Republicans could be in for a long summer

In Chris Christie:The Inside Story of His Rise to Power, authors Bob Ingle and Michael Symons describe U.S. Attorney Christie’s reluctance to use Solomon Dwek as informant during the Operation Bid Rig investigation in 2006.  “Do I really want to get in bed with this guy?” Christie is described as asking his deputies who were pushing for approval to make Dwek an informant. 

Ironically given how Democrats and defendants have argued that the July 2009 arrests based on Dwek’s sting were politically motivated to help Christie, the Deputy U.S. Attorneys advocating the sting argued to Christie that he would have been acting politically if he did not approve Dwek’s cooperation.

If this Star Ledger article by Matt Friedman is an indication of charades to come this summer, the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee will make Joe Oxley’s confirmation hearing for his Superior Court Judgeship nomination a payback for the unceremonious end to former House Speaker, Senator and Commissioner of Community Affairs Joe Doria’s career when he his home was raided during the July 2009 federal operation. 

Doria has been cleared of any wrongdoing.  He has a letter from the U.S. Attorney, just like John Bennett does, but his career in public service is over.   Maybe Doria can become Chairman of the Hudson County Democrats some day.

U.S. Senate nominee Joe Kryillos is in the Democrats sites as well.  Dwek is the ammunition.

Democratic State Chairman John Wisniewski Tuesday issued a list of questions for Kyrillos, including how often he met with Dwek, what was discussed, who else was in attendance and whether he was ever contacted by law enforcement about it. “If you deny this and suggest Dwek is lying, does that raise the possibility with you that Dwek’s testimony that convicted others should be questioned?” Wisniewski wrote.

Kyrillos campaign spokesman Chapin Fay did not directly respond to Wisniewski, instead repeating that Kyrillos did nothing to help Dwek.

During the trial of Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez it was revealed that among the diobalical schemes Dwek deployed in the 14 years leading to his 2006 arrest was a life insurance scam.  Dwek paid the life insurance premiums of people close to death who could not afford to keep their policies.  Upon the death of the insured, Dwek would give the deceased’s family 10% of the policy proceeds and pocket the rest.

Dwek’s father tried to get Soloman a pardon from President George W. Bush.  Maybe President Obama will pardon Dwek if he helps knock Chris Christie down a notch and helps keep Bob Menendez in the Senate.



Posted: June 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Presidential Politics, 2012 U.S. Senate Race, Bob Ingle, Bob Menendez, Chris Christie, Joe Oxley, John Bennett, NJ Judiciary | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 64 Comments »

64 Comments on “Republicans could be in for a long summer”

  1. County Republican said at 4:47 pm on June 16th, 2012:

    Bob English.
    Perhaps I missed something.

    When was it that you last flipped? How many times, and who did you support each time? Why did you support them? I am trying to understand where you’re coming from.

    Were you a Republican in 2008 when you voted Obama?

  2. Bob English said at 5:25 pm on June 16th, 2012:

    County Republican…Not sure what the obsession is on who I have voted for or what my party affiliation is/was for the last 35 years. Changing party affiliation to be able to vote in a primary for the person that you feel is best equiped to lead the county is not “flip-flopping.” The law in NJ requires you to do that. Flip-flopping is when you change your position on every major issue facing the country in the last 15 years like Romney has done and than lying about it and thinking the voters are stupid enough to believe him. Note that a very large number of voters in NJ consider themselves Independents and basically vote for who they think the best candidate is. Count me in with that group.

    Since you took the time to ask, to the best of my recollection, the last time I switched voter registration was in late 2007 or early 2008 so that I could vote for (President) Giuliani in the R primary that year. Needless to say, that did not work out so well for either Giluiani or myself.

    Remeber “Reagan Democrats”??? I’m sure Mr. Reagan did not have any problem with people in the D party voting for him in the primaries or the general elections.

    Remember what Mr. Reagan referred to as “the big tent” in the Republican party? That meant the those with different views were welcome….a very far cry from the situation that exists today where the far right, the Tea Party, the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove set the agenda….and if thats what the new base wants, I’m fine with that. But people should not be criticised that still have the same beliefs they had 20-30 years ago that do not want to change those views just to accommodate those that certainly appear not to permit or want any dissention.

  3. Patriot said at 6:26 pm on June 16th, 2012:


    Let me refresh your memory of the basis of the Bill of Rights and what it was predicated upon:

    “We hold these truths to to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable rights…”

    How dare you mock the blood sacrifices made by those who made this country a reality!

    In case you think otherwise, it was the not only the soldier that fought, the revolution can be SIGNIFICANTLY attributed to the “Black Robed Regiment”.

  4. Bob English said at 7:04 pm on June 16th, 2012:

    Patriot…You are living in an alternate reality if you think I was mocking sacrafices anyone made….show everyone the quote where I did that otherwise please keep your insane remarks to yourself. Still waiting to hear where you stand on the questions I listed above regarding any types of gun laws.

    Is there a reason why you cut the sentence short…and did not add “that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” In its entirety it should have read:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

  5. TR said at 7:52 pm on June 16th, 2012:

    Dear Fraudulent Bob,
    To answer your questions;

    1. I support a firearm Id card that requires a background check and then you can buy as many of any type of gun you want anytime and anywhere.

    2. NO

    3. See answer to #1

  6. Patriot said at 8:17 am on June 17th, 2012:

    “Bob English said at 7:04 pm on June 16th, 2012: Patriot…You are living in an alternate reality if you think I was mocking sacrafices anyone made…”

    Sure you mocking the sacrifices by stating that our rights are not bestowed to us from God.

    We need no intermediary — like a KING, or an OBAMA, or a PELOSI…but they are under the delusion that we NEED them to make our decisions.

    Don’t make me laugh.

    …and I am not trying to be mean, but you really need to take some courses in the following subjects:

    * Logic and Reasoning
    * U.S. Constitutional Law
    * The American Revolution
    * NRA-sponsored Firearms Safety

    Don’t laugh at the Logic and Reasoning course. You will see how arguments are constructed and deconstructed. Once you master it, you will see right through the false constructs the so-called politicians present every time.

    You really should take the courses because a lot of the statements that you are making are merely talking points that were created for you by a shill for the Brady Bunch and/or the DNC.

    As for books, here are the “must-haves”:

    * The Founders’ Second Amendment:
    Origins of the Right to Bear Arms by Stephen P. Halbrook

    * Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms, 1866-1876 by Stephen P. Halbrook

    * That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right (Independent Studies in Political Economy) by Stephen P. Halbrook

    * Guns and Violence: The English Experience by Joyce Lee Malcolm

    * To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right by Joyce Lee Malcolm

    * More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition (Studies in Law and Economics) by John R. Lott

    It might also help if you read the data yourself from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.

  7. Patriot said at 8:25 am on June 17th, 2012:

    Oh, and Bob:

    I said earlier, if I had my wish come true for the Second Amendment, I would want the United States to follow the Swiss model where every qualified citizen:

    * Is trained in the use of automatic weapons.

    * Serves in the organized militia.

    * Keeps automatic firearms in their home.

    You would find out the “more guns = less crime”.

  8. Bob English said at 9:34 pm on June 17th, 2012:

    Patriot…Your right to own a gun is not bestowed upon you from God.

    What about peoples rights to take their kids to a movie, a restaurant or a ballgame and not have a bunch of drunks there with loaded firearms? The word “life” and “pursuit of happiness” would apply there.

    I think we have beat this issue to death but I think/hope that the one thing all of us can agree upon is that there should be national background checks for all gun purchases including those at gun shows. Sounds like we all also might agree that everyone who is purchasing a gun for the first time should be required to take some kind of safety course/class.

  9. James Hogan said at 10:14 pm on June 17th, 2012:

    Bob, why is it that everytime you envision people with firearms, they are drunk and disorderly? There are laws against being drunk and disorderly. The are inteligent, sober people at the shooting range, today i met a guy who owns a handful of fast food chain places, he was buying an $8,000 .300win mag rifle, pretty awesome.

    It seems clear to me that you’ve never been to a shooting range, never applied for FID card, never applied for a permit to purchase a hand gun,never taken a NRA safety curse, and never checked any of the facts presented to you. I really mean this, leave me an email jhogan at long branch republicans com and we’ll arrange a day to meet down at Brick Armory. Milton or Dave will give you a saftey and basic instruction, you can use one of my guest passes, firearms and i’ll bring you a few hundred rounds of ammo so that its all no cost to you and i’ll bring blank fid/permit forms, we’ll make a day of it, have some good, safe fun with guns and you’ll quickly see the Democrat talking points are just to scare you, us legal gun owners are good people, just trying to exercise one of our most basic rights. And you dont even have to actually go buy the firearm, but go apply for the permits and all anyhow, see if the Eatontown PD obeys the firearms laws, see if its a hassle, see if you feel better knowing all of us good folks with vaults full of firearms have gone through the process and have been certified as great people capable of owning firearms….

  10. Bob English said at 9:12 am on June 18th, 2012:

    James…your right about my previous comment..I would think that most people who legally apply for a gun permit are law abiding and very responsible. My comments are never directed at that group. They are abiding by the law and our 100% within their rights to legally own a gun, practice with it, etc. I appreciate your offers noted in your e-mail but those people who are legally obtaining weapons in NJ are not the group I am most concerned about.

    My main concern regarding gun purchases applies more to those that can legally obtain a weapon (especially in other states) without a background check or just buy a weapon from someone who is legally buying dozens of weapons and than illegally reselling them. I would like to see national legislation deal with those issues.

    As stated previously, local PD’s need to comply with the law regarding permit applications…no arguement from me there.

    I think we can agree to disagree on carry laws. I just would not feel safer knowing that there were a bunch of people with guns in a public place I was at with my family.

  11. TR said at 9:48 am on June 18th, 2012:

    That” bunch of people with guns in a public place I was at with my family” Could be the ones to save your families life from a criminal or terrorist.

  12. James Hogan said at 12:53 pm on June 18th, 2012:

    So Bob, would you then say that we should disarm the police? They are people with guns and you don’t feel safer being around a bunch of people with guns. Plus the police brutality charges and civil suits that come from a police shooting…

    But you see how that doesn’t work?

    Britain’s violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed.

    Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa – widely considered one of the world’s most dangerous countries.

    The statistics are pretty clear cut, as has been noted before, More Guns == Less Crime. You envision some kind of Wild West Saloon but if you’ve ever been across the PA border, even once, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I can assure you that you’ve sat among legally armed civilians and had no idea they even had a firearm.

    And just to prove my point that you’d have no idea, have a look at this goofy lookin’ fella who I don’t know:
    *GREAT* smile aside, nothing seems out of the ordinary, right?
    And that same fella practicing his perp stance…
    still nothing seems out of the ordinary….
    and here’s one more view:

    and the moral of this story here:

    So again, if you’ve ever left this state and stopped somewhere in PA, OH, DE, VA, NC, SC, FL etc, etc, you’ve probably seen nice friendly folks with almost as good a smile, safely carrying a firearm and deterring criminal activity and been oblivious to just how many such folks were carrying. You don’t know who’s carrying, I don’t know, no one knows, that’s why it’s “concealed carry” — BUT I’d like to think we’re both intelligent guys – if either of us were to decide to be a rapist/robber one day, I’d bet we’d be scouting the Interstate rest-stops for a nice man, with his family… and NJ license plates because 99.9999999% of the time, that guy from NJ won’t be carrying and will be defenseless.

    As for your concern about people purchasing firearms at out-of-state gun shows – we live in one nation, under God, divisible only by the imaginary lines we call state borders. Have you ever driven in NY State? Can you make a right-on-red? What about in Idaho, can you make a right on red there? Does Wipes On/Lights On apply in the Dakotas? Do the kids have to be buckled up in the backseat in Nevada? What about adults in the back seat? So I make the best effort to know and obey NJ firearm laws just like you make the best effort to know and obey NJ traffic laws, but yet I could travel to some other state and be in violation of firearms laws there just like you might make that right on red, or like people make lefts at lights here in NJ, and I’ll get tossed into jail as a federal felon, you’ll get a stern talking to by the police man and maybe be forced to make a little monetary donation to another state’s fund. The US Constitution, my right to keep and bear arms, is supposed to apply in the entire nation, regardless of the city and state I’m in. If I buy a firearm that is legal in PA, it should be that it is legal in the entire US, and legal in NJ as a result. I shouldn’t have to go learn 50 different state laws regarding a right protected nationality just as the dealer at the gun show shouldn’t have to memorize 50 different state laws. It would be more comparable to you going to PA to buy a car, only to find out that the car isn’t legal to own or drive in NJ. Or for that matter, you could drive your car to the PA border, but then you have to park along the DE River and walk, because your car isn’t legal on the other side of the imaginary line.

  13. Bob English said at 5:44 pm on June 18th, 2012:

    James…not sure why you are bringing up the notion of disarming police since nobody has ever even remotely implied that is a good idea.

    Regarding the example you gave about different laws in different states, that is why I would be in favor of some kind of national legislation that applied in all 50 states. Have a 12 guns/year purchase rule in NJ would be a lot more effective if someone could not drive for 6 hours and buy and unlimited quantity of guns the same day.

    I actually did read everything you posted regarding carrying in public. I’m fine with trained off duty law enforcement officers, even those that are retired carrying. Could probably come up with a few other special circumstances. We are going to just disagree on the idea of anyone with a permit being able to carry in public.

    One thing I was giving some thought to would involve the idea if private citizens could ever receive the same type of training that police officers do on weapons use (when to shoot/when not to shoot) as well as split second identification of the good guys versus the bad guys. If a program like that was ever developed, it might be a good compromise (sorry TR, lol) regarding the carry in public issue.

  14. read the news said at 11:40 am on June 20th, 2012:

    Just keep ignoring the evidence like all of the other Democrats do Bob:

    Guns Up, Crime Down