Alston cuts ties with campaign treasurer following domestic violence arrest


District 31 Assembly candidate Bruce Alston has cut ties with campaign treasurer Robert Mays after he was arrested on domestic violence and simple assault charges on Saturday. 


By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Robert Mays, who lost in the 2010 special election for the District 31 Assembly seat, has been a close personal friend and political ally of Alston for years.

According to a Jersey City police report, he was arrested on domestic violence, simple assault and criminal mischief charges at 10:50 p.m. on New Heckman Drive.

Mays allegedly got into an argument with an ex-girlfriend, eventually grabbing the woman’s arms “causing a complaint of pain with no visible signs of injuries,” the report says.

Additionally, Mays is accused of then breaking the side view mirror off of his ex-girlfriend’s car before fleeing the scene with the broken pieces, police said. Minutes later, he turned himself into police custody without incident.

A campaign spokeswoman sent out a statement to Hudson County View on behalf of Alston shortly after we inquired about Mays’ arrest last night.

“Upon being made aware of this incident, I have directed Robert Mays to distance himself from my campaign and he has been removed as treasurer,” the statement says.

“We can never know all things that happen in the personal lives of others. I do not condone or accept violence in any form, especially violence against women. Robert will have his day in court and, if found guilty, will have to answer for his actions.”

“My campaign is committed to improving the lives of the people of the 31st District and I stand firm on my principles and the solutions that I have been offering to the people of my district. I will wait until all of the details of the matter are known and trust that the courts will make sure justice is served.”

“I will pray for all of the parties involved and ask that we respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

Alston echoed that sentiment when briefly sitting down with Hudson County View at his campaign headquarters on Atlantic Street, making it clear that Mays will not be involved with his team’s game plan for Election Day on Tuesday.


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