Wow. Where do I even begin?
44 arrests including two sitting Assemblymen, a couple of Mayors, a Council President and others.
A lot of this information has already been reported, so I will try and focus on some things that have not, or at least not widely.
It’s been pieced together at this point that Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy is likely “Incumbent Official #4.” Leona Beldini, Deputy Mayor of Jersey City ( also arrested yesterday ) allegedly shook down bribes for Healy’s re-election bid earlier this year.
Beldini is named in the complaint as “Treasurer” of a campaign. She only served as Treasurer for Healy.
Two members of the Corzine administration have now been touched by this. Joe Doria, The Commissioner of Department of Community Affairs had his home and office raided by FBI agents. He subequently resigned.
And a Spokeswoman for Transportation Commissioner Stephen Dilts confirms that he is the unnamed official in the complaint against ( sitting Assemblyman ) L. Harvey Smith. Smith allegedly bragged about putting in a call to a high ranking DOT official to obtain a permit. Dilts and Smith did speak recently, but Dilts supposedly told him that he could not expedite the permit, and it would have to go through the process like every other apllication.
I say “supposedly” because I didn’t hear the call (obviously ).
I had joked earlier that it’s a testament to New Jersey’s diversity that Jews, Blacks, Italians, Latinos republicans and democrats could all be implicated together in the same corruption scandal, but it’s really not a laughing matter.
I should also point out that none of these individuals are guilty until proven so in a court of law. Or they decide to plead guilty and snitch on each other.