A lawsuit filed against Hackensack Police Chief Ken Zisa alleging that he extorted campaign contributions from police officers for his campaigns for State Assembly and for other candidates is likely to end Bergen County Freeholder Tomas Padilla’s campaign for U.S. Marshal. Padilla, a Hackensack police captain, is Zisa’s co-defendant. While the allegations against Zisa and Padilla remain unproven, it is unlikely that the White House would nominate a candidate for a federal law enforcement post while a lawsuit that alleges political shakedowns and retaliations against police officers hangs over his head.
Look for Padilla to drop his bid to succeed U.S. Marshal James Plousis soon. This could put Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire, who dropped out and endorsed Padilla, back in the game. Padilla reportedly had the backing of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken), while U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) is reportedly supporting Lourdes Timberman Correa, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marshal’s office.