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The wife of a prominent local Republican activist in New Jersey is in jail after police arrested her for fatally shooting her husband on Christmas Day. Prosecutors claim that Marylue Wigglesworth, 51, shot her husband David Wigglesworth at the couple’s Mays Landing home.
Fox News reported further that the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said that police arrived to find David Wigglesworth, 57, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. His wife is now in jail at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
“The slain man had been involved in local politics. He ran as a Republican for the Township Committee in 2019 but lost. He also served on the Planning Board and volunteered for the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, according to New Jersey 101.5,” Fox News noted. “The couple share an adult son, WPG Talk Radio reported. Police did not disclose a motive for the slaying. Photos on Marylue Wigglesworth’s Facebook page show a smiling, affectionate couple.”
“I cannot believe this,” one local wrote regarding the incident on Facebook, the New York Post reported. “We’ve known Dave and Mary for years…This just can’t be true.”
Meanwhile, nationally, Republicans are preparing to take over the House for the first time since 2018 after winning a small majority during last month’s midterm elections, and they are going to want the outgoing speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), to answer some questions.
A pair of GOP lawmakers want her to answer some questions — presumably under oath — before a committee she created ostensibly to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.
New Jersey woman allegedly shoots, kills husband on Christmas
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“The reason there wasn’t a proper security presence on that day goes right to the speaker’s staff and the speaker’s office,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Just the News Wednesday after the release of the House Republicans’ report detailing the security failures that led to the breach of the Capitol.
“As you go back and look at the communications, there’s this pattern that develops where the Sergeant of Arms is meeting with Pelosi’s staff,” Jordan, the incoming House Judiciary Committee chairman, noted further. “Many of those meetings, Republican staff wasn’t allowed to be there, but they had this pattern where everything had to run through her office, her staff, before the Sergeant of Arms could make a decision.”
In a separate interview with the outlet, Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) said that the National Guard was delayed in arriving at the Capitol on Jan. 6 because then-Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving was waiting to hear from Pelosi on the matter.
“It’s almost like there were individuals within the current administration that wanted this to happen,” Nehls said. “All the intelligence was there, and what did they have? What did they have? They had bicycle racks. … A bicycle rack couldn’t keep your cat in your yard.”
The two lawmakers are among five House Republicans who released the GOP report, which offered substantially more detail about events that day and leading up to it than have been noted or released by Pelosi’s Democrat-run committee.
Nehls made reference to some texts from Irving corroborating accounts that some U.S. Capitol Police officers ushered protesters into the Capitol Building, noting: “The American people aren’t hearing any of this from the sham [Jan. 6] committee.”
The Texas lawmaker also said that a former D.C. National Guard commander told him that had Guard troops been deployed when police asked for assistance on Jan. 4, the riot would have “never, ever happened.”
“And Nancy Pelosi. You do have questions you need to answer … Nancy, we’ll get you, and we’ll fly you back from Italy once you’re the ambassador,” Nehls said, making reference to earlier reports that President Biden will offer the U.S. Ambassador to Italy post to Pelosi, who is 82.
The GOP report, in addition to Pelosi and her staff, also cited the USCP Intelligence and Interagency Coordination Division for ignoring or refusing to act on intelligence indicating there was a need for greater security due to politics, bureaucracy, and the “misplaced priorities of their leadership.”