On PolitickerNJ.com today:
NACo-Gate Question Of The Day: Who Got The Dates Wrong Lou Magazzu Or Three Newspapers?
By Steve Kush
Millville – Lou Magazzu’s NACo-Gate controversy gets more confusing every time someone looks at the timeline of events. Recently, when asked about a $10,000 no interest loan Magazzu gave himself from the Cumberland County Democratic Organization’s coffers, he told politickernj.com, “I talked to the campaign manager, the Millville chair, Brendan Kavanagh, and let him know I was doing it. I said listen Brendan, it will be paid back in a month, and he said ok.”
Unfortunately for Magazzu the loan was made on July 17, 2009 and according to the Bridgeton News, the Vineland Daily Journal and the Press of Atlantic City Kavanagh was not named Magazzu’s campaign manager until September 1, 2009.
“Here we go again,” Republican freeholder candidate Rick Tonetta said. “Lou Magazzu got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and now he has problems keeping dates straight. Hopefully, as a lawyer, Magazzu understands how bad this looks.”
“I would never call anyone a liar but clearly something is wrong here,” Republican freeholder candidate Tom Sheppard said. “Magazzu claims to have discussed his no interest $10,000 loan with ‘the campaign manager’ but according to three different newspapers he didn’t name a campaign manager until a month and a half after the conversation. Obviously, if Magazzu had no campaign manager at the time a discussion with the campaign manager couldn’t have possibly taken place.”
GOP freeholder candidate Sam Fiocchi asked, “Who approved the loan?”
“I really hate asking the same question over and over but I’m going to ask the question until Lou Magazzu gives a truthful answer,” Fiocchi said. “From where I sit it looks like Magazzu has some explaining to do. Either his account of who approved his $10,000 interest free loan is wrong or three newspapers are wrong on the date Magazzu named a campaign manager. Maybe it’s time Magazzu stops spinning and just tells the truth.”