PolitickerNJ.com strongly stands by our report that State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) and Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan (D-Union) are involved with a legal defense fund for Union County Democratic Chair Charlotte DeFilippo, despite denials by Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Victor Scudiery.
"I've known Charlotte for years. She's a friend of mine. She called and asked me to help her and I agreed. I don't know where the Lesniak and Cryan stuff is coming from," Scudiery, the Treasurer for the legal defense fund, told the editor of moremonmouthmusings.com, a political web site. "Charlotte sends me the checks and when there are bills to pay I pay them out of the fund."
It's possible, according to sources familiar with the fund, that Scudiery doesn't know who is raising the money to pay DeFilippo's legal bills.
Two questions not yet answered: will there be a public disclosure of the donors? And is Scudiery saying that he is abrogating his fiduciary responsibility as Treasurer by not knowing the source of the funds?
As Scudiery seeks to protect the 3-2 Democratic majority on the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, his involvement with the legal defense fund of the Union County party leader could be an issue for Republican John Curley's campaign. It will be interesting to see if Monmouth County GOP Chairman Joseph Oxley slams Scudiery – or if he sends a personal check.
Click here to read Matt Friedman's story on the DeFilippo legal defense fund.