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Open Government Advocacy Project:
State Police have no record of alleged incident involving Bordentown City Mayor's daughter

Issue Detail:

In a Trentonian article written by Joan Galler and published on May 25, 2010, Bordentown City Mayor James Lynch is reported to have "told the crowd of 60 residents who showed up for [the May 24, 2010] City Commission meeting that his 26-year-old daughter was frightened about two weeks ago when two men approached her with guns outside her home around 9 p.m., told her they were detectives, and asked many questions. The article further reported that Lynch claimed that "the incident is under investigation by the New Jersey State Police and prosecutorís office." From reviewing the video of the meeting at it appears that the newspaper article is accurate. (See 8:38 to 9:04 on a YouTube video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQrAb4Xfn68 ) After reading the Trentonian article and in order to determine the truth or falsity of Mayor Lynch's claim, I submitted an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request to the State Police on May 25, 2010 asking for any records regarding this alleged incident. On June 28, 2010, I received a response dated June 3, 2010 from State Police Acting Records Custodian Christopher Nunziato informing me that "after a thorough investigation was conducted, I am unable to provide any documents responsive to your request as no such documents exist. The NJSP did not conduct any investigation, assist any local department or have any involvement in the events referenced in your request." Accordingly, Mayor Lynch's assertion is false to extent that he claimed that the New Jersey State Police investigated this alleged incident. Today, I have submitted another ORPA request to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office asking for any records they might have. I will post again when I receive the Prosecutor's response. I have placed my records request to the State Police, its response and my follow-up request to the Mercer Prosecutor on-line here. John Paff, Chair New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project Somerset, New Jersey Paff@pobox.com




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