Marcellus Jackson, who resigned his seat as a Passaic City Councilman after admitting that he took $26,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent, remains involved in politics as a he awaits sentencing. According to a report by PolitickerNJ.com's Max Pizarro, Passaic mayoral candidate Vincent Capuana has ackowledged that Jackson has been volunteering on his campaign. Last night, he worked the door at a Capuana fundraiser collecting money from donors. “Twenty years of friendship are 20 years of friendship,” said Capuana campaign manager Jose Alex Ybarra told Pizarro. “Loyalty is very big with many of us.”
At the time of his guilty plea, federal prosecutors said he would be sentenced on March 26, 2008. That has been postponed.
Jackson was arrested last October as part of a sting operation that also involved Passaic Mayor Sammy Rivera, Assembly Deputy Speaker Alfeed Steele (D-Paterson), and Assemblyman/Mayor Mims Hackett (D-Orange). Rivera resigned in May after pleading guilty, and Passaic voters will go to the polls next month to elect a replacement.