Residents Heard at Unity Meeting, New Investigation Pending

By Ben Wolverton
February 26, 2019 – 11:29pm

Sam Davis addresses residents at the Crosswicks Quaker Friends Meeting (Ben Wolverton/WBNC News)

CROSSWICKS, NJ – “I feel sick to my stomach now because I am embarrassed,” former Committeeman Sam Davis told the crowd of 30 residents at the Quaker Meeting House Tuesday evening. “I’m totally embarrassed. The way I worded [the Facebook posts] that was not good, and that is not me.” Davis then looked to Committeeman Dhopte and apologized. Dhopte explained that in his culture when someone asks for forgiveness, you forgive them.

The meeting, advertised at a “Unity in the Community” meeting, was organized by current Chesterfield Committeeman Shreekant Dhopte, who met on February 12th for 5 hours planning this evening with members of the Quaker Friends, Crosswicks UMC Pastor Gerald Cameron, and other leaders in the community.

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During Dhopte’s statement, he said that while not all Indian-Americans here in Chesterfield Township are citizens and cannot all vote, he knows that they are all here legally.

At the end of the meeting, Crosswicks Friends Meeting member Chris Bond gave closing thoughts, saying “Knowledge does not equal understanding.” Feeling and experiencing are the key to understanding.

It was previously reported that Burlington County Freeholder Balvir Singh reached out the Burlco Prosecutor’s Office to learn more about the alleged investigation into illegal voting activity in Chesterfield Township. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the investigation was closed due to “lack of merit”. Chris Bond told the audience at tonight’s meeting that another investigation was pending and that results of that investigation would be available probably by the end of the week.

WBNC News cannot independently confirm that an investigation is taking place.

The meeting concluded with a few moments of contemplative silence as is the custom in Quaker services.

Additional reporting by Marisa Murphy

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