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Does (former) Commercial Mayor Garrison have a temper?

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According to records I received today from the Commercial Township (Cumberland County) Municipal Court, former Township Mayor George Garrison was charged twice within a eight-month period for simple assault or harassment by two local women. The first incident occurred on October 1, 2010 when Garrison was still Mayor. Port Norris resident Pamela Bevill charged Garrison with harassment after an encounter with him at her residence. Bevill claims that Garrison knocked on her door after seeing his opponent\'s campaign sign in her front yard. According to Bevill, Garrison became upset when she told him that she wouldn\'t vote for him and began to shut the door. Garrison allegedly yanked the door back open and told Bevill that his wife was Bevill\'s son\'s teacher at school. The matter was transferred to Pitman Municipal Court in Gloucester County. On November 29, 2010, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the harassment charge provided that Garrison have no further contact with Bevill. The second incident occurred on May 25, 2011, after Garrison had lost the election the previous November. Port Norris resident Cathy Ore, who says that she is legally blind, claimed that she went to Garrison\'s property at 1752 North Avenue, Port Norris to attend a meeting to which she was invited. Garrison allegedly screamed at Ore and demanded that she get off his property. While the driver of the car she was riding in attempted to depart, Garrison allegedly screamed \"Thank you for all the harassment\" while simultaneously grabbing her car door. Garrison then allegedly slammed the door on her. I am informed that this matter was heard in Salem City Municipal Court on November 29, 2011 and that the charge was dismissed. These are not Garrison\'s first brushes with the law. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Garrison and local resident Ben Moore filed charges against each other after a fight on election night 2007 (November 6) at the Port Norris Fire Hall. I can find no published news articles regarding the outcome of those complaints. The records of the two incidents mentioned are on-line here. John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Open Government Advocacy Project




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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Does (former) Commercial Mayor Garrison have a temper?. November 30, 2011.
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