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Arthur Barclay resigns from state assembly after assault charge

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Assemblyman Arthur Barclay speaking at the steel-topping event for the Rowan University Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors Joint Health Sciences Center. Barclay was arrested on June 7 for assault. Credits: George Woolston
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Camden, NJ—Assemblyman and Camden native Arthur Barclay resigned from his legislative post representing the state’s 5th legislative district Monday night, according to multiple reports.

Camden County Democratic Chair James Beach released a statement Monday night saying Barclay was resigning “for health reasons," according to both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Courier-Post.

On the state legislature website, Barclay’s name is no longer on the 5th legislative district roster. 

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His resignation came the same day as news that he was arrested and charged with simple assault by multiple news outlets.

According to the arrest report obtained by TAPinto Camden on Monday, Barclay, 36, was arrested for simple assault in his car on June 7, 2018, shortly after 7 p.m. by the Camden County Police Department. He was fingerprinted and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Camden County Municipal Court on June 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Barclay did not immediately return calls for comment.

Barclay was born and raised in Camden, and graduated from Camden High in 2000, where he was a basketball standout. He went on to play basketball for the University of Memphis, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

According to his city council biography posted on the City of Camden’s website, after college in 2005, Barclay took a position in Washington, D.C. with FedEx Corporation. In 2007, Barclay played professional basketball for the Rochester Razorsharks of Rochester, New York. He played until 2009.

He was elected to the Camden City Council in 2014, and served until 2016 when he was elected to the state assembly representing the parts of Camden and Gloucester counties for the state's 5th legislative district.

During his tenure, he served as the deputy majority whip, and according to his bio page on the state legislature’s website, is a supervisor for Camden County Department of Events and Community Outreach.

According to county spokesperson Dan Keashen on Tuesday, he is still a county employee.

In January, he was the primary sponsor on a bill that establishes a mandatory training program for human resources officers of public employers on handling and responding to reports of domestic violence. The bill, A-427, is pending.

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