Joseph Ferriero, the one-time boss of the Bergen County Democratic Organization in Dirty Jersey, was convicted on racketeering charges last week by a federal jury as reported by Thomas Zambito for NJ Advance Media:
"Joseph Ferriero was convicted today of running a local political organization as a criminal enterprise, using his power and position to line his pockets," New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday. "The evidence we presented at trial described a racketeering operation that ran on influence peddling, bribes and kickbacks. Rooting out this kind of political corruption is a constant priority for this office. The people of New Jersey are entitled to honest public service."
Between the wise guys, dirty politicians and gang bangers New Jersey obviously is a cursed state. And it's funny because so many local folk have this perverse pride in their corrupt affairs. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is correct in stating that "the people of New Jersey are entitled to honest public service" but the real question is whether they want it; after all, it's the people who keep putting the losers into office and celebrating a Sopranos-style mentality, and at some point they have to accept responsibility for their voting choices.
Further reading that may be of interest: