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Sean Caddle. (Photo: Sean Caddle).

Caddle sentencing postponed until December

By David Wildstein, April 12 2022 6:08 pm

Sean Caddle, the New Jersey political consultant who had admitted his role in a murder-for-hire scheme, won’t be sentenced until December 7.

U.S. District Court Judge John Michael Vazquez signed an order today rescheduling Caddle’s sentencing from June 7, court records show.

Caddle pled guilty to hiring a hitman to murder Michael Galdieri, a Jersey City political operative and son of State Sen. James Galdieri (D-Jersey City).  Caddle acknowledged that Galdieri had been his friend.

His attorney, Edwin Jacobs, Jr., said in court that Caddle was cooperating with federal law enforcement as part of a different investigation.

Caddle remains under house arrest in Sussex County with a monitoring device on an unsecured bond.

Sentencing delays are common and could be extended beyond December.

Galdieri, a onetime Jersey City council candidate, was stabbed to death on May 22, 2014.  George Bratsenis and Bomani Africa, both career criminals, admitted to being hired by Caddle to kill Galdieri.   They later set his home on fire.

Galdieri worked on political campaigns in Jersey City, including mayoral races for Louis Manzo and Bret Schundler, and City Councilman Steve Lipski.  He served on the Jersey City Rent Leveling Board and worked for Manzo on his State Assembly staff.

His father won an unexpired term in the New Jersey State Senate in 1980, after the criminal conviction of State Sen. David Friedland (D-Jersey City) had created a vacancy.  Redistricting in 1981 left no path for him to remain in the Senate.  Galdieri’s grandfather represented Hudson County in the State Assembly in the 1930s.

In 2005, Michael Galdieri sought the Ward B seat on the Jersey City Council on a slate opposed to Mayor Jeremiah Healy.  The night before the election, he was arrested on drug and weapons charges and was sentenced to prison.  He was defeated by Mary Spinello.

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