N.J. mayor says he was punched in face after casting vote

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Mayor Tito Jackson, Jr., of Bogota, N.J., filed charges Tuesday claiming that an elderly man punched him in the face shortly after he cast his vote.

Mr. Jackson says Sal Trotta, the 80-year-old father of a rival borough council candidate, Tina Trotter, assaulted him in a parking lot Tuesday, PolitickerNJ reported.

“I cast my vote, he was waiting by my car, he shook my hand and wouldn’t let go of my hand,” Mr. Jackson said, adding the two were pushing each other before the man punched him.

“He didn’t beat me up,” Mr. Jackson said. “He punched me in the face. That’s the ridiculousness of the other side. He took my phone out of my hand and punched me. I’m not hurt. My face is a little swollen.”

But Mr. Trotta claims the mayor shoved him first, shortly after calling his daughter “a money hungry piece of [expletive],” PolitickerNJ reported in a separate interview.

“He jumped all over me. I went back two feet,” Mr. Trotta said, adding that he punched the mayor in self-defense.

“He started screaming and ran away screaming, ‘I’ve been assaulted,’” he said.

Regardless, Mr. Jackson said he feels “very strongly” that officials shouldn’t feel “harassed or intimidated” while in public.

“Hopefully at the end of the day we show these people the door,” he told PolitickerNJ.

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