Confessions of a Republican Operative: How to Rig an Election
, written by Allen Raymond
,to bereleased by Simon and Schuster on January 8, will take some shots at New Jersey political figures. Raymond started out in politics as the campaign manager for Bill Martini's
successful 1994 bid to unseat Democratic Congressman Herbert Klein
, and then served as Martini's Chief of Staff. (Martini is now a Federal Judge; Sharpe James' trial has been assigned to him.) Raymond was also, briefly, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, and worked for Dick Zimmer's
campaign for Congress.
When then-Essex County Executive James Treffinger was indicted in 2002, there were allegations that his U.S. Senate campaign made dirty tricks calls on Super Bowl Sunday seeking support for Diane Allen, his primary rival. Raymond was the consultant referred to in the Treffinger indictment, sources told PolitickerNJ.com.
Raymond served five months in prison for his role in a 2002 dirty tricks phone call campaign in New Hampshire during a hotly contested U.S. Senate race.