Gopal’s political mentor, Joe Vas, gets out of prison today

Vin Gopal and Joe Vas

Joe Vas, the former Perth Amboy Mayor and Assemblyman who went to prison for campaign finance fraud and money laundering during his 2006 campaign for Congress, which was managed by Vin Gopal, will be released from prison today, according to a report in MyCentralJersey.

Vas was convicted on both federal and state charges, with his sentences to run concurrently.  He finished serving his 6 1/2 year federal prison sentence in February when he was transferred to the custody of the New Jersey prison system. His release today is about 3 weeks earlier than the planned June 2 release date.

Gopal’s relationship with Vas became was an issue in the 2011 11th District Assembly race when young Vin, now 32, unsuccessfully challenged then Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande.

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The Angelini/Casagrande campaign sent the above campaign mailer to voters, prompting Gopal to cry foul and claim that, although he was the campaign manager of the Vas campaign, he was not responsible for fundraising or accounting.  The Asbury Park Press, columnist Bob Ingle and the Star Ledger came to Gopal’s defense, calling the mailer misleading and indecent.  Gopal claimed he was just a 20 year old kid who managed the campaign for college credits.

Gopal, who has failed in all of his previous attempts at elected office and never managed to win a race while he was Monmouth County Democrat Chairman, is running for Senate in the 11th District this year against Republican Senator Jennifer Beck.

Posted: May 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “Gopal’s political mentor, Joe Vas, gets out of prison today”

  1. Bob English said at 7:27 pm on May 11th, 2017:

    Political Mentor??? LOL. Hardly. Out of fairness to Mr. Gopal, when Politifact gave that ad a “Pants On Fire” rating it noted that:

    “Gopal worked four months on Vas’ unsuccessful congressional campaign. Gopal dealt with scheduling, phone banks, volunteers and occasional media queries. Given that law enforcement and a public database all confirm that Gopal had no connection of any kind to the Vas criminal case, the implications made by the ad aren’t just ridiculous, they’re also outrageous”.


  2. Cue the tiny violins. said at 8:05 am on May 12th, 2017:

    Politifact has in fact, been proven wrong, and/or biased before. (Not that anyone pays attention anymore, anyway.) They’re hardly the “prima supreme” fact checking source you make them out to be, lol.

    Oh the humanity! Poor Goofy Gopal, lol.