RAHWAY, NJ - According to a statement sent out by the City of Rahway on Tuesday, Mayor Samson D. Steinman began a medical leave on March 20 to "address series of personal issues that began during childhood.”

According to the statement, the mayor will be in a “therapeutic setting which will allow him to focus on healing."

The announcement came after the mayor’s involvement in a recent auto accident, the report said.  Published reports indicate an accident on Saturday was the mayor’s second in seven months.

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"The Mayor's decision was brought on, in part, by his recent auto accident that fortunately did not cause any personal injury," according to the statement. "The Mayor volunteered and passed a sobriety test, yet the event reinforced the Mayor's commitment to focus on his health."

The mayor asked for respect of his privacy, the statement said.

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