Breaking News: New Jersey Corruption Arrests

Thursday, July 23, 2009

In what might be the largest corruption investigation in New Jersey history, this morning police are arresting dozens across the state. The mayors of Secaucus and Hoboken along with the deputy mayor of Jersey City are among the arrested. WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly and reporter David Cruz, former editor-in-chief of The Hudson Reporter in Hoboken, have the latest.


David Cruz and Bob Hennelly

Comments [22]


I wonder how this scandal may affect the growing tide of antisemitism. Should we be angrier that our political leaders or our spiritual ones misused our trust. I found an interesting discussion of the matter at pandalous: It's here:

Jul. 24 2009 09:10 PM
capper from ny

How about all the corruption that has been a part of Asbury Park for soooo many years.

Jul. 23 2009 11:39 AM
Rich from Union City

According to it's sysop, this morning's news led to so many hits on (over 100.000 page views in one hour) that the site was overwhelmed. As of 11:25 am it's still down. That's significant because many Hoboken residents rely on the site as their primary news source.

Jul. 23 2009 11:28 AM
Vic from Guttenberg

It's only a stereotype if it's not true.

Jul. 23 2009 11:28 AM
Steve (the other one) from Manhattan

WNYC - are you going to carry the noon press conference? Pretty please?

Jul. 23 2009 11:18 AM
Nick Lento from NJ

pt 2

If we want to REALLY root out the corruption the SOURCES of the money and the quid pro quos need to be thoroughly uncovered....and THAT'S what the RICO statutes are designed to do....go after organized criminality.

The fact that the NJ press is now spinning this in a pro Christie way and acting like this is the end of corruption says something rotten about them.

And the caller who spoke about his experience in North Bergen was telling the truth.

There are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of New Jerseyans who have personal knowledge of the kinds of corrupt crap that is routine in this's common knowledge.

Ultimately, the solution is 100% public financing of campaigns.....most of the corruption/bribery that exists is, perversely, actually LEGALIZED!!!

NJ is a microcosm of what's wrong with the whole country.....and it's killing us.

Jul. 23 2009 10:44 AM
former hobokener from jackson heights

Steve Cappiello Lives!

Jul. 23 2009 10:44 AM
Nick Lento from NJ

To follow up on my call (what the listeners don't hear is that callers are often "potted down" and not allowed to follow it looks as if their point was rebutted and the caller was left speechless).

The corruption in NJ truly is systemic/endemic (in fact, one of the reporters used the word endemic in the segment's introduction :-)

Chris Christie only prosecuted low hanging fruit and and people who became brazen and stupid and cases that were handed to him on a silver platter.

If Chris Christie has been serious about truly cleaning up the corruption in NJ he would have used the RICO statutes....and would have neeted thousands of convictions, not just a few hundred!

Further, if wh know that many of our pols are whores, then who are the "John's". Why aren't the contractors, developers and real estate interests that are actually at the top of the corrupt food chain ever busted?

Chris Christie was one of the few US Attorneys that DIDN'T get fired by Bush, when they fired anyone they felt had too much integrity.

The charges in this round of busts seems (so far) to be just about how mioney was moved and laundered......this is like getting Al Capone on tax evasion. Pt 2 follows...

Jul. 23 2009 10:44 AM
Brian from Hoboken

After 5 years in Hoboken, and the previous 5 years in Chicago, I definitely need to give Hudson County, NJ the nod over Cook County, IL as the most corrupt place in the country. As one caller referenced, Mayor Cam was elected with the help of the Hoboken BnR's, who have now elected 2 of our last 3 mayors who were arrested. Convicted ex-Mayor Russo's son, now a councilman, was the leading supporter to get his BnR constituency behind Camaranno. Welcome to Hudson County. Maybe by the next election the reformers/newcomers will finally outnumber the BnR/municipal employee voting bloc.

Jul. 23 2009 10:43 AM
diane from nyc

how can WNYC take anecdotal comments on the air while this sweep is going on? This is an FBI sweep! You are compromising the investigation and taking heresay, etc. This is unconscienable.

Jul. 23 2009 10:41 AM

With regards to guilt and innocence, I'm afraid you are just wrong, Brian.

It is important -- critical, crucial and vital -- that our court system treat them as innocent until they are actually proven guilty. Our judicial system should treat them as innocent until proven guilty. Our law enforcement agents should treat them as innocent until proven guilty.

But that does not mean that they actually are innocent. Whether or not they are found or proven guilty in our courts, their guilt or innocence is already a fact based upon their actions, which have already occurred.

A thoughtful media would acknowledge that we cannot be sure of their innocent or guilt without a trial -- except for perhaps some investigative reporters. The media's views do not have to be linked to the court's view.

Jul. 23 2009 10:37 AM
Hungarian COok

1) I can't quote the source, but earlier this year a reliable news source published the per- voter campaign spending by Pres. Obama and Mayor Healy. Healy's spending was 10X Obama's. Where is that money? Few TV adds, and lots of lawn signs. Where the rest of the money?!

2) What about Willie Flood? It is an open secret that she has early-stage Alzheimer's. Steve Fulop and Healy have both acknowledged it. And she's in charge of Registrar's office, which brings in a lot of cash for the county. Not to mention her son, who apparently doesn't even show up!

Jul. 23 2009 10:25 AM
Mark from NJ

Has Chris Christy ever indicted a Republican?

Jul. 23 2009 10:25 AM
Chicago Listener

We know a little something about corruption here in Chicago and in Illinois. I can really identify with the glee that the people in NY and NJ are feeling as the Feds start kicking down doors. There should be a name for that sensation...maybe "schadenFED".

Jul. 23 2009 10:25 AM
Lori from Montclair, NJ

I grew up in Hudson County, NJ and you just expect corruption after a while. When I was a kid growing up in Kearny(the 70s) I remember our Mayor, I believe the Police Chief (it's been a long time) and my high school history teacher (who was also a Councilman) all being arrested and jailed. There are, of course, people in local government who truly care about their communities so I do not wish to disparage all public servants but I would say that Hudson County is especially infected.

This is particularly disappointing because Hudson County's most precious natural asset, the Meadowlands, has been exploited and developed beyond repair. NO ONE needs another Xanadu and I think if you scratch the surface of a project like this you will find tremendous waste, pay to play, and complete disregard for the environmental impact. The HMDC is the ultimate Fox in the Henhouse.

Jul. 23 2009 10:24 AM
bob from huntington

Nepotism? Double-dipping? Bid-rigging? It all sounds remarkably like the way local government conducts business on Long Island.
Did someone say: Joe Mondello? (See yesterday and today's Newsday.)

Jul. 23 2009 10:23 AM
hjs from 11211

too many governments in NJ!!

Jul. 23 2009 10:19 AM
Aaron from Brooklyn

Just saw several hasidic men arrested in Williamsburg about 10 minutes ago.. swarm of FBI blocked off street.

Jul. 23 2009 10:19 AM
Eric from NYC

Does anybody remember Christie accusing Sen. Menendez of using a local charity for fraudulent purposes? He sent him a subpoena right before his run for the Senate. He was obviously "playing ball" or risked losing his job like the other US Attorneys. Why isn't anyone investigating Christie?

Jul. 23 2009 10:19 AM
kai from NJ-NYC

Besides all the local governance, what I know from living in NJ is that large amounts of CASH are paid for permits and fees, from inspection/building permits to beach badges, frequently without any form of receipt in return. Without "formal" transactions, it becomes easy to bilk the system.

At bottom, Hennelly is correct that corruption in NJ is endemic.

Jul. 23 2009 10:17 AM
Tony from San Jose, CA

At least, when the Silicon Valley crashed, we admitted our stupidity and we didn't steal people's money... and we got no bailout.

Jul. 23 2009 10:15 AM
paul from nyc

its not a big joke

Jul. 23 2009 10:13 AM

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