so much about all this. I just hope that if the motion is approved they don't decide to fill it all with pennies though I can think of at least 1 vote that will be a "yay". Give it a rest already, kids and adults were murdered this week by a madman and the nation is in mourning and this is the best thing you can spend your time doing? Go help someone and you will feel better. Have a nice day and I hope you learn to forgive and forget.
Tom Maras December 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Your using a national tragedy to deflect on a local matter. That's sad and typical of those who find excuses for those they favor. Mr. Anderson's cavalier treatment of a speedy ticket got him addressed. Hardly a fact he would use in an election campaign. Nor is it something the residents and voters of the community, a community he is sworn to serve, should ignore. People have a right to question the fact that if a person that votes on matters that affect their lives and finances cannot take care of his legal and financial obligations, how well is he handling theirs. It is not for me to forgive. It is, however, something that will be remembered as Mr. Anderson votes on matters before the town council.
marge petrow December 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Very well said Jessie & Sheila.
Jessie Ponce December 19, 2012 at 05:33 AM
It's not deflection Mr. Maras, it's about prioritizing events that matter more than others. Your statement claiming that I use a national tragedy as a deflection of a local matter leaves much to say about your own concern over your fellow man. Let me tell you that I still feel the pain and sorrow of what happened to those children and teachers as if it were today. If anything good is to come of this tragedy is that I look at my little daughter Kim each and every day in a whole new light. I am there for her at any moment for anything, for as we now know, any one's life can change in a minute. I feel for those families and their pain which I am sure will never end no matter how much time passes by or what words of comfort are expressed to them. You should try channeling your efforts for the good of mankind and making this a better world for all instead of looking for faults and mistakes to grab on to and perpetuate as if anyone else really cares. If you want to change things instead of criticizing everything and everyone, why don't you run for office? Let's see how many votes your non relenting verbal warfare garners you at the next election. Part of being human is making mistakes and rectifying them, being a relentless chastiser and demeaning your fellow man for your own illusions of grandeur is not! I wonder how many times you log on to this page on a daily basis and read your own words over and over again before you even proceed to read the replies left by others. good luck
Jessie Ponce December 19, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Thanks Marge, for your support, have a great holiday and keep the faith.
Jessie Ponce December 19, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Remember that you can never overpay when you use compassion as currency!
Ken Russo December 19, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Mr. Maras' public tirades against anything McCormac, as well as his embarrassing behavior at council meetings, are some of the primary reasons I quit as a Ward Chair and committee member of the local Republican Organization. His actions and behavior are also preventing many current members from participating in organization events. In addition, there are many Woodbridge residents who would like to join, but are reluctant to because they don't want to associate with an organization that embraces this type of rhetoric. As if we don't have enough of this on the national scene. Until the current Executive Board of the WTRO realizes this type of rhetoric and behavior does not reflect well on them, they will continue to be a dysfunctional group, with no hope of attracting the member base needed to accomplish good things, or any hope of fielding competitive candidates.
Tom Maras December 19, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Still deflecting and protecting one of the pack, with MP's help. Hearing liberal views always helps conservative know how 'right' we are. My heart, prayers and more are with all who have suffered from man-made and natural tragedies. I have seen them, first-hand, in many parts of the world. They never fail to touch my heart. I have never failed to respond, in the best way I could, to them. End of that story. Just imagine a society where non-elected people (citizens) could not hold their elected official accountable for their actions. If you can't, try living in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the like, them get back to me
Tom Maras December 20, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Always nice to hear from the WTRO's former version of Maxwell Smart. You know, the guy that loved to say: "I missed by just that much"! Like your bid for a council seat in the primary. Obviously, going liberal has not improved your aim! How's that shift in political ideology working out for you these days?
slyfox1961 December 21, 2012 at 07:09 PM
@marass: where are Ms. Ponce's views liberal? And didn't you just deny being a conservative Tea Party member, and state that you are a moderate during a recent debate on another post? Which are you, a moderate or a conserviative? Or do you flip flop to suit your needs.
Tom Maras December 21, 2012 at 08:35 PM
@slyfox1961 And didn't you just forget your admonishment of me for forgetting Ms. Bell's admonishment of all for name calling! While I believe a little "TEA" is good for all, one dosen't have to be a member of the Party to appreciate a cup of tea, on occasion. As to Ms. Ponce, tell her to add a choirs of "Hearts & Flowers" to her next post. Liberals love that so!

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