Former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero was just convicted on three of eight corruption counts against him, but Freeholder James Carroll still believes he’s innocent.
“I’m not a lawyer. I don’t really know the legal ends of it. I don’t see – he was not an elected official. I just don’t know. I’m at a loss for words,” said Carroll, a labor leader who has been a freeholder since 2003 and is also the mayor of Demarest.
“I’m sure he never had any intentions to do anything illegal. I just don’t believe that was his style. He lived politics,” said Carroll. “I didn’t deal with him in a business sense. I dealt with him in a political sense, and he was a good politician.”
Carroll added that he felt for Ferriero’s family.
“I’m a dad before anything else, and he has three great kids. It has to be devastating to his family,” he said.