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Sayreville Democratic Municipal Chairman Thomas Pollando. (Photo: Thomas Pollando/Facebook).

Democratic leader arrested in strip club bribery case resigns

Pollando out as Sayreville

By David Wildstein, September 02 2022 9:38 pm

Thomas V. Pollando has resigned his position as Sayreville Democratic municipal chairman one day after being arrested for taking a bribe from a strip club owner charged with money laundering and promoting prostitution.

Pollando, 72, has also resigned as a member of the Sayreville Economic & Redevelopment Agency and the Middlesex County Planning Board.

He was charged on Thursday for allegedly pocketing thousands of dollars in a cash bribe from the proprietor of XXXV Gentlemen’s Club (Club 35) after offering to use his political influence to help them beat the allegations against them

It still isn’t clear if Pollando remains employed by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.  John Keller, the executive director of the authority, has ducked multiple calls and texts to his cell phone since Thursday afternoon and after being reached on Friday evening, said he “didn’t know anything” and hung up.

Pollando resigned his government and party posts at the demand of Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe, along with Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), State Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge), Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge) and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Perth Amboy).

The party vice chair, Patti Burch, will become the new municipal chair.

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