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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — High-profile support for New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger is eroding. Rep. Carolyn Justice asked for Berger to resign today, because he broke the law when police say they caught him driving without a valid license. Now it appears he’s also broken his vow to remain transparent to voters.

“This long series of events that followed him have just culminated to this as the last straw for me,” Rep. Justice said.

Justice was the one who swore Berger into office back in December 2010. Now she’s upset that even though he pledged to uphold the law, he is now accused of breaking it. Thursday, a Wilmington Police officer stopped him for speeding and charged him for driving with a revoked license.

“When you swear on a Bible to God and all the people that elected you that you will uphold the law, then you need to do that, and you need to step away from the position you’re in, because it is now done,” Justice said.

Rep. Justice, who first made public her request for Berger to resign Friday morning on The Big Talker FM with Chad Adams, is personally writing the commissioner a letter asking him to step aside. But that’s as far as it will go.


“I’m not looking into any legislation to force him,” Justice said. “I don’t think this should involve that. This is a matter of character. This is a matter of doing what’s right.”

And his character is also in question when it comes to other issues.

Berger has vowed to be transparent and has consistently called for transparency in government, but now he may be part of the very problem he’s been trying to fight.

Thursday, he sent a confidential e-mail to the clerk of the New Hanover County Commission asking for any documents that pertained to him being kicked off local boards. According to the County Attorney, nothing in Berger’s e-mail fell under confidentiality protections. That’s a violation of the public records law.

Add that to his latest legal run-in.

“Constituents already have many reasons to distrust their elected officials,” Justice said. “We already live in a world where people are distrustful when we allow someone to continue on that perpetuates that belief we hurt everybody.”

We found out the state revoked Berger’s driver license because he did not pay a $200 failure to appear charge related to a misdemeanor traffic ticket. We’re told Berger paid that fee yesterday after his traffic stop. The Clerk of Court’s office says Berger also received paperwork to take to the DMV to help get his license back.

The commissioner has not returned our requests for comment.

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  • deputy 25

    this man is a NUT!!!!

  • Guest0

    The oath that Berger took was to uphold the the Constitution – NOT to serve at the whim of Carolyn “Justice”. Justice is nice but sounds like a self-aggrandizing, pompous joke. Let the courts work.

    Berger is a nut but the real crazies are egomanics like Ted Davis, Rick (“Dirty Water”) Catlin, and the thugs that are playing childish games with the County’s business to keep their names in print.

  • KrisC

    This naming of NH County commissioners “thugs” is disgraceful. Opinions of persons who name call in this manner should be totally disregarded. I have known Ted Davis personally in the past. He is highly ethical and a gentleman. I watched a session in which all of the commissioners spoke to Mr. Berger about his late appearances to meetings. All were kind and patient when expressing their frustration with his performance. It is evivend is is not rising to the level his duty to the public requires as an elected official. He should resign.

  • SurfCityTom

    what is he going to do?

    More importantly in his eye, how will he support himself if he loses the Commissioner salary?

    There is why he will not resign. There is why it will take some C-4 or crimminal felony convictions to remove him from office prior to the next election.

  • Guest757

    It was just proven that Mr. Berger can’t support himself now. Initial steps have been taken (Jan,4th) to foreclose. This man is a train wreck and how ever are his friends they have to step in FAST before it’s too late. Then they will be saying woulda, coulda shoulda….

  • Guest555

    I am so sick and tired of this STUPID Berger guy it makes me sick. The little baby needs to go back to his momma. Can’t stand to look at him, can’t stand to hear him speak. Who the hell voted for him in the first place??? Funny thing…I don’t even live in Hanover county and I can’t stand to listen to the crap anymore. Now, again, he has broke the law WTF?

  • Challengetheworld

    Stop making a joke out of public office. You are in the news every single week. You have a personal life worse than anyone I know. I’ve known drug addicts more reliable than you. Please walk away and let the Commisioners find someone new.

  • Peyton Garrett

    First of all I am very disappointed in Ms Justice. As a taxpayer in both New Hanover and Pender Counties I expect her to vote and represent our best interest. She now has compromised her credibility with Me. I hope this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Where are You Ben McCoy? Curtis Wright? Big Talker, Maybe Just a Big Mouth, both. Ms. Justice, again I am very disappointed. I wait to see the spin from Mr. McCoy. What a lying p***k. Curtis Wright, A deadbeat blowhard.

  • Guest Lee

    I am a taxpayer too, and I was proud of Rep. Justice standing up for what is right. Brian Berger needs to go, and she recognizes that fact.

    You never did state in your post why you’re disappointed in her and why you believe her credibility is compromised with you. This is about Brian Berger, not the others you mentioned in your post. They are a whole separate issue.

  • Guest Lee

    It’s nice to see that Rep. Justice has stepped up to the plate and called on Berger to resign. But if he refuses to resign when urged by the citizens and voters of New Hanover County and surrounding areas, and by his fellow commissioners, do you think he will resign because one representative calls for it? It’s going to take a lot more than that to boot Berger out.

    Berger has already proven he doesn’t care what the citizens or his fellow commissioners want. He’s in total denial, and he will hang on to that job until the people finally vote him out, or he totally flips out and winds up in jail or a mental ward.

    Marcus T. Cicero once said, “To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.” I think that defines Berger to a “t”.

  • As a dear friend of Rep. Justice, I would completely disagree with her assertion that Berger’s actions impugn her. They do not. She should not take anything he has done or has been accused of personally. Many, many others fully supported him at election time. She is blameless in any of his actions. I did not know he had a revoked license, and would agree that his driving anyway is complete irresponsibility on his part, and cannot be comprehended in any other way. He owns this.

  • ReallyGuest99x

    Berger’s actions impugn ALL of us who have wasted our time attempting to justify his actions. I am a recovering Berger supporter. Brian was originally brought to the fore in order to promote some simple reform notions, those being less government and lower taxes.

    Brian’s failures are forgivable. The unforgivable failures rest with Brian’s sponsors and handlers who have completely failed in their management of him.

  • Robert Green

    Ms.Justice is a person of great integrity and someone who has wisdom that I am willing to follow.Time to give it up Mr. Berger. These follies will continue into the foreseeable because he does not appear to be of sound mind and judgement.

  • suzanne capps

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt and you sure proven that right!Time to man up and get out.

  • Guest9743

    You are referring to the tea party in you last sentence aren’t you, after all they (Brian’s sponsors) are the ones who worked so hard to get him elected!!

  • 28443-voter

    I agree with Rep. Justice that Mr. Berger should step down. I just don’t remember her feeling so strongly when her friend Mr. Williams (Pender county comm.) was charged with a DWI AGAIN.

  • Peyton Garrett

    My disappointment with Ms. Justice in the Matter of Mr. Berger is Why did it take Her a year to call Him out and call for his resignation. She is a smart lady, she has known his capabilities or lack thereof for a long time. Why wait so long? As for the others I spoke of, they are the driving force behind Mr. Berger plain and simple. They share in His inept way of doing things, the way He presents Himself and represents the county. Thus I feel they are not a separate issue.


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