Embattled contractor Joseph Sanzari was told he could not join other dignitaries on the stage when Vice President Joseph Biden visited a construction site in Bergen County last week – a move that left Sanzari off the charts angry, according to sources familiar with the event. Sanzari's partner in the construction project on Route 46 and Main Street in Lodi, Fletcher Creamer, was also denied a spot on the dais.
It is not clear who told Sanzari that he was not welcome on the dais.
Biden joined Gov. Jon Corzine and U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park ) and Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) in Lodi to tout the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which will help fund upgrades to Route 46 bridges. Sanzari and Creamer were awarded a construction contract on that project. Other contractors were permitted to join Biden at the event.
Sanzari role as a Democratic fundraiser and leader at the Hackensack University Medical Center has increased his public profile in recent months.