According to three sources, borough Detective Albert Napolitano pulled over a 1995 Oldsmobile van driven by Hamlet E. Goore at about 10 a.m. on May 26.
The officers had told Goore
could call someone to remove his
belongings, Farber said.
pulled up in her
official state vehicle, she
said, there were a number of officers and a man who identified himself as the Fairview
mayor.Farber said she
exchanged pleasantries with the mayor, but did not speak to any of the officers.
Farber said her
sole purpose was to pick up bicycles, a laptop computer, camera and other items in the van.
said, the officers then changed their plan and instead said they would allow Goore
to drive the van to the couple's home several blocks away.A Fairview
officer told Farber she
could follow it home, she
At no time did she
ask for a favor or intervene in any way, Farber said.She
acknowledged, however, that her
boyfriend had told officers that his
girlfriend is the attorney general.She
said the van was going to be impounded because it was not legally registered, but did not know whether Goore
was issued a summons.She
also said she
did not know if he
had automobile insurance or a valid driver's license.
"I do know he
got some citations because something came in the mail from Fairview
," Farber said.But she
had added that the reminder had been mailed because her
boyfriend did not pay the fine.
A law enforcement source said the road stop was part of a routine "click it or ticket" campaign.Goore
stopped me because I wasn't wearing my seat belt," Goore
said in an interview Thursday evening outside the North Bergen home he
shares with Farber."I didn't even know what they were talking about."He
license wasn't suspended.
"It was a mistake.I tried to tell him that.I had paid a fine, and they hadn't recorded it," Goore
said."I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles
confirmed that Farber had come to the scene.
Asked whether she
talked to Napolitano, Goore
said, "I don't remember anything like that."
Asked whether he
received any more summonses, he
said, "I'm not going to comment on that."
"I'm not saying any more," Goore
said, before going inside.
has been reprimanded by the state Office of Attorney Ethics
on two separate occasions, according to records maintained on the state judiciary Web site and confirmed by Farber.
Farber said he
is no longer practicing law.As New Jersey's chief law enforcement officer, Farber is assigned a state trooper to drive her in an official vehicle.Her
fellow Cabinet members and some other high-ranking state officials also are assigned official cars with drivers, although most are not driven by troopers.Goore, who in court papers has listed the same North Bergen address as Farber, was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1971 after graduating from Rutgers University Law School.He currently serves as the acting director of the Irvington Department of Community Development, according to the city's Web site.Farber, who became the state's first Hispanic attorney general in January, has drawn criticism in the past because of her own driving record, having received at least a dozen speeding tickets and three driver's license suspensions.
At least once, there was a bench warrant for her
arrest after she
failed to appear in traffic court.
nomination hearings before the state Senate, Farber apologized for her
driving record and joked that as attorney general she
would be assigned a state car and a state police driver.Her record
ended Farber's nomination in 2003 by former Gov.