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NJ Councilman Faces Calls to Step Down After Drug Charges

New Jersey Councilman, Malik Johnston, has been asked to resign after being charged with selling drugs. 

46-year-old Malik Johnston of Flemington, New Jersey, has been charged with selling cocaine and methamphetamine to an undercover officer. Now, residents of the town are questioning his position on the council and are pushing for his resignation. 

At a recent council meeting, a woman asked Johnston to resign, alleging he approached her daughter two years ago when she was 18. “You asked her if she does crystal. That’s what you asked her, and she got back in the car and raced home and said, ‘Mommy, you know that guy Malik in the red car? He asked me if I do crystal. What’s crystal?'” she said. “My daughter says she goes to school with your son, so how can you ask my child, my beautiful child, if she wants to buy crystal?” the woman said. Johnston told reporters that he has no comment on the allegations made against him. 

Two other Flemington residents have publicly spoken out and asked Johnston to resign, at least until the case is brought to fruition, and he is proven innocent. The mayor of Flemington and other council members, including the council president, have made no comment on this matter at this time. 

A borough attorney said that the law doesn’t allow them to remove Johnston from office based on these allegations. The councilman’s attorney has stated that “He’s presumed innocent. We’ve got a strong defense.” The attorney also shared that Johnston will not be stepping down right now. 

The Councilman facing these charges, Malik Johnston, has apologized for any embarrassment he’s caused the Flemington, New Jersey council that he sits in.


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