A Brooklyn Republican Senate candidate who campaigns on the Law and Order platform has a New Jersey criminal history that includes spending time behind bars for a drunk driving incident, according to a Daily News review of court files.
Brian Fox, who challenges Democratic State Senator Andrew Gounardes in Tuesday’s election, was sentenced to 10 days in prison in 2011 after being caught driving a suspended vehicle in Princeton, NJ, according to court records. A relatively severe sentence was imposed as Fox’s driving license was originally suspended about a year earlier for pleading guilty to driving while under the influence of dr*gs or alcohol.
In addition to the suspension of his license, Fox’s sentence under the influence of drunk driving included completing a 12-hour drunk driving program and paying a $ 764 fine.
Records also show that Fox was twice in the police force in 2009 for a speed violation in Garden State, where he was living at the time. In one of these incidents, he drove 65mph in the 35mph zone.
Fox coughed a $ 2,651 fine between various vehicle infractions, according to court papers.
Fox’s legal problems also include his arrest in December 2010 on suspicion of contempt for allegedly breaching a restraining order related to domestic violence, records reveal. He never made an objection to this charge and the case was referred to a family court where it was “settled”, although the file does not reflect the exact outcome of the case.
Fox’s spokesman Bill O’Reilly said the accusation of contempt for his boss had been dropped in family court because he had never received a restraining order.
“It’s just an unfortunate breakup,” said O’Reilly, who declined to explain why the restraining order was issued at all, although he stressed that Fox “did nothing wrong”.
Of the other allegations, O’Reilly said, “Mr. Fox learned a difficult lesson as a young man.
“His experience has taught him the importance of personal responsibility, a practice that he talks about with young people wherever he goes,” O’Reilly said. “Mr. Fox is running for the Senate to hold the same responsibility to the Albany Legislature, which is clearly lost, especially in criminal matters. People want change.”
The New Jersey report, which the state senate hopes, contrasts with its tough message about public safety on the Brooklyn campaign trail this year.
Fox, who is backed by representative Nicole Malliotakis (RNY), GOP governor candidate Lee Zeldin, and the New York Lieutenant’s Charity Society, presents himself as a pro-conservative conservative while accusing Gounardes about doing “anything that could help stop crime”.
“More than [sic] Whenever we need to restore Law and Order, we must hold our local elected officials accountable, ”Fox tweeted this spring.
Despite his own clashes with the driving law, Fox also att*cked Brooklyn councilor Justin Brannan this summer over a history of speeding violations by the city’s Democratic MP.
“Do you condemn the reckless speed violations your colleague @JustinBrannan committed, who additionally has a total of 60+ speeding violations? [sic] vehicle violations? ” Fox, who unsuccessfully challenged Brannan for his seat on the Bay Ridge Council last year, tweeted at Gounardes on August 18 in response to a Senator’s post expressing concern over safety in the streets.
Gounardes, who was first elected to the state senate in 2018, said the contrast between Fox’s records and rhetoric is normal for the Republican party.
“It is shocking, but not surprising, that the Republican Party has endorsed someone with a criminal record in running for office not once, but twice in southern Brooklyn. Hypocrisy is terrifying, ”said Gounardes. “Republicans beat their breasts, fueling fear for law and order. Meanwhile, the only wave of crime are candidates who are running for office. “
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