Jersey City Corruption Quote of the Day: ‘Can You Do It as Soon as Possible?’

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Editor’s note: There are many moments in the unsealed federal criminal complaints against Jersey City politicians and officials that are stunning, many that are — quite frankly — hilarious and many that illustrate the personalities of the officials involved. With that in mind, we’d like to spotlight one quote or passage each day in a new feature. Enjoy.

Blanket disclaimer time: All of the actions described below are allegations, and the person(s) who are charged have not been proven guilty.

In late March at a Bayonne diner, then-candidate for the Ward F City Council seat LaVern Webb-Washington met with cooperating witness Solomon Dwek and a political consultant to discuss Webb-Washington’s help with “zone change[s], resolution[s], approvals, [and] stuff like that” Dwek wanted support for in relation to a purported project on Garfield Avenue. After Webb-Washington indicated that she could “definitely” support such things for Dwek, he told her that he’d give her $5,000 in cash — through the consultant — “to start” as a thanks for such support.

In response, Webb-Washington asked: “Can you do it as soon as possible?”

The next month, she donated $4,100 of her own money to her council campaign.

Jon Whiten

co-founder of the Jersey City Independent; he now works for a public-policy nonprofit in Trenton.

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