Pay-to-play and the corrupt Norcross Machine

One of the contributors to Lou Magazzu’s NACo slush fund is engineering firm Adams Rehmann & Heggan. This firm has been implicated in many pay-to-play schemes.

In 2007, assemblyman Fran Bodine joined the company with a no-show job. He was paid $3,000 a week for not showing up for work.

He also is paid $3,000 per month as a consultant for the Adams, Rehmann and Heggan engineering firm. Asked how many hours he works per week, he said, “I don’t necessarily put in any.”

Bodine  immediately rewarded his new employer with a lucrative government contract.

Assemblyman Fran Bodine no sooner finished swearing in newly-elected Evesham Councilman Chris Brown on July 2nd when he was immediately awarded for his newfound allegiance to the Democrat Party.

Brown joined with the Democrat majority on Council in awarding a contract to the engineering firm of Adams, Rehmann & Heggan – which just happens to be Bodine’s employer.

Bodine, who switched his party registration from Republican to Democrat so he could run for State Senate on the Democrat ticket, works as a paid consultant for Adams, Rehmann & Heggan.

This company is just one piece in a very large puzzle of power players in Camden County trying to sew up all of south Jersey into one large corrupt political machine:

Democrats are sewing up their control of South Jersey, looking to create a solid southern block to match the clout of North Jersey’s Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Middlesex County powerhouses. Burlington County and its local governments — with their millions of dollars in contracts and potential sources of campaign donations — are key to the plan.

Knowing the corrupt history of this company, one has to wonder why they would donate to Lou Magazzu’s secret slush fund, unless they were promised something in return? We have connected the dots with Lou’s donations from legal firms. In every case, the legal firms doing business in the county have donated to Lou, or apparently promised to provide services defending him in the NACo scandal in violation of state laws.

As we have been saying all along, just follow the trail of money!


31 Responses to Pay-to-play and the corrupt Norcross Machine

  1. Sell me a bridge says:

    Have no fear soon Tryagain will post a comment attacking you or claiming there is nothing to this.

  2. SalarySam says:

    Are you saying it’s not right for firms to buy the right to do business with the county by lining the pockets of politicians? How is a freeholder to get by on the skimpy salary they get paid?

  3. tryagain says:

    Sam are you making the clain that Freeholders are accepting bribes? Be careful my friend, those are VERY serious allegations. And for the Blind ONe to claim that Norcross is corrupt seems to be on thin ice. To my knowledge contributions to politcal campaigns are not illegal. Does Lobiondo contribute to the Republicans? Does he accept political contributions? Do the Republicans and their candidates accept contributions? The answers to these questions are YES!! It is how campaigns are run! Wake up smell the coffee, ladies! Nothing illegal or corrupt here!! Gee it must be awful to live with such hate!! RE-ELECT MAGAZZU AND CO.!!

  4. Guess-Who says:

    Here is a question for U or anyone else:
    Has Mr. Magazzu ever brought Mr. Norcross to VISIT Mayor Romano at the Mayors Office in City Hall in Vineland,NJ?

    Answer the Question if U are ALLOWED to Answer IT.
    Just make sure Whomever Answers the ?,They give an HONEST ANSWER!

    Checks & Balance make the County a Better Place

  5. tryagain says:

    Don’t know but who cares? Mr. Norcross has done nothing wrong so what’s the big deal? Other than your petty jealousy? RE-ELECT MAGAZZU AND CO.!! TOUGH LEADERS FOR TOUGH TIMES!!!

  6. SalarySam says:

    I’m making the allegation that Lou Magazzu solicited “gifts” for his own personal benefit from people and companies doing business with or who want to do business with the county. This allegation has been made before and is in the hands of the NJ Attorney General and the US Attorney for New Jersey. Regardless of the outcome of the election there will also be a separate reckoning not by the voters (who may not care as Try Again seems to think) but by people sworn to enforce the laws. Yes, Try Again, it is serious.

  7. Norcross machine IS corrupt – read The Soprano State. I am not on thin ice on this one, the facts speak for themselves. Norcross is all about pay-to-play. Listen to the Norcross tapes: talks about Empty Suit Greenwald.

  8. Rev. Higgs Boson says:

    It’s the magazzu team that’s responsible for these tough times. I’d say it’s time to try something else for a change.


  9. Byelou says:

    Please educate the voters on what a Freeholder earns, and then do the math. I think you will come to the conclusion that if a Freeholder has to rely on their salary alone to support his Wife and five kids, and has no other income other than his earnings as a Freeholder (Lou, for you who are slow on the uptake), then you will have to conclude that the Freeholder (Lou, again…) is having to supplement his salary from other sources, who he is duty-bound to disclose to the voters. If that Freeholder does not disclose that income, which everyone is entitled to know about, because after all, he is a public official, then you can conclude rightfully that the public official is either:
    1. Independently wealthy, and doesn’t need the money.
    2. On the take, and therefore crooked.
    3. Able to survive (along with his Wife and kids)on New Jersey creekwater and air, neither of which have been known to enhance anyone’s health.
    Which are you, Lou?

  10. DUMP the Maggot says:

    Not sure how tryagain will answer, but one thing is CERTAIN. He hasn’t gotten any offers of employment as a lawyer because he doesn’t deliver what he promises. Sorta like the way he does things as a freeholder. All mouth and no action.

  11. ignatz says:

    expressed under an earlier post but it bears repeating, again and again;

    illegal, unethical, immoral…all good words, but it is also perception. the officials that represent us should be held to a higher standard…they themselves should rise above and treat every decision as if it could be perceived to be questionable…they should avoid any decision made individually or collectively that cannot pass the highest test of scrutiny. it is not necessarily the conflict itself, but the perception of a conflict, real or implied, that should be avoided. in this instance, whether an illegal act has been committed is not the point…it is the perception of things that were done that can’t even pass the smell test. to have the freeholder board pass an amendment to a county policy after violations have already occurred, smells…to not properly fill out financial disclosure forms reflecting personal gains for a personal campaign, smells…to “loan” onesself monies that have been raised to support a political election campaign, using funds raised for political purposes and divert them for personal use and do so by only “informing” one person in party control and potentially signing the check benifiting yourself from publicly derived funds, smells…to have a well respected attorney who makes his living off the taxes we pay because of his county contracts, now speaking for the director of a public board who gives him contracts and is doing so not on county business but on a personnal matter, smells…as i said, it is about perception…whether real or implied, this smells. i expect the officials that represent me to be able to pass those higher tests…unfortunately, this one doesn’t…the smell just keeps getting stronger…

  12. To bylou-Go to Gloria Noto’s office. Ask for financial disclosure forms filled out by every elected and appointed official in county government (township hall has municipal officials’ forms) On that form, you’ll find all property owned, all sources of income by official, spouse and children or family member living in officials’ household, over $2,000. Forms are completed every year to reflect any change.

    these forms have been part of government transparency for at least 15 years. I’m shocked someone commenting on government, trying to insinuate that an official is hiding something, hasn’t even taken the time to check whether such a form exits. Even more shocking is blogger doesn’t even know about it. At least 15 years, maybe longer, these forms have been the basic document of official disclosure. and Gloria Noto keeps them.

    I know I was going to keep my fingers still, but this example of overwhelming ignorance by blogger is just too much.

    If you don’t know about this most basic form on government transparency, how can anyone expect to take you seriously. I don’t need an answer. It’s a rhetorical question. The answer if quite apparent.

    You want to know? go Find out. I checked all officials, Dems, Reb. and ind. , at beginning of campaign. It’s the most basic form of research.

    This is a new low, or a new height, of ignorance by MW blog contributor.

  13. And the good rev.higgs says ‘it’s the magazzu team that’s responsible for these tough times.” Good God. an international, or at least national, financial meltdown and CC democrats are responsible. I can hear the rev’s brain cells hitting the floor. Goodbye once more.

  14. tryagain says:

    You expect honesty from this CRAP site Miles? Come on, it’s SOLE purpose and ONLY reason for its’ existence is to unseat Magazzu anyway it can!! Truth has NO PLACE on this site!! It is a pure partisan politcal website run by a small bunch of Magazzu haters. Primarily they hate him for stupid personal reasons, ie. “he hurt my friends feelings”, “he’s impatient and abrupt”, “he doesn’t like my pet”, etc. There is no REAL reason not to re-elect Magazzu just their pathetic, “i don’t like his style” argument! MAGAZZU gets things done for Cumberland County and it makes them crazy!! Anyone who knows him knows how hard he works for us in spite of these crazies just trying to tear him down! he will win in NOV. because the voters want someone who gets the job done! Magazzu gets the job done!! RE-ELECT MAGAZZU AND CO.!!!

  15. Rev. Higgs Boson says:

    Good God, Miles, Cumberland County has been in a recession long before the national economy hit the skids. Is that the new team magazzu line? Pretty pathetic.

    Shameful, even.

  16. SalarySam says:

    Miles. Go look at Lord Lou’s forms at the clerk’s office. Although Lord Lou claims the $80,000 he received in 2007, 2008 & 2009 were gifts he does NOT report them. Why not? If he is not truthful or accurate on gifts what leads you to conclude he would be truthful or accurate on income items?

  17. Byelou says:

    Miles, your response is so naive that it deserves a follow up. Your position is that by filing the required disclosure forms, Lou has fully disclosed all sources of his income, and has therefore told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. You then follow it up with a statement that all elected officials file the same required information. My contention is that crooked politicians all file the same crap. You can’t find payola on a government form, and Lou filed the same information on the same forms as all of the politicians in North Jersey who just got indicted for their crooked politics. Lou has already been caught writing himself a check from the party account. It’s just a matter of time.

  18. Rev. Higgs Boson says:

    Here’s an interesting article:

    It seems that Jon Corzine is the leading contributor to 20 out of 21 county democratic organizations. Looks like he missed one. Ohhhh, wait, for some unknown reason, the Governor donated to a NACo campaign instead. The campaign of the CCDC Chairman. Wow. How do you suppose that happened? Why did Corzine diss Cumberland like that? And again, why would Governor Corzine donate to a losing campaign that was long over?

    Makes you go hmmmmmmmm…doesn’t it?


  19. Byelou says:

    Let’s see…Governor donates to every county except Cumberland. In Cumberland, Governor donates to Lou. Lou has no PAC. Lou’s NACo bid is his personal campaign. Lou pays himself from the Dem party fund. Governor pays Lou after his failed bid for NACo.
    I sure love that government transparency…
    I think we all need to get on the Corzine buddy list so Lou won’t be so lonely when he is soliciting and accepting “gifts”.

  20. WuLi says:

    Actually Corzine has donated well over $160,000 to the Cumberland County organization.

    It appears Corzine is hell-bent on one party rule. The problem with one-party rule? Half of the public is not fairly represented.

    In fact, the majority of people on the government dole, welfare recipients, ex-felons etc. are all staunch Democrats. Doesn’t that give anyone room for pause? Why would lifetime welfare cheats and felons want to support Corzine and Lou Magazzu if there wasn’t something in it for them?

  21. Sell me a bridge says:

    I have a question for Lou Magazzu if he reads this blog (Miles feel free to answer for him). I notice that Townsware Computers gave $750 in in-kind contributions to Magazzu for NACo

  22. Sell me a bridge says:

    oops I hit the button by accident sorry, anyway on 7/10/2009 EFO Magazzu $ Sjogren paid these people $2861.63 for “Technical consulting services.”

    I am curious, was the in-kind to the NACo campaign given so they would get the paid work for the election campaign?

    It’s a question, I am not accusing anyone of anything, but inquiring minds want to know.

  23. Sell me a Bridge asks about the in kind Townsware contribution to Lou’s NACO…this is Sameer Boutros’ company who is Lou’s apptointment to the CCUA.

    He makes $3000 plus benefits as such totaling around $27,000 a year. So, it’s not “in kind”, it’s the taxpayers who paid that bill!

    This is the way Lou does politics!

  24. tryagain says:

    You ladies are always so mad. Must be miserable to be you! What will you do after Magazzu’s win in November? Who will you attack next? President Obama? Seem like the angry right is alive and well in Cumberland! Oh too be you! How very sad!! RE-ELECT MAGAZZU AND CO.!!! TOUGH LEADERS FOR TOUGH TIMES!!

  25. Sell me a bridge says:

    I’m not mad. I’m not even miserable. I just want Cumberland County to be a better place and still have not heard a word from Team Magazzu about what will be different than the previous 12 years he’s held office.

    That tells me he will do NOTHING different in which case I am left with no choice but to support the Republicans in Cumberland County for the first time ever.

    You have no one to blame for that but Lou Magazzu himself because he is the one who has not put forth a single issue in this campaign.

  26. Byelou says:

    Is Team Magazzu a used car dealership? I guess there isn’t much of a difference. Both of them cringe when we try to look under the hood.

  27. Curious says:

    Miles needs to check his facts. The clerks office has magazzu’s 2008 financial disclosure form. However, his 2006 and 2007 forms are not on file. If you checked the forms, it was not at the clerks office.
    So much for your basic research. The other problem is the 2008 form does not show his gifts from vendors for his NACO campaign.

  28. vineland voter says:

    angry right? no, just angry that lou has destroyed this county for his own personal benefit. you STILL don’t get it, your boys gotta go and it has absoutley nothing to do with his political affiliation. he’s a cancer destroying the county, funneling millions of dollars to camden dem donor whales while people in his own county struggle just to pay double the taxes they did 10 years ago. norcross can play the political godfather all he wants, just not here. we can’t afford norcross politics in these parts & since lous the local puppet, we must cut his strings.

    btw… the dem hard on is exposing the person behind the words.

  29. tryagain says:

    Just more anger! Poor pathetic souls who are going to feel even worse after the Nov. election!! RE-ELECT MAGAZZU AND CO. THEY WORK FOR CUMBERLAND COUNTY!!

  30. amused says:

    Correction…they work for Lou Magazzu

  31. DUMP the Maggot says:

    ………and we all know who Magazzu “works” for don’t we? Here’s a hint for those who can’t guess: his initials stand for Lou Magazzu

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