Milgram going after Dems in key counties

Some Democrats may wish Attorney General Anne Milgram would take the summer off, especially since it's an election year. Instead, Milgram has been going after Democrats in Essex, Middlesex and Union counties.

The Star-Ledger reported tonight that investigators from Milgram's office seized a computer last week from the office of the Essex County Superintendent of Elections in connection to their indictment of Antonio Santana, a volunteer on the 2007 campaign of State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark). Santana is accused of changing an absentee ballot in Ruiz's favor – a tactic that had no effect on the final results of the election. But an investigation into the Ruiz campaign is an annoyance to her political mentor, Newark Democratic leader Stephen Adubato, and to Essex County, where Ruiz works as Deputy Chief of Staff to the County Executive.

Milgram has also won an indictment against Assemblyman Joseph Vas (D-Perth Amboy), and has been conducting a probe of Union County Democratic Chair Charlotte DeFilippo. State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) and Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan have formed a legal defense fund to help pay for DeFilippo's lawyers.

Lesniak and State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are battling with Milgram over her pick to run the state Division of Civil Rights, Chinh Le. Lesniak and Scutari sent a letter to Gov. Jon Corzine complaining that Le is not licensed to practice law in New Jersey, according to a Star-Ledger report

The two Senators, according to the newspaper report, have also accused Milgram of "choosing her personal friends for this position and not even considering New Jersey lawyers … It's worse than patronage. She's practicing cronyism." Milgram's spokesman, David Wald, disputed the claims of Lesniak and Scutari.


Milgram going after Dems in key counties