Carroll ‘at a loss for words’ over Ferriero verdict

Former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero was just convicted on three of eight corruption counts against him, but Freeholder James Carroll still believes he’s innocent.

“I’m not a lawyer. I don’t really know the legal ends of it. I don’t see – he was not an elected official. I just don’t know. I’m at a loss for words,” said Carroll, a labor leader who has been a freeholder since 2003 and is also the mayor of Demarest.

“I’m sure he never had any intentions to do anything illegal. I just don’t believe that was his style. He lived politics,” said Carroll. “I didn’t deal with him in a business sense. I dealt with him in a political sense, and he was a good politician.”

Carroll added that he felt for Ferriero’s family.

“I’m a dad before anything else, and he has three great kids. It has to be devastating to his family,” he said.