Culture of Corruption – Jersey style

Posted by: ST on July 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Good grief:

NEWARK — A New Jersey assemblyman and the mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus were among public officials arrested this morning by FBI agents in an international money laundering and corruption probe that includes rabbis in the Syrian Jewish communities of Deal and Brooklyn.

Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean), Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell and Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega are among those already brought to the FBI building in Newark. Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini has also been arrested.

A total of 30 people have been taken into custody, officials said.

The arrests are the result of a two-year FBI and IRS probe that began with an investigation of money transfers by members of the Syrian enclaves in Deal and Brooklyn. Those arrested this morning include key religious leaders in the tight-knit, wealthy communities.

Jim Geraghty has more, including additional info on the political affiliations of those who were arrested.

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8 Responses to “Culture of Corruption – Jersey style”


  1. Carlos says:

    NJ is supposedly the “most corrupt place in America”. Wonder if anyone thinking that has ever heard of Chicago, Illinois or “The Machine”?

    Of course, with our glorious leader and his sycophants at the helm of the country, I wouldn’t expect any serious investigations into anything remotely close to Illinois or Chicago in at least the next 3.5 years, maybe 7.5.

    Transparency, ya know.

  2. Good grief

    More like, “Oy, vey?” :d

    The corruption also apparently involved the trade in body parts. Only in New Jersey.

  3. Steve Skubinna says:

    Hmmmm. Five names listed, only one party affiliation, and of course the scumbag is a Republican. So what are the others, Druids?

  4. Great White Rat says:

    So what’s the big deal? It’s just another day at the office here. |-)

    Steve, when the Star-Ledger somehow forgets to include party affiliation for any arrested politician, you can safely assume he’s a Democrat. In this case, your assumption would be right on all of the other four.

  5. Leslie says:

    The Raritan River in NJ had reached flood stage, and a scorpion asked a frog if he would take him across.

    “No,” said the frog. You’ll sting me.”

    “Then, I’ll die, too.”

    “True, that,” said the frog. “Hop aboard.”

    But halfway across the river, sure enough, the scorpion stung.

    “Why?” asked the frog. Now we WILL both die.”

    “This is Jersey,” said the scorpion. “We do what we do.”

  6. GWR, what’s a nice guy like you doing in a place like New Jersey? ;)

  7. Great White Rat says:

    Good question, ST. Got any ideas for a better place to hang out? ;)

  8. Steve Skubinna says:

    Sure, GWR. Anyplace that isn’t Joisey.