Allegations regarding Jersey City Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson’s alleged involvement in a July 17 domestic abuse incident are false, according to his attorney.
Robinson’s alleged ex-girlfriend filed a police report against the councilman after he allegedly threw her down the stairs.
According to a complaint filed at the West District Police Precinct, on July 17 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Light Rail Café, owned by Councilman Robinson, was busy when Councilman Robinson approached the woman with a bill receipt that he wanted her to sign.
She stated she was overly busy and did not want to be bothered with the bill receipt. According to the complaint, she said Robinson thought she was “giving him an attitude and so he started grabbing tables and flipping them as well as breaking a bottle and throwing it on the floor.”
In the process, her iPhone was damaged sustaining a cracked screen.
She further stated that afterward, she followed him outside to comfort him with a hug but that he did not want her touching him.
They then went back inside upstairs in the hallway in front of his apartment when she attempted to again hug him, believing he’d calmed down.
It was then that Robinson allegedly “reacted aggressively holding her by her arms and swinging her back and forth” before he allegedly “threw her down one flight of stairs.”
She allegedly sustained multiple bruise injuries to her legs, her right arm, her back, and a minor cut to her forehead and received treatment at Jersey City Medical Center for her injuries.
She further alleges that Councilman Robinson had been “drinking all day.”
The councilman’s attorney, Christopher Adams of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, paints a different picture.
“These are false allegations made by a former girlfriend,” said Adams in an email. “I can’t imagine what her motivation was, but the events of the day and evening in question are covered by surveillance video, and it is the opposite of what she alleged.”
Video allegedly tells a different story
According to Adams, the woman is captured on the video allegedly “grabbing, pulling, kneeing and putting Mr. Robinson in a headlock, while is he trying to leave. The video also shows Mr. Robinson finally escaping her erratic behavior and running down the block, only to see the complainant chasing him down.”
“We very much look forward to our day in court so that he can be found innocent of these charges,” Adams said.
Councilman Robinson and his council aid did not respond to calls or an email seeking comment.
Robinson is charged with Simple Assault for purposely/knowingly causing bodily injury as well as Criminal Mischief for damage of property for $500 or less.
Councilman Jermaine Robinson took office in January of 2017 representing Jersey City’s Ward F. His current term expires on Dec. 31, 2021.
Before joining the council he served as Committeeman for the 13th District of Ward F since 2015. He has received several recognitions, including the 2013 Community Service Award from the NAACP Jersey City Branch, and he is a Wall of Fame Honoree at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center in “recognition of his actions of making ward F his top priority.”
In February, Mayor Steven Fulop selected Robinson as his running mate as part of Team Fulop 2021 for reelection.
Current Council President Joyce Watterman, At-Large Councilman Daniel Rivera, Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley, and Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, are also on the slate.
In response to a request for comment, a city spokesperson said, “The matter is currently under investigation.”
The case is before the Jersey City Municipal Court.