Worthy Issues Statement in Response to False Online Slander

TRENTON, NJ -- Today, mayoral candidate Walker Worthy, Jr. issued the following statement:

"This politically motivated slander posted by the 'Stay Informed Trenton, NJ' Facebook group is not only absolutely false, it is also extremely offensive and it is especially disgusting that during this holy week that should be spent with family and in worship, this vile filth is instead being circulated in our city. The ‘financial judgements against Walker Worthy’ that this reprehensible post attributes to me is absolutely false not only in its dollar sum, but more importantly, the debt holder.

To be explicitly clear: I have no credit card debt and no tax debt. My father, Walker Worthy Sr., is a hero to me, a civil rights activist who grew up in the Jim Crow South, and a great family man. In his later years he became very ill, was taken advantage of by a car salesman, and fell behind on his bills. The debts that this reprehensible post attributes to me are my father’s debts. He lived the first 70 plus years of his life well within his means, but his illness and mounting medical bills put him in a financial predicament that millions of others have experienced due to the failings of our healthcare system.

My family and I have helped my father, Walker, Sr. with his financial struggles caused by age and illness, and we will continue to, because that’s what family does. My father is not running for Mayor, I am.

The assertion that I was fired from ‘a previous job when HUD found something bad’ is a completely ridiculous claim with no substance, since I have never been fired from any job and have never had any workplace allegations from HUD or any other organization. Also ridiculous is the claim that I am a ‘mud-slinger.’ I have talked about serious issues during my campaign, and will not be deterred from doing so because my political opponents have colluded with a Facebook group to spread lies.

Trenton needs a new leader who will unite our community, not tear it down and divide people like this Facebook post seeks to do. I’m running for Mayor to do that and I will not be deterred by anything, especially not attacks on my family.”