CARTERET — A police officer who is seeking a seat on the Board of Education has a lengthy history of motor vehicle violations and severe penalties, according to documents obtained by NJTODAY.NET.
Candidate Jimmy Hart’s violations include careless driving, speeding, failure to obey a stop sign, and at least four reported accidents.
Evidence indicates that Hart’s unruly driving contributed to the accidents listed on an abstract from the state Motor Vehicle Commission.
On at least five different occasions, Hart’s disregard for public safety ultimately resulted in the suspension of both his basic and commercial licenses.
According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, an individual’s license may be suspended for a number of reasons, including mental disqualification, drug or alcohol use while driving, and reckless driving but the specific reasons for Hart’s five suspensions are unclear.
Hart is running for a seat on the Board of Education in the Nov. 6th election.
While it is not yet known if these revelations will compel the candidate to withdraw from the contest, some community leaders are calling for him to step aside.
“How is a fellow going to steer the ship of state when he can’t handle an automobile,” said one parent, expressing disgust at the candidate’s sloppy driving record.
Attempts to reach Hart have been unsuccessful.