Solomon Dwek testified today that he gave nearly $40,000 to an intermediary – likely the late Jack Shaw — that was supposed to be passed along to Joseph Doria, a former Assembly Speaker and Bayonne Mayor, according to a Jersey Journal report. Doria resigned as Commissioner of Community Affairs after federal agents conducted a search of his home last July, when 44 others were arrested as part of Operation Bid Rig. Dwek said that Shaw said Doria could help him get environmental approvals for a development project. Shaw was found dead of a valium overdose days after his arrest on federal corruption charges, and Doria told a reporter that he knew nothing about it.
Doria is in an untenable situation: Dwek can make any accusation he wants and there is virtually nothing he can do to reclaim his reputation.