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Buy Morrie's wigs!Were you in northern New Jersey this morning? Ha ha, now you are in jail, maybe! Seems the FBI arbitrarily decided that today would be a good day to just arrest every powerful person for their obvious, constant corruption crimes, and so they did, and now most mayors, rabbis, and “men from Brooklyn” are in jail — for doing business with the Israelis!

Top-ranking New Jersey politicians and dozens of others in the Garden State and Brooklyn – including five rabbis – were collared Thursday morning in a wide-sweeping probe of an international money laundering network, authorities said.

Forty-four people were charged during raids connected to an alleged scheme operating between Brooklyn, Deal, N.J., and Israel that laundered tens of millions of dollars through charities controlled by area rabbis.

Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Denis Elwell, Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Baldini, Jersey City Council President Mariano Vega and two state assemblymen were among those rounded up by the FBI and expected to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Newark Thursday afternoon.

This is just like in one of those books! What was it called? Oh yes, Philip Roth’s Write About The Things You Know.

The Hoboken Mayor’s arrest is especially “funny” because he had only been in office three weeks, before the FBI ENTRAPPED HIM and forced him to take a “bribe.” Why not call it an investment?

And this is just anti-Semitic, New York Daily News:

One Brooklyn man stood out in the sweeping list of arrest – Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, accused of trafficking in human organs. For 10 years, Rosenbaum convinced vulnerable people to donate their kidneys for $10,000 and then sold them for $160,000 to the recipients, prosecutors said.

Just like flipping houses, which is illegal!

Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, 5 rabbis among dozens arrested in sweeping money laundering probe [NYDN]

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  1. Highlights of the takedown – stunning in its breadth, even by New Jersey standards…

    That’s just a gem of reporting right there. Other states might think they’re corrupt, but New Jersey’s got the rep, so step off. I’m lookin’ at you, Alaska and Nevada.

  2. [re=369165]SayItWithWookies[/re]: And just like that IL/Chicago is knocked outta contention and doesn’t even make the snark-down anymore. It seems only yesterday that I learned to pronounce Blagojevich.

  3. I was going to try and say something funny, but then I saw “Kosher-Nostra,” and decided I couldn’t top that.

    But it is pretty funny–and sad–that they arrested a bunch of corrupt rabbis, of all things.

    Corrupt politicians in New Jersey, we can understand. But a group–a group, I’m telling you!–of corrupt rabbis is just so, well, meshugana.

  4. Seeing all these people of different races, religions, nationalities and political parties cooperating to sell black market kidneys and launder the profits brings a tear to my eye. Maybe we really can all get along.

  5. These were Hassidim, yes? Because when it comes to your “screw you, government, you’re all a bunch of Nazis, so we’re gonna defraud your Pell Grant program” rabbis, they tend to be the black-hatters from Williamsburg. Not so much personally corrupt as contemptuous of secular society, and playing by their own rules.

    Italians, now, everybody knows they’re ALL in the Mafia.

  6. Jersey Pride, youse guys! (I’m from Southern NJ, though. We’re all just a buncha hicks ’round these parts. The only thing we have to do with kidneys is wear them out until they give us diabetes as a big “Fuck you!” for our diet of hoagies and cheesesteaks.)

  7. [re=369175]finallyhappy[/re]: I <3 Corey Booker

    I’m kinda surprised my mayor (Jersey City) wasn’t roped into this somehow. Guess he isn’t as bad as everyone would have me believe.

  8. Nothing like good, new American reporting, as we bury our national journalism hero, Walter Cronkite, today. Way to go, Daily News! Using old-timey cya word “alleged” after every allegation is so old media.

    Also, make sure to tie new scandal to Democrat Corzine, and leave out scandal surrounding Christie:

    “A former U.S. Attorney, Christie took on several corrupt politicians, prosecuting powerful former Hudson County Executive Robert Janiszewski and ex-Hoboken Mayor Anthony Russo, both Democrats.”

    Do NOT mention that fat fat fuck Christie gave equally fat contract to a former GOP pal, who then indicted lots of people for securities fraud, except Christie’s brother, who is suspiciously named Todd.

    Christie pal David Kelley indicted one guy who made $14,000, but did not touch Todd Christie, who illegally made $1.5 million. Hmmm. Maybe GOP go-getter Kelley figured out secret geyz outing formulation, much like Wonkette, and was afraid to “indict” him. That must be it.

    The most effective Corzine ad shows fat fuck Christie (makes Huckabee look svelte) waddling out of a Senate Committee hearing after one senator asked him about the awarding of the contract.

    Sorry, no snark for me, the Obama photo put me in too foul a mood re: the GOP.

  9. Please, this wasn’t for real. They were rehearsing because HBO finally got smart and is bringing back the Sopranos. Had you all fooled, didn’t they?

  10. [re=369159]Extemporanus[/re]: “July 22: The beach here is littered with the typical Californian douchenozzles you’d expect to see in an ad for Truk-Nutz. Good thing pot is legal here. Or is it? Who cares. After baking in the sun for approximately 10 mintues, I go into a beachside bar and strike up a conversation with a the peroxide-blonde plaxtic-tittied beer wench about Sarah Palin. After a while I realize she has no idea who Palin is and has just been sort of nodding at everything I’ve been saying, as if I was like any other drunk in sunglasses!”

  11. Deal, New Jersey. Population: 1,070. Birthplace of songbirds Patti Scialfa and Ashley Tisdale. Home of five synagogues and one Catholic church. All those pretty houses overlooking the Atlantic. But God knows what kind of crime is being cooked up at Freddie’s Grill.

  12. [re=369323]bitchincamaro[/re]: [re=369159]Extemporanus[/re]: Very sorry, I didn’t know that was yours! I’ll put it back were I found it now.

  13. [re=369432]NYNYNY[/re]: It reads like an excerpt from Dragnet 2: The Wonkening. I sure hope Ackroyd agrees to play the role of “Ken”—he’d be great!

  14. This isn’t really a surprise. I’m from South Jersey and it’s mandatory in school to take a class on corruption, bribery and nepotism. I’m just shocked that we have so many slackers in NJ that never paid attention in those classes. I sure did.

    Oh and Jim and the other guy ‘supposedly’ from NJ: we only use North and South to describe geography in NJ, Northern and Southern are frowned upon by Tony and the boys.

  15. Look, all these clowns – – it was real easy for Feds to get them. The dressed some Agent up like David Chase and began going to all sorts of places saying “Look, we’re gonna do an updated Sopranos and you look like the kinda guy who could be the new Tony. Why don’t you read from this script and let me see what you got. Do me a favor though, talk directly into the 2nd button of my shirt.”

  16. Holy Crap! I was born in NJ. This is like a “bar” joke. Five Rabbis, 2 Mayors, & an Assemblyman walked into a bar……….
    Love the DeNiro pic :).

  17. [re=369205]x111e7thst[/re]: It’s funny you said that, because I thinking something very similar when I first saw the names and then the faces of the folks.

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