Passaic County Democrats on Wednesday called for an investigation into the abrupt resignation last month of Sheriff Jerry Speziale, alleging that county Republican officials got him a high-paying public job so he would abandon his reelection bid.
Speziale, a Democrat, had been the county sheriff since 2001 when he resigned on Aug. 10 to take a job as a deputy superintendent and director of public safety for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department.
In a statement issued Wednesday, county Democrats alleged that the Passaic County Republican chairman, Scott Rumana, arranged the deal as a “quid pro quo” — offering Speziale a job that is expected to pay more than $200,000 annually in exchange for abandoning his reelection bid.
The arrangement was “signed, sealed and delivered by Republican operatives,” said John Currie, the county Democratic chairman.
Neither Speziale nor Rumana could be reached for comment.
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