Jersey City NAACP president resigns, alleges branch’s charter has been suspended

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Jersey City NAACP President Rev. Nathaniel Legay, who had faced firm opposition to his re-election bid over residency issues, told members he resigned today – also alleging the branch’s charter has been suspended.

Former Jersey City NAACP President Rev. Nathaniel Legay. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Please be informed that as of February 25th, 2021, Jersey City Branch NAACP #2086 Charter has been suspended … Subsequently, I have offered by resignation to State President Mr. Richard Smith and to National,” the text message said.

“Until further notice, all officers are out of office.”

Legay did not return a call seeking comment on Friday, but several members confirmed the text message from Legay was authentic.

The New Jersey NAACP also could did not return an email asking to confirm if the JC NAAP’s charter had been suspended or not.

Elected in August 2017, the 110-page article 10 expulsion complaint filed last month says that Legay sold his Fulton Avenue home by January 2018, with recent property tax records, along with a police record from July 2020, identifying Legay’s address as a home in Hillside.

While Legay was re-elected last month, running unopposed, those elections results were never certified and some members had called for further investigations beyond the Article 10 complaint, according to sources familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity.