Yesterday, the New Jersey Herald reported that Andy Boden, a challenger to Republican Sheriff Mike Strada, was suspended from duty in January, per a determination by Undersheriff John Tomasula and Dr. Matthew Guller of the Institute of Forensic Psychology, and is awaiting a "fitness-for-duty evaluation”. You can read the full story here:
Again and again we have publicly asked Candidate Boden for his side of things and offered the use of this website for that purpose. We have invited Boden and his campaign to provide documentation that would dispute the documentation provided by Boden’s own attorney, which is the basis of the Herald story. On at least a dozen occasions we have published requests for this and have assured him that will publish whatever he sends, unedited.
Instead of taking us up on the offer, those around Andy Boden have resorted to the tactic, used by Antifa and other far-left advocates, of silencing any opinion they happen to disagree with. Instead of free and open discourse about a candidate who wants to be the top law enforcement officer in Sussex County, we have received threats and thuggery of the most Neanderthal variety.
The message of the thugs who surround Andy Boden is clear: If you attempt to bring up why Candidate Boden was suspended by a police psychiatrist, the Boden team will hurt you and will personally attack anyone they believe might be against their candidate. Frenzied, aimless attacks, in the manner of a mad dog.
One Boden insider, who is himself an elected official in Sussex Borough, went so far as to attack Senator Steve Oroho over this, apparently unaware that Boden is a supporter of the Senator. Again, these are frenzied, aimless attacks that fail to take reality into account. Another Boden-backer took time from his work at a real estate office in Vernon to attack Senator Oroho’s consultant from his 2017 campaign… simply because the Boden-backer “believed” he was involved.
This is crazy, shoot-first-ask-questions-later behavior. Which, in a way, is the whole worry in the first place.
So let’s recap. The New Jersey Herald ran a balanced story on the case of Andy Boden, who is now running for office against the head of the department that suspended him – Sheriff Mike Strada. Citing a letter written by Boden’s attorney to the New Jersey Civil Service Commission, here’s what the Herald wrote:
The letter begins by saying the law firm has been retained "with respect to his (Boden's) suspension as a result of a Jan. 16, determination by Undersheriff John Tomasula and Dr. Matthew Guller of the Institute of Forensic Psychology."
The letter then asked that the document be accepted in lieu of a more formal petition for interim relief "as Lieutenant Boden has been orally advised that as of Monday, March 4, 2019, he is no longer on paid leave status and he is being required to use his own time while he undergoes counseling with a licensed mental health professional."
The Institute for Forensic Psychology was founded in 1972 and built a reputation for providing services for police applicants, recruits and on-duty officers throughout northern New Jersey as well as several federal law enforcement and other agencies, according to its webpage and other newspaper stories.
That is what Boden’s attorney wrote.
That’s right, a prison officer who carries a loaded firearm at work was suspended “while he undergoes counseling with a licensed mental health professional.” That sounds to us like the right move by Sheriff Strada. Why take chances when you have an employee who carries a firearm suffering from what could be a serious psychological issue? Let him get the help he needs to get back on his feet, then re-evaluate him to see if he is fit for duty. Don’t brush it under the rug and hope that the problem attends to itself.
Unfortunately, the Antifa-like thugs who surround Candidate Boden don’t think the voters should be allowed to know any of this. Instead, they go mad dog on anyone they even believe dares to think about it. They attack Sheriff Strada, accusing Strada of suspending Boden, when Boden’s own attorney clearly admits that it was a police psychiatrist who suspended Boden. Haven’t we had too many deadly incidents concerning firearms to simply ignore the concerns of a police psychiatrist? Don’t we have the right to ask questions? Or should we expect to be bullied and threatened just for asking?
Once again, we invite Andy Boden to present any documentation he has to correct the record that his own attorney provided. We invite candidate Boden the use of this website to provide us with his perspective. We will publish what he sends us.