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The Ferriero Guilty Verdict: It’s Complicated

This is cross-posted from my blog at Epoch Times


[Last week]  when the jury in the racketeering trial of Joe Ferriero emerged from 4 days of deliberations after an eight week trial with a mixed verdict, the jury foreman said it was difficult to follow the complicated case without a paper and pencil. I totally understand. A few years back, when Ferriero was at the height of his power, as a Bergen County Democratic Committee member I had to take to Visio to map out the complicated web of influence that drove the Pay to Play cycle (I first published that chart here on Blue Jersey)  during the eight year reign of the man known as “Boss Joe”. I had a few years to observe it, the jury only had two months.

They did find him guilty of racketeering for hiding his obscenely large percentage (up to 1/3) of the profits for software he convinced elected officials to purchase, while taking unusual steps to hide his financial interests. Although Ferriero faces a maximum sentence of 45 years behind bars, the problem with obtaining a guilty verdict on the other two schemes allowed to be discussed (there were more that the prosecutor did not focus on) had to do with two things, the way the victims perceived their role and testified to it, and the way that corruption in NJ is morphing into the private sector, where private firms are squeezed by greedy politicians. I’ll explain in a little bit.  

Bergen Politician Adminstration prosecuted for No-Show job… This election is over..

From the County that is home to the fabled Bada Bing Go-Go- club, brings a genuine Tony Soprano like  “no-show” government job.


GOP Reformer Donovans election has now officially collapsed and her band of merrymakers in Hackensack have really become an embarrassment.

Now a deeper dive, shows the “Progressives reformers” that took over Hackensack government in 2013, were not really as progressive as we thought. Here’s the rub



Alleged Progressive Reformer Bergen Republican County Executive Kathleen Donovan’s administration has just been prosecuted for having an actual no-show county job, where an actual employee was given $80,000.00 per year and never had to show up for work. Never had to clock in. Never had any responsibilities and reported directly to the Donovan’s Chief of Staff.

You can’t make this up! While Donovan had been back in the day been fondly remembered as “one of us” and has always been very popular in certain communities, there is no way now, even 3 weeks before her big election  that anyone can support this sinking ship from law breaking by sending out illegal mailers, to the largest muni bond scam in the country.

Getting prosecuted 3 weeks before the election for no-show jobs its clear this campaign has hit the bottom, especially coming off the Donovan’s recent admission of breaking the law and paying a large fine.


and then this


Now while Donovan had a really bad week, it’s only going to get worse.  Reports are that the BCIA is up next for a big shake out as the Executive Director, Union County resident Rob Garrison is next up with a political bulls eye on his back, for his law breaking  regarding his refusal to move to Bergen County. Getting paid $180,000 and refusing to move to  Bergen County as promised is really a slap in the face to every taxpayer, especially since he swore he would.

The Democratic Freeholders are set to expose his crime regarding this, which will only lead to a deeper dive regarding Garrisons approval of the infamous David Samson’s legal fees.


*Bergen County Meltdown* will impact State of NJ

The recent article by the Bergen Record detailing a letter from apparently a private citizen demanding a restriction on political candidates right to free speech is really an amazing tale of how really, really bad things are with the Chris Christie loving Bergen Republicans. There are many moving parts here.

1) The Bergen GOP is in a meltdown, with a long lingering scandal where its well-known that he was awarding county contracts.


2)  Bergen Community College


and even another report here….


THE BEST IS HERE.  Check out the final paragraph where even the Bergen Democrats are now attacking scandals…. This is big




 Even the Star Ledger get involved in the act


The Donovan meltdown was seen coming from a mile away. With the pending $800MM in BCIA bonds that Donovan wants to issue, there are still more chapters to writ. Our beloved Governor SWORE it would be done before the Superbowl was played in NJ.

It’s clear BCDOer James Tedesco a low key Paramus volunteer Fireman has already won the election, with the latest indication coming from the one-person club called the Jeff Tittle Sierra Club, which has a long 60 year long personal friendship with current state pensioner/County Exe. Donovan has now even refused to endorse her.   ouch….

In summary, there is a lot of shoes to drop, the Wolf Samson BCIA conflicts of interests indictments, the Bergen County Bridget Kelly Bridgegate tell all, the BCC indictments of no bid contracts,  and many more…

The end of the expensive lawsuits will be coming to an end in Bergen soon.

PA Commissioner is SINGING like a Canary!!- Indictments Near

It has been confirmed that it was Port Authority Commissioner Ray “Little Ray” Pacino was seen walking in a parking lot in Newark right near where the US Attorney Office.

This is big, it means he is singing all about the Christie scandal and Christie is done….

This is what many have expected and “Little Ray” is singing like a yellow canary about the conspiracy he was involved in at the Port Authority, Macquarie Bank, Bayonne Bridge and American Dream Meadowlands Mall, and also his second role as a NJ Turnpike Authority Commissioner.

The latest dirt is that 6 people are going to be indicted by Fishman regarding the GW Bridge issue….

Pacino should resign soon from the Port Authority and it’s unreal that he is still on the PA, especially with his position as a union leader AND a NJ Turnpike Commissioner.

With David Samson gone from the PA, (and word out there that the keystone to the fraud Lori Griffa  will also be quitting Wolff Samson) the next highest PA Commissioner who has been involved in all the GWB mess etc., is Labor Union honcho Ray Pacino.

And Pacino apparently is singing a lot about Triple Five,

Pacino is fighting for his life as the US Attorney has him dead to rights on approving the Bayonne Bridge transactions, which included Macquarie Bank give way in millions, which Pacino also as NJ Turnpike Authority Commissioner approved terms that were favorable to Triple Five, which has investments with Macquarie Bank.

Pacino is in trouble now, no matter what he does. But since it’s been confirmed that he would be a rat, this changes everything.


But to Christie’s amazing credit, he saw this coming and has now changed tactics and as it has been visible, Christie is changing the conversation and is showing FINALLY a willingness to have a Casino in the Meadowlands. You see this with the recent news dump of agreements to have a Meadowlands casino.


Christie has now telegraphed to the Triple 5 investors that their government backed pipe dream of a mall in the Giants Stadium parking lot, with an urban water park and kosher food court is going to be replaced by a monopolistic casino which will be any corporation’s cash cow.  Also think of the millions Christie’s henchman can make off a casino, from construction, to taxes, to a hotel, to a huge P3 style parking garage etc..

This will help Christie in two ways 1) it ends the American Dream scandal and BCIA Wolff Samson illegal conflict of interest and 2) starts more and more money to come into the unreal Christie for President Campaign, as he pits one crew of pay-to-player against other pay-to-players.

The pressure is going to even grow bigger now that Ray Pacino MUST step down from the Port Authority, Heck, he should also be gone from the Turnpike Authority as well for the North Bergen Park and Ride scam and the role he played in getting the NJPA to approve the American Dream Scam deal, which he voted on.  Even the next Bergen County Exe Democrat James Tedesco has demanded Little Ray Pacino to be thrown out of the Port Authority, while beleaguered County Exe. Donovan is getting pressure to demand the Rat Ray Pacino resign…Now there are going to be several Bergen County towns passing resolutions on this as well. This guys are so arrogant….

Add in State Sen. Weinbergs recent intitative to have ALL NJ EDA related giveaways be also under the umbrella of Pay to play laws, this mandate will call for a full blown review of all NJEDA and . even Bergen Grassroots supports this.

Bergen Executive losing control as indictments near

As expected indictments for Wolff Samson are about to be dropped, the one County where Wolff Samson were tied to nearly every single transaction, Bergen County, it’s clear  Republican County Exe. Donovan (who’s also has a sex-for-play scandal involving the selection of the County Insurance contract and Bergen GOP Party Boss Alan Marcus) is in complete whirlwind spin melt down mode as per the latest Bergen Evening Record blather of Donovan diarrhea:


Donovan’s most embarrassing action now is the veto of the new BCIA law firm (Florio,Percucci, etc) because of what she predicts n the future MAY be a conflict!!!  WOW-talk about a stretch. Also, since when does the hired help now even has a vote on a decision??? Cant the same conflict that Donovan now abhors also be raised in the rest of her administration, such as David Samsons conflict with Triple Five and the Port Authority and Donovan’s failure to file criminal charges regarding the GW Bridge?

Donovan never was concerned in the past with conflict of interests at the BCIA. Among them:

1) Donovan appointed her own County Administrator Ed Trawinski to be a BCIA Commissioner, when it was ruled that there was a conflict

http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/Arc…     PAGE 21 has ethics complaint.

2) Donovan appointed scandal infested attorney Thomas Mason Esq. to be a BCIA Commissioner, when it is also ruled a conflict.  GOP Donovan gives a contract for child support Public Defender AND also appoints the same Mason guy to be a BCIA Commissioner. Ergo Mason votes her way at BCIA and in return Donovan gives him a $50,000 contract!


This is done even though in 2011 the very own BCIA Counsel eventually did an advisory opinion saying there is a conflict.

3) Donovan approved David Samson firm to do legal work at the BCIA. When Samson’s client was getting BCIA approval for tax-exempt bonding. Page 60 of 2011 .pdf.

4) Now the real crime occurred on Page 125 of attached. Pdf.  This is exactly the crux of where all the fraud has gone down:   Donovan and GOP documented approval of American Dream Mall AND Samson represents American Dream Mall, which is Triple Five AND Samson also represents Bergen County. THIS IS A CONFLICT, for the last 3 years.   It gets better


So Republican Donovan knows she is in trouble and Samson is telling all about Donovan and her own real conflicts, so she makes up some bogus case where a new law firm MAY have a future conflict… This is a sign of someone in desperate trouble and going on the offense regarding the same charges that her crew has done and will face jail for.

Also look at the law firm, it a standard Business model with another Republican Party Boss running the firm… So Donovan is saying an evil Republican firm is a walking conflict.




5) The best is the past BCIA Counsel Tom Broongiee is and has been Donovan’s own Campaign Tres and also has an ELEC violation charge for giving Donovan to much money!!  The arrogance of these clowns.

Bottom line – the inbreeding of Christies top hack law firm Wolff Samson is in big big trouble and corrupt Donovan is 100% tied in and will also be destroyed in this large scandal.

So far, her County Admin has quit, her County Counsel has quit, her Freeholders have voted against Donovan and now Donovan has lost all of her lawsuits, the real major ones.  The only shoe left iindictments and Donovan will get a Trenton job soon.

With contract scandals, the demise of Samson, the exposure of the American Dream Mall bond scam, will bring down Bergen GOP, which means Christie is next….