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This week a state grand jury indicted Essex County Freeholder Samuel Gonzalez, along with a clown show of lackeys to Newark Mayor Cory Booker and North Ward power broker Stephen Adubato, on numerous charges of ballot tampering and election fraud. They're accused of using the ACORN playbook to illegally submit multiple forged absentee ballots in support of the 2007 election of Teresa Ruiz to the NJ State Senate. Teresa Ruiz is married to Samuel Gonzalez.
State Senator Ruiz has not been accused of any wrongdoing. (Yet)
Governor-elect Chris Christie has called on Gonzalez to resign in the wake of the indictments. Gonzalez and his Democratic party cronies told Christie to get stuffed.
But Gonzalez, in his first public appearance since Tuesday's indictment, said he had no intention of doing so.
"I won't resign," Gonzalez said emphatically as he arrived for a freeholder conference meeting at the ornate Hall of Records in Newark.
Gonzalez' defenders, specifically Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., have noted that the freeholder was not charged with official misconduct and that his alleged crimes stem from his activities as a campaign volunteer rather than an office-holder.
Gonzalez's fellow freeholders have expressed their admiration for their indicted colleague.
"It's sad. I think very, very highly of Sam Gonzalez," Freeholder Linda Lordi Cavanaugh said as she arrived at last night's meeting. Inside the chambers, Cavanaugh and Gonzalez exchanged hugs.
The Democrats' double standard is mind-boggling. His "alleged crimes" weren't perpetrated as a part of his official duties so why should he resign? It's not as if "alleged crimes" like vote fraud have any bearing on his character or how he represents the citizens of Essex County, now does it? And ACORN is just a benign bunch of community organizers!
Did Larry Craig's "wide stance" have any bearing on his duties as a U.S. Senator? I think not. But the Democrats hounded him out of office anyway.
Election fraud goes to the very heart of our democracy. It's telling that even in one of the most heavily Democratic districts in NJ they felt the need to "seal the deal" with forged ballots. This is how they do business. It's as natural to them as breathing. The tampering was undoubtedly not limited to just one contest. More indictments are sure to follow.
The Governor-elect said:
"I think that when people are indicted in those things it affects their ability to conduct themselves in office in a completely effective way and that they're much better off and the people are better off if they step aside. Now that's not pre-judging innocence or guilt. I think that's just dealing with the reality of what an indictment means."
Mr. Christie ought to know. He put more than 130 of Gonzalez's Democratic
Party pals behind bars. It'll be like old home week when Samuel Gonzalez
is fitted for his orange jumpsuit. Sooner or later his Freeholder days will
be up. For the good of Essex County he should step aside today.
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