Thursday, July 23, 2009

Garden State

New Jersey politics. One day you're being sworn in as Hoboken's new 32-year-old mayor. A few weeks later, you're under arrest by the FBI.

About 30 people, including some New Jersey mayors and several rabbis, were arrested Thursday in a federal investigation of public corruption, the U.S. attorney's office in Newark, New Jersey, said.

The probe also involves a "high-volume, international money-laundering conspiracy," according to a statement from the office.

Among those arrested in the public corruption portion of the investigation are Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell, New Jersey Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt and Leona Beldini, a Jersey City deputy mayor.

In case readers are wondering, most of the people mentioned above are Democrats, but Van Pelt is a Republican.

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