Matt Calicchio sentencing for his role in Hoboken voter fraud postponed
MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE
Matt Calicchio, the controversial political operative once employed by former Councilwoman Beth Mason will not be sentenced tomorrow in Newark Federal Court for his role in voter bribery as originally scheduled.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey in Newark, Calicchio’s sentencing is postponed. No new sentencing date has been set.
In June, Calicchio testified on behalf of the government as a key witness against Frank “Pupie” Raia who was later convicted for organizing a Hoboken voter bribery scheme in 2013. Raia’s criminal conviction is pending appeal.
Last May, Calicchio became the fifth person to be ensnared in a federal probe of criminal voter fraud activities connected to Hoboken’s 2013 and 2015 elections.
He pleaded guilty last spring to his role in voter bribes for both municipal elections.
|Matt Calicchio, a years long employee of former councilwoman Beth Mason will not be sentenced for his admitted role in voter bribery activities in the 2013 and 2015 Hoboken election. No new sentencing date has been set.
Below Calicchio front is Dio Braxton who also awaits sentencing and Michael “Big Holmesy” Holmes who testified in the Raia trial in lieu of prosecution for the government.
Coming a day after word of Dio Braxton’s sentencing being delayed, alarm bells will be ringing in Hoboken as additional criminal indictments in the 2015 and possibly 2017 elections await.
Last January, the first indictment in the 2015 Hoboken election came down against Fox Hill Gardens resident Willie Rojas by the US Department of Justice.
Talking Ed Note: Last May, Hobokenhorse.com highlighted the admitted guilt of the former Beth Mason political operative in an article inquiring who was paying for his attorney writing:
The delay in sentencing will further boost fears of further action in the federal investigation into Hoboken voter fraud.
For months, Ravi Bhalla political operatives have been pointing fingers in the fourth ward all the while misidentifying the council candidate mentioned in federal court documents connected to the 2015 Hoboken election.
At the Raia trial, Calicchio dispelled those claims testifying he worked for the uptown fifth ward 2015 campaign of Eduardo Gonzalez.
In the 2015 Hoboken municipal ward election for City Council, $15,000 was splashed around Hoboken on “campaign workers” similar to the amounts Frank Raia spent in 2013 and similarly tied to hundreds of Vote by Mail ballots.
The 2015 funds, however, came from Councilman Michael Russo who ran that year as an unopposed candidate and is up for re-election this November.
Russo has often been aligned with Mayor Ravi Bhalla, most recently when he said of a handful of municipal layoffs, the Bhalla Administration “would hire and fire as they see fit.
Bhalla’s political operatives who have been proven wrong earlier this year in who Matt Calicchio worked for in 2015, always fail to say a word about Russo and the Ravi-Russo Alliance.
|Matt Calicchio is seen holding an umbrella for former councilwoman Beth Mason in this 2014 photo on upper Hudson.|
Related: The Hobokenhorse.com January feature, “FBI arrest threatens extinction-level event for Hoboken voter fraud.