Amy DeGise, Jersey City Councilwoman, is refusing to resign following a hit-and run with a cyclist.
DeGise, a self-described feminist on her Twitter bio who also supports a pro-abortion resolution following Roe v. Wade’s overturn, is under fire for hitting Andrew Black, a cyclist, with her SUV on Forrest Street and Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, on July 19.
NJ.com reports that she allegedly did not stop driving after hitting Black, and that she waited six hours before reporting the accident.
Fox News reported that despite a long meeting of the city council on Wednesday where 100 people called for her resignation, the councilwoman refused to resign.
She also talked in detail about the alleged threats she received and described the whole experience as “traumatic.”
DeGise’s Wednesday comments doubled down on the remarks she made at the end July about her office not resigning after being asked.
Many DeGise critics believe that DeGise is trying to leverage her connections to “prominent Democrats” — from her father Tom DeGise (a Hudson County Executive) to Mayor Steve Fulop and Gov. Politico reports that Phil Murphy “to evade responsibility” for her alleged actions.
DeGise was the former chairwoman of Hudson County Democratic Organization, before she was elected to the Jersey City Council as an “non-partisan”, at-large member.
If true, the hit-and run allegations would not be DeGise’s first time getting into trouble with a car.
Recently released footage from November 2021 shows DeGise trying to use her position of a city councilwoman in order to persuade Hoboken officers not to tow her illegally-parked vehicle. The Hudson County View reported that the video was recently released.
According to NJ.com, she has also been cited for multiple other offenses, but not appeared in traffic court. She was also involved in four car accidents.
The Hudson Reporter stated that DeGise’s traffic case will be heard by Essex County and not Hudson County. Jersey City is also in Essex County.