N.J. lawmaker resigns amid domestic violence charges

New Jersey State Capitol building in Trenton. (Alan Tu/WHYY)

New Jersey State Capitol building in Trenton. (Alan Tu/WHYY)

A Democratic party official says a New Jersey state lawmaker accused of domestic violence has resigned due to “health reasons.”

Assemblyman Arthur Barclay stepped down Monday, a little more than two weeks after he was arrested. The resignation was announced by Camden County Democratic Party Chairman James Beach, who is also a state senator.

The 36-year-old Barclay didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Barclay was arrested in Camden on June 7 for simple assault domestic violence. But further details haven’t been released.

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Barclay had served in the Assembly since January 2016. He represented the 5th legislative district, which includes parts of Camden and Gloucester counties.

Barclay’s successor will be chosen by Democratic party officials in the two counties. That person will serve until a special election is held in November.

He also has a job a supervisor in Camden County’s department of events and community outreach.  A spokesman for the county says the human resources department is investigating the situation and that Barclay’s job there is not in a civil service role. Often civil service jobs have very specific processes for seeking to remove an employee.

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