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Jersey’s Real “Sopranos”

These guys could teach the HBO crew a thing or two. First, forget “waste management” or other ridiculous shit as your cover. You wanna hide in plain sight? Get into politics. The following is what has splashed across newspaper pages in just the last week or so.

Mayor of Linden:

Gregorio Jr. pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in state Supreme Court, St. George on Thursday to charges he abducted the Staten Island brothers July 19, put a knife to their necks and threatened to kill them during a two-hour drive around the borough, authorities said.

The news comes less than a week after the man’s father, Linden, N.J., mayor and native Islander John T. Gregorio Sr., said that police did nothing to aid in the case.

I love the Staten Island angle on this one…makes me just laugh my ass off about how interwined we are, and glad I didn’t follow the rest of my family over a bridge to the Jersey side of life.

Mayor of Marlboro Township:

The amount of the bribes he admitted accepting was extravagant even by New Jersey standards. None of the high-profile bribery cases in the state in recent years has involved as much money being paid to one person.

“…extravagant even by New Jersey standards.” They have bench marks for shakedowns in the Garden State.

And the NJ Democratic Party’s real-life Tony:

George Norcross, premier Democratic power broker of south Jersey, is heard boasting back in 2001 about his influence and wheeling-dealing, telling how he got one legislator to vote his way by threatening to physcially emasculate him and, in general, providing what one Republican called “an up-close and personal look at how corruption works on a daily basis in New Jersey.”

This guy Norcross makes TV’s Tony look like a rank amateur. According to the tapes, every NJ Democrat, from US Senator Jon Corzine down to municipal administrators, take their marching orders from him, or they are gone. Jersey’s state Attorney General–for some reason kicking and screaming the whole way (my guess? he’s either a ball-lacking boob or fully bought when it comes to Norcross)–grudgingly released a grand total of 117 minutes’ worth of over 300 hours of clandestine recordings of Norcross telling various politicians and others how things work in New Jersey. They read like a movie script, but they are the real deal.

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