Citizens and Press waiting to hear Penns Grove Borough's official decision on paying for the legal fees of accused Mayor and Councilwoman at today's "special meeting" called by the Mayor | July 22nd, 2014 Penns Grove, NJ

Jackson and Hudson sue Penns Grove Borough

Elected Officials, recently indicted on charges of aggravated assault and obstructing administration of law, sue Penns Grove to enforce Ordinance funding their legal defense.

PENNS GROVE, NJ – Councilwoman Jeannette R. Jackson and School Board Member Walter L. Hudson sue the Borough of Penns Grove to enforce Penns Grove Ordinance 2004-14.

Yesterday 10/31/14  a complaint was filed by Attorney Conrad J. Bendetto, on behalf of Jackson and Hudson in the Superior Court of New Jersey – Salem County [Docket No.: L-192-14] alleging that the Borough has failed to comply with its ordinance to provide legal fees on behalf of Jackson and Hudson need to defend them in connection to charges stemming from an incident which occurred on July 10, 2014 allegations at the Penns Grove Middle School while Jackson and Hudson were in attendance “in their official capacities.”

Bendetto says, the Ordinance in pertinent part states, “The Borough of Penns Grove shall provide the defense of any action, suit or proceeding, whether civil or criminal, administrative or investigartive…”

Jackson has retained Mathew V. Portella of Haddon Heights as her attorney, while Hudson has retained Thomas Gosse of Haddon Heights as his attorney.

“Ms. Jackson did nothing wrong. She didn’t break the law, and should not have been charged with any crimes,” says Portella.

“I will always be committed to the community, the school board and the Borough, however, the Borough has shown they are not committed to me,” stated Hudson in a press release sent early this morning Nov. 1, 2014 along with the above announcement to The News of Salem County.

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