State Senator Joseph Coniglio, the target of a federal corruption probe, has dropped out of sight since he dropped his bid for re-election to a third term. With Assemblyman Robert Gordon now slated as the Senate candidate, there hasn’t been a whole lot of talk about Coniglio.
That’s what happens – when flawed candidates withdraw, they drop out of sight. So what ever became of Charles Thomas, who ended his bid for Passaic County Clerk after the 2004 Democratic primary following the disclosure that a county vehicle he helped a relative obtain use of was involved in a hit-and-run collision where someone was hurt. The relative was not a licensed driver. Thomas, a former Paterson Municipal Court Judge and the Clerk of the Board of Freeholders, was challenging incumbent Ronni Nochimson. Democrats instead nominated Karen Brown – a move Democratic County Chairman John Currie seems to deeply regret – and in Blue Passaic, Brown ousted Nochimson, who is now a Democrat.