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October 16, 2011

Hoboken Photo of the Day– Malibu Diner 2009

Malibu Diner Hoboken 2009

Today’s Photo of the Day is that of the Malibu Diner in 2009 before it underwent major exterior renovations.

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March 26, 2011

‘Jersey Sting’ Book Signing at The Malibu Diner Wednesday March 30th 3:30-5PM

Josh Margolin from the New York Post along with Ted Sherman of The Star-Ledger will be at the Malibu Diner for a book signing on Wednesday, March 30, from 3:30-5 p.m. They have a new book out on the Solomon Dwek case called “The Jersey Sting: A true story of crooked pols, money-laundering rabbis, black market kidneys and the informant who brought it all down”. So far by their account they have been pretty well received.
Their website is http://www.thejerseysting.com/ and they are on Facebook  at www.Facebook.com/TheJerseySting.

TheBoken’s comment:

Price of a Hoboken Mayor’s bribe: $25k.

Having the book signing at the Malibu Diner where the shady deal went down: priceless.

About the Authors: Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin are investigative reporters with long histories covering New Jersey for The Star-Ledger, the state’s largest daily newspaper. Both were on the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2005.

Their work examining the sweetheart deals, no-bid contracts and widespread patronage behind the scenes at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey led to the unprecedented federal takeover of New Jersey’s only medical school and mammoth criminal and civil investigations. Both have been writing for years about the corruption that continues to plague New Jersey and its politics. They followed the scandal that plays out in The Jersey Sting since the day of the arrests. Coverage of the investigation by Sherman and Margolin and The Star-Ledger staff was awarded the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting last year from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and also was honored as finalists for the Pultizer Prize.

Below is an excerpt from Chapter 1:

Chapter One: Everyone in New Jersey was Arrested today…

It began in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 23, 2009.

In 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 that would shatter New Jersey’s political landscape and reach all the way into the governor’s office, while tearing apart an insular Orthodox religious community that had long shunned outsiders.

For nearly three years, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office had been trolling for corruption in one of the nation’s most corrupt states, and this was D-day. It was all about to come down. Some news organizations had already been tipped off that “something big” was going to happen. In the second-floor newsroom of The Star-Ledger—New Jersey’s largest newspaper—editors were deploying their own army of staff, mostly operating on educated guesswork and cryptic conversations with sources on just where to send them. They knew there were going to be some high-profile arrests and that it was going to be big, but they had no idea just how crazy it was about to get. Something about political corruption and a Brooklyn rabbi, sources had suggested, in a state already well known for its scandals.

New Jersey, after all, was where its governor had resigned after announcing one day that he was gay, and had put his male lover in a sensitive security post for which the guy was wildly unqualified. It was the state where the mayor of its largest city was currently in federal prison for steering lucrative land deals to a woman with whom he had been having a torrid extramarital affair. Where the powerful head of the state senate’s finance committee was in prison as well, for steering millions in public funding to the medical university that had given him what prosecutors called a no-show job. A state where a leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate would go to jail after disdaining a federal inquiry into his election financing, declaring to an informant—who unfortunately for him was wearing a wire at the time—that the heavyset U.S. Attorney pursuing him was just “a fat fuck who knew more about cookbooks than law books…” Where more than 200 people had been arrested in recent years on corruption charges large and small, from county executives and freeholders to mayors and legislators and, of course, a couple of backroom political bosses.

Even those who were about to get arrested that morning did not seem to have a clue they would be the next stars of that classic New Jersey ritual: the televised “perp walk.”

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