Political Racketeering in New Jersey

by Will

Liberty Minute November 13 2013

Mark Halper and his 14 children once ran a dairy farm on 75 acres outside of Piscataway, New Jersey.

In 1999, a clique of local political officials and well-connected business interests staged a brazen land grab in the name of “eminent domain.” The town issued a “taking” in 2004, which led to the family being driven off their farm.

One member of that clique, David D’Amiano, approached Halper in 2005 and tried to extract a $40,000 bribe in exchange for using his influence with then-Governor James McGreevey to increase the amount paid for the farm. Halper recorded the conversation, which was used as evidence by then-US Attorney Chris Christie. D’Amiano was a major fundraiser for McGreevey, and his trial and conviction helped bring down the incumbent governor – and propel Christie into the governor’s mansion.

The amount paid to the Halper family – which has spent millions in legal fees -- was a fraction of what the land was worth. After being seized the property was used as a dumping ground. Cleaning it up will cost at least $1.5 million. Halper says that the family has been abandoned by  Christie, who used them as one of many rungs on his political ladder as he climbs to the White House.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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