The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has assessed a $700 penalty against Bernard Jones, Jr, who ran for a City Council seat in 2015, according to documents the state released on Wednesday.
Jones has to pay $700 for “non-filing” and $27 in sheriff service fees, according to the final decision document.
“I’ll take responsibility and pay the penalty,” said Jones on Wednesday afternoon. “I was irresponsible and I apologize to the people for being irresponsible, not handing documents in on time.”
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission adopted the final decision on Nov. 20, 2018, according to the documents.
Jones tried to win disgraced councilman Anthony Davis’ vacated 1st Ward seat in the 2015. He was among five candidates vying for the 1st Ward seat in November of that year.
Jones came in 3rd place.
He filed a sworn statement for the 2015 election on Jan. 31, 2018, 849 days late. He was served with a complaint on Jun. 7, 2018.
Jones did not answer the commission’s accusation and defaulted. On Wednesday, Jones said he has received a letter from the state, but hasn’t opened it.
Jones, who currently serves on the Paterson Housing Authority, unsuccessfully ran for an at-large council seat in 2014 and again in 2018.