A former deputy mayor of Newark, an aide to Mayor Cory Booker who resigned amid the statewide corruption probe last year, was indicted on charges of steering city contracts to a company he had a financial interest in, federal authorities said.
And it immediately raised a political cloud over Booker, who’s running for re-election this Spring.
Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Ronald Salahuddin was named in a multi-count indictment that was the subject of an afternoon press conference in Newark. U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said Salahuddin sold his office, steering business to a company in which he had a financial interest.
The indictment makes clear wiretaps were used, quoting a Consultant working with Salahuddin as saying of City Hall officials, “They’re all corrupt except [the Mayor].”