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A hammered Jersey City, New Jersey city councilman has been popped for urinating on a crowd of music fans from the balcony of a Washington D.C. nightclub, according to the cops and club sources.
"He was very drunk," one source said. "We've dealt with this man before. He's never peed on anybody, but he gets really belligerent and drunk."
The New York Daily News reported Sunday that two-term Jersey City councilman Steve Lipski has been charged with assault.
The 44 year-old Lipski was kicked out of the 9:30 Club Friday night during a concert by a Grateful Dead tribute band when club staffers saw him relieve himself onto the crowd from a second floor balcony. No one seems to know whether it was musical criticism or just another drunken politician doing what comes naturally.
This sort of behavior isn't unknown in Jersey City, just across the river from New York City. The lurid incident marks the second time in recent years that a Jersey City pol was caught with his pants down. Photos showing Jerramiah Healy, another councilman at the time, naked and passed out on his front stoop were circulated all over the Internet in 2004, just days before he won election as mayor of Jersey City.
Lipski told reporters outside his home this weekend "I've resolved not to touch alcohol again," He called the incident "deeply humiliating, very embarrassing" and "troubling." The two-term Democrat also refused to admit he'd actually whizzed from the balcony of the 9:30 club. "I can't comment on that," Lipski told Fox 5 TV. "I'm going to continue to do all the good things, and I'm not going to let this overshadow me."
"I spoke to one of his contributors this morning, and he's denying the whole thing," one source said. "He's telling people he spilled a drink. It's ridiculous. He's already said he's not resigning. He's telling people that."