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Get ready folks, for a new chapter of the unfolding Gandhi-gate mystery.... as we get closer to finding out HOW a North Jersey Democrat (Carmelo Garcia's) campaign mail got sent to Hoboken residents in South Jersey Republican (Sam Fiocchi's) envelopes.
Yesterday Politico interviewed GA. If you have a subscription, the full article is here.
If you don't, GA will post a few paragraphs. From Politico (emphasis mine):
“What I think happened is we got a shipment of state envelopes from the printer last month and I think they must have accidentally put in some Sam Fioccchi ones,” said Garcia’s deputy chief of staff, Pete Oneglia. “I don’t think it was a whole box — we would have recognized that.”
The slip up was pointed out online Tuesday by Hoboken blogger Nancy Pincus, a member of the city’s zoning board and supporter of Mayor Dawn Zimmer, with whom Garcia has fought. In a lawsuit, the assemblyman accused Zimmer of “ethnic cleansing” for firing him from his job as executive director of the city’s housing authority.
Garcia, who was pressured off this year's ballot for reelection to the Assembly by Hudson County’s Democratic power brokers, is now seeking a Hoboken council seat. But he continues to send constituent mail from his Assembly office, which he holds until January.
“Does Sam Fiocchi have ANY idea HIS NAME and OFFICE are on Carmelo Garcia campaign mail going to hundreds (or thousands) of Hoboken's 6th Ward residents?” Pincus wrote.
Fiocchi declined to comment. Garcia said the letter was perfectly legitimate because it contained no politicking for his council campaign.
“There was nothing in there on electioneering or anything relative to my council candidate seat. It was just an update that we normally do,” he said. Garcia’s letter — which was written on his office's stationery — highlighted his record on animal rights legislation and featured a quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Gandhi stated that ‘the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.’ I am sure that you agree, as do I.” The authenticity of the Gandhi quote was called into question by author Ralph Keyes in his 2006 book “The Quote Verifier.”
“A vegetarians’ website gives a 1931 Gandhi speech as the source of this comment, but those words cannot be found within that speech,” Keyes wrote.
While 1st District Assemblyman Fiocchi declined to comment to Politico, Garcia's staff went on the record to blame the printer- that some of Fiocchi's order got mixed in with theirs but "I don't think it was a whole box, we would have recognized it."
GA just called the printer, NJ Treasury Print shop, in Trenton.
I explained that Hoboken residents had received Assemblyman Garcia's mail in Assembly Sam Fiocchi's envelopes, then asked whether (according to Garcia) Fiocchi envelopes could have been mixed in with Garcia's in a box.
"It's virtually impossible," the printer replied, "Once they're set up to do an order, they do it until it is filled to its entirety, then they move on to the next order. I don't see how that could have happened under any circumstance."
Now that we know Garcia's explanation of "printer error" is "virtually impossible...."
Here is what a source tied to south Jersey Republican politics told GA:
"They're (GOP) saying some clerk inadvertently gave the wrong envelopes to the wrong person."