One possible explanation for the timing of Thursday's arrests of Mims Hackett
and Alfred Steele
: U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie
has an unofficial policy of not indicting or arresting candidates within sixty days of election day. So if Hackett and Steele were not arrested before the end of last week, as candidates for re-election to the State Assembly, they would have been effectively protected until November. Both legislators have now resigned from the Assembly and withdrawn as candidates for re-election.
This policy bodes well for State Senator Joseph Coniglio, who is the target of a federal corruption probe.