Celeste Riley is running for Assembly in the 3rd District, which covers part of Cumberland County. Normally we don’t cover anything other than the Cumberland County Freeholders, many of which still yield Lou Magazzu’s influence.
However, there is a Magazzu connection, Celeste served with Lou and was groomed by him for her political career. her brother, Joe, was one of the Freeholders in collusion with Lou in public intimidation of private citizens who dared to speak out at Freeholder meetings. And this is a perfect example of Cumberland County politics at its worst.
Anyone following the local races will have read or at least have knowledge of Jim’s recent letters to the editor. He has taken aim at
Riley, an incumbent. I have never met Celeste, and have nothing against her. I have talked to her via email a few times, and she seems to be a nice person. And this is not an endorsement for Jim Begley; this is merely an interesting piece of news that I am sure the local media will try to ignore.
Jim was walking his dog in his neighborhood when Richard Dawson, Celeste’s husband, confronted him.I have heard the audio of the conversation, and I can attest thatthis police reports is an accurate description of what occurred. If I can figure out a way to share the audio, I will post it. Until then, this should provide some amusing reading.
The part of interest is as follows:
During this, Richard (Dawson) called James (Begley) an “asshole” and that nobody wants him around here. Richard also requested for James to meet him out side the city in the Township of Greenwich to physically fight, to handle their disagreements like men.
Basically, Celeste who was present during this confrontation, and her husband believe that if you disagree with their politics, you have no right to live in their city. During the taped conversation, Richard actually told Begley that he should move out of the city, because he disagrese with Celeste.
So here you have it – Lou Magazzu’s legacy lives on.