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.
“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.”
“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.