Perth Amboy Police Prioritize Politics

PERTH AMBOY — A shooting near the Cathedral in broad daylight did not distract acting Police Chief Benjamin Ruiz from summoning NJ Transit officers to try breaking up a train station rally where Councilman Fernando Gonzalez was endorsing Democrat Billy Delgado for mayor (see related story).

Ruiz was seen driving an unmarked municipal vehicle in the area around the Perth Amboy train station as about 150 supporters gathered to hear why Gonzalez wants Delgado to oust Mayor Wilda Diaz. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity said Perth Amboy does not have enough investigators to track down whoever was behind the shooting at Madison Avenue near Smith Street.

While local law enforcement was stymied in the investigation due to staff cutbacks, a NJ Transit Police tour commander acknowledged that she was called by city cops who said Ruiz wanted action to disperse a crown gathering outside the Raritan Bay Coffee House.

Delgado, who ran for mayor against Joe Vas in 2004, is viewed as the leading challenger in a crowded field massing against Diaz, who announced plans to seek a second term despite her record of four straight tax hikes, double the unemployment and and a drastic rise in violent crime.

City police had no comment concerning the shooting when contacted by NJTODAY.NET

Delgado said the apparent intimidation attempt reminded him of tactics employed by Vas before he lost his last election and went to jail for numerous crimes of corruption.

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