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Ferriero racketeering trial: Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul Sarlo testifies



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Ferriero racketeering trial: Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul Sarlo testifies

March 20, 2015, 12:48 PM    Last updated: Friday, March 20, 2015, 9:39 PM
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The Record

The federal racketeering trial of former Bergen County Democratic leader Joseph A. Ferriero took a dramatic turn Friday when state Sen. Paul Sarlo, one of the most powerful Democratic lawmakers in North Jersey, testified that Ferriero “pushed hard” to persuade Wood-Ridge officials to hire a software company without disclosing that he stood to profit from the deal.

Sarlo, who is also the mayor of Wood-Ridge, said the town’s decision in 2007 not to hire the company, called C3, led to a confrontation during a political golf outing the next year.

“I don’t think they were happy with my response — it got tense,” Sarlo said of Ferriero and John Carrino, the owner of C3, a Nutley-based firm that helped towns with municipal websites and reverse 911 systems.

Once voices were raised, Sarlo said, his chief of staff, Chris Eilert, “intervened to make sure it didn’t go any further” by guiding Sarlo away from the other two men.

Sarlo’s testimony came in U.S. District Court in Newark, where Ferriero, 57, of Hackensack, is on trial on charges of using his position as party chairman in a series of extortion, bribery and kickback schemes. He has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and has accused the prosecutors of unfairly targeting him.

2 thoughts on “Ferriero racketeering trial: Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul Sarlo testifies

  1. Sarlo knows a think or two about rackateering… he’s nothing more than a Sanzari Construction thug

  2. I’m glad to see Ma Weinberg in bed with Don Sarlo. It speaks volumes about the D party.

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