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Josh Gottheimer Excepts donations from disgraced former NJ Senator Bob “the Torch,”” Torricelli

Bob"the Torch," Torricelli
April 12,2016
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Ridgewood Nj, NJ.COM is reporting that Josh Gottheimer received $1,000 from former disgraced former NJ Senator Bob”the Torch,” Torricelli . “The Torch” was the subject of a lengthy federal ethics probe that ended his political career in 2002.

Robert Guy Torricelli (born August 27, 1951), nicknamed “the Torch,” is an American politician who served as the United States senator from New Jersey from 1997 to 2003 and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 9th district from 1983 to 1997. From 1999 to 2000, he served as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The Torch, as he’s known, was forced out nearly 13 years ago following a series of seamy revelations that he’d accepted lavish gifts from David Chang,a businessman North Korean ties which in turned prompted the Senate Ethics Committee to issue a formal letter of admonishment.

Many credit Torricelli’s swift fall from grace because he was so good at alienating fellow Democrats and was incapable of taking any blame for his misdeeds. Others say his lavish lifestyle ,expensive watches and suits rubbed too many people the wrong way .