Dhopte Postpones Special Meeting, Davis to Publicly Apologize
By Ben Wolverton
February 11, 2019 – 3:05pm
Former Chesterfield Committeeman Sam Davis took to Facebook last month to comment on a Bordentown restaurant’s post where someone wrote on a check “Don’t Tip Immigrants”. What he ended up writing set off a firestorm of criticism from political leaders here in Chesterfield and at the County level.
Davis wrote, “[An] Indian guy ran against me and he beat me by 116 votes I know for fact all the Indian people in Chesterfield voted for him and I also know that they are not United States citizens.” Davis went on to write that the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office was investigating illegal voting activity in the 2018 election. Burlington County Freeholder Balvir Singh told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the investigation was closed due to “lack of merit”.
WBNC News cannot independently confirm that an investigation took place as we are still awaiting a response from our OPRA request.
Deputy Mayor Denise Koetas-Dale released a biting rebuttal of Davis’ comments. “Claiming to be a ‘student of history’, Mr. Davis merely demonstrated his ignorance of the voting system in New Jersey… As a resident of Chesterfield and as its Deputy Mayor, I am proud to live in a community where racism is rejected and folks can recognize a poor loser for what he is.”
After many media outlets picked up the story, such as NJ.com and New York’s NPR affiliate, Sam Davis has said he will apologize at the Chesterfield Township Committee Meeting on February 14th.