The money laundering defendants faced bail between 0,000 and million, and most were ordered to submit to electronic monitoring.
Among those ensnared by the informant was Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, prosecutors said.
The 32-year-old Cammarano, who won a runoff election last month, was accused of accepting money from the developer at a Hoboken diner."There's the people who were with us, and that's you guys," the complaint quotes Cammarano saying. And then there are the people who were against us the whole way. They get ground into powder." Cammarano was accused of accepting ,000 in cash bribes.
"There's the people who climbed on board in the runoff. His attorney Joseph Hayden said his client is "innocent of these charges.
Smith, a former state Assemblyman and Jersey City mayoral candidate who served four years as the city's council president, and several other current and former Jersey City public officials also are accused of accepting money to help the fake developer gain permits and approvals.
In separate money laundering complaints, several individuals from Brooklyn and New Jersey were charged with offenses ranging from the trafficking of kidneys from Israeli donors to laundering proceeds from selling fake Gucci and Prada bags.
Authorities also searched the home and office of state Community Affairs chief Joe Doria, who has not been charged.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~2 NJ mayors, lawmaker arrested in corruption case By: DAVID PORTERThe Associated Press The mayors of two New Jersey cities and a current and former state legislator were among more than two dozen people arrested Thursday in a sweeping corruption investigation.
The stations say the probe centers on money-laundering and political bid rigging. Attorney Chris Christie takes credit for 130 convictions of elected and appointed officials on corruption charges.
FBI spokeswoman Myrna Williams tells The Associated Press the arrests will go on till noon. Corruption has permeated New Jersey politics for years. Christie is the Republican candidate for governor.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Officials outline charges in NJ probe The Associated Press Federal officials in New Jersey say a two-track investigation into corruption and money laundering is not about politics or religion.
Others arrested included building and fire inspectors, city planning officials and utilities officials, all of them accused of using their positions to further the corruption.
The politicians arrested were not accused of any involvement in the money laundering or the trafficking in human organs and counterfeit handbags.