Zimmer’s School Board Choice Arrested
Hoboken Police: Clifford Godfrey faces several charges
after alleged 200 Lounge assault
One of Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s endorsed candidates for Board of Education was arrested early Friday following a mini-melee at the 200 Lounge.
31-year-old Clifford L. Godfrey faces charges of Simple Assault on a woman, Endangering an Injured Victim, Obstructing, and Disorderly Conduct. Godfrey was also found to have had an open warrant out of Newark. Also arrested was his partner, with whom he has one child whose image was used in “Kids First” organization campaign efforts. Stephanie Leblanc was charged with Obstructing and Resisting Arrest, and was also found to have an open warrant out of East Orange.
Godfrey accused by woman who was “pushed, slapped and held down”
Hoboken Police report they received a 911 call just before 1 am from a Union City woman who said she had been assaulted at the 200 Lounge. The female victim and her witnesses told officers she was assaulted by a group who had just left the area. The woman told police she was inside 200 Lounge when an unknown male threw a drink on her. She stated she was approached by Godfrey who allegedly “pushed her and slapped her in the face, forcing her to fall to the ground.” Once on the ground, the victim told police Godfrey would not let her up and “kept pushing her on the ground.” Godfrey then allegedly left the club, and the victim called police. Two other women also told police that they had been assaulted during the fight.
Police stop Godfrey; becomes “enraged” with “clenched fists”
According to the official report by officers at the scene, when they first requested Godfrey and his group to stop walking away, he looked back at them, turned his head and continued walking. He was again asked to stop, and he allegedly yelled back that he “did not do anything” and asked, “why does he have to stop?” At this point he was ordered to stop by the officer and told to wait by the wall.
Two other males identified as Christopher Salcedo of Linden and Kristerph Adams of Newark were allegedly trying to pull Godfrey away from police saying they will “take him home.” Both were ordered by police to stop and back away from Godfrey. Police say they became disorderly and were arrested by officers who arrived on the scene as backup. A search of Salcedo found him carrying a Husky gravity knife in his pocket.
HPD: Godfrey ordered several times to “calm down”
During the arrests of his friends, police say Godfrey “became enraged and started screaming to leave him alone, clenching his fists.” He is alleged to have challenged a Police Officer with offensive comments and aggressive stance. At that point he was placed under arrest. His partner, Leblanc, was arrested when she allegedly refused police orders to keep away from Godfrey while he was being arrested.
HPD says Godfrey’s friend Salcedo was charged with Failure to Disperse, Obstructing, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Prohibited Weapon (the knife), and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Salcedo was also found to have an open warrant from Roselle Park. Adams was the only member of Godfrey’s party who had no open warrants. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Disperse with no outstanding warrants.
Godfrey appeared on Dawn Zimmer’s failed slate for Board of Education this year in what many believe was a political deal with his boss, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Godfrey had no record of involvement in Hoboken prior to Zimmer’s endorsement