The shutout is over and the innings of zeroes endlessly following Hoboken elections with it. Having unraveled the 2013 election with a string of convictions elevating Frank Raia the poster child, the Feds are drilling into 2015, hitting paydirt and touching 2017.
Councilman Michael Russo may sing the praises of Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a council meeting again but he won't be claiming voter fraud is a myth with zero convictions anymore.
The work of Old Guard soldiers like Matt Calicchio isn't over. Wired for sound in the past means being available to be wired in front of a microphone before more grand juries and jurors for years to come. Cooperation ends when the Feds say it does, not when your lawyer's billing should according to your Uptown Old Guard sponsor hiding in the wine cellar would like.
These are future stories for another day. Hobokenhorse.com conducted interviews with numerous parties for the Raia trial including the attorney for Matt Calicchio as premium members already know.
It's called reporting.
A decade of proven reporting has seen credentials here accepted from Hudson County Superior Court to US Marshalls in federal court. From election day 2013 when the US Department of Justice sent in special investigators to a gnawing growing voter fraud to the conviction in Newark, Hobokenhorse.com has broken more stories on the growing epidemic of Hoboken voter fraud than everyone. Combined.
The next phase, the 2015 council ward elections get tricky. There's muckraking and then there's taking dictation and shoveling (redacted).
Here are the complexities facing pending investigation of Hoboken's "tradition" at election time.
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