Jersey City Councilwoman DeGise receiving death threats over hit-and-run incident


Jersey City Councilwoman-at-Large Amy DeGise is receiving death threats over a July 19th hit-and-run incident and filed a police report on Monday, her spokesman, Phil Swibinski, said today.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“This situation has created strong feelings in many people, but no one should condone these kinds of violent threats and this should be a reminder to everyone to tone down the rhetoric and refrain from inflammatory actions that could have real world consequences,” Swibinski said in a statement.

DeGise told police that she has received threatening messages on social media and email, along with “vulgar” telephone calls to the Hudson County Schools of Technology (she works at County Prep High School).

The threats on Instagram include a number of profane four-letter words and ask for DeGise to suffer physical harm of her own.

“Karma will be knocking at your door and I pray it’s 10x worse,” one message, where she was also called the c-word, says.

City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said she had “no records of such police reports” when asked about the situation.

DeGise received two summonses for a July 19th incident where she hit UberEats driver Andy Black around 8 a.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Forrest Street after he had gone through a red light, CCTV footage shows.

Video from the scene also reveals that she did not stop or hit the brakes.

On Friday, she indicated through a spokesman that she had no plans to resign a short time after a video of her reporting the crash at the West District Police Station – around 2 p.m. on the same day – had been released to the press by the city.

An unrelated video from November that shows DeGise, then the chair of the county Democrats and a councilwoman-elect, unsuccessfully trying to talk her way out of getting her car towed in Hoboken, as HCV first reported, has gone viral.

The first rally calling for her resignation was held on Saturday and this far the only electeds calling for her resignation are two of her colleagues that did not run on Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket last year: Councilmen James Solomon and Frank Gilmore.

On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) declined to ask the former Hudson County Democratic Organization chair to step down from her current elected post, but called the incident “behavior that’s unacceptable.”

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  1. Wait, so Amy slams a biker and leaves the scene with him possibly dead and someone left her a message saying that’s bad karma?

    That sounds prophetic and wise, not a threat. Karma is chasing Amy. Well, good.
    Resign Amy! Do it today.

  2. Having your paid political spin doctor issue a press release trying to elicit sympathy for his very privileged client after she committed a well documented hit and run is the height of entitlement.