NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A New Brunswick cop has been charged in connection with a fight at a popular college hang-out, authorities announced on Thursday.

While off duty, Anthony Jones, a New Brunswick police officer, was involved in a scuffle while inside the Golden Rail Tavern on Easton Ave., on Jan. 21, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Jones was charged with aggravated assault and riot as were four other men: James Sanders III, 22 of Piscataway; Ryan Marsi, 23 of New Brunswick; Steve Karasoulis, 24 of Edison; and Bryan Williams, 22 of North Brunswick, said Carey. 

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Jones was also suspended from the New Brunswick Police Department without pay, he added.

The bar, adjacent to the College Avenue Campus, is frequented by Rutgers students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The Spring 2018 Academic semester started just a week before the alleged incident.

Mayor James Cahill, in a statement, spoke out against the alleged behavior, and said that Jones and the city's police officers as a whole are “held to the highest standards.”

“The alleged behavior, while off-duty, is held to this same standard and fails to conform to the conduct we expect from our officers and in no way represents the core values of the men and women who serve our community each day with the New Brunswick Police Department,” Cahill said.

Jones, who joined the police force in April 2014, is paid an annual salary of $65,591, according to public records. 

TAPinto New Brunswick visited the Golden Rail for more information, but employees declined to comment. is an online newspaper serving the Township of Piscataway. 

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