Feds charge Mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield, Assemblymen Van Pelt and Smith

A two-track federal investigation of public corruption and a high-volume, international money laundering conspiracy resulted in the arrests of about 30 individuals today, including Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secacus Mayor Dennis Elwell, Assemblymen Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean County) and L. Harvey Smith (D-Jersey City), former Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D-Jersey City), Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez, Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, and longtime Democratic strategist and political advisor Joseph Cardwell.

Also charged were Jimmy King, who ran for Jersey City Council last May in a race against embattled Councilwoman Nilda Lopez, and John Guarini, a Jersey City Housing Inspector who was the Republican candidate for Congress against U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) in 2006.

A press conference is scheduled for approximately noon today at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark. Court appearances will begin at about 2 p.m. today.

 

Feds charge Mayors of Hoboken, Secaucus and Ridgefield, Assemblymen Van Pelt and Smith