UPDATE: Assemblyman Moriarty Arrested on DWI Charge; Legislator Denies Charge

The Fourth Legislative District assemblyman was arrested Tuesday in his hometown of Washington Township.

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Several sources have confirmed Fourth Legislative District Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Moriarty was arrested in his hometown of Washington Township, Gloucester County. He reportedly refused to provide a breath sample once at the police station, according to one source, who spoke to Patch on condition of anonymity due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Moriarty, 55, served as Washington Township mayor from 2004 through 2008. He was elected to the Assembly in 2005.

The four-term Assembly Democrat previously worked as an investigative reporter for CBS 3 in Philadelphia.

A voicemail left on Moriarty's cell phone Tuesday evening seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Washington Township Police would not confirm to Patch there was an arrest or charges filed against Moriarty.

"At this point, I'm not going to comment one way or the other," Capt. Richard Leonard responded when asked if Moriarty had been taken into police custody Tuesday.

Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, said Tuesday evening that he had no information regarding Moriarty's arrest, since the case is not being handled by his office. 

The Fourth Legislative District is comprised of Chesilhurst, Clementon, Gloucester Township, Laurel Springs, Lindenwold and Winslow in Camden County; and Monroe, Pitman and Washington Township in Gloucester County.

UPDATE, 7/31 at 9:45 p.m.: Assemblyman Paul Moriarty issued the following statement by email:

This afternoon after spending over an hour at my local car dealership and heading to grab lunch, I was pulled over by a Washington Township Police Officer who claimed I had cut him off at an intersection. I disputed his assertion which led him to order me from my car, submit me to a field sobriety test and issue a summons for DUI. Let me be clear: I had consumed no alcoholic beverages, and this entire episode was an abuse of power.  

The Officer that detained me, today, was previously fired from the Washington Township Police Department for allegedly being untruthful in an Internal Affairs Investigation. A court subsequently ordered his reinstatement.  

My attorney intends to vigorously defend these allegations, which may include filing charges with Washington Township Police Department's Internal Affairs.  

Click on the video, above, to hear Moriarty defend himself in an NBC10 segment.

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Jackie August 01, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Go Mariarty Go! I hope he fights this as aggressively and publicly as possible. Now, ROB ANDREWS' integrity is being questioned? ROB ANDREWS'????? What a slap in the face, disgraceful and embarrassing. Why don't we just get rid of Mariarty and Andrews so that New Jersey can find a way to give both jobs to Herman Cain? At this point nothing would surprise me.
Darren Gladden August 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Woe is me I'm Paul Moriarty. Mr. Assemblyman you broke the law by refusing to provide a breath sample RIGHT . What do you think you are higher then any other COMMEN person in the LAND . Then You "SIR" want to turn it around and want to make it an issue . Maybe all you need is a box of tissues ............People wake up and Just care , I do Paul this song goes out to you SIR http://youtu.be/I0sI6eFarFE
Schu August 01, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Throw the bum out.
Jake August 01, 2012 at 04:19 PM
mistakes suppose he killed one of your family members while driving drunk. Do what they do to non-poiticians and take away his license for at least 1 year.
Jake August 01, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I believe the cop not you.
Paul J. DiBartolo August 01, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Aha, Darren...Busted! Remember, I fought the Law...and I won! Keep on truckin', baabeee.
Darren Gladden August 01, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Okay so what's your point Paul DiBartolo or is your ego above your head rite now. That song was made for Assemblyman Paul not you . Listen we are a land of laws some are STUPID and need to be change I understand that . Now the LAW that Mr. Moriarty broke and now is crying about it is a law that I believe in .Now to call me BAABEE there only 2 people in this land aloud to call me that my wonderful wife and my mother . Now do you want a cookie for your win ....Just care , I do
TB Player August 01, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Another drunk Democratic Politician in New England... Whou'da thunk it? On the other hand, at least no one was left to drown this time..
Paul J. DiBartolo August 01, 2012 at 06:10 PM
So sorry, Mr. Gladden, I thought the Paul you were referring to was me. How utterly silly of me. Anyway, be nice, I don't want to have to come over there;-)
Darren Gladden August 01, 2012 at 06:41 PM
That okay Paul :-) We all make mistakes it's how we handle oursleves after making them is what make's us the Good people we are :-) ..........
Wats itto you August 01, 2012 at 07:21 PM
If i lived in NJ i would drsank also
YourMindsEye August 01, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Democrats have trouble handling their liquor, public funds, and voter trust.
Paul J. DiBartolo August 01, 2012 at 08:07 PM
That's really a stretch.
NJHuguenot August 02, 2012 at 03:32 AM
This is news? It is after all New Jersey isn't it? Anyone remember the Gloucester County Democrat who burned his lumber yard down about 35 years ago?
NJHuguenot August 02, 2012 at 03:33 AM
New Jersey is in New England?
NJHuguenot August 02, 2012 at 03:42 AM
So right. I left that crap hole 33 years ago and returned south. My family was originally from Bergen County. My wife wanted to move back there to Gloucester County. NO way! I own guns and I would have to give up all of them with the NAZI sherrifs they have there. I remember one case where an East Windsor Township sherrif would issue a permit. The guy sued and got it. Another guy arrested while moving to a new house. Christie pardoned him. And the guy who's plane had to land in Newark and not Philly and was arrested for tramsporting guns into the state. What a sorry place to be.
Joe Kearney August 02, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Jake say what you want but no one was killed and he was not drunk.
Charles August 02, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Maybe he couldn't remember the law concerning refusal because he was mentally impaired; oh wait, he IS a Democrat assemblyman, isn't he?
gtres August 03, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Wow, you always go right to the extreme. I know what happened here...the officer was hiding in the grassy knoll just waitng for Moriarty to come by. I see it all clearly now thanks Paul, now I know why your a BLOGGER for Patch. Kudos
Paul J. DiBartolo August 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Hey, gtres, don't forget that when you are pointing at me, three of your fingers are pointing back at yourself. I realize that's kind of elementary but I'm trying to figure in your level of understanding, genius that you are. Extreme? What exactly is extreme, cameras on every corner or your reaction to them when they grab you? Can you imagine that the colonists ever complained about having to quarter the standing British troops in their homes? What a bunch of whiners. Guys, gals?, like you just don't get it. BTW, just because it's a particular peeve of mine and indicative of the dumbing down of the common man...(now I know why your a BLOGGER)...the proper phrase is: "...now I know why "you're" a BLOGGER." your: second person 'possessive' adjective. you're: contraction of a noun (you) and a passive verb (are). I realize that's above your pay-grade, gtres, but let's try to keep the standard at some minimal intelligence level. Although, it's a reasonable explanation as to why you don't understand my blogs. Additionally, the only thing I can think of that's more moronic than blogging is someone who read those blogs and then insults the writers. It never ceases to amaze me when somebody like you criticizes me for blogging and then wastes the time to read my stuff. Can't you find anything else better to do with your time than read my comments or blogs? Get a life.
gtres August 03, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Paul, trust me, I don't read your blogs and you are just SOOOO smart ( gee, I really hope I used that properly) were you important somewhere before or just in your own mind? I only knew you were a BLOGGER because every time I come on Patch to read about our lovely township I see your fathead next to story after story. So professor when you're done educating all of GT with your mindless drivel what's your next move? I would suggest a soapbox and a microphone and get it all out in a weekend, then you would have some time to live in this world and not just write about it. Please don't worry about my "pay grade" Paulie, but that was a really snappy comeback did you think of that all by yourself?
Paul J. DiBartolo August 03, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Come on out into the light, gtres. I find it interesting that you feel comfortable posting personal insults about me but hide behind a pseudonym (look it up if you don't get it) with no picture. As far as I'm concerned that invalidates all you say. You're just blowing smoke into the wind while you hide in the shadows. Feel free not to respond and do yourself a big favor and stop reading my comments; you'll probably feel a whole lot better. After all, ignorance is bliss.
Ryan August 08, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Does anyone know who the arresting officer is? I didn't know about the officer's firing until I watched this NBC10 news segment. Does the officer have any other offenses that have been made public?
Sean McCullen (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Officer Joseph Dibuonaventura. http://patch.com/A-w85j
jose October 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Antonio May 06, 2013 at 04:31 PM
OK, lets have an ammendment to the refusal to take a sobriety test when pulled over, from now on everybody gets one "get out of jail free " card. After all it was Just a "harmless mistake" you know.... What a dopey remark.
Antonio May 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Oh Oh Victoria just threw down the Racist card, we're gonna need Al Sharpy Sharpton and Jesse Jerkson, time to march on Trenton. Guilty or not, there are a ton of issues here on both sides.
Antonio May 06, 2013 at 04:39 PM
I say bring back the Crusades and finish the job.
Antonio May 06, 2013 at 04:45 PM
But no problem handling women, right Bill?
Antonio May 06, 2013 at 04:52 PM
This fellow Paul is a piece of work? A batchelors degree? Are you kidding? He acts like HS drop out whos lunch was stolen, probably has a mail order degree. So far he has sent out veiled threats to more then one person. Your empty comments only add some levity to rants.


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