Salkind before the judge

Mort Salkind, the developer of the Fox Hills residential complex in Rockaway Township, was sentenced to slightly more than a year in jail today on tax fraud charges. That prompted this response from the Corzine camp:

One of the biggest tax cheats in the history of New Jersey is going to spend just one year in jail for his $17.5 million tax fraud because he struck a sweetheart deal with Chris Christie’s U.S. Attorneys office when he hired two of Christie’s cronies to represent him. That’s not justice. It’s a disgrace. And for Christie to deny any knowledge of this deal – which occurred in his office and under his watch and was even announced when it was first struck  – is just plain laughable,”

 The reference was to attorneys Herb Stern and John Inglesino. Inglesino had worked closely with Salkind when he (Inglesino) was mayor of Rockaway Township. Now Inglesino works with Stern’s law firm.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

4 Responses to Salkind before the judge

  1. Ted says:

    Thanks Fred you made my day

  2. Ted says:

    Over the years I’ve hada few conversationns with Mort (he gave money to Inglesino but would sometimes give me free advice if we bumped into each other). In one of our conversations I recall him saying he once served as a mayor in South Jersey. I don’t recall the town.

  3. michael says:

    Maybe Christie should respond: “Just another Democrat my office helped put away. Former Democratic Assemblyman; huge donor to NJ Democrats. Everyone knows that I go real soft on Democratic legislators. Just ask Wayne Bryant, Sharpe James, Mims Hackett, Al Steele, Harvey Smith …”

    Besides, Fred, accusing a prosecutor of cutting “sweetheart deals” is SERIOUS. Not the sort of accusation that should be cast about lightly. We’re talking unethical if not criminal. One would THINK that even as irresponsible a campaign as Corzine is running would think twice about making such accusations without even so much as the slightest hint of evidence to so suggest.

    Maybe the time has come to reexamine Corzine’s dealings with the Katz family. In those cases, there was one heck of a lot more than mere inunedo to go on.

  4. P says:

    Hot off the press (in this case NJ.com) –

    Gov. Corzine appoints 11 to local government ethics board
    August 14, 2009 19:48PM

    Governor Photos/Tim LarsenGov. Jon Corzine and Attorney General Anne Milgram hold a press conference in July to comment on the federal corruption probe at the State Attorney General’s office in Newark. Corzine today appointed 11 members to the local government ethics task force.
    Chris Christie, his Republican opponent in the November gubernatorial election, has been hammering Corzine for not staffing the commission he created more than 10 months ago.

    “Governor Corzine promised that ethics would be one of his first priorities as governor — he should fill both this empty task force and his empty promises immediately,” said Christie campaign spokeswoman Maria Comella just eight hours before the governor’s office announced the appointments.

    The arrests of numerous public officials in a large-scale federal sting operation last month has thrust the issue of corruption into a campaign that has otherwise centered on the economy.

    Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) criticized Corzine for the delay in appointing task force members.

    “Sadly, it took the indictment of another 44 people for Governor Corzine to move forward with one piece of the ethics reform New Jersey needs,” he said.
    Corzine spokesman Robert Corrales said the governor wanted “the leading voices” on ethics in the state to serve on the panel.

    “We’re excited that after input from the Legislature, and various local officials that a qualified panel is finally ready to get under way,” he said.

    The governor created the task force to review and recommend changes in ethics laws that have been on the books since 1991. According to the executive order creating the task force, it must issue a report within 10 months from the date of its first meeting.

    Ingrid W. Reed, policy analyst at the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics, was appointed chairwoman. The other members are:

    — William John Kearns Jr., lawyer for the New Jersey League of Municipalities
    — Colleen Mahr, mayor of Fanwood
    — Richard F. Turner, mayor of Weehawken
    — Matthew U. Watkins, member of Public Employment Relations Commission
    — Patricia Parkin McNamara, Executive Secretary of the Local Finance Board for the Department of Community Affairs
    — Robert S. Garrison, Administrator of the New Jersey State Laborer’s Political Action Committee
    — Richard J. Sheola, Borough Manager of Washington, Warren County
    — Virginia O. Betteridge, mayor of Runnemede
    — Herbert S. Friend, former Morris County Superior Court Judge
    — Stuart A. Tucker, lawyer based in Lawrenceville

    Weehawken settled a lawsuit in December with two police officers who accused Turner of interfering with the police department’s day-to-day operations, although the township’s lawyer said the allegations were “baseless.”

    Friend, who previously served on the Joint Committee on Ethical Standards, testified against former state Sen. Joseph Coniglio, who was convicted on six counts of fraud and extortion.

    ====

    I guess Corzine really is serious about ethics and corruption. Now it’s only taking him 10 months to fill a board dedicated to that task. Interesting that it was less than three months to election day. He needs something to crow about in the upcoming debates.

    Too little, too late.

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