‘Laughable Lie’: Esther Suarez should remember the name (and face)
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez is perhaps the most shameless & incompetent county prosecutor in modern New Jersey history. A laughable lie made at a recent HCPO event only adds to her infamous record.
It’s been more than six weeks since my last article, but it’s safe to assume most people in the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office (HCPO) still remember my name… Except Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, who either claimed to not know who I am (which would be a blatant lie) or was unable to recognize someone that’s publicly questioned her numerous times (a laughable lie considering we’ve had multiple face-to-face exchanges during her tenure as county prosecutor).
The latest face-to-face exchange occurred at a HCPO event hosted by the Bayonne Public Library on September 24, 2019, which was attended by about 30 citizens (a majority of which were presumably members of the Bayonne NAACP). The event was designed to educate the public about the law regarding hate crimes & bias incidents, and included an appearance by Veronica Allende (Director of the Division of Criminal Justice, Office of the New Jersey Attorney General).
The seminar was conducted by HCPO Assistant Prosecutor Angela Gingerelli and was relatively informative. Yet, like many of the attendees, I had general questions that weren’t covered by Gingerelli’s presentation (and I waited until everyone else had asked their questions until raising my hand).
Admittedly, my general questions were regarding a specific situation involving an anonymous Twitter account which had posted anti-LGBT comments directed at Mayor Steven Fulop (as well as other public officials and citizens). Two members of the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) are believed to be under internal investigation due to the account, according to numerous sources.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: I plan to publish that story shortly, possibly on a new platform.
Two days prior to the Hate Crimes & Bias Incidents seminar being publicized, I sent Suarez an email asking questions about the aforementioned investigation – which went unanswered by the prosecutor and HCPO officials. After notice of the event was posted by the HCPO’s Twitter account, I responded from the Real Jersey City Twitter account asking if my questions from the email would be answered at the seminar.
Hey, @HCPOProsecutor, does this have anything to do with the email I sent 2 days ago? Also, if your office continues to fail to respond to that email, should I assume that if I attend the event my questions will be answered? https://t.co/xZWzMdqIea
— Real Jersey City (@RealJerseyCity) September 20, 2019
As I started asking questions to Gingerelli – which did not include specifics, but were generally along the lines of what triggers an investigation by the HCPO regarding cyber harassment, hate crimes, and bias incidents (especially if law enforcement officers are suspected to be involved) – Suarez interjected and advised that I seek legal advice from an attorney.
I responded that I don’t use anonymous Twitter accounts (thus I’m not sure why I needed legal advice). Additionally, I noted that if I have something to say I put my name on it and she knows it – to which Suarez unprofessionally responded that she didn’t know who I am. Numerous sources have described the prosecutor’s statement as extremely hard to believe, including those who’ve had direct conversations with her about some of what’s been published on this website.
Furthermore, the prosecutor’s tone towards me could’ve easily been construed as meant to intimidate, but what was most bizarre is that it appeared she was filming me with one of her cell phones. An Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request has since been filed with the HCPO seeking all pictures taken and video recorded by HCPO employees, including Suarez, during the event (among other items).
Simply put, it’s certainly a laugh that Suarez doesn’t know who I am or can’t easily recognize me, but as one attorney ironically pointed out, “this is the same prosecutor who claims to have not read emails related to [politically-sensitive sexual assault cases].”
Whether she read my email inquiring about the anonymous Twitter account or not, I must thank Suarez for reinvigorating me to publish new stories on Real Jersey City – because this is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain, and a hundred percent reason to remember the name.