The first government star witness against Raia: Matt Calicchio. The longtime Old Guard political operative who was an employee for most of the time with Beth Mason under scrutiny in the 2013 and 2015 Hoboken elections.
He will be sentenced for his admission in the voter fraud bribery scheme using the mail in September.
|Frank "Pupie" Raia in this 2011 photo at a City Council meeting on the topic of saving the local hospital.|
According to the first-hand report from the Hudson County View:
Another portion of Calicchio's testimony alleged Raia formed a third mayoral ticket to undercut mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos thus aiding former mayor Dawn Zimmer in the same election.
Talking Ed Note: Day two of the trial is expected to see more testifying from Matt Calicchio. He may be followed with a surprising Old Guard soldier testifying on behalf of the government.
Related: The 2013 report on Hobokenhorse.com breaking the story: