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The Jersey Sting

Chris Christie and the Most Brazen Case of Jersey-Style Corruption---Ever

Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin

St. Martin's Griffin

In the summer of 2009 the blog Gawker stated “Everybody in New Jersey Was Arrested Yesterday.” Now for the first time, The Jersey Sting is the real story behind the biggest corruption bust in New Jersey’s notoriously corrupt history.

Among the forty-four people arrested in July 2009 were three mayors, five Orthodox rabbis, two state legislators, and the flamboyant deputy mayor of Jersey City, Leona Beldini, once a stripper using the stage name “Hope Diamond.” At the center of it all was a dubious character named Solomon Dwek, who perpetrated a $50 million Ponzi scheme before copping a plea and wearing a wire as a secret FBI undercover informant, setting up friends, partners, rabbis, and dozens of politicians. Mr. Dwek played his role like an extra in a mob movie. On surveillance tape, he repeatedly referred to his fraudulent “schnookie deals,” which is Yiddish for, well, schnook.

Full of impossible-to-make-up detail and fresh revelations from the continuing trials and investigations, this book—the inside, untold account of a federal sting operation that moves from the streets of Brooklyn to the diners of Jersey City, and all the way to Israel—is a wonderful tour de force of investigative journalism by the reporting team that broke this amazing story.

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Everyone in New Jersey Was Arrested Today …
 
It began in the early-morning hours of Thursday, July 23, 2009.
On a warm day that would turn overcast with scattered rain, climbing to near 80 degrees in the summer humidity, more than 300 FBI and other federal agents were in position across the metropolitan area well before the crack of dawn. Deployed from Brooklyn and Jersey City to the wealthy beachfront enclave of Deal along the Jersey Shore, it was an invasion force about to execute a coordinated assault of military-style precision, a takedown
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"Two very good reporters at The Star-Ledger have done this state — and the whole country, for that matter — a great service...Juicy... a masterful job." --The Newark Star-Ledger

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  • Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin

  • TED SHERMAN and JOSH MARGOLIN are award-winning reporters for the Newark Star-Ledger, whose work on this case won highest honors from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Josh Margolin
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    Chris Christie and the Most Brazen Case of Jersey-Style Corruption---Ever

    Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin

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