Arbitrator rules Manzo owes fundraiser $23k

Former Assemblyman and five-time Jersey City mayoral candidate Lou Manzo, who was arrested last month on corruption allegations, owes a former campaign fundraiser about $23,000, an arbitrator ruled today.

Danielle Transue Leigh, who fundraised for Manzo’s 2007 state senate campaign, was suing for $40,000 – a figure that included damages and legal fees. She said today she was awarded the original amount she billed Manzo for.

Manzo has 30 days to appeal the arbitrator’s decision, at which point the case will wind up in civil court. Manzo attorney Libero Marotta yesterday told PolitickerNJ.com that Manzo would likely appeal any decision against him.

Arbitrator rules Manzo owes fundraiser $23k