Community Activist Larry Wainstein today endorsed Governor Phil Murphy for reelection. He also encouraged Governor Murphy to hold firm against North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nick Sacco’s controversial amendment to the recently adopted minimum sentencing bill, which if enacted will directly benefit the son of Sacco’s longtime girlfriend. Wainstein further stated that Sacco is using an important criminal justice reform to further the agenda of his corrupt political machine.
“Governor Murphy has kept his word to be a champion for everyday people. He has supported important measures such as increasing the minimum wage, greater funding for urban education, expanding healthcare services for women, and stopping County Jails from locking up minority families for profit,” Wainstein said, “His conditional veto of the self-serving amendment added by Sacco is a reputation of the corruption that has long plagued North Bergen.”
Walter Somick is the son of Sacco’s longtime girlfriend. Somick is under indictment for allegedly receiving paychecks from taxpayers for no-show jobs. If convicted, Somick faces a minimum sentence of five years. Sacco’s amendment would allow for discretion and pave the way for Somick to avoid any serious penalty if convicted.
“The minimum sentencing bill is meant to undue the systemic racism that adversely affects minorities. It is not meant for a triple dipping career politician to exploit it so his girlfriend’s son can get over on North Bergen taxpayers. Sacco is the same man who stood by while his chief henchman Anthony Vainieri supported Trump’s radical agenda to separate children from their parents and put minorities in jail for profit. I thank Governor Murphy for seeing thru this charade from the very beginning and encourage him to continue to put good government over corruption,” Wainstein concluded.