"The jury has spoken," says Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) about his onetime political mentor, former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero. Ferriero was convicted today on three of eight counts of corruption.
"I think it's a one day news story, and has no impact whatsoever on either the governor's race or the 36th District Assembly race," added Sarlo, who's backing his ticket mates, Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and Assemblyman Frederick Scalera (D-Nutley).
"We have polled it, and people are concerned about the economy and education. Joe Ferriero has no impact on their lives and now it's time to move forward."
Sarlo admitted it was emotional to see the former chairman of his party felled today on charges of corruption.
"It's very sad when you see somebody's life turned upside down," Sarlo said. "He gave a lot to the party, but it's important to remember it wasn't his work as chairman that got him in trouble it was his work and sloppy behavior in private business."