The Auditor: Naming names in the Ferriero indictment
By The Auditor/The Star-Ledger
on September 15, 2013 at 7:21 AM, updated September 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM
It’s time for one of The Auditor’s favorite games: Name the public officials referred to anonymously in an indictment.
The 72-page federal corruption indictment of Joe Ferriero, the former Bergen County Democratic chairman, handed up Wednesday included many such opportunities, but The Auditor’s interest was piqued by only a few unidentified officials.
According to the indictment, Ferriero — accused of taking payments from the developer of the still-dormant Meadowlands complex formerly known as “Xanadu” to influence public officials — got a state senator to withdraw a bill that would have hurt the development.
Ding! Ding! Ding! Records show that was state Sen. Joseph Coniglio (D-Bergen), who served 16 months in federal prison for an unrelated corruption conviction.