Newark councilman on violent confrontation with Irvington cop: 'Not the way I intended to begin 2015'

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 07, 2015

John Sharpe James

 

NEWARK — City Councilman John Sharpe James took to social media today to thank supporters and express regrets over a violent confrontation on Monday night that led to the arrest of an Irvington police captain.

James, who represents Newark's South Ward and was first elected in 2013, shared a post on his Facebook page this morning thanking supporters and asking them not to tag him in any articles or posts about the incident.

“This was not the way I intended to begin 2015. Let us work together as a community to move Newark forward. God Bless America and the City of Newark,” he wrote.

The post received more than 350 likes, and dozens of comments expressing support and relief that he was not hurt during after Irvington Capt. Monique Smith allegedly repeatedly struck his car with her personal vehicle late Monday night.

Police say the argument began near James’ home on Pomona Avenue, and ended at the Wilbur Avenue home of his father, former longtime Newark mayor Sharpe James, who was able to diffuse it.

Smith, who is free after posting 10 percent of her $75,000 bail on Tuesday, is facing charged including aggravated assault, stalking, harassment and weapons offenses.

The 14-year veteran’s arrest came just hours after she was promoted to captain during a ceremony at Irvington Town Hall. She has been suspended without pay pending an investigation.

It remains unclear what relationship she has with the councilor, or what sparked the argument.

John Sharpe James declined to comment on the incident on Tuesday. An employee at his council office in City Hall would not allow a reporter inside this afternoon, and he did not immediately return a voicemail left on a personal phone.

A decorated military veteran who spent time in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, he now works as the Security and Emergency Operations Director at Essex County Hospital in Cedar Grove

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