Although FBI agents paid Mayor Jerramiah Healy a visit at his Bradley Beach home last month, they did not search it, the Mayor’s office insisted today.
The AP reported today that Healy said FBI agents searched his shore home. Not so, said Healy spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill in a statement, attributing the mixup to miscommunication.
“Due to an apparent miscommunication between Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and Associated Press reporter Victor Epstein, the AP is inaccurately reporting a story on the wire,” she said. “Neither Mayor Healy’s home nor his office has been searched by the FBI and any news agency reporting such would be absolutely inaccurate.”
Seven Jersey City employees and several other local politicos were arrested in July’s massive corruption bust. Healy was not among them, but his campaign treasurer, Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, is accused of funneling bribes from FBI informant Solomon Dwek into Healy’s campaign account. Healy has admitted meeting twice with the Dwek, who was posing as a developer under an assumed name.
Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega, who was charged with taking bribes from Dwek in July, remains at the head of the council and attended this week's meeting.