NJ Attorney General Paula Dow: ‘Hola on absentee ballot voter fraud’

Last Friday PolitickerNJ highlighted a story of absentee voter fraud and the sentencing of a Newark man who worked on the 2007 campaign of State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-29).  The sentence of three years in jail included remarks on the matter from the current NJ Attorney General Paula Dow.

State Senator Teresa Ruiz (l) standing next to Assemblyman Ruben Ramos at the Hola ribbon cutting ceremony last year saw a member of her 2007 campaign sentenced to a three year prison term for absentee ballot fraud.  Her husband was also snared in the investigation connected to absentee ballot fraud.

In the story the Attorney General is quoted stating:
“We will not tolerate conduct that deprives citizens of the right to vote or corrupts the free and fair election process that is the foundation of our democracy,” said Dow.  “This prosecution should serve as a deterrent to those who would attempt to illegally manipulate the election process in New Jersey.”

The story also notes comment from Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor:
“We will thoroughly investigate any allegations of voter fraud and aggressively prosecute individuals who are found to have disenfranchised voters.

The State Senator’s husband, former Essex County Freeholder Samuel Gonzalez was also arrested in connection with the absentee ballot voter fraud and has been accepted into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program.

Last November the 4th ward election saw multiple allegations of voter fraud against Councilman Tim Occhipinti’s campaign.  The allegations were kicked up to the NJ Attorney General’s Office by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The allegations under review have not been cleared in any law enforcement announcement.

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Original photo Katie Colaneri, courtesy of

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