Campos supporter arrested
Four days after you first saw it here on Hoboken411, today’s Journal has a story written by Charles Hack about the arrest. Funny that the individual involved denies he put the stickers up, while a spokesman for Chris Campos says Williams did put them up. Time to get your stories straight, fellas.
Ticketing in hanging of anti-Zimmer posters
A campaign worker who helped build a case to challenge Dawn Zimmer’s City Council runoff election victory was ticketed early Saturday morning after putting up anti-Zimmer posters, and was then arrested for outstanding warrants, according to police reports. Arnold Williams, 44, of Prescott Street in Jersey City, was arrested on warrants out of Jersey City, and was issued a summons under a Hoboken municipal ordinance for posting bills, police said.
Police found Williams putting posters that read “Zimmer Lies” on telephone poles at 4:45 a.m. at 614 Second St., reports said.
He told police that no one had asked him or hired him to put them up, reports said. When police ran his name, they found outstanding warrants out of Jersey City. He was arrested and taken to Jersey City for processing, police said.
Williams helped former Jersey City Mayor Gerald McCann serve subpoenas in support of Chris Campos’ challenge of Zimmer, who stepped down and agreed to a new election next month.
Zimmer won the runoff election by eight votes. Williams has appeared in Hoboken municipal court over allegations by Zimmer supporters that he harassed them. Those cases are waiting a new venue because Judge Kimberly Glatt said they should not be tried in Hoboken or in Jersey City.
The Campos camp moved to distance itself from Williams’ actions, saying that tensions are running high in this race.
“Acting entirely on his own, (Williams) put up some stickers in anger,” said Joshua Henne, a spokesman for Campos. “Campos had absolutely no knowledge of this whatsoever.”
A Jersey City police spokesman confirmed that Williams was processed Saturday for “bail jumping.” Jersey City Municipal Court officials refused to release details on Williams’ warrants. Interviewed Monday, Williams denied putting up the posters, saying that he was questioned by police on his way to the Light Rail station after visiting a girlfriend.
He said that he had some outstanding parking tickets in Jersey City. He also said he had a ticket out of Bloomfield for driving a borrowed car that had no insurance or registration. Zimmer could not be reached for comment.
A Hoboken411 reader, who was listening to the live police scanner while I was getting my 3 hours of sleep, heard this going down in the 4th ward!
“Just heard a whopper on the police radio.
At about 4:45 am, a man was stopped at the corner of 2nd and Jackson for putting up political stickers on street signs.
He was a Jersey City resident by the name of Arnold Williams, age 44 of 88 Prescott Street. The police ran him through the computer system and found he had three (3!) warrants out for his arrest in Jersey City and he was arrested.
The sign is at 614 2nd Street, but apparently, a number of stickers were put up in the throughout the ward.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Google “Arnold Williams” and “Jersey City”. Williams is one of McCann’s buddies who went around with him on his “visits” to people who filed absentee ballots.
Police have called DPW to remove the stickers, which are apparently all over the place.”
Here’s what the Journal about said Williams back in August:
McCann’s hired ‘help’ lived five years without electricity
Gerald McCann’s sleuth has been burning the midnight oil – literally, it would seem.
Former Jersey City employee Arnold Williams says he’s been living without electricity in his home at 88 Prescott St. since he moved into the one-family home he leases five years ago. Williams, who was hired by McCann to help fend off a court challenge to his school board election victory, says he’s never paid the electric bill due a billing dispute with Public Service Electric & Gas.
The Jersey City Mayor’s Task Force got involved in July when an anonymous caller complained that Williams was walking around the house carrying a lit candle – a fire hazard, according to David Donnelly, director of the task force.
Not having electricity in a residence also violates a city ordinance, Donnelly said.
At the city’s request, PSE&G turned the power back on Tuesday, Williams confirmed.
The city took Williams to court to find out whether Williams or the owner should pay the electric bill. The home’s owner, by the way, is also in dispute, as the house is in probate. According to Donnelly, Williams has refused to show city officials the lease, which would stipulate which party is supposed to pay for utilities.
No fines have been levied and the city isn’t seeking Williams’ eviction, Donnelly said.
McCann and Williams both attributed political motives to the city’s actions. “This didn’t start until we successfully forced a dismissal in the courts of the school board case with Gerry McCann,” Williams said.
Donnelly says politics is “absolutely not” the reason for the investigation. “The first time I arrived at the house was when I learned Mr. Arnold Williams lived there,” he said.