Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NJ Supreme Court Rains on Peter Cammarano

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."

"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.
Well folks, there you have it.

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.

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.
I'll say.

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...

14 comments:

  1. Give 'em hell, GA! Mostly good news so far, look forward this circus wrapping up soon. "Word on the street" is someone had quite a meltdown last week...

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  2. GA for us less informed you totally left us hanging....sigh

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    1. Yeah, sorry. Until its over, I'm a clam. Cannot discuss yet. Though it's no secret I am defending myself- it's harder than it looks on TV. XO

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  3. good luck and godspeed GA. We all miss you!

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  4. Who is holding the umbrella for Cammarano? Is that Patricia Waiters?

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  5. Why do you reformers cry so much about a little trading at the Malibu? What's the big deal, ten grand for a variance give or take here, some thousands of the mayor's emails there?



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    1. "you do for me, i do for you."

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    2. How do you get handcuffs on fins?

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  6. Hoboken could have had such a riveting reality TV show from 2009 to the present. But with Beth in the process of buying her next job out of town and Ruben poised to send Timmy into the dustbin of buffoon history, we are (mercifully) down to the last few episodes. It will just be the remnants of the machine vs an efficient but not especially colorful reform coalition. Politics isn't supposed to be cheap theatre after all. Making the transition from Jerry Springer to C-Span will be hard for some, but not for most.

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    1. Hoboken needs a reform candidate for the 4th ward. We can not allow Ramos back in. That weasel has done enough damage and shouldn't be allowed to "take" a seat on the council to further his own agendas. Timmy is better then Ramos. If it's between the 2 of them reform should get behind Timmy.

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    2. Wait you guys are going to back Timmy? I can't wait to see the sign - Reform in the fourth ward, "We're with stupid."

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    3. That's ludicrous, no one in reform would back Timmy. A reform candidate will be found and hopefully prevail. Won't be easy but no one in reform would vote for either Ruben or Timmy.

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  7. Isn't Patricia Waiters running for school board? Again? Aren't her running mates Brian Murry and Lynn Danzker BFF's of disgraced Ex-Director of HHA Carmelo Garcia?

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    1. That ticket should name it's campaign "The Titanic". The fact that each and every one of them isn't laughed out of town as pretending to be good for Hoboken is amazing. Especially Waiters the baiter and Murray the mock-outraged ninny.

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