U.S. ATTORNEY CHRISTOPHER CHRISTIE'S STATEMENT AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE CHARGES
AGAINST 11 MONMOUTH COUNTY
11 ARRESTED IN MONMOUTH BRIBERY STING
The Asbury Park Press is reporting that " In early morning raids, the FBI arrested three mayors and eight other public officials from five different towns and county government in Monmouth County this morning as part of a bribery sting conducted as part of a seven-year investigation into public corruption, a bureau special agent said today."
"The 11 are Hazlet Mayor Paul A. Coughlin, Keyport Mayor John Merla, West Long Branch Mayor Paul Zambrano, West Long Branch Councilman Joseph DeLisa, Neptune Deputy Mayor Richard Iadanza, Asbury Park Deputy Mayor John Hamilton, former Keyport Councilman Robert Hyer, Assistant County Road Supervisor Tom Broderick, Middletown Committeeman Raymond O'Grady, Neptune Director of Code and Construction Patsy Townsend and John McCurnan, the operations manager in the county Division of Transportation." READ THE ASBURY PARK PRESS STORY (02/22/05)
U.S. ATTORNEY COMPLAINTS
Criminal Complaint (.pdf)
STATEMENTS ON THE MONMOUTH STING
From the "I wish I hadn't said that" department: "I am greatly pleased and honored to have the endorsement of Mayor Merla who has consistently placed the interests of the people he represents ahead of his own. Mayor Merla's endorsement helps us send a message to the Democrats in Trenton that the days of waste, fraud and abuse are over. It is time to put an end to the culture of corruption and to return sound fiscal management to Trenton." -- Douglas R. Forrester, in a February 3, 2004 press release announcing John Merla's endorsement. Hazlet Mayor Paul Coughlin endorsed John Murphy the same day.
February 22, 2005