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Former State Sen. Raymond Lesniak. (Photo: Raymond Lesniak).

Patch subpoenaed by Lesniak over sham news story

Ex-senator suing news organization for defamation

By David Wildstein, July 26 2022 12:38 pm

Lawyers representing former State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) have subpoenaed Patch, an online local news organization, to identity the secret author of a news story that implicated him the 2019 death of his wife.

The subpoena seeks information regarding the author, listed on their website as Kendra McIntyre, and other information.

Lesniak filed a defamation lawsuit against Patch in March after the online local news organization printed a false news story stating that Sean Caddle’s guilty plea in a murder-for-hire scheme triggered a reexamination by law enforcement into the death of Salena Carroll Lesniak, inferring that the former gubernatorial candidate might have been connected.

The Ocean County Medical Examiner found that Salena Lesniak died on Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease and natural causes.

The Flemington Patch carried a story headlined, “Lesniak minion’s murder plot kindles interest in wife’s death,” under the byline “Kendra McIntire, Neighbor.”

In what might be just a coincidence, the style of the story strongly resembles other pieces written on the Internet by a one time political associate of Lesniak who has been at the center of some political controversies.  That individual has a history of posting online news stories under aliases.  The New Jersey Globe is withholding his name until more information emerges.

But a check of multiple databases did not show anyone named Kendra McIntyre in New Jersey.

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