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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  • OnTheLoose

    are you sure this isn’t the new Ed Burns/David Simon show?

  • imissopus

    Way to negate the pernicious stereotypes, you Jews and vaguely Italian-named guys from Jersey, you!

  • emberglance

    Good thing they weren’t islamics. That’d be terrist activity.

  • Aloysius

    Anyone else hear the piano section of Layla being played?

  • Suds McKenzie

    Jim, you are my “most trusted” “newsman”.

  • Smoke Filled Roommate

    At least they got the kidney trafficker.

  • stew

    There’s something really “ewwwww!” about ripping off people with their kidneys.

  • InsidiousTuna

    Newell, where the fuck have you been? Have you been undercover in Jersey, working on this thing?

  • proudgrampa

    [re=369137]imissopus[/re]: Yeah, couldn’t they at least use aliases like Smith – or Mohammed??

  • magic titty

    Newell! Where you been at, beeyotch?

  • TGY

    [re=369145]Smoke Filled Roommate[/re]: I knew that knish tasted familiar.

  • Extemporanus

    Speaking of the Hoboken mayor, I wonder how Mr. Layne’s travelogue is coming along…

  • TGY

    They were all part of the Kosher-Nostra, obvs.

  • SomeNYGuy

    I’d like to believe you, Jim, but not until I see the “Closed for Renovations” sign blocking the George Washington Bridge.

  • DagNabbit

    F’n Italians and JOOZ.

    And I like the, “Hey, Hey I’ve only being doin’ this here illegal thing for three weeks” line.

  • SayItWithWookies

    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.

  • stew

    Only three days in office? Really hit the ground running.

  • Jim Newell

    [re=369148]InsidiousTuna[/re]: I was hiding under my bed for a few days, to preserve my good health!

  • finallyhappy

    Corey Booker is still a good guy- honest, smart and hot!

  • problemwithcaring

    [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.

  • facehead

    Levy Izhak Rosenbaum = John Locke’s REAL father.

    Which of course makes Jim Newell the smoke monster.

  • Servo

    An Italian aand a Rabbi walked into a courtroom…

  • thefrontpage

    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.

  • azw88

    Wow, the Sopranos was much closer to the truth than we ever knew!

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    Holy shit, I can sell a kidney for over 100k? Is this, like, a craigslist thing?

  • x111e7thst

    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.

  • thefrontpage

    It seems that the only people who weren’t arrested in New Jersey today were Tony Soprano and Michael Corleone.

  • Servo

    Matza matta you?!

  • snideinplainsight

    That Rosenbaum guy – could he possibly be a ‘dangerous Jew’?

  • Fox n Fiends

    [re=369140]Aloysius[/re]: awesome

  • Lazy Media

    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.

  • Servo

    “Y’know, you really need only one kidney, so…have you given any thoughts about your retirement?”

  • engulfedinflames

    160K for a lousy kidney!!! Golly, I’m kidney rich.

  • ella

    Leave the gun, take the rugelach.

  • Vulpes82

    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.)

  • AxmxZ

    At first I read this as “Top-ranking New Jersey politicians…including five rabbits,” and my brain liquefied slightly.

  • ladymacbeth

    the state of IL sends many thanks to the state of NJ

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Actually, by Jersey standards, this seems pretty corruption free.

  • Roll Fish

    [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.

  • Katydid

    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.

  • bitchincamaro

    Goodie. I get to use my “Hobo Ken” pun again. Haha.

  • tiger

    Line em up and shoot.

  • Cherry Garcia

    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?

  • Johnny Zhivago

    Did you see our new 2010 NJ License plates???

    New Jersey
    You got a problem wid dat?

  • Extemporanus

    [re=369140]Aloysius[/re]: Yes, and Keyboard Cat is playing it.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=369160]TGY[/re]: You are capovitz di tutti capivitz of the Mazeltofia!

  • JadedDIssonance

    Do I need to report my kidneys as taxable assets?


    [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!”

  • Jukesgrrl

    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.

  • qaf

    I hear the kidneys came from Israel. Does that make it more anti-Semitic, or less?

  • Extemporanus

    [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.


    How is it possible no one has made a “pound of flesh” joke yet?

  • Extemporanus

    [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!

  • Zorg

    A shanda fur die goy — worse than Spitzer! Bruce Springsteen, from this moment on, you are as dead to me!

  • AKAM80TheWolf

    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.

  • getoffmylawn

    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.”

  • Edywin

    Man, I paid 3000 once for a whole fresh cadaver! 10 grand just for a kidney, thats just price gouging.

  • Nerdalicious

    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 :).

  • LoweredPeninsula

    [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.

  • bunnyhead

    [re=369140]Aloysius[/re]: I hear Speak Softly Love…

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