Peter Cammarano, where is he now

N.J. ELEC hits disgraced former Hoboken mayor with $ 95K in fines

HOBOKEN - The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has fined former Mayor Peter J. Cammarano III, as well as members of his 2009 mayoral slate, for not reporting more than $ 1 million in contributions, according to court documents.

The fines, totaling $ 95,330, come more than nine years after Cammarano was arrested as part of Operation Big Rig, a sweeping federal corruption sting that netted 46 high-profile arrests of public officials across the state.

The decision, passed down on Nov. 13, said that the "Respondents' Joint Candidate Committee ... failed to timely report over $ 1,000,000.00 in runoff election transactions" during his 2009 bid for the mayoralty, and that some transactions were still unreported "as of the date of the Court's opinion. "

Also named in the decision are Cammarano's former running mates: Vincent Addea, Angel Alicea and Raul Morales II - as well as the campaign treasurer, Lucy Truglio.

Cammarano assumed the mayoralty in June 2009 after beating Dawn Zimmer in a runoff election.

He was accused of accepting $ 25,000 in cash bribes from Solomon Dwek, the central figure in the undercover sting operated by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office, and was arrested after less than a month in office. He pleaded guilty and served two years in prison.

Zimmer was later sworn in as acting mayor and would go on to serve two full terms.

The decision said that respondents received three substantial contributions, in excess of a $ 2,600 contribution limit, from Dwek.

Cammarano and the other named respondents could not be reached for comment.

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