Unsuccessful Jersey City council candidate Mike Manzo pleaded guilty today to accepting a $5,000 bribe from an FBI informant posing as a developer.
Manzo, a 53-year-old former arson investigator with the Jersey City Fire Department, admitted taking the money in exchange for helping the informant, Solomon Dwek, win approvals for a purported Garfield Avenue development project if he won a seat on the council.
Manzo, who is not related to brothers Louis and Ronald Manzo – both of whom were arrested on corruption charges in the same July sting – will forfeit the $5,000 bribe and likely faces between 10 and 16 months in federal prison.
Manzo is the eighth Jersey City official or politician to plead guilty to corruption charges this year. He follows Ed Cheatam, a former Housing Authority commissioner, affirmative action office and school board vice president; Hudson County Board of Elections investigator Denis Jaslow; former Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Director Maher Khalil; former Councilman Phil Kenny and former council candidates Lavern Webb-Washington, Guy Catrillo and Jimmy King.