FBI arrests today comes exactly one year after sweep of Hoboken City Hall
Many readers may miss the emphasis here so let's spell it out clearly - the implications of today's arrest of West New York Mayor Felix Roque spells big trouble for the Old Guard in Hoboken.
Hoboken horsey? Yes, Hoboken.
What stands out in the Fed's complaint against Roque and his son is the clear cut evidence of wrongdoing hacking into a HCDO backed website that called for the West New York mayor's recall. According to Max Pizarro at Politicker NJ, victim 1 in the complaint was a Hudson County Freeholder, Jose Munoz.
Recriminations are already flying calling the FBI's arrest political payback by Senator Bob Menendez. However, any straightforward reading of the complaint shows there was an ongoing war between Mayor Roque and the HCDO forces he overthrew in a previous and successful recall effort of Sal Vega. Unfortunately, the war lines appear to have stepped over the legal line numerous times in trying to take down a political website asking for the recall of the current mayor. Why a relatively obscure English based website in a largely Spansh speaking/reading town would be met with such a response will be political fodder in Hudson County for months if not years to come.
The arrests of Mayor Roque and his son proves the utter seriousness the FBI and Newark Federal Attorney's Office views computer intrusions, even in the case of a small website being run by political opponents. It spells dire warnings for the conspirators in Hoboken who looted at will far more important documents and emails of a sitting mayor.
The action against the mayor in West New York declaws the narrative being softly peddled over months in Hoboken any arrests in the conspiracy case here are manufactured by Governor Christie who formerly headed the US Attorney's Office in Newark on behalf of Mayor Zimmer. The New Jersey Federal Attorney's Office is headed by Paul Fishman, a Democratic appointee where the State's two Democratic US Senators hold courtesy control with unwritten veto powers.
Perhaps the most illuminating aspect of today's arrests is it falls on the exact one year anniversary of a dozen and a half FBI special agenda slamming into Hoboken City Hall and departing with boxes of documents, computers including one system in the City Clerk's office.
Anyone who finds this to be mere coincidence is trying to fool you or themselves. For those who haven't cut a deal with the Feds in Newark, there is now a much lower likelihood a chair will be left when the music stops.
MSV tried to extend a clue to MORTe minions numerous times and noted quite recently, it's safer to be on the Boys of Summer roster than not. Some are really dense here.
|For the Boys of Summer in Newark, you are either on their DTR team or not.|
Some people in Hoboken are going to find out how bad it is not to make their roster.
Talking Ed Note: Folks will be on their way to enjoy a holiday weekend but MSV thought it important to keep you informed of the magnitude of today's events. It's hardly a stretch to say the other local media will be pointing to everything but the analysis offered here.
As we recall, when the City Hall IT manager Patrick Ricciardi was arrested, the Hudson Reporter could barely summon the strength to print his name or post a picture in the paper. When the Hudson Reporter did finally offer some thoughts on the matter weeks later - no doubt at the repeated behest of Mason political operative James Barracato aka FinBoy - their analysis noted the true problem not once, but nine times was bloggers.
This is what happens when you only listen to the Old Guard and their paid political operatives. You get stuck so far down the rabbit hole you don't even know what daylight is any more.
As MSV noted last November, the FBI Data Theft Ring conspiracy case is not over, it's beginning and what looms for Hoboken in 2012 will be transformative.
Happy nightmares minions