SOUTH AMBOY – Mayor John O’Leary is working to clear his name after receiving a subpoena last week as the result of an anonymous letter circulating in the city that him with abusing his office.
O’Leary said that the rumors of misconduct are nothing more than attempts at character assassination. The 23-year South Amboy mayor is running for the state Assembly, replacing incumbent Joseph Vas (D-Perth Amboy), who bowed out of running for re-election amid federal and state corruption indictments.
There are some indications that the Middlesex County Democratic Party is looking for a replacement candidate, in case O’Leary proves incapable of weathering the negative publicity.
Middlesex County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Spicuzzo is standing by O’Leary, at least for the moment. “Mayor O’Leary maintains he hasn’t done anything wrong, and right now there is no reason to believe he’s going to get out of the race,” said Spicuzzo. “He’s talking it over with family and friends, but he maintains that he is in the race.”
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