West New York commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez slammed mayor Felix Roque for allowing former Bergen County Democratic chairman Joseph Ferriero to play a role in his re-election campaign.
“Someone who is known throughout the state as one of the most notoriously corrupt public officials in New Jersey history,” said Rodriguez. Now he’s here in West New York trying to help Felix Roque try to fool the residents into giving him another four years, using an endless stream of lies and political stunts.”
Ferriero was released from prison fourteen months ago after his conviction on federal racketeering charges.
Rodriguez called Ferriero’s presence in Roque’s campaign “absolutely unacceptable for our town.”
The New Jersey Globe first reported Ferriero’s involvement in Roque’s re-election campaign, which was verified by eleven different sources.
Roque denied knowing Ferriero.
Rodriguez, who was the mayor’s running mate in the last election and how heads a slate opposing him, sharply criticized Roque for sending out a campaign mailing using official letterhead.
“Roque should be ashamed of himself for stooping to this level,” Rodriguez stated. “It is a sign of desperation and a sign of irresponsibility consistent with what his political friends are used to doing.”
Hudson County View reported last year that Manny Diaz, once a powerful Hudson County insider who went to prison for conspiring to sell $2 million worth of cocaine, now has a $110,000-a-year job as a confidential aide to Roque.
Also reportedly involved in the Roque campaign is Rene Abreu, a former real estate developer who was convicted of bank and mortgage fraud charges in 2004. He was released from prison in 2012.
Roque has challenged the tactics of the New Beginnings West New York ticket that Rodriguez leads, asking the state attorney general to send independent monitors to watch the campaign.