It’s Jersey. What more is there to say.
Jersey Democrat politics, like Philly politics, are one step above and sometimes one step below the mob. But watering down the distinction between political consultants and hitmen is really something even for Jersey.
Sean Caddle, a longtime New Jersey Democratic political consultant and onetime aide to former state Sen. Ray Lesniak, pleaded guilty Tuesday to hiring two people to kill a former associate, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
The 44-year-old resident of Hamburg, Sussex County, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire in the stabbing death of the unnamed victim. He is currently in home detention on $1 million bond and potentially faces life in prison.
Until he gets pardoned.
Sean Caddle, was formerly the executive director of the Committee for Economic Growth and Social Justice PAC, which is how you spell social justice. You can’t have social justice without a little murdering. Just ask Lenin.
Caddle admitted hiring two people from Connecticut and Pennsylvania to kill the victim in May 2014, according to the office. According to Sellinger’s release, the victim was stabbed to death and his apartment set on fire. Caddle met with the killers, who were not identified, the day after the murder in the parking lot of an Elizabeth diner and paid them “thousands of dollars in cash,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Sellinger did not indicate a motive for the killing.
While the victim isn’t named, the circumstances match up with the until-now unsolved murder of Michael Galdieri, a former Jersey City Council candidate and son of the late state Sen. James A. Galdieri.
That part alone is rather strange. Who takes a plea deal from a prominent political figure without naming the murder victim?
Caddle was well-known in New Jersey politics and in recent years ran a network of shady super PACs that appeared to have been designed to hide the true source of the money they pumped into local races. Caddle was also involved in a Texas voter fraud scandal.
Caddle often worked with Lesniak, managing the Union County Democrat’s 2017 gubernatorial campaign and a pro-Lesniak super PAC. Lesniak said in a phone interview Tuesday evening that he has been working on a project with Caddle. He declined to elaborate.
“I just spoke to him today. He didn’t say anything. Amazing,” Lesniak said. “He’s an immense political talent. It’s so hard to believe.”
That’s what an immense political talent looks like to the Democrats. Here’s some of Caddle’s talent at work.
Here’s some of what they found: voters registered on vacant lots, registered non-citizens, a halfway house with eight beds and over forty registered voters. Most of the findings trace back to a group called Houston Votes, headed by Sean Caddle.