Media Release – November 14, 2016

By Robert M. Hoatson
Road to Recovery
November 14, 2016

Advocate for victims of sexual abuse, former Newark Archdiocesan priest and West Orange Town Council candidate, and honored educator to announce a run for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey

Church reformer and whistleblower to bring “reform” agenda to the State of New Jersey

A press conference announcing the candidacy of Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey

Tuesday evening, November 15, 2016, from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm
(Media invited to attend announcement from 6:45 pm until 7:30 pm)

Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ, 07052-2918

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., his family, neighbors, and supporters will gather to announce his run for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey. Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., a native and current resident of West Orange, NJ, has lived in New Jersey for more than forty (40) years and has resided and/or worked in many New Jersey cities and towns, including Newark, West Orange, Bayonne, Hackensack, Closter, Midland Park, East Orange, South Orange, Jersey City, Glen Rock, Scotch Plains, and Little Ferry. He served as a deacon and/or priest for thousands of Catholics in parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, and was Principal of three schools; a high school in Newark, and two elementary schools (one in Newark and one in Hackensack). He founded and has served as President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey, since 2003. Road to Recovery, Inc. assists victims of sexual abuse and their families. Robert Hoatson, Ph.D., has lobbied for years in the New Jersey state legislature for reform of statute of limitations laws regarding sexual abuse of children. He has acted as a whistleblower of numerous cases of sexual abuse against children throughout the State of New Jersey, and was an integral part of the uncovering of facts surrounding the Newark Archdiocesan cover-up of the Fr. Michael Fugee sexual abuse case. In his work with Road to Recovery, Inc., Dr. Hoatson has traveled the State of New Jersey, helping to heal victims of sexual abuse and their families and advocating for justice and fairness for all. Dr. Hoatson’s perseverance in holding the soon-to-be-replaced Archbishop of Newark, John Myers, accountable for his mishandling of cases of clergy sexual abuse was influential in Pope Francis’ appointment of Archbishop Bernard Hebda, as co-adjutor Archbishop of Newark in 2013. Dr. Hoatson will announce his run for the Democratic nomination for Governor and speak about his theories and practices of leadership which will help to restore hope in the leadership of the State of New Jersey.



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