A North Bergen resident says a committeeman threatened him, and called the police on him, for refusing to put a Mayor Nick Sacco re-election campaign sign in his apartment, but a Sacco campaign spokesman says the police were called after the man continually ripped down signs after a landlord gave them permission.
Carlos Louis Martinez, who lives on Union Turnpike, insisted that Committeeman John Bender threatened him after he refused to allow a Sacco re-election sign to be placed in his home.
Martinez said Bender claimed to have gotten verbal consent to put the sign up via his landlord, but found that hard to believe since he never posted a political sign in the seven years that he has lived there.
Martinez also admitted that the police did show up at this home while he was in the shower and his wife choose not to answer the door for the police after Bender made them feel “scared, uncomfortable and insecure.”
Juan “JP” Escobar, a Sacco campaign spokesman, said Martinez isn’t a registered voter, nor does he own the Union Turnpike property in question.
Furthermore, Escobar said this was an isolated incident and he has not heard of similar complaints from residents during this election season.