Bayonne municipal employee, 1st Ward councilman campaign worker, charged with DWI


A Bayonne municipal employee who has also been a part of 1st Ward Councilman Neil Carroll’s campaign was charged with drunk driving on Friday, police said.

Bayonne municipal employee John Kennedy, who is also a part of 1st Ward Councilman Neil Carrol’s campaign. Screenshot via Facebook video.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

John “Jack” Kennedy, 58, of Bayonne, was charged with DWI at about 11:36 p.m. on Friday between the intersection of 1st Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Amato said any further information on the incident would have to be released via an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request. HCV requested a copy of the police report, as well as the police body camera and dashboard camera videos.

Carroll called Kennedy “a trusted friend and ally” and said whether or not he wanted to continue working on the campaign through Election Day, which is May 10th, would be up to him.

“John is a good man and a good friend. We’re together in all things and if he wants to continue on [the campaign], he’s welcome to, and if he needs to take some time, he can take some time,” he said over the phone.

The councilman, part of Mayor Jimmy Davis’ ticket, also said he is managing his own campaign, though added Kennedy had been designated as campaign manager previously on a March 1st filing with the city clerk’s office.

Public records show that Kennedy was hired as a “Clerk 1” by the Department of Public Works at a starting salary of $40,644, with a start date of March 11th.

“We do not comment on personnel matter,” city spokesman Joe Ryan said when asked about Kennedy’s job status.


Editor’s note: This story was updated with John Kennedy’s correct age from the Bayonne Police Department. 

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