|source: The Jersey Journal|
When it rains, it pours... Fresh in from The Jersey Journal:
Former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, who spent two years behind bars after admitting to accepting bribes from a corrupt developer, has been disbarred by the state Supreme Court, which said in a unanimous ruling today that the former mayor betrayed "a solemn public trust."Well folks, there you have it.
"This form of corruption is corrosive to our democracy and undermines public confidence in honest government, and its rippling pernicious effects are incalculable," Justice Barry Albin wrote in his ruling.
Hoboken residents lived through those dark days when our highest elected official violated the public trust and got busted on July 23, 2009 in the largest political corruption sting in the history of New Jersey, 'Bid Rig 3'. For anyone 'new' in town, Operation Bid Rig is an ongoing, long-term investigation into political corruption in New Jersey conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey since 2002.
Yep, Operation Bid Rig is still ongoing. The investigation into political corruption in Hoboken, Hudson County and beyond is ongoing.
You recall, Mr. Cammarano was recorded on F.B.I. surveillance tape 'selling' two zoning variances to informant Solomon Dwek at The Malibu Diner; the Malibu is a great place to have scrambled eggs and bacon, or catch a crook in the act of dealing zoning variances or even the Mayor's emails.
Cammarano pleaded guilty in 2010 to accepting $25,000 in corrupt payments from federal informant Solomon Dwek. The two met several times at the Malibu Diner in Hoboken in the spring and summer of 2009.I'll say.
When he first met with Dwek, Cammarano was seeking the mayoralty against Dawn Zimmer, who succeeded him after his subsequent arrest and resignation. Cammarano admitted agreeing to support Dwek's purported real-estate ventures in exchange for campaign cash.
"An elected official who sells his office – who offers favored treatment to a private developer in exchange for money – betrays a solemn public trust," Albin wrote.
And same for those behind-the-scenes and in front of videocameras who try to facilitate the abuse of the public trust.
Well folks on another note, GA apologizes for the disruption in blogging. Some of you know what's been occupying GA's time. Soon enough I will be able to share it with all of you.
To be continued...