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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: New Jersey

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  Jonathan Dayton (1760-1824) — of Elizabethtown, Essex County (now Elizabeth, Union County), N.J. Born in Elizabethtown, Essex County (now Elizabeth, Union County), N.J., October 16, 1760. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1786-87, 1790, 1814-15; Delegate to Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1787-89; member, U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; U.S. Representative from New Jersey at-large, 1791-99; Speaker of the U.S. House, 1795-99; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1799-1805. Episcopalian. Member, Society of the Cincinnati; Freemasons. Arrested in 1807 on charges of conspiring with Aaron Burr in treasonable projects; gave bail and was released, but never brought to trial. Died in Elizabethtown, Essex County (now Elizabeth, Union County), N.J., October 9, 1824 (age 63 years, 359 days). Entombed at St. John's Churchyard, Elizabeth, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Elias Dayton (1737-1807); distant relative *** of William Lewis Dayton.
  Political family: Dayton family of Elizabeth, New Jersey.
  The city of Dayton, Ohio, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles Henry Voorhis (1833-1896) — also known as Charles H. Voorhis — of New Jersey. Born in Spring Valley (now Paramus), Bergen County, N.J., March 13, 1833. Republican. Lawyer; banker; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1864; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1879-81. Indicted in 1881 for bank fraud over his actions as president of two banks, which later became insolvent; tried and found not guilty. Fearing oncoming total blindness, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot, in his office at the Davidson Building, Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., April 15, 1896 (age 63 years, 33 days). Original interment at Bayview - New York Bay Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.; reinterment at Hackensack Cemetery, Hackensack, N.J.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Charles H. Houghton — of Metuchen, Middlesex County, N.J. Born in New York. Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; lost a leg in a Civil War battle; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1875-82. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Arrested in May 1882, and charged with embezzlement, fraud, and forgery; tried, convicted, and fined. Burial location unknown.
  Robert Ray Hamilton (1851-1890) — of New York, New York County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., March 18, 1851. Republican. Lawyer; member of New York state assembly from New York County 11th District, 1881, 1886-89; in July 1889, while staying in Atlantic City, he was caught in a national scandal, after his wife, Eva, stabbed a nurse; she was arrested and tried; it came out that Eva was still married to another man, that she had bought a baby for $10 and told Hamilton he was the father, to induce him to marry her; when this was publicized, Hamilton sued for divorce; as the case dragged on, he moved to Wyoming to help a friend establish a hotel. While on a hunting trip, he drowned while attempting to ford the Snake River, in Uinta County (part now in Teton County), Wyo., August 23, 1890 (age 39 years, 158 days). Original interment somewhere in Teton County, Wyo.; reinterment in 1892 at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Schuyler Hamilton (1822-1903) and Cornelia (Ray) Hamilton (1829-1867); grandnephew of James Alexander Hamilton (1788-1878); great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton; great-grandnephew of Philip Jeremiah Schuyler; second great-grandson of Philip John Schuyler; second great-grandnephew of Stephen John Schuyler, Jeremiah Van Rensselaer and Robert Van Rensselaer; third great-grandson of Johannes Schuyler (1697-1746); fourth great-grandson of Stephanus Van Cortlandt, Robert Livingston the Younger and Johannes Schuyler (1668-1747); fourth great-grandnephew of Jacobus Van Cortlandt; fifth great-grandson of Pieter Schuyler (1657-1724); fifth great-grandnephew of Robert Livingston the Elder; first cousin twice removed of Philip Schuyler; first cousin thrice removed of Pieter Schuyler (1746-1792) and Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer; first cousin four times removed of Stephanus Bayard, Volkert Petrus Douw, Hendrick Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, James Livingston and Killian Killian Van Rensselaer; first cousin five times removed of John Livingston, Robert Livingston (1688-1775), Gilbert Livingston and Philip P. Schuyler; first cousin six times removed of David Davidse Schuyler and Myndert Davidtse Schuyler; second cousin twice removed of Henry Walter Livingston; second cousin thrice removed of Nicholas Bayard, Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), Leonard Gansevoort, Leonard Gansevoort, Jr., Edward Livingston (1764-1836), Peter Robert Livingston (1766-1847) and Maturin Livingston; second cousin four times removed of Robert Livingston (1708-1790), Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Robert Gilbert Livingston, Philip Livingston, Robert R. Livingston (1718-1775), William Livingston, James Jay, John Jay, Frederick Jay and Peter Samuel Schuyler; second cousin five times removed of Matthew Clarkson; third cousin once removed of Edward Livingston (1796-1840), Cortlandt Schuyler Van Rensselaer and John Eliot Thayer, Jr.; third cousin twice removed of Stephen Van Rensselaer, Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer, Peter Gansevoort, Peter Robert Livingston (1789-1859), Gerrit Smith and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; third cousin thrice removed of Peter Robert Livingston (1737-1794), Walter Livingston, Philip Peter Livingston, Henry Brockholst Livingston, Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr., Peter Augustus Jay and William Jay; fourth cousin once removed of Henry Bell Van Rensselaer, James Adams Ekin, John Jacob Astor III, Charles Ludlow Livingston and Bronson Murray Cutting.
  Political families: Livingston-Schuyler family of New York; VanRensselaer family of Albany, New York (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Albert Hiram Lennox (1842-1907) — also known as Albert H. Lennox; Albert Hiram Lenox — of Camden, Camden County, N.J. Born in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., December 22, 1842. Shipbroker; commission merchant; Vice-Consul for Haiti in Philadelphia, Pa., 1877-83; Consul for Greece in Philadelphia, Pa., 1881-91; Consul for Haiti in Philadelphia, Pa., 1883-91; in 1891, he and other officers of some mutual benefit associations were charged in Philadelphia with obtaining money under false pretenses; in 1894, he resisted eviction for non-payment of rent; he was no longer consul, but falsely claimd diplomatic immunity; the government of Haiti contradicted his claim, and a scandal resulted. Died in Camden, Camden County, N.J., July 4, 1907 (age 64 years, 194 days). Interment at Colestown Cemetery, Cherry Hill Township, Camden County, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Elizabeth Jane Lenox and Hiram Lenox (1818-1892); married to Emma Stoy (1846-1923).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  David H. Trembley (b. 1858) — of Rahway, Union County, N.J. Born in New Jersey, 1858. Carriage painter; mayor of Rahway, N.J., 1918-22; on May 31, 1919, he prevented a Socialist orator, Frederick Harwood, from speaking, by spraying him and his audience with a fire hose; subsequently arrested and charged with assault and inciting to riot; retaliated by arresting Justice of the Peace Gustav Theimer, who had indicted him, and arraigned him on a charge of improper procedure. French Huguenot ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  James B. Furber (c.1868-1930) — of Rahway, Union County, N.J.; Linden, Union County, N.J. Born in Allegan, Allegan County, Mich., about 1868. Traveling salesman for National Cash Register Company; newspaper publisher; real estate developer; lawyer; mayor of Rahway, N.J., 1906, 1922-24; resigned 1906; charged with assault in connection with his participation in a Socialist rally in Rahway, N.J., May 31, 1919, which was ended by spraying the speaker and audience with a fire hose; Socialist candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1920; Progressive candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1924; elected (Democratic) mayor of Linden, N.J. 1930, but died before taking office. Suffered a paralytic stroke, while addressing a meeting of the Parent Democratic Club, and died soon after in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., November 12, 1930 (age about 62 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of Helen Josephine Furber (niece by marriage of George McGillivray (1871?-1959)).
  Frederick J. Harwood — of Newark, Essex County, N.J.; New York. Socialist. State Secretary, New Jersey Socialist Party, 1919; when attempting to speak to a Socialist rally in Rahway, N.J., May 31, 1919, he was sprayed with a fire hose by Mayor David H. Trembley; charged with opposing and obstructing a police officer, and fined $50; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 24th District, 1938. Burial location unknown.
  John C. Butterworth (1870-1952) — of Paterson, Passaic County, N.J. Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, 1870. Socialist. Naturalized U.S. citizen; silk weaver; Socialist Labor candidate for Governor of New Jersey, 1913, 1916, 1919, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1937, 1940, 1943, 1949; on October 6, 1924, during a strike at the silk mills in Paterson, N.J., while the city was under martial law, he and other strikers and supporters were arrested and convicted of unlawful assembly; the convictions were later overturned by the New Jersey Supreme Court; Socialist Labor candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1924, 1932, 1934, 1938, 1942, 1944, 1946; Socialist Labor candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1940, 1948, 1952. English ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Industrial Workers of the World. Died in Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., October 17, 1952 (age about 82 years). Burial location unknown.
  Ralph W. Chandless — of Bergen County, N.J. Member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Bergen County, 1924-28; Speaker of the New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1926; member of New Jersey state senate from Bergen County, 1929-30. Expelled from the state senate, December 5, 1930. Burial location unknown.
  Roy T. Yates (1895-1960) — of Passaic County, N.J.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., August 8, 1895. Republican. Banker; member of New Jersey Republican State Committee, 1925-27; member of New Jersey state senate from Passaic County, 1928-31; resigned 1931. Member, Freemasons; Junior Order; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Shot in the abdomen, on August 14, 1931, by Miss Ruth Cranmer, in her apartment in Manhattan, New York; this incident led to the discovery that Miss Cranmer, apparently his mistress, had also received checks from the State of New Jersey; the New Jersey State Senate Judiciary committee began an investigation into whether Sen. Yates should be impeached; but then he resigned. Died, of a heart ailment, in Doctors Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., March 8, 1960 (age 64 years, 213 days). Interment somewhere in Easton, Conn.
  Relatives: Married to Elsie Southrope.
Corliss Lamont Corliss Lamont (1902-1995) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Englewood, Bergen County, N.J., March 28, 1902. Socialist. Author; lecturer; arrested on June 27, 1934, while picketing in support of a labor union at a furniture plant in Jersey City, N.J.; president, National Council of American-Soviet Friendship; this organization and its leaders were investigated for subversion by the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities; charged in 1946 with contempt of Congress for his refusal to provide records demanded by the committee; in 1951, the U.S. State Department denied a passport to him, based on his membership in what were deemed "Communist-front organizations"; on August 17, 1954, the U.S. Senate cited him with contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's subcommittee; subsequently indicted; pleaded not guilty; the indictment was dismissed in 1955; the Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal in 1956; candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1952 (American Labor), 1958 (Independent Socialist). Member, American Civil Liberties Union; NAACP; Phi Beta Kappa; American Academy of Political and Social Science. Died, of heart failure, in Ossining, Westchester County, N.Y., April 26, 1995 (age 93 years, 29 days). Interment at Brookside Cemetery, Englewood, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas William Lamont (1870-1948) and Florence Haskell (Corliss) Lamont (died 1952); married, June 8, 1928, to Margaret Hayes Irish (c.1905-1977); married 1962 to Helen Lamb (died 1975); married 1986 to Beth Keehner; granduncle of Ned Lamont (1966?-).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: The Militant, November 3, 1958
  George Breitman (1916-1986) — also known as Albert Parker; Philip Blake; Chester Hofla; Anthony Massini; John F. Petrone; G. Sloane — of Newark, Essex County, N.J.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., February 28, 1916. Socialist. Became a socialist agitator in Newark, N.J., 1935; arrested about 1936 and charged with inciting riots; jailed for a week; founding member of the Socialist Workers Party, 1937; member of its National Committee, 1939-81; Socialist Workers candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1948, 1954; editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper, The Militant, 1941-43, 1946-54; writer under several different pen names; Socialist Workers candidate for Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1952; Socialist Workers candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1960, 1964. Member, International Typographical Union. Expelled from the Socialist Workers Party for "disloyalty," 1984. Died, following a heart attack, in Beekman Downtown Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., April 19, 1986 (age 70 years, 50 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Breitman and Pauline (Trattler) Breitman; married 1940 to Dorothea Katz (1914-2004).
  See also Wikipedia article
  Frank Hague (1876-1956) — also known as "Sphinx of Jersey City"; "The Boss"; "The Leader" — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., January 17, 1876. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1916, 1932; mayor of Jersey City, N.J., 1917-47; member of Democratic National Committee from New Jersey, 1922-52; Vice-Chair of Democratic National Committee, 1929-39; delegate to New Jersey convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Member, Elks; Knights of Columbus. Powerful leader of Hudson County Democratic "machine"; famously quoted as declaring "I am the law!" Indicted for various crimes but never convicted. Died, from complications of bronchitis and asthma, in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 1, 1956 (age 79 years, 349 days). Entombed at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of John D. Hague and Maragaret (Fagen) Hague; married, April 15, 1903, to Jennie W. Warner; uncle of Frank Hague Eggers (1901-1954).
  Opposition slogan (1939): "Home rule, not Hague rule."
  Books about Frank Hague: Richard J. Connors, A Cycle of Power : The Career of Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague — Gerald Leinwand, Mackerels in the Moonlight : Four Corrupt American Mayors
  William C. Hunt — of Cape May County, N.J. Member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Cape May County, 1933-34; member of New Jersey state senate from Cape May County, 1937. Resigned in April 1937 after a court investigation of his election. Burial location unknown.
  Thomas Alfred Mathis (1869-1958) — also known as Thomas A. Mathis; "Cap'n Tom" — of Tuckerton, Ocean County, N.J.; Toms River, Ocean County, N.J. Born in New Gretna, Burlington County, N.J., June 7, 1869. Republican. Mariner; automobile dealer; member of New Jersey state senate from Ocean County, 1910-11, 1914-15, 1923-31, 1942-46; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1928, 1940, 1944; secretary of state of New Jersey, 1931-41. Indicted for tax evasion by a federal grand jury in 1937. He killed himself, by self-inflicted gunshot, in Toms River, Ocean County, N.J., May 18, 1958 (age 88 years, 345 days). Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Toms River, N.J.
  Relatives: Father of William Steelman Mathis (1898-1981).
  The Thomas A. Mathis Bridge (opened 1950), which carries eastbound Route 37 across Barnegat Bay, from Toms River to Seaside Heights, New Jersey, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Lustig (b. 1902) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y.; Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Budapest, Hungary, 1902. Communist. Naturalized U.S. citizen; agent, United Electrical Workers; candidate for New York state senate 22nd District, 1932; member, Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee; the group was investigated for subversion by the U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities; indicted in 1947, along with other members, for contempt of Congress over their refusal to provide records demanded by the House committee; convicted in 1947; sentenced to three months in jail, and fined $500. Hungarian ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Simon M. Cherivtch (1914-2001) — also known as "Uncle Simon" — of Millville, Cumberland County, N.J. Born April 16, 1914. Butcher; automobile dealer; mayor of Millville, N.J., 1948-53. Charged in 1949 with federal income tax evasion, based on his underreporting of income in 1944-45; tried, convicted, and sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison; released after five months. Died March 26, 2001 (age 86 years, 344 days). Burial location unknown.
  John Parnell Thomas (1895-1970) — also known as J. Parnell Thomas — of Allendale, Bergen County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., January 16, 1895. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; mayor of Allendale, N.J., 1926-30; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Bergen County, 1935-36; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 7th District, 1937-50; defeated, 1954. Pleaded no contest to payroll padding; resigned from Congress and sentenced to prison, 1950. Died in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Fla., November 19, 1970 (age 75 years, 307 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, Stonington, Conn.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  William T. Michaelson — of Cliffside Park, Bergen County, N.J. Mayor of Cliffside Park, N.J., 1950-51; indicted in 1951, and again in 1953, on charges of failure to enforce gambling laws; the charges were dropped in 1955. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Charles A. Heft — of Fort Lee, Bergen County, N.J. Republican. Mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., 1940-51; defeated, 1951; indicted in 1951, along with three other city officials, on charges of failing to enforce gambling laws; the charges were dropped in 1955. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Joseph P. Luna — of Lodi, Bergen County, N.J. Democrat. Mayor of Lodi, N.J., 1944-51; defeated, 1951; indicted in 1951 on charges of failure to enforce gambling laws; the charges were dropped in 1955; recalled from office as borough councilman in 1960. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Harold Giles Hoffman (1896-1954) — also known as Harold G. Hoffman — of South Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J. Born in South Amboy, Middlesex County, N.J., February 7, 1896. Republican. Colonel in the U.S. Army during World War I; real estate business; banker; newspaper columnist and radio commentator; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Middlesex County, 1923-24; mayor of South Amboy, N.J., 1925-27; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1927-31; New Jersey Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, 1930-35; Governor of New Jersey, 1935-38; defeated in primary, 1940, 1946; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1936 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business); colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. Methodist. Member, Junior Order; Patriotic Order Sons of America; American Legion; Freemasons; Elks; Eagles; Royal Arcanum. Suspended in 1954 as head of the New Jersey unemployment compensation system for an investigation of financial irregularities. Subsequently, when he died, his written confession of embezzlement schemes was disclosed. Died, of a heart attack, in his room at the Blake Hotel, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., June 4, 1954 (age 58 years, 117 days). Interment at Christ Church Cemetery, South Amboy, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Hoffman and Ada Crawford (Thom) Hoffman; married, September 10, 1919, to Lillie Moss.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  John F. Scibetta — of Lodi, Bergen County, N.J. Mayor of Lodi, N.J., 1960. Recalled from office on corruption charges in 1960. Still living as of 1960.
  Byron Mark Baer (1929-2007) — also known as Byron M. Baer — of Englewood, Bergen County, N.J. Born October 8, 1929. Democrat. Member of New Jersey state house of assembly, 1972-93 (District 13-B 1972-73, 37th District 1974-93); member of New Jersey state senate 37th District, 1994-2005; resigned 2005; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996, 2000. While working as a Freedom Rider, registering voters in Mississippi in 1961, was arrested and jailed for 45 days. Died, from complications of congestive heart failure, in an assisted living facility, Englewood, Bergen County, N.J., June 24, 2007 (age 77 years, 259 days). Cremated.
  Relatives: Married to Linda Pollitt (1948?-).
  Cross-reference: June B. Montag
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Major B. Coxson (c.1929-1973) — of Camden, Camden County, N.J. Born about 1929. Convicted 10 times on fraud and larceny charges, most related to automobile theft; served 22 months in federal prison; candidate for mayor of Camden, N.J., 1973. African ancestry. Admitted four men to his house, who bound and gagged him and his family, and shot each one, killing him and wounding the others, in Cherry Hill, Camden County, N.J., June 9, 1973 (age about 44 years). Burial location unknown.
  Cornelius Edward Gallagher (1921-2018) — also known as Neil Gallagher — of Bayonne, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Bayonne, Hudson County, N.J., March 2, 1921. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; lawyer; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 13th District, 1959-73; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1968. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Knights of Columbus; Elks. Accused, by Life magazine in 1968, of having made deals with New Jersey Mafia leader Joseph Zicarelli. Indicted in 1972 on federal charges of income tax evasion, conspiracy, and perjury. After losing the primary that year, he pleaded guilty to some of the charges, and was sentenced to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Died in Monroe Township, Middlesex County, N.J., October 17, 2018 (age 97 years, 229 days). Interment at Marksboro Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Blairstown, N.J.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Hugh Joseph Addonizio (1914-1981) — also known as Hugh J. Addonizio — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., January 31, 1914. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; vice-president, A & C Tailoring Co.; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 11th District, 1949-62; mayor of Newark, N.J., 1962-70; defeated, 1970; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964. Catholic. Italian ancestry. Member, Holy Name Society; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Urban League; NAACP; Elks; Lions; Kiwanis; Rotary. Indicted in federal court, December, 1969, along with Municipal Judge Anthony Giuliano, other city officials, and reputed organized crime leader, Anthony 'Tony Boy' Boiardo, on extortion and income tax evasion charges over a scheme to share kickbacks from a sewer contracting company; pleaded not guilty; tried; during the trial a witness identified him as recipient of thousands of dollars in bribes; convicted in July, 1970; sentenced to ten years in prison and fined $25,000; released in 1979. Died in Red Bank, Monmouth County, N.J., February 2, 1981 (age 67 years, 2 days). Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Addonizio and Livia (Barasso) Addonizio; brother of Victor F. Addonizio (1914?-?); married, July 6, 1942, to Doris Goodheart.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Anthony Giuliano (c.1897-1970) — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., about 1897. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Essex County, 1927; candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey, 1948; Essex County Clerk, 1955; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1956; municipal judge in New Jersey, 1968-69. Indicted in federal court, December, 1969, along with Newark Mayor Hugh J. Addonizio, other city officials, and reputed organized crime leader Anthony 'Tony Boy' Boiardo, on extortion and income tax evasion charges over a scheme to share kickbacks from a sewer contracting company; became ill and died before he could be arraigned. Died, from a heart attack, in Newark, Essex County, N.J., February 4, 1970 (age about 73 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Mary Freda.
  William T. Hiering — of Toms River, Ocean County, N.J. Republican. Land title agent; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Ocean County, 1960-65; member of New Jersey state senate, 1966-71 (District 5 1966-67, District 4-A 1968-71); delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1968; Sponsor of a proposed state constitutional amendment in 1969 which would have stripped the state's title to hundreds of square miles of tidelands; summoned for an inquiry by a legislative commission into possible conflict of interest because he might personally benefit from this change; he denied having any financial interest in tidal land properties. The amendment, strongly opposed by Gov. Richard J. Hughes, was withdrawn a few days later. Still living as of 1971.
  Thomas J. Whelan (1922-2002) — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born January 28, 1922. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; mayor of Jersey City, N.J., 1963-71; removed 1971; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964. Catholic. Tried on federal charges of extortion and conspiracy; convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Died following a heart attack, in a nursing home in Naples, Collier County, Fla., July 31, 2002 (age 80 years, 184 days). Burial location unknown.
  John V. Kenny (1894-1975) — also known as "Little Guy" — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., April 6, 1894. Democrat. Mayor of Jersey City, N.J., 1949-53; resigned 1953; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964, 1968; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1964. Catholic. Pleaded guilty to six federal counts of tax evasion in May 1972, and sentenced to prison. Died, of a heart attack, in a nursing home at Paramus, Bergen County, N.J., June 2, 1975 (age 81 years, 57 days). Interment at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.
  Silvio Joseph Failla (1910-1972) — also known as Silvio J. Failla; Si Failla — of Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J. Born in New Jersey, May 23, 1910. Democrat. Undertaker; mayor of Hoboken, N.J., 1965; member of New Jersey state house of assembly District 12-C, 1972; died in office 1972. Italian ancestry. According to published reports, he left a bar with a prostitute, Deborah Dell; just outside, he was robbed, shot multiple times, and killed, in Neptune Township, Monmouth County, N.J., September 16, 1972 (age 62 years, 116 days). Dell and an associate were later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Entombed in mausoleum at St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt, N.J.
  Relatives: Son of Luigi Failla (1874-1943) and Vittoria 'Victoria' (Candio) Failla (1877-1963); married 1937 to Louise E. Picone (1912-1985).
  See also BillionGraves burial record
  Harry Lloyd Sears, Jr. (1920-2002) — also known as Harry L. Sears — of Mountain Lakes, Morris County, N.J.; Mt. Arlington, Morris County, N.J. Born in Butler, Morris County, N.J., January 16, 1920. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Morris County, 1962-67; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1964 (alternate), 1968 (alternate), 1972; member of New Jersey state senate District 10, 1968-71; resigned 1971; candidate in primary for Governor of New Jersey, 1969. In 1972, he delivered a briefcase with $200,000 in cash from his client Robert Vesco to President Richard M. Nixon's re-election campaign; indicted in 1973 on bribery conspiracy charges; granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony against co-defendants John N. Mitchell and Maurice H. Stans, who were both acquitted. His license to practice law was suspended for three years. Died in Denville, Morris County, N.J., May 17, 2002 (age 82 years, 121 days). Burial location unknown.
  James M. Turner (1928-1981) — of Woodbury, Gloucester County, N.J. Born November 8, 1928. Republican. Member of New Jersey state house of assembly District 3-B; elected 1969; member of New Jersey state senate District 3-A, 1972-73; removed 1973; defeated, 1973 (3rd District); convicted in 1973 of accepting a $10,000 bribe to "fix" a stolen property case, and conspiring to frame Assemblyman Kenneth A. Gewertz, by planting narcotics in his home and his car. Died July 20, 1981 (age 52 years, 254 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Nelson Gerard Gross (1932-1997) — also known as Nelson G. Gross — of Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J.; Saddle River, Bergen County, N.J. Born January 9, 1932. Republican. Lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Bergen County, 1962-63; candidate for New Jersey state senate District 13, 1965; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1968; chair of Bergen County Republican Party, 1969; New Jersey Republican state chair, 1969; candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1970; real estate developer; restaurant owner. Jewish. Indicted in May 1973 on charges of falsifying a $5,000 contribution to the 1969 campaign of Gov. William T. Cahill, conspiring to commit tax evasion by disguising the contribution as a business expense, and counseling a witness to commit perjury; convicted in March 1974, and sentenced to two years jail; served six months. Kidnapped in Edgewater, N.J., robbed of $20,000, taken to New York, and stabbed to death, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., September 17, 1997 (age 65 years, 251 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Gross.
  John T. Gregorio (1928-2013) — also known as "The Lion of Linden" — of Linden, Union County, N.J. Born in Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., February 6, 1928. Democrat. Florist; mayor of Linden, N.J., 1968-83, 1991-2006; defeated, 2006; shot at in his car, in March 1968; two days later, his house was firebombed; member of New Jersey state house of assembly 21st District, 1974-77; indicted in April 1975 on perjury and fraud charges, over his purchase of a vacant lot from Elizabethtown Gas Company, while conspiring to falsify documents to conceal his involvement as buyer; later charged with extorting a $25,000 kickback from a building contractor on a high school project; following jury selection, the charges were dismissed in February 1976; member of New Jersey state senate, 1978-83 (21st District 1978-81, 20th District 1982-83); indicted in September 1981 on charges of income tax evasion, concealing his interest in two "go-go bars", and for failing to enforce state alcohol laws; convicted in December 1982 of conspiracy to commit official misconduct, but found not guilty on other charges. Died, from leukemia, in Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, Union County, N.J., October 23, 2013 (age 85 years, 259 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Henry Helstoski (1925-1999) — of East Rutherford, Bergen County, N.J. Born in Wallington, Bergen County, N.J., March 21, 1925. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; mayor of East Rutherford, N.J., 1957-64; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 9th District, 1965-77; defeated, 1976, 1978, 1980; candidate in primary for Governor of New Jersey, 1969; newspaper publisher. Indicted in 1976 on charges of receiving a bribe from South Americans seeking citizenship; the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the charges. Died December 16, 1999 (age 74 years, 270 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Frank Thompson, Jr. (1918-1989) — of Trenton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Trenton, Mercer County, N.J., July 26, 1918. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Mercer County, 1950-54; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 4th District, 1955-80; defeated, 1980; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Implicated in the Abscam sting, in which FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen offered bribes to political figures; indicted on June 18 and convicted on December 3, 1980, on bribery and conspiracy charges; sentenced to three years in prison. Died in 1989 (age about 70 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Frank Thompson and Beatrice (Jameson) Thompson; married, January 10, 1942, to Evelina Gleaves Van Metre.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Harrison Arlington Williams, Jr. (1919-2001) — also known as Harrison A. Williams; Pete Williams — of Westfield, Union County, N.J.; Bedminster, Somerset County, N.J. Born in Plainfield, Union County, N.J., December 10, 1919. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; candidate for New Jersey state house of assembly, 1951; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 6th District, 1953-57; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1959-82; resigned 1982; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964, 1968, 1980. Member, Elks; Americans for Democratic Action. Implicated in the Abscam sting, in which FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen offered bribes to political figures; allegedly accepted an 18% interest in a titanium mine; indicted on October 30, 1980; convicted on May 1, 1981, of nine counts of bribery, conspiracy, receiving an unlawful gratuity, conflict of interest, and interstate travel in aid of racketeering; resigned his seat March 11, 1982, when it appeared that the Senate would vote to expel him; sentenced to three years in prison and fined $50,000; released in 1986. Died, of cancer and heart ailments, in St. Clare's Hospital, Denville, Morris County, N.J., November 17, 2001 (age 81 years, 342 days). Burial location unknown.
  Cross-reference: Gerry E. Studds
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Angelo Joseph Errichetti (1928-2013) — also known as Angelo J. Errichetti — of Camden, Camden County, N.J. Born in Camden, Camden County, N.J., September 29, 1928. Democrat. Mayor of Camden, N.J., 1974-77; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1976; member of New Jersey state senate 5th District, 1976-81. Italian ancestry. Implicated in the Abscam sting, in which FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen offered bribes to political figures; indicted in 1980, later convicted and sentenced to prison. Died in Ventnor City, Atlantic County, N.J., May 16, 2013 (age 84 years, 229 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  William Vincent Musto (1917-2006) — also known as William V. Musto — of Union City, Hudson County, N.J. Born in West Hoboken (now part of Union City), Hudson County, N.J., March 27, 1917. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of New Jersey state house of assembly from Hudson County, 1947-65; mayor of Union City, N.J., 1962-70, 1974-82; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964, 1976; member of New Jersey state senate, 1966-82 (District 12 1966-73, 33rd District 1974-82); indicted in 1981 on federal charges that he took part in a scheme to collect $440,000 in kickbacks from a construction company connected to organized crime; convicted in May 1982. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Elks. Died February 27, 2006 (age 88 years, 337 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Michael J. Matthews (b. 1934) — of Linwood, Atlantic County, N.J.; Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J. Born in Upland, Delaware County, Pa., January 7, 1934. Democrat. Candidate in primary for New Jersey state senate 2nd District, 1973; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 2nd District, 1974; member of New Jersey state house of assembly 2nd District, 1978-83; mayor of Atlantic City, N.J., 1982-84; recalled 1984; defeated, 1984. Indicted on March 27, 1984, on federal bribery and extortion charges, over his dealings with organized crime figures; a trial was started, but then he pleaded guilty to one count of extortion, and the other charges were dropped; sentenced to fifteen years in federal prison; released in 1990. Still living as of 1990.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Robert L. Clifford (1924-2014) — of Chester Township, Morris County, N.J. Born in Passaic, Passaic County, N.J., December 17, 1924. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; associate justice of New Jersey state supreme court, 1973-94; convicted of drunk driving in 1989. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society. Died in Chester Township, Morris County, N.J., November 29, 2014 (age 89 years, 347 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article
  James Leroy Usry (1922-2002) — also known as James L. Usry — of Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J. Born in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., February 2, 1922. Republican. Professional basketball player, 1946-51; mayor of Atlantic City, N.J., 1984-90; defeated, 1982; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1988; arrested, on July 28, 1989, along with thirteen others, and charged with bribery; he later pleaded guilty to improper reporting of campaign contributions. African ancestry. Died in Absecon, Atlantic County, N.J., February 25, 2002 (age 80 years, 23 days). Interment at Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, Estell Manor, N.J.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Gerald McCann (born c.1950) — of Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., about 1950. Democrat. Mayor of Jersey City, N.J., 1981-85, 1989-92; defeated, 1985; removed 1992; chair of Hudson County Democratic Party, 1984-85. Catholic. Convicted in 1992 on federal charges of fraud and tax evasion, and sentenced to federal prison. Still living as of 2003.
  Milton Milan (b. 1962) — also known as Milt Milan — of Camden, Camden County, N.J. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., 1962. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996; mayor of Camden, N.J., 1997-2000. Hispanic ancestry. Arrested in March 2000 and charged with taking payoffs and bribes. Still living as of 2000.
  Martin G. Barnes (born c.1949) — also known as Marty Barnes — of Paterson, Passaic County, N.J. Born about 1949. Republican. Mayor of Paterson, N.J., 1997-2002; defeated, 2002. African ancestry. Indicted in federal court in 2002 on 40 counts of bribery and other offenses, over his solicitation and acceptance of more than $200,000 in gratuities from city contractors, including home improvements, designer suits, and paid female companions; pleaded guilty to two counts, including tax evasion, and sentenced in 2003 to 37 months in prison. Still living as of 2003.
  Sara B. Bost (born c.1948) — of Irvington, Essex County, N.J. Born about 1948. Mayor of Irvington, N.J., 1994-2002. Female. African ancestry. Indicted in April 2002 on federal bribery and witness tampering charges; pleaded guilty in April 2003 to one count of witness tampering; sentenced to one year in prison. Still living as of 2004.
  Kenneth E. Saunders, Sr. — also known as Butch Saunders — of Asbury Park, Monmouth County, N.J. Mayor of Asbury Park, N.J., 1997-2001. Convicted on federal bribery conspiracy charges, December 2003; pleaded guilty to filing false federal tax returns, February 3, 2004. February 3, 2004. Still living as of 2004.
  James W. Treffinger — of Verona, Essex County, N.J. Republican. Essex County Executive; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 2000. Pleaded guilty in 2003 to corruption and fraud charges; ordered to pay $30,000 restitution, and sentenced to 13 months in federal prison. Still living as of 2003.
  Anthony Russo — of Hoboken, Hudson County, N.J. Democrat. Mayor of Hoboken, N.J., 1993-2001; defeated, 2001. Pleaded guilty in 2004 to extorting kickbacks from an accounting firm; sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. Still living as of 2004.
  See also Wikipedia article
  James Edward McGreevey (b. 1957) — also known as Jim McGreevey — of Woodbridge Township, Middlesex County, N.J.; Plainfield, Union County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., August 6, 1957. Democrat. Member of New Jersey state house of assembly 19th District, 1990-91; member of New Jersey state senate 19th District, 1994-97; Governor of New Jersey, 2002-04; defeated, 1997; resigned 2004; mayor of Woodbridge Township, N.J.; elected 1999; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000, 2004. Catholic; later Episcopalian. Irish ancestry. Gay. Announced his resignation as governor in 2004 after acknowledging a homosexual affair with his homeland security advisor. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of John P. McGreevey; married 1991 to Karen Joan 'Kari' Schutz (divorced 1997); married, October 7, 2000, to Dina Matos (1966-).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by James E. McGreevey: The Confession (2006)
  Critical books about James E. McGreevey: Dina Matos McGreevey, Silent Partner : A Memoir of My Marriage
  John A. Lynch, Jr. (b. 1938) — of New Brunswick, Middlesex County, N.J. Born in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, N.J., 1938. Democrat. Mayor of New Brunswick, N.J., 1979-91; member of New Jersey state senate 17th District, 1982-2001; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996; pleaded guilty in 2006 to tax evasion and mail fraud over failing to report $150,000 in income; sentenced to prison; released in 2009. Still living as of 2009.
  Relatives: Son of John A. Lynch and Evelyn (Rooney) Lynch; married to Deborah Lynch (1948?-).
  Political family: Lynch family of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Joseph C. Scarpelli (born c.1939) — of Brick Township, Ocean County, N.J. Born about 1939. Mayor of Brick Township, N.J., 2006; resigned 2006; pleaded guilty in 2007 to federal bribery charges; sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined $5,000. Still living as of 2007.
  Robert W. Levy (b. 1947) — also known as Bob Levy — of Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J. Born in Atlantic City, Atlantic County, N.J., May 16, 1947. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; mayor of Atlantic City, N.J., 2005-07; resigned 2007. Falsely claimed to have served in the U.S. Army U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets); admitted that he used false information in his service record to obtain benefits; disappeared on September 26, 2007; his lawyer announced on October 10 that he had resigned; pleaded guilty in November to defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs, sentenced to three years probation, fined, and ordered to pay restitution. Still living as of 2008.
  Relatives: Married 1964 to Hazel Washington.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Sharpe James (b. 1936) — of Newark, Essex County, N.J. Born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., February 20, 1936. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004; mayor of Newark, N.J., 1986-2006; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1992; member of New Jersey state senate 29th District, 1999-2008; indicted in July 2007 on federal charges of using city credit cards for personal expenses, and letting a girlfriend buy nine parcels of city-owned land for a small fraction of their value, without disclosing their relationship; convicted in April 2008; sentenced to 27 months in prison, and fined $100,000. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Harold Charles Turner (b. 1962) — also known as Hal Turner — of North Bergen, Hudson County, N.J. Born in Jersey City, Hudson County, N.J., March 15, 1962. Republican. Radio talk show host; candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 13th District, 2000; in June 2009, he posted threats against three U.S. Court of Appeals judges, calling for them to be murdered over a ruling in a gun rights case; pleaded not guilty; tried in 2009-10; the first two ended in mistrials; convicted at the third trial and sentenced to 33 months in prison; released in 2012. Still living as of 2015.
  See also Wikipedia article — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Tony F. Mack (b. 1966) — of Trenton, Mercer County, N.J. Born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ga., January 8, 1966. Democrat. Mercer County Freeholder, 1997-2008; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000; mayor of Trenton, N.J., 2010-14; removed 2014; arrested in September 2012, and charged with accepting a bribe, fraud, and extortion; tried and convicted in 2014, and sentenced to five years in prison. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Urban League. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article
  David Wildstein (b. 1961) — also known as "Wally Edge" — of Livingston, Essex County, N.J. Born in 1961. Mayor of Livingston, N.J., 1987-88; in September 2013, as a senior official of the Port Authority, which manages the George Washington Bridge, he ordered two of the three lanes from Fort Lee to be closed, resulting in major traffic congestion; the direction to close the lanes (an abuse of power which appeared to be political retaliation against Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich) came from the office of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; Wildstein cooperated with federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty in 2015 to two federal charges. Still living as of 2016.
  See also Wikipedia article
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