Matt Calicchio and Frank Raia named in vote buying scheme; Raia rejects charge
MSV can confirm affidavits filed in NJ Superior Court name two well known Hoboken individuals alleging their involvement in a suspected vote buying scheme on behalf of Tim Occhipinti.
Two individuals are named in the affidavits: Matt Calichio, who was mentioned earlier as possibly having problematic ties to the Occhipinti campaign on vote by mail transactions in the Hudson Reporter debate.
The other is Frank Raia, the perennial candidate in Hoboken elections, most recently for Mayor last November as a suspect in another signed affidavit.
|Frank Raia denied any wrongdoing earlier today.|
In an interview with MSV by phone, Frank Raia categorically denied he was involved in any way in vote by mail fraud. “I don’t know what the hell this is but they are playing with the wrong guy. I can sue them all for defamation of character and sue them out of the town.”
In a ripping tirade, Raia complained, “You haven’t seen me knock on one door. They are sore losers. They should blame it (the election) on themselves.”
Raia continued in a blistering rebuke of the charge in the complaint saying he knew nothing about it, “Whatever I’ve done, I’ve done for Dawn Zimmer, whatever they are accusing me of,” he stated. He then added ominiously, “I will sue them all and drain all their money until they’re homeless. Go after someone else.”
Raia ended by saying, “There will be repercussions if they play with me. I put them (Mayor Zimmer and Mike Lenz) there. Without me, she wouldn’t be in that chair (mayor’s office.) They will pay. I will wipe them out. Go and pick on somebody else. They’re desperate because they know they’re going to lose.”