JERSEY CITY AND BEYOND – The widow of a former Jersey City mayoral aide has filed a lawsuit against a retired Jersey City employee and two bars, blaming them for the 2009 death of her husband, according to an article on NJ.com.
Genevieve Reilly, the widow of John Reilly, alleges that her husband died as the result of a physical confrontation with another city worker.
Reilly, a former aide to Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, died in February 2009 after apparently being involved in some sort of altercation with a former Department of Public Works assistant director who has since retired from city employment.
Citing Genevieve Reilly's lawsuit, one published report described the incident between the two men as an altercation that led to a "punch" and an "assault" against John Reilly.
According to published reports, the lawsuit alleges that the attacker was intoxicated. It further alleges that two Jersey City bars continued to serve the man alcohol prior to the incident, even though he was clearly intoxicated.
The defendants in the suit all deny wrongdoing. The attorney for the alleged attacker said that Reilly died due to health issues unrelated to the February 2009 incident.
Jersey City Police investigated the incident, but declined to press any criminal charges.