Joey Torres, Paterson’s former mayor, says criminal charges of negligence against him will not prevent him from running for office. Late last week, the Attorney General’s Office filed these charges against Torres, citing his candidacy for mayor. According to the AG office, his candidacy violates a court ruling signed by Torres as part of his conviction for official crimes in 2017. According to the court decision, Torres was deprived of the right to hold future government positions and agreed not to apply for public office.
Torres told Northjersey.com that he predicts he will be cleared of any crime and will continue his civil lawsuit to force the city to place his name on the ballot in the upcoming mayoral election. Charges of contempt against Torres include a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $ 10,000 fine if convicted.
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