Once again, thanks to Al Sullivan for breaking this bombshell:
But this fad of secretly recording conversations seems to be taken hold in other parts of the county, especially in Hoboken. People may soon start hugging each other, not out of love or friendship, but because they want to check for wires. This differs from Bid Rig III or any legitimate law enforcement effort. This is straight out political spying, the kind of which has friends taping even friends, and has the potential to make enemies out of former allies.
Doesn't Hoboken just have it all? Villains, superheroes, now... spies.
Or is it spy. As in one.
The rumors converge on one person who has allegedly been taping conversations with friends and foes. GA was told- and this is unconfirmed, naturally- that this person has been taping all these conversations since last January. That's 2013.
Of course, gossip- particularly mean stuff- has a way of circulating about any person in the public eye, particularly a person who may hold an appointed or elected office. If you listen to the doofus blogging as Dov A./ Daria Gluck on Patch, then you know Mayor Zimmer went to New Hampshire last week to smoke weed.
That's politics, right?
But, in this case there is more to back it up than wagging tongues. There's a transcript.
One of the recorded conversations was transcribed for purposes unknown. For perhaps, a legal matter. Unless... the transcription serves other purposes.
This Mile Square has it ALL: an ongoing FBI investigation focused on stealing the Mayor's email, a NJ Attorney General investigation into Occhipinti 2010 campaign election fraud, secret FBI recordings of a City Council member (Russo) accepting a bribe, another City Council member (Mason) giving $1,000 to a prosecutor the week before she represented the Councilwoman's paid political operative employee (Matt Calicchio) against an online critic (wears horse shoes), a conspiracy to sue nearly 2 dozen bloggers between a City Councilwoman (Mason), a Weehawken political operative and two 'underground' operatives, a lawsuit by 4 Council members (Mason, Russo, Castellano, Occhipinti) which has halted businesses, developers and residents from getting zoning approvals costing untold financial damages and logjams into the forseeable future, a political operative run amok- reading our City's private communications, losing a BoE campaign with a Nazi Truck, behaving like an unhinged adolescent on Patch threads, 7 tons of goods from Louisiana's Train of Hope' are picked up in Newark by Occhipinti and Mason, who drive them to Bayonne, and are never seen again... and so much more.
Now, someone who (I am told) is a person in a powerful, public position has been taping "everyone".
We'll know more if and when this transcript surfaces.
It will. Because GA hears it is "getting around"...
And Al dropped a curious clue.
Note, that although the individual taping is Hoboken-based, the item appeared in the 'West New York' Section of his column, not Hoboken. That says to me that the tentacles of this scandal go beyond Hoboken into Hudson County.
And beyond? Different states have different laws for taping another party without notifying them. This is going to get very interesting.
Does anyone else out there wonder what secrets this transcript holds?