Jack Shaw, a political consultant arrested last week as part of a federal corruption probe, is dead, according to several sources.
The cause of death has not yet been released. There are unconfirmed reports that Shaw committed suicide.
"It's just an awful tragedy for Mr. Shaw and certainly for his family," Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, told PolitickerNJ.com.
A neighbor told PolitickerNJ.com that she left her apartment around 5 PM and returned about an hour later to find a considerable police presence.
Around 7PM, a small group of people began to congregate inside the courtyard of Shaw's building, a luxury apartment tower in Jersey City's Paulus Hook section, according to PolitickerNJ.com reporter Matt Friedman. One man was restrained after walking out the building's front door and attacking a photographer, yelling "a man just died and you want to take pictures!"
A criminal complaint alleges that Shaw conspired to extort "structured political contributions and other benefits."
Shaw, 61, was a presence in Hudson County politics for more than thirty years. He was the labor coordinator for Jim Florio's 1981 campaign for governor, and served as a congressional aide to Florio.