Arrested on racketeering charges, former Assemblyman and former Union City Mayor Raul "Rudy" Garcia is scheduled for an arraignment today in the Monmouth County Court House in Freehold at 1:30 PM. Garcia is one of eight Hudson County residents charged in a $500 million illegal gambling operation. Dozens of arrests were made this week.
Garcia is a partner at MBI-GluckShaw, one of the state's largest lobbying firms. Garcia has taken a leave of absence from the firm. "Rudy will have no involvement with the clients of MBI GluckShaw and/or the operation of the firm," the firm said in a statement. "Mr. Garcia is a member of the MBI GluckShaw family and we stand by him."