New Jersey Democrat Who Mowed Down Cyclist Has a History of Ignoring the Law

Following a brutal hit-and-run incident that sparked outrage on both sides of the aisle, a New Jersey Democrat is facing calls for her resignation as more details have surfaced revealing that she has a history of ignoring the law.

Traffic camera footage of the July 19 incident went viral, as social media users were shocked to witness the Jersey City councilwoman brutally crashing into a bicyclist and continuing to drive without even attempting to hit her brakes as the man bounces off of the hood of her vehicle and lands in the road.

Amy DeGise, a 36-year-old first-term, at-large city council member who happens to be the daughter of a powerful Democrat, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, had the green light as she drove through Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The bicyclist, on the other hand, appeared to run a red light while not looking to see if there were cars coming in either direction. For that reason, the Democrat councilwoman did not appear to be the cause of the accident, according to officials.

Regardless of who was at fault for the initial accident, city residents, her colleagues on the city council, and people across the country have expressed outrage over her lack of concern for the bicyclist, 31-year-old UberEats delivery man Andrew Black. The violent collision sent him flying off of his bike, bouncing off of the hood of DeGise’s SUV and landing in a heap in the middle of the busy street, while his bike landed in a tangled heap on the side of the road.

Black then stood up and staggered to the side of the road, where he was assisted by other individuals who had witnessed the incident. Miraculously, he reportedly suffered no serious injuries.

Now, new details have emerged about DeGise’s record, which have left many critics concerned that the councilwoman believes she is above the law.

According to a report from NJ.com, the Democrat councilwoman has an extensive history of both traffic and parking violations — including nine overdue fines she only settled on Monday afternoon, after the hit-and-run incident.

Since 2005, DeGise has received dozens of traffic tickets. Aside from her tickets in Jersey City, the Democrat councilwoman had one outstanding ticket in Hoboken and one in Bayonne. As far as incidents that had already been resolved, DeGise had been ticketed 13 times in Hudson County, three times in Hoboken, five times in Bayonne, twice in Secaucus, once in North Bergen, and twice in Union City.

In a February 2017 incident in Secaucus, the councilwoman’s vehicle was impounded when police discovered that her license had been suspended.

Unfortunately, it is unclear at the moment how many tickets DeGise has received in the city she is supposed to be representing. According to NJ.com, “The true number of resolved tickets, though is likely much higher, because DeGise has so many resolved tickets in Jersey City that the state website, which can display 25 tickets, said the number exceeded the capability to display them.”

Bodycam footage from one of the incidents, in which police towed DeGise’s unregistered, illegally parked vehicle, showed her trying to pressure police into looking the other way using her position on the city council, despite not yet being sworn in to the position, according to NJ.com.

While most of her tickets are parking violations, it clearly shows a pattern of complete disregard for the rule of law. It would already be a concern for an ordinary citizen to have so many tickets, but public officials should be held to an even higher standard.

DeGise received a summons to court for the hit-and-run on charges of leaving the scene of a crash and failure to report an accident.

While Jersey City’s Democrat mayor and the state’s Democrat governor, Phil Murphy, have both stopped short of calling for the councilwoman to resign, two of her colleagues on the city council have released statements arguing that her actions were unbecoming of an elected official.

A fellow councilmember, James Solomon — who was among the first to sign a change.org petition calling for DeGise to resign — spoke out after the incident, stating that elected officials must “hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

“The word I use is horrified, that’s how I felt watching the video,” Solomon told NBCNewYork.com. “She’s an elected official and we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard and that’s why I think she should resign.”

DeGise is refusing to resign, and has released a statement via her spokesperson.

“Councilwoman DeGise was elected overwhelmingly just a few months ago and she has no intention of walking away from the commitment she made to serve the people of Jersey City,” DeGise spokesman Phil Swibinski said. “She will not resign and plans to complete her full term and continue in public service.”