Scandal-Immersed Cop Missing In Action

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James P. Hart, who has been absent from his job as a Carteret police officer 151 times during his career, is seeking election to borough’s school board.

James P. Hart, who has been absent from his job as a Carteret police officer 151 times during his career, is seeking election to borough’s school board.

CARTERET — Board of Education candidate James P. Hart, no stranger to scandals as of late, failed to show up for duty over 150 times during his relatively short career with the Carteret Police Department. These absences are in addition to hundreds of sick and vacation days allotted to Hart as part of his contract.

Despite a schedule that only requires him to work 180 days out of the year, several weeks’ worth of paid vacation, and numerous sick days, Hart still managed to assemble a lengthy list of absences. According to public documents, Hart has been absent 151 times, including 17 days in 2012 alone.

“Why should we believe he’d fulfill his commitments as a school board member if he doesn’t even bother to show up for his day job?” asked Deborah Bialowarczuk, a former Republican councilwoman in Carteret, in reaction to the news. “Combined with everything else we’ve found out about this guy, it’s clear he’s not up to the task. Our kids deserve better than that.”

Bialowarczuk referred to two recent stories from NJTODAY.NET concerning Hart’s questionable driving record and attempt to secure additional tax payer dollars for hours he never worked as a police officer. Both revelations sent shockwaves through the community and led many, including Bialowarczuk, to call on Hart to drop out of the race.

Hart is running with Jasbir Judge, Jennalin Garcia-Calle and Debra Weaver and with the support of the Carteret Education Association (CEA), the special interest group under investigation for its involvement in stealing confidential student records. Sources within the union have indicated that their candidates’ first order of business, if elected, would be to approve a $2.75 million dollar payout that the CEA has requested.

Their campaign has yet to respond to the growing controversy surrounding Hart’s candidacy.

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3 comments for “Scandal-Immersed Cop Missing In Action

  1. RUserious
    October 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    You can choose to erase my comment as I’m sure you will. My name is Matt Failace and I am employed as a Carteret Police Officer. I was hired by your close friend Mr. Daniel Reiman and am the son of former Mayor James Failace. I have seen the disrespect,lies, and fabrications that you and your staff have published in the past regarding my father and his administration and know all too well how this paper operates. . The articles that you ran regarding the opponents of the Reiman ticket cause me great concern. You yourself are a father and should take care of your children at any cost. It seems that through politics you have forgotten how to investigate both sides of a story. You choose to run garbage like what has been published above . Jimmy Hart is an outstanding co- worker, father, and friend. I have worked with him on many occasions and in different capacities. Your blind allegiance and ignorance to the Team Reiman is quite disturbing. Many people in Middlesex County politics both Republican and DEMOCRAT have commented on your unprofessional articles and tactics. I remember a time where your paper endorsed Wilda Diaz against Dan Reimans self admitted idol Joe Vas. And I can see from your recent postings you are supporting the candidate running against Wilda Diaz in the current election. By exercising my rights under the first amendment of the Constitution many can agree that your paper and its articles are not worth the time it takes to read them and I welcome your response .Looking forward to hearing from you and hope that you are doing well……….

    • RUserious
      October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      In addition if any days taken off by Sgt. Hart were excessive or not authorized he would have been disciplined by Mayor Reiman being that he has the final say in what happens with officers discipline. Once again if you would have done some research then you would have published facts .

  2. amber1128
    October 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Maybe he missed so much time
    cause he has a terminally ill child did you research that !!!
    and like his daughter he puts kids first
    Carteret doesnt deserve to have such an honarable man
    on their corrupt political train wreck
    I dont understand why he is willing to put himself and his family thru all this its beyond me
    Oh yea I know why !!! cause he wants to do right by the children !!!!

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