(HAMILTON) – Following today’s verdict in which Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo was found guilty on five counts of extortion and money laundering charges, the 14th Legislative team of Senator Linda R. Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo and Assemblyman Dan Benson (both D-Hamilton) called on Bencivengo to immediately resign from office for the good of the people of the Township.
“Now that justice has been served for the people of Hamilton, John Bencivengo must resign his office for the good of the people,” said Greenstein. “The unfortunate byproduct of this case is that it fosters and spreads mistrust and cynicism in government. The people of Hamilton must demand that their community’s future leaders put the residents’ needs above the leaders’ own personal interests. We are now at a juncture, where ethical and sound leadership is a necessity. John Bencivengo betrayed the public trust, and now it is up to Hamiltonians and their elected leaders to restore their hometown’s reputation.”
“The jury has rendered a clear, unequivocal verdict in this case and, as a result, Mr. Bencivengo needs to resign from office immediately. It is time that our community is able to move on from this chapter and focus on the matters affecting the residents on the whole and not just the legal issues of one man,” said DeAngelo. “The residents of Hamilton Township deserve a local government that works in the best interest of the residents, and I will work in my capacity to ensure that the town is put back on solid footing.”
“The trial and final verdict handed down today paints a deeply disturbing picture of the backroom deals among Township officials in recent years. My hometown deserves and demands better and nothing less than a fully open and ethical environment. It is time for the mayor to vacate his office so that the residents of Hamilton can be assured that their taxpayer dollars will not be further wasted waiting for sentencing,” said Benson.