“The allegations, they are 100 percent false. And to beat her… no, no.”
Hector Hernandez says he and his ex Jacqueline argued but no hands were raised in their marriage.
“We left or I would walk out or she would walk out,” he says. “Toward the end of the marriage I was barely home or she was barely home — and it was who had the kids. And we made the best of it until one of us finally walked out and we got divorced.”
When Jackie and Hector first got together they were kids with kids, she was 17 and he was 20.
“We were thrown into a relationship that we chose to have to make sure that our kids had two parents,” Hernandez says. “She stayed at home; I worked (two jobs). We traveled, we went out… we did anything like a normal family does.
“We were just getting to know each other and trying to raise children. I don’t think it was any different than any other relationship, maybe just a little bit more stressful because of our age.”
Hector thinks he has a good idea about his ex’s motivation behind these accusations right before the election.
“I was approached by the Mayor, Roque and he told me that he was going to make me an offer for a job,” Hernandez says. “This happened at the middle school and he had offered me a job to come with him and leave Commissioner Count Wiley.
“I told him that would never, ever happen and he told me this was my last chance – (because he has make offers before). But if I didn’t do it this time that he was going to put something together that was going to destroy my reputation in this town, forever.”
And Hector says Jacqueline is going through tough times financially.
“She calls to ask for money sometimes. I have a police report that she has charges by one of my children for identity theft. She also has another case that one of my children has to appear that the state is coming after her because she has identity theft with one of my children,” Hernandez says.
“And she’s also $4500 in the arrears with child support. So she has a warrant for her arrest right now in the town of West New York.”
Hector sees a complete disconnect here.
“For my oldest son’s birthday she had actually called me and we had spoken and she had invited me over to her home and telling us that we should all get together and squash all our problems and work together as a family. So now this; this blew my mind,” Hernandez says.
According to Hector Jr., he was even more shocked than his dad by what his mom said.
“I live with my dad now and it’s obviously for a reason,” the 18-year-old says. “If he was a monster, like she claimed in the report I wouldn’t be here now for four years I’ve lived with him already. He’s never touched me before. If he would’ve, I wouldn’t look at him the same way.”
And the commissioner candidate says he holds no ill feelings towards his ex.
“She called recently because she had something stuck in her stove. If things were that bad… it just makes no sense,” Hernandez says. “And I’d still be here for tomorrow. No matter what she’s done at this point, if she needed something tomorrow, because of my children — I’d still do my best to help her out.”