Winners and Losers: Week of February 2nd
WINNERS (PolitickerNJ Editor)
What exactly is it about New Jersey that makes its public officials so seemingly… corruptible?
Former U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli looked like he was on the fast-track to higher callings when a federal investigation slammed the brakes on his career. Mired in an ethically-nefarious controversy involving suspicious bribes and a grandfather clock, Torricelli’s reputation was all but completely tarnished when a federal investigation found he had accepted illegal campaign contributions from multiple donors. He was never actually convicted of any wrongdoing, but the incident forced him from public service under a cloud. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Cardinale, Doherty back Fox amidst Samson subpoena mention
Following Thursday’s article in the The Record which reported that federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the Port Authority for records related to the personal travel of the agency’s former chairman, David Samson, as well as his relationship with Newark Liberty International Airport’s largest carrier, United Airlines, two New Jersey state Senators spoke out in support of a prominent state official mentioned in connection with the reported subpoena: New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation Jamie Fox.
Fox’s name surfaced in connection with a subpoena issued last month that appears to be part of an investigation into a flight route begun by United between Newark and South Carolina, where Samson has a home, while Samson was chairman of the Port Authority, which oversees the region’s airports. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
North Bergen Commissioner Ferraro will not seek reelection, will retire
NORTH BERGEN – North Bergen Commissioner Theresa Ferraro announced on Friday that she will not seek reelection this year and plans to retire from elected office at the conclusion of her current term.
The first woman elected as a township commissioner in 1999, Ferraro has presided over the North Bergen Police Department as Public Safety Commissioner. She has also been an advocate for senior citizens, supporting many important programs and initiatives like North Bergen’s Senior Citizens Picnic and other activities. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Mainor moving forward with choke hold bill
JERSEY CITY – State Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31) explained that his proposed bill (A4081) which involves the potential use of choke holds by law enforcement officers is meant to create clarity, particularly in light of the recent outrage stemming from the fatal Eric Garner incident on Staten Island.
“It’s to make sure that if cops are going to utilize a choke hold, at the same time they know they’re using deadly force,” said Mainor, who recently retired after 25 years as a Jersey City police officer with the rank of detective. “If they’re going to pull their gun out for deadly force because they have to shoot their weapon, the use of a choke hold would fall under the same category. A choke hold should only be used when deadly force is necessary, at the same time you only shoot your gun when deadly force is necessary.” (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie’s weeklong train wreck
Chris Christie intended to use this week to present himself as a serious figure ready to lead the country at home and abroad.
It didn’t quite work out that way. (Isenstadt/Politico)
Feds probe Samson travel records, according to Record report
According to a report tonight by Bergen Record reporter Shawn Boborg, federal prosecutors have demanded that the Port Authority turn over records related to the personal travel of the agency’s former chairman David Samson.