Ex-Police Chief Drops Case Against A Politician He Said Chest-Poked Him

Medford's former police chief, who also was the town manager, dropped charges this week against a councilwoman he had accused of poking his chest.

Stephen Addezio could not be reached for comment after he dismissed simple assault charges against former Councilwoman Victoria Fay in Burlington Township's municipal court.  The case was heard there to avoid a conflict of interest in Medford.

Former Medford Councilwoman Victoria Fay (By Jan Hefler)

"I’m very very excited since I can close that chapter of the book in my life," Fay said today.  "There are more important things to worry about right now than this.  The town has has a lot of more important problems."

Fay had denied poking Addezio in the chest during a heated argument in the town hall after Addezio accused her of violating a residency requirement.  He told her that she was no longer qualified to be on council because investigators he hired discovered she had moved out of town during divorce proceedings. 

"It's unfortunate that my family and friends were subjected to such an ugly side of politics, but this experience has strengthened my resolve," Fay said.

The other members on council removed her and she later sued.  But a Superior Court judge in Burlington County said she had no right to stay in her seat, months after she had moved to a neighboring town. 

Residency issues have been in the news lately as a federal court now wrestles with the question of whether to remove Olympic track star Carl Lewis from the ballot as he seeks a seat in the New Jersey Senate. 

The debate over residency is rooted in carpetbagging and has led to a hodge-podge of rules that have come under new scrutiny.  A decision in the Lewis case is expected soon, especially since the printing of ballots is being held hostage.