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New Jersey Dem Operative Found Dead in ‘Suspicious’ Circumstances

Longtime Democratic operative Jack Shaw was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday. Shaw was one of several dozen connected Democrats arrested in a public-corruption roundup in the Garden State.

The prosecutor of Hudson County rated the death ‘suspicious’. although no weapon was found. “It could be natural, it could be accidental, it could be suicide,” he said, without elaboration. An autopsy is planned for Wednesday.

Also on Tuesday, Secaucus mayor Dennis Elwell stepped aside to concentrate on his criminal defense.

New Jersey Man Facing Bribe Charge Is Found Dead

A veteran New Jersey political consultant who was among dozens arrested in a huge corruption sweep last week was found dead in his Jersey City apartment on Tuesday, the same day that one of three mayors charged in the case resigned. …

Mr. Shaw, 61, once an adviser to some of New Jersey’s most influential Democrats, more recently worked mainly for developers doing business in Hudson County. …

Mr. Shaw was a longtime Democratic operative who cut his teeth working for Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago and later was a campaign aide to Gov. Jim Florio. He also worked on Robert G. Torricelli’s 1996 Senate race, Robert E. Andrews’s 1997 bid for the Democratic nomination for governor, and Jon S. Corzine’s election to the Senate in 2000.

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