BYE-BYE JOHN: NEW JERSEY'S LEADING CRIMINAL JAILED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES
September 15, 2006 CONTACT: Carl Mayer
NJ CORRUPTION FIGHTER PRAISES LYNCH PRISON DEAL
CALLS FOR WIDER PROBE OF COUNTY BOSSES AND LOBBYISTS
In a first, New Jersey corruption fighter Carl Mayer today praised U.S. Attorney Chris Christie for his work in forcing John Lynch into a plea deal which will result in prison time for the so called “Boss” of New Jersey.
Mayer is the author of Shakedown: the Fleecing of the Garden State, the definitive book on corruption in New Jersey politics. A former Committeeman in Princeton, he also went undercover with Sixty Minutes ten years ago to expose criminal corruption in New Jersey politics. Several of the corporate lobbyists from that investigation were sent to prison. Mayer is available for commentary on the Lynch plea deal.
“This prosecution is vitally important because John Lynch was the de facto Governor of New Jersey and the architect of much of the criminal corruption that has undermined democracy in New Jersey,” said Mayer. “’This is the first time a criminal plea deal has pierced the inner circle of corporate and political corruption in this state and Chris Christie deserves credit for taking this step.”
Mayer had written Christie’s boss Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez on August 8, 2005 requesting a broader investigation of New Jersey corruption. “I don’t know whether U.S. Attorney Christie took the suggestions in my letter, but citizens throughout the state should be glad this investigation appears to be broadening.”
Mayer called on Christie to take further steps: “First, the U.S. Attorney should call in the County Chairs/Bosses from every New Jersey County -- regardless of party--for questioning and for an opportunity to turn state’s evidence. Second, the U.S. Attorney should team up with the State Attorney General to use federal and state racketeering laws to break the grip of corrupt corporate lobbyists and politicians on politics and the two-party system in New Jersey.”
“I’m looking forward to the day when the only “Boss” in New Jersey will be Bruce Springsteen,” concluded Mayer.
Mayer runs the only blog devoted to ending New Jersey corruption: www.newjerseyuntouchables.blogspot.com and The Untouchables Group, a network of lawyers, whistleblowers and citizens dedicated to getting all private money out of politics and locking up those who engage in criminal political corruption.