NJ cop tangles with former mayor over misconduct charges

A 17-year veteran of the force wrote in a police report that he stopped Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty after the legislator cut him off

By Darran Simon
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A Washington Township police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to official misconduct, falsifying records, and other offenses stemming from a traffic stop last summer of Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty (D., Gloucester).

Joseph DiBuonaventura, a 17-year veteran of the force, wrote in a police report that he stopped Moriarty on July 31 on the Black Horse Pike in Turnersville after the legislator cut him off. He said he smelled alcohol on Moriarty's breath and ordered him out of the car.

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