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And Now The Legislature Is Targeted

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

And Now The Legislature Is Targeted

U. S. Attorney Chris Christie's office has asked the Office of Legislative Services how subpoenaes can properly be served on lawmakers in Trenton. Looks like Christie's net is spreading.

Perhaps he has in mind a RICO indictment for the entire bunch. That would be a perp walk no one would want to miss -- all of 'em led out of the Statehouse in cuffs to the cheers of thousands.
posted by Bob Ingle at 11:04 AM

Ed Mecka Comments:  Earlier today, Bob Ingle's story was confirmed to me by a highly placed state official. 

The NJ State Attorney General and the Federal Attorney General are working together on this corruption investigation.

I have provided a brief overview of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act , also known as R.I.C.O., for educational purposes only.  

Eminent Domine: Years later, family brews over seized home State, county used eminent domain, didn't finish work

One day in 1981, Barbara Fuller looked out the window of her Monmouth County home and saw a surveyor in the yard.

He worked for the state Department of Transportation and was mapping a realignment of Oceanport Avenue that would take it through Fuller's dining room. DOT eventually used its powers of eminent domain to seize her property, along with three neighboring ones, including a house owned by her aunt, Agnes Zager.

The road project never materialized.

Port Authority: The lavish, secretive workings of the PA $5B agency cuts deals far from the public eye

They have been known to spend a billion dollars in an afternoon, hire their own retired executives for six-figure consultant deals, hand out 22 percent pay hikes, lease land, fix bridges and pay for $300,000 parties.

All in secret.

Operating in a governmental twilight zone, they work mostly behind closed doors, immune from state and federal open public meeting rules even though their decisions affect millions of people.

"They operate without transparency or accountability," said New York Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

The mysterious people in question are the 12 commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who meet 10 times a year to award consulting and construction contracts for public transportation projects.

Bryant: Federal authorities join state in probe of state senator

Legal scrutiny of state Sen. Wayne Bryant's mixing of business and politics is broadening with new state and federal subpoenas issued this week, according to published reports.

Bryant, a Democrat, resigned his post as chairman of the state Senate's powerful budget committee after a federal monitor's report earlier in the month found that he had held a no-work, $38,000-a-year job for the University of Medicine and Dentistry.

Menendez: Embezzler later bought Menendez's building

In 1993, a federal judge sentenced Lourdes Lopez to prison for helping Union City's treasurer steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money.

Ten years later, Lopez came up with nearly half a million dollars to buy a Union City building from an unlikely seller: Bob Menendez, the man who was in the mayor's office while the city funds were embezzled.

Plans would promote merging towns to save money

The rough outlines of some of the plans intended to chip away at New Jersey's property tax burden became clearer Wednesday as lawmakers discussed bills that would promote merging towns and consolidating government.

Much of the focus remained on a proposal being pushed by Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr., R-Monmouth, to create a special commission that would recommend municipal mergers, but a key lawmaker called for a tweak that could alter the bill's impact.

Bribes, Payoffs, Politics: Two more plead in Atlantic City corruption case

An Atlantic City corruption scandal widened Wednesday as one current and one former city council member each pleaded guilty to attempted extortion.

Councilman Ramon Rosario pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to an attempted extortion charge, admitting he took $14,000 from an undercover FBI agent posing as a Wall Street financier and from an FBI informant who wanted to win city contracts.

Gibb Jones, who resigned his city council seat in August, pleaded to similar charges, admitting he took more than $5,000 from unidentified businessmen between 2003 and January 2006 in exchange for help getting city contracts.

St. Mary payroll target of probe Sources: Bogus paychecks could total $1.2 million

Bon Secours Health System Inc. has launched an internal investigation into whether hundreds of thousands of dollars in bogus paychecks were issued out of St. Mary Hospital's payroll department over an unspecified period of time, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

The investigation officially began Thursday, when armed guards hired by Bon Secours marched into the medical facility to secure computers and change the locks on a number of doors, according to several sources.

U.S. Senate 2006: Nation is watching our Senate race

Your pols in action: When it became clear Sen. Wayne Bryant, D-Camden, was in deep trouble growing out of the federal UMDNJ investigation and what appears to be a no-show job, the knee-jerk reaction was to circle the wagons and keep him in place as chairman of the powerful Senate budget committee.

Senate President Dick Codey, who defended keeping Bryant head of the committee, was singled out for practicing business as usual. Next thing you know, Bryant wrote Codey a letter signed "Yours in Humanity" asking to be replaced.

It has more to do with Sen. Bob Menendez than Bryant, who is considered one of the more greedy pols in the Statehouse. If the Democrats conclude Menendez, who is being pounded by state Sen. Tom Kean on ethics issues, is unelectable, don't be surprised if they pull another switcheroo, a la Lautenberg for Torricelli.

Bryant: State senator 'pressured' U. for job, honor Officials disagree Bryant received positions in an attempt to curry favor

State Sen. Wayne Bryant, a powerful Camden Democrat now under fire for alleged ethics violations, occupies a place in Rutgers' Hall of Distinguished Alumni and, until last spring, was a paid lecturer at the University.

David J. Harris, a former member of the Board of Governors, said University officials gave Bryant the teaching position and honor in order to curry favor with the influential lawmaker.

Bryant stepped down temporarily from his chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee last Monday amid charges that he secured for himself a no-show job at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. A federal monitor reported UMDNJ received millions of dollars more in state funding once Bryant's employment began.