More dirt on Royal Printing

It seems that Royal Printing is a major recipient of Democrat No Bid contracts. Mercer County Democrats were involved in pay-to-play with this company.

“Mercer County residents care about what their elected officials are doing with public funds.  Our residents also deserve absolute transparency from the government and elected officials.  By opening this tip line, we are providing a way for people to be heard and for their concerns to be investigated.” The tip line is a result of the many calls that were received by the GOP challenger campaign after the pair requested an investigation of printing contracts granted by the county.

Randazzo requested the investigation of the contracts and various donations made by Royal Printing to the Mercer Democratic Committee and Freeholder John Cimino.    Royal Printing also apparently wheeled money into Mercer County and various democrat elected officials including County Executive Brian Hughes through the scandal ridden New Frontier PAC which has been linked to recently indicted Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano.

This scandal in Mercer County made headlines and blogs.

Cindy Randazzo, a Princeton Republican running for freeholder, called on law enforcement entities to investigate the relationship between West New York-based Royal Printing, the New Frontier committee, and Mercer Democrats for possible pay-to-play violations last week. Democrats strongly denied all of the charges.

In a statement, Republicans said that Royal Printing donated a total of $6,000 to New Frontier on several occasions from 2007 to 2009. Sometimes New Frontier donated identical amounts to Mercer Democrats, such as county Executive Brian Hughes, soon after receiving funds from Royal Printing, according to the statement, which said the printing firm held $220,889.50 in Mercer County contracts in 2006, $258,525.12 in 2007, and $449,704.88 in 2008.

New Frontier, based in Burlington County, recently gained notoriety this year after politicians who received money from the committee, like Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, were indicted on federal corruption charges.

At times Royal Printing also donated directly to Mercer Democrats, although always below the threshold necessary to invoke a county pay-to-play law that would have barred the company from receiving county contracts, the Republicans said.

Pay-to-play and Magazzu, PERFECT TOGETHER!


45 Responses to More dirt on Royal Printing

  1. tryagain1 says:

    Seems to me GREEDY GLORIA may be responsible for procurment of a printing company to do the ballots!! DUH! All the Freeholders do are approve payment of her bills? Would be nice if JUST ONCE this CRAP forum got it correct the first time!! The only objective of this horrible website is to trash the hardiest working Freeholder to EVER serve Cumberland! It si nothing more than a shrill for the Republican candidates. How about an article on Tom Sheppard getting hundreds of thousands or MILLIONS for what is basically non- developable farm land. Where is the outrage from the taxpayers and creators of this website? Not a single word about it!! Could it be because he is a Republican? All this in a time when the State is running out of money to purchase real land that is prime for development and asking the taxpayers to pass another 400 million bond. Perhaps if Sheppard and others hadn’t taken advantage of the system we wouldn’t be asked to come up with millions more? RE-ELECT MAGAZZU AND CO. TOUGH LEADERS FOR TOUGH TIMES!!

  2. Curious says:

    Show me the campaign contributions to Noto’s campaign from Royal Printing.
    So you are saying that Royal is so appreciative of a republican clerk getting them work that they donate to the Democrat’s to thank her.
    Did she hire them for Lou’s NACO campaign?
    What are you smoking cryagain.
    What a slogan real nasty pricks for tough times, real classy.

  3. fancypants says:

    Gloria doesn’t have a clue. She is old. And really, when could she actually focus on the issue of printing what with her constant social visiting schedule. Really, get real!

  4. tryagain1 says:

    Greedy Gloria campaigns 24/7, 365!! How can she possibly know what’s going on? Never misses a single event day or night ALL week long!! ELECT VAN EMBDEN!! YOUNG ENERGETIC WORKER FOR ALL THE RESIDENTS!!!

  5. Curious says:

    Sounds like Lou. Everything is political, has to take credit for everything. Others quietly do the work to make things happen. Lou is too busy grabbing all the limelight.

  6. biggassbass says:

    I have to agree with Tryagain. Vote Van Ebden for Clerk. She has run a clean campaign unlike Mr. Magazzu. I just got got a Democratic Flyer in the mail.

  7. Calhoun says:

    Have to disagree with the biggass. I heard Big Lou and Lauren today on 92.1 WVLT. Lauren went on and on about how she was proud of being on Lou’s ticket and how those who were complaining were like little yippy dogs and were part of a very vocal minority. I will not be voting for anyone on Team Magazzu. I like Lauren and have defended her here before, but going on the radio and singing Lou’s praises and attacking those who criticize him is more than I can stomach. And such actions are not part running a clean campaign.

  8. gorgon says:

    I have to disagree. Lauren gets my vote because she is a professional. Speaking on a team radio show is part of the drill. Did she say anything tragic about her opponents or just go party. Gloria on the other hand made age an issue and has penned numerous verbose criticisms of Lauren. Gloria’s has passed. Van Embden is the future.

  9. gorgon says:

    Gloria’s time has passed. didn’t mean to say otherwise.

  10. Calhoun says:

    So, it’s OK to go on the radio and sing the praises of Lou and call his opponents yippy dogs? Just part of the drill? If that’s the case, then hell let’s vote for Thompson and Sjogren while we’re at it. They too are just going through the drill. Neither Thompson nor Sjogren has said anything tragic about their opponents either. Thompson was at the Shop-Rite today with Albano and Milam shaking hands. Seemed like a real nice fellow. He just towed the party line. Following Gorgon’s standards, I better take another look at the whole D ticket.

  11. Calhoun says:

    “Toed the line” not “towed the line.” Sorry

  12. hardrock925 says:

    92.1 wvlt radio had great political programs Saturday
    morning. Listening to all four programs, i feel the Independent Democrats made the best points why they should be elected followed, by Sheena. The Magazzu team explained nothing new to me except how good they are at spinning the truth. If Gloria should go ,so should Maggazzu. If Gloria campaigns 24/7 365 days a year, than her age must not be a factor, she is a machine. As far back as i can remember,Only one other person campaigned and made their shelf available to the public and cared about people he represented as well as Gloria does and that was The Late,John Rose, and he was re-elected at an old age and was a great Freeholder till the end.

  13. old time dem says:

    John Rose was also originally elected a freeholder as an independendent.The democrat party never gave him the respect he deserved either.

  14. tryagain1 says:

    Has anyone determined whether this was Greedy Gloria’s call about using Royal or did she make so many mistakes that needed correcting the local printer didn’t want the job anymore. Seem to recall mistakes being mad that the local outfit had to eat. Maybe the companytook the fall for yet another of Greedy Gloria’s mistakes. Seem to remember something to the effect of a judge using the term, “inexcusable neglect” in reference to one screw up from her office. ELECT VAN EMBDEN!!!

  15. Guess-Who says:

    Lou will u take Questions on Camera?

    Lou will u Answer some ?’s on Camera?

    Lou there are SO many more Questions than u have given Answers to & the PUBLIC wants some CLARITY on Issues that could/will effect Cumberland County,NJ!

    The Citizens in Our Communities deserve RESPECT from U as I think u have FORGOTTEN at times what that Truly means.
    I’m NOT talking about Sticks & Stones either!

    The $81,000 raised for NACo is NOT going to Go-Away because u Don’t want to Say or TALK about IT!

    The crue running with U is beginning to See the weight of this Failed Attempt in which u QUIT because the Support did NOT exist Nationally!

    CC Residents are very AWARE of What is going On HERE:

    Unemployment 13+% & Rising Daily

    Highest Teen Pregnancy Rate in the State of NJ & almost the Highest in the Nation!

    $100,000’s to Millions of Dollars WASTED on Land, Buildings for the County
    (20+ year LEASE on a Building for the County)

    Lawsuits that have RESULTED in Judgments against Cumberland County.

    When will u Answer the Real & Hard Questions before the Election, Ask the previous Mayor in Vineland or just L{.}{.}K at the RESULTS from that ELECTION.

    Lou u might want to Think back to July 25 2008 there was a Comment that was put in the DJ.
    I have NEVER FORGOTTEN what was SAID!
    Ur the Next Politician that needs to be REMOVED from OFFICE in Cumberland County!

    VOTING Nov 3 2009 will Prove the Communities as a WHOLE have had ENOUGH of this type of POLITICS.

    Fresh Faces-New Ideas-Innovative Thinking = Positives in CC,NJ.

    Checks & Balance make the County a Better Place

  16. tryagain1 says:

    Just more political BS from the HATERS and MEAN people who are responsible for this UGLIEST of all websites!! The creators and supporters of this website will SOON be able to crawl back into their NEGATIVE HOLES!! Only a little more than a week for the voters to show these UGLY MEAN people that their CONSTANT LIES and INNUENDOS will not fool the voters of Cumberland County!!! RE-ELECT MAGAZZU AND CO. WORKING HARD FOR ALL THE RESIDENTS OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY!! TOUGH LEADERS FOR TOUGH TIMES!!

  17. Calhoun says:

    Another reason to vote for Noto is simply to recognize all the crap she has had to put up with these oh so many years. Ever since Magazzu took over the County, she has always been in his crosshairs. Despite all the mean rhetoric, she has always maintained her dignity. The woman deserves combat pay.

  18. bigtop92 says:

    What a laugh,t1, look who is calling anyone who doesn’t agree with them ugly and mean and liars. A career politician, who is a true hater….go independent candidates and Gloria. i hope you shut this fool up and send him to the showers.

  19. gorgon says:

    hardrock925 Says:
    “If Gloria should go ,so should Maggazzu. If Gloria campaigns 24/7 365 days a year, than her age must not be a factor, she is a machine”

    Maybe you have something here.

    And explain again why the Clerk needs to campaign 24/7 for 5 years to keep the job. Wouldn’t simply doing a better job suffice?

  20. gorgon says:

    “Riding the White Horse
    I joined some of my co-workers to congratuate Gloria on her retirement after 35 years of state service. After work on Friday, we went to the White Horse bar and resturant to hang out and start the weekend. Its rare I get to have after work fun. ”

    I read this on Mark Krulls site and for one fleeting moment thought….YEA ….FINALLY…

  21. tryagain1 says:

    Greedy Gloria will NEVER retire on her own!! Too much greed there for her to ever leave willingly. Only way she leaves that office is to be voted out. Otherwise she will still be sitting there even in the hereafter. When Van Embden wins won’t be surprised to see Greedy Gloria refuse to let her in the office!! ELECT WAN EMBDEN!!! YOUNG, ENERGETIC, DYNAMIC, INTELLIGENT!! Greedy Gloria does possess one of these traits but not the others. Easy to figure out which one.

  22. amused says:

    Magazzu knows about not knowing when to exit. If it was up to him he will be sitting in the hereafter with Gloria. How many years have you been sucking off the taxpayers, Lou? The voters of Cumberland County know it’s time for you to retire too! Vote Independents for ethical change on Nov. 3!!!

  23. gorgon says:

    “Calhoun Says:
    October 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Another reason to vote for Noto is simply to recognize all the crap she has had to put up with these oh so many years. Ever since Magazzu took over the County, she has always been in his crosshairs. Despite all the mean rhetoric, she has always maintained her dignity. The woman deserves combat pay.”

    What you say may have merit but hasn’t Gloria already received the “combat” pay? 7 figures and we still can’t search property records online.

  24. bigtop92 says:

    gorgon: excuse me,i guess i used the wrong terms in my remarks: Gloria campaigns 24/7 365 days a year. I fell into the trap of using Ti’s words. I should have said ,because of spins on this board,that she goes to affairs to have fun and break bread at affairs with people, that’s her nature of being nice. She doesn’t go to events carrying a sign saying” vote for me next election. Hope you understand what i was trying to say, because you are one of the smarter people on this board. She can out work Lou anyday of the week,even if she is 10 years older than him.

  25. Calhoun says:

    Some on this board try to have it both ways, accusing Magazzu (and Rainear and Austino) of gimmickery for their reduction of the salaries of Surrogate and Sheriff, but then criticizing Noto for taking the full salary (and thus I would presume not engaging in gimmickery) and applauding Van Embden for agreeing to take the reduced salary (and presumably engaging in the same gimmickery for which you criticize others of). So my MWatch salary-issue scorecard has boos for Austino and Rainear for cutting their salaries, boos for Noto for taking her full salary, and cheers for Lauren not taking the full salary. This makes no logical sense, the only explanation being that some anti-Magazzu types want Lauren to be the Clerk and are willing to overlook things that they criticize others for.

  26. Curious says:

    It is all academic as far as the clerk race. Love her or hate her, Gloria is so far ahead in the polls that everyone should spend their energy where it might actually make a difference.
    She will easily recieve 2,000 votes more than anyone else running for any county office.

  27. biggassbass says:

    I could not believe that Van Ebden would come out and call folks like me “yipping Dogs”. Why say that kind of stuff?? Did Lou make up that line. She did not advance her cause with that comment. I for one am disappointed but then again who cares about on bass opinion.
    Oh yeh, Krull makes a comment abou this at
    I am now going to watch baseball and make photos and try to forget that I am a yipping dog

  28. biggassbass says:

    Ooops. the site is
    Forget the “S” in spot..

  29. biggassbass says:

    Mr. Calhoun:
    I just got clairifcation on what Ms. Van Ebden was referring to when she was referring how those who were complaining were like little yippy dogs and were part of a very vocal minority.
    She was referring to opponents of the racetrack. They would be Millville First and Trackracket. NOT to folks like ME AND YOU that oppose Lou.
    That is not cool taking comments out of context to discredit Ms. Van Ebden. Shame!! I am ashamed that I was starting to believe it. Come on, lets have some respect

  30. gorgon says:

    Van Embden was talking about the response to the track in Millville. I think we all know who was behind the campaign against the track. The initials P.P. come to mind. P.P used to be an R but now I hear he is a Loneganista. Ranting against Lauren and all things Millville hasn’t gotten any of his candidates elected so far. I think LVE is the only viable Clerk Candidate if this sorry county expects to have a future.

  31. biggassbass says:

    I agree LVE will make an excellent clerk. She has a mind of her own. LVE all the WAY!!!

  32. Lobster Claws says:

    I think if you’re going to be a liar and take what someone said out of context and spread it around as truth (ala calhoun), you ought to do it with your real name. That way, you’ll make sure you’re right because you’ll be afraid of getting called out in real life for being a liar.

    Just my two cents.

  33. mango says:

    Lobster Claws, I guess it’s also easy to call someone a liar if you’re anonymous. My sense is that Calhoun misheard. He has been supportive of Van Embden, and apparently was surprised to hear her talking about opponents as “yippy dogs” and “a vocal minority”. Now it seems as if the opponents she was talking about were Millville First and TrackRacket. As I hear it, the discussion was in the context of the Motorsports Park (for which Lou takes credit). Perhaps someone else listening to the Dems drone on on Saturday can shed some light on what Lauren was communicating. It seems some folks thought she might have gone over to the dark side. Lou has that effect on people.

  34. Calhoun says:

    Millville First nor any other group was ever mentioned in the program. Yes, the track was mentioned in her comments but I didn’t get the impression that her comments were restricted to those who raised concerns about the track. But even if they were, are you saying it’s OK to characterize Lou’s opponents as “yippy dogs” so long as it is limited to those whos also have raised concerns about the track? Again makes no sense. Lou was indeed a big booster for the track, declaring war on citizens who raised concerns and having Wodlinger blast one person an economic terrorist. It’s OK to call these people — many of them opponents of Lou — yippy dogs? Your quote: “They would be Millville First and TrackRacket NOT to folks like YOU AND ME that oppose Lou” implies these are mutually exclusive sets, even though I suspect there are plenty of people from those groups that oppose Lou. What’s not cool is that you think it’s OK for people to be characterized as “yippy dogs” so long as it’s not your people.

  35. Calhoun says:

    Lobster’s and Mango’s chimed in while I too was chiming in. I will just reiterate that I did not ever hear LVE limit her comments to being specifically restricted to Millville First or Trackracket members. And even if she did do that, it does not make her comments any better. Just as Magazzu Watchers have every right to complain about Magazzu, other groups have right to complain other things as well as Magazzu.

    While I have defended LVE before, criticizing Swift’s letter about her both here and over at, I cannot vote for her due to her alliance with the County Dems (the party to which I belong). While I don’t think she went over to the dark side, I do know she sat there during the radio show, while Lou ridiculed his R and I opponents using his typically offensive approaches. For example, in one instance, he bragged that Team Magazzu signs were in the yards of actual citizens, whereas the signs of his opponents were in vacant lots and right-of-ways. He went on to say that his opponents would do well with the right-of-way and vacant lot constituencies, whereas his ticket was going to do well with actual voters. Also go over to the team Magazzu website and look how blurred and snowy images of Christy, Swift and Peterson are used. These acts are so low, I simply cannot vote for anyone associated with him. Also did you get the most recent flyer from the County Dems slamming the Indepdendents and the Rs? It is terrible. Yeah, you can say Lauren didn’t do these things but she was on that radio program and her name is on that website and flyer.

    Because of these and a litany of other things I want nothing to do with my party at the local level.

  36. tryagain1 says:

    OK “yipping dogs” only a few more days until MAGAZZU AND CO. WIN!!! RE-ELECT MAGAZZU AND CO. TOUGH LEADERS FOR TOUGH TIMES!!!

  37. biggassbass says:

    Being from Millville myself, I have seen the attempts of the Millville First to block prograss and use scare tactics. I agree that Lou and some promoters of the racetrack used heavy-handed crap and that their smugness inspired TrackRacket to form. I noticed after the Freeholder forum, that members of TrackRacket went after Nelson Thompson instead of Lou. Why, they are scared to piss off Lou

  38. mango says:

    My initial response to the “yipping dog” controversy was stimulated by Calhoun’s post; I did not hear the broadcast.

    It is typical, I think, to respond negatively to aspersions cast in one’s direction, but not so much to aspersions cast at one’s opponents. This blog’s administrators admittedly are both anti-Lou and pro-Millville.

    Calhoun calls us to a higher standard — turning the other cheek and adhering to higher moral principles. He feels we should condemn negative remarks such as VanEmbden’s regardless of their target.

    Would it were possible that we could adhere to this higher standard! The ideals are compelling, but the reality is that we are dealing with a man who has no moral compunctions, in terms of destroying his opponents. I really believe Lou relishes hurting those he sees as his enemies.

    The public is fed up with negative campaigning, but how do you not respond to someone like Lou? The sad fact is that without push back, his negative campaign works. The public thinks if you don’t fight back, he must be right.

  39. biggassbass says:

    I agree. As a Democrat, I get really upset when the National Dems take abuse and do not respond. Bullies only respect you if you call them on it.

  40. CryinShame says:

    I heard the broadcast and wasn’t alarmed by much of it. LVE was defending Millville and the track when she analogized its’ opponents to annoying dogs; Lou used a few nursery rhymes to egg his opponents on; the rest was background fill that’s been said before.

  41. Lobster Claws says:

    mango wrote: “Lobster Claws, I guess it’s also easy to call someone a liar if you’re anonymous”

    You’re right. Except I’m attacking an anonymous persona based on what was said on an anonymous message board. I’m not remaining anonymous and attacking a real person based on something I “misheard.”

    That’s the difference.

  42. fancypants says:

    Lobster having Mango for dinner tonite !

  43. tryagain1 says:


  44. Byelou says:

    I really think you need to sit down and compose yourself. You’re going to have a stroke. Daily rage can’t be good for your heart, either.
    You have managed to avoid direct answers to every substantive question directed your way. You haven’t explained your NACo fiasco. You haven’t told anyone where the money went. You haven’t been able to convince anyone that their property taxes went down, because they haven’t. You take credit for a prescription drug program that is offered as a benefit to all counties in the U.S., and claim that you rode in on your high horse and claimed it for Cumberland county. You didn’t get any government money from the Feds for stimulating Cumberland’s economy. You didn’t even get any money from roads from Corzine, but you sure got a check when you had to cover the check you wrote yourself from the Dem party account. And let’s see…$80,000 that you have yet to account for, for a personal campaign that never even got to the floor for a vote. Where is that money, Lou?

  45. Cryagain1 Take it easey, your going to have a stroke then you will not be able to attend the throw in the towel crying party on Nov.3.

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