NEWARK – Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney (D-Bridgeton) today choked down the fate of his one-time colleague, former state Sen. Joe Coniglio (D-Paramus), a fellow union manwhom a jury found guilty onfive counts of mail fraud and one count of extortion.
“I love the guy,” said Sweeney. “I feel for horrible for Joe.He didn’t have the ability to get that kind of money. My heart goes out to him. I was saddened by it, stunned. This is a guy who was afraid to dosomething wrong.I can’t find anyone who had a bad word to say about Joe Coniglio. He doesn’t have a dishonest bone in his body.”