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Candidate Accuses Mayor of Offering Job in Exchange for Not Running

Barberio administration remains mum on Dr. Louis Valori's allegations that the mayor and others attempted to keep him out of the 2013 election by offering him a township job.

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- According to Township Council candidate Dr. Louis Valori, Mayor James Barberio and members of his administration attempted to give him a township job in order to entice him not to run for political office this year.

Valori told Patch that he believes the mayor, who is running for a second term, did not want to face a challenge in the June 4 primary.

In addition, mayoral challenger Paul Carifi Jr. , who now sits on the Town Council, told Patch that he was asked for his resume prior to announcing his candidacy in January, but was not given a reason for the request.

Valori, who is running with Robert J. Peluso as part of the Carifi ticket, said the story began in late November when he said he was approached by Town Council President Brian Stanton at a Parsippany Police retirement party.

"I was at the Blackthorn [Irish Restaurant and Pub] sitting with Paul Carifi and other folks," he told Patch. "He comes up to me says, 'Jamie [Barberio] and I don't want to see the Republican Party split. If Paul runs and you run with a slate, the party will be split and there's a good chance for a Democrat to get in. Jamie wants you to have a job with the town, you and Paul."

Valori said Stanton told him the job would pay about $50,000 annually, and that he would get back to him with details.

"'I want you to send me your resume and have Paul send his as soon as possible,'" Valori quoted Stanton as saying. "I'm thinking to myself... is he asking me what I think he is asking me?

"He was the voice of Jamie Barberio telling me not to run because he didn't want a competitive election," he continued. "He called me the next day and asked for the resume."

Carifi, recently retired from the Morris County Sheriff's Office, told Patch that Stanton asked him for his resume too.

"I asked him why he wanted it, and he wouldn't give me a reason," he said. "So I told him no."

Stanton has not responded to Patch's questions regarding Valori's and Carifi's allegations. Mayor Barberio has remained silent as well, despite multiple attempts to reach him.

New Jersey statute N.J.S. 2C:27-2 defines bribery in political matters. Political bribery concerns itself with the person offering a benefit in exchange for some consideration and with the person receiving the benefit. Bribery involving a benefit worth more than $200 is a second-degree offense under state law.

Valori said he never had any intention of taking a job under those circumstances.

"They think I'm that stupid," he said. "They're trying to set me up."

He brought up his October 2012 retirement from the Parsippany Police Department and the situation that took him to the brink of being sworn in for the Town Council in June of last year only to find out at the last minute that he was deemed ineligible to serve. Valori said that as November and December went by, he was contacted again by Stanton and also by Milin Shah, who is running for council on the Barberio ticket.

Shah has not responded to Patch's questions regarding his alleged participation in the supposed scheme.

"They said they were still working on a position for me but wouldn't say what it was, only that it paid $50,000," Valori said. "I knew Jamie had met with Paul concerning whether he was going to run [for mayor] or not. Paul said he wasn't sure yet. So I think Jamie was in a relaxed mode."

On Jan. 10, Carifi did announce plans to run against Barberio in the mayoral primary.

"Jamie found out that Paul was going to run [several days before his announcement] at a Republican Club meeting," Valori recalled. "I was going to show up [at the meeting] because Jamie was going to tell me about this position, but I didn't go because I wasn't feeling well."

Valori said he received a phone call from Brian Stanton.

"Brian called and told me that Jamie was very upset that Paul was announcing," he said. "He said Jamie still wanted to get together with me."

Valori said he received a text message from Stanton telling him to meet him and Barberio at Town Hall at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13., after Carifi's announcement.

"About 7:30 [Sunday] night, Brian calls back and asks if it's okay that [Township Attorney John] Inglesino's present. So I show up at 8... [Barberio], John Inglesino and Brian Stanton were there," he recounted. "They talked about a new position they would create that would pay $50,000 a year and said that it was at-will employment at the mayor's pleasure and that 'You have to be loyal to the mayor.' "

He added that he was told that the position was a public affairs liaison job in the police department.

"They were thinking of giving me [PPD spokesperson Ptlm.] Earl Kinsey's job so they can get him on the road," said Valori. "Inglesino explained everything.  Brian was told to solicit votes from the council because the money would have to come out of the police budget."

Two council members, Carifi and Jonathan Nelson, confirmed to Patch that they were contacted by Stanton regarding a proposal to create a "civilian media relations position" [the phrase both men used] in the police department and they were asked their opinion of the idea in a sort of "straw poll." 

Carifi said he told Stanton that he was opposed to the idea. Nelson said he needed to think about the proposal before he could render judgment.The other council members have not responded to Patch's request for comment.

According to Valori, the job idea did not find favor with a majority of the council, and the subject was not brought up again. He reiterated his insistence that he never had any intention of taking any job from the mayor.

"I would never put myself in a position to do something illegal," he asserted. "How can I trust these people after what they've done to me? I said I was not interested, absolutely no."

Patch asked Valori why, then, he sent his resume to Stanton and agreed to attend the Sunday meeting at Town Hall.

His response was that he didn't know what Barberio and Stanton wanted from him or what the town job would be. Valori said he thought that perhaps they wanted him to be part of the mayor's ticket.

"I wasn't sure if they wanted me to run with them or were playing games or trying to delay me from running," he said via text message.

He also pointed to news stories from 2009 that he said bolster his belief that offering someone a job in exchange for staying out of an election—political bribery—is "business as usual" for some in the Barberio administration.

Nearly four years ago, on May 5, 2009, the Star-Ledger reported that Inglesino, then a former freeholder serving as a Chris Christie gubernatorial campaign adviser, allegedly offered then-announced candidate Asm. Richard Merkt a position in a “Christie Administration”—if Merkt (who is now mayor of Mendham Township) got out of the governor's race.

A May 11, 2009, Daily Record blog continued the story, adding Inglesino's comment that the story was false and the lawyer's accusation that Merkt was trying to defame him.

On July 29, 2009, after Christie won the Republican gubernatorial primary, NewJerseyNewsroom.com reported that some Democratic leaders sought an investigation to determine whether Merkt's allegations against Inglesino were true. The state did not pursue an investigation of the allegation, which was never officially proven or disproven.

Inglesino did not respond to Patch's request for comment.

Natalie Davis (Editor) March 08, 2013 at 07:04 PM
No comment yet from the AG's office, but I suggest you stay tuned.
gina s. March 08, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Bob, Don't you have anything better to do? Please...the negativity is so draining....just see how it plays out.....
Par4theCourse March 08, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Bob, What the heck??? Have you been hittin the sauce early? Slainte` My Boy!
Kathy Morgan March 08, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Wrong Par4the Course again. Bob is not hitting the sauce, in fact he is quite lucid. Bob using his poetic and literary talents as a public service to help fellow Parsippany residents bear with and endure the sad situation on its hands in terms of this corrupt mayor and his crony gang.
Scott Dean March 08, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Gina, while I may be 1 of the 4 you mention, I disagree with you stating that there is nothing better to do.Too often when things have happened in this town they get swept under the rug and when I say things I mean pretty bad things.As you can see people in this town are petrified to post under their own names,why do you think that is ? Here is one way to stop the four of us, find out a way for the elected Mayor of this town to respond to the actual allegations not some brush off with an attack on his accuser.
Natalie Davis (Editor) March 08, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Have gotten some calls regarding "stay tuned." That did *not* mean that something is coming out of the AG's office, folks, relax. It just meant that the story is not over and can go in any direction, so people should sit tight and see how things shake out.
Carol M. March 08, 2013 at 11:54 PM
This is some really serious and very disturbing information. I'm concerned about why this story is breaking in the media rather then with an indictment from the attorney general's office? If I've got info. about illegal activity, I'm heading straight to the authorities and staying away from the press until after it's all resolved. Why would a former officer handle a situation like that contrary to what would seem like instinct for the rest of us? Ms Davis has done a good job confirming some of the accusations but why wouldn't Mr Valori have charges filed against all involved? I used to think Mr Valori was an honorable man but that first finger pointing party he hosted when he failed to confirm whether he was eligible to fill the vacant TC seat provided a glimpse of an unsavory side and gave me the impression that he was heading towards payback and fueled by revenge. Yet just a few months later everyone's buddy, buddy and conspiring to come up with some job he can fill? If accusations like these have merit then there is a legal system in place to give us answers and I've come to see that those who run to the press to initiate a trial through public opinion are only looking to hurt others and rarely have any good intentions.
Parsippany Taxpayer March 09, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Rumi -- whatever you are smoking you need to share with the rest of us in town. This mayor we have is crooked to the core. I just hope that we throw him our and do a better job in the fall of electing a mayor with some integrity.
Parsippany Taxpayer March 09, 2013 at 03:28 AM
I don't see much pride but I sure see a lot going on that looks like bribes and us taxpayers drawing the short stick... Working on packing it in this year and taking my hard earned cash elsewhere as this town is clearly too crooked to sit around and watch the quality of like drop like a rock while taxes continue to raise at levels above 5% a year.
C Moratta March 09, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Carol M, abandon your righteous indignation attempt. It is futile and you are just another hired-hand of the Bribing Barberio circus effort. Based on YOUR OWN words, you are mature (old) enough to recal numerous factual historical events which were first broken by the media and subsequently investigated, confirmed and prosecuted by governmental entities after initial cover-up attempts. Just as Natalie of the Patch says "stay tuned". She is a professional and YOU are NOT. You can all try to debate the relevance and time lapse between crime committed and crime reported, but when the evidence is presented the mayor and his cohorts will go down in flames. I believe Natalie and it will be a matter of time before YOU Carol M and Parsippany will be rudely awakened to the fact that this township has a DIRTY AND CORRUPT mayor on its hands.
Parsippany Taxpayer March 09, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Valori loses all credibility for endorsing the mayor in this manner. If he was a policer officer for this town for 13 years I am certain he had a clue how much integrity our mayor really has. Just because you have been in the reserves and spent 13 years as a town cop doesn't make you credible. In fact you almost certainly lose credibility for being a committee chairman in this corrupt town. About time to clean house and get rid of the corruption once and for all and vote people in that truly have the best intentions of Parsippany so we can hopefully honor that Parsippany is a Great Place to Be instead of a Great Place to Leave.
Parsippany Taxpayer March 09, 2013 at 03:39 AM
It is no wonder there is very little getting done in this town in terms of progress as we are inundated with scandal, corruption, payoffs and personal favors. Makes you wonder who is in the driver's seat providing leadership in this town to improve the quality of life, control taxes, promote good business and help improve home prices. Guess it is true that we like to promote people to their highest level of incompetence and our mayor is one of the most incompetent and unqualified people that I have ever come across.
Natalie Davis (Editor) March 09, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Thank you, but no, you believe Lou Valori. The facts presented in the story are nothing more than HE issued serious allegations against the mayor (newsworthy in and of itself) and that discussions took place about the possibility of creating this job. Mr. Valori is making the accusation. That's the story right now. But again, stay tuned.
Ed Leon March 09, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Carol M., Mr. Valori is an honorable man. And that is why the mayor, boy Elroy Stanton and puppet master Inglesino have much to worry about. An honorable man would not attest to these accounts unless they were accurate. And you have much to worry about too Carol M because your long-standing faith in the "Fraud Team of Town Hall" will forever be shaken when the evidence surfaces. Please remember these words Carol M, this fradulent team is as sloppy as they are stupid. The scrambling Barberio circus act will count on friends to keep quiet and/or pull strings to make the case go away. But the incriminating evidence uncovered by the investigators will penetrate Barberio's pals like a hot knife through butter.
C Moratta March 09, 2013 at 04:51 AM
You're right Natalie, much has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. And that will be a matter of time. In the meantime this is what the public has to digest: This mayor who basically ran away from you, Natalie, to avoid comment on the accusations. After a significant delay, he comments to whom the mayor and his supporters deem as "real reporters" on nj.com and Daily Record (please refer to posts above). The mayor THINKS he did a good job explaining, but declines to comment on whether the Jan. 13 meeting took place and refuses to answer the accusations point-by-point saying "I am not going to play those games" as Stanton, dePierro and Shah are hiding under desks avoiding comment to nj.com. Hmmmm, I bank on the guy who is NOT hiding from reporters or declining to comment. Additionally, it will be much harder for Barberio, Stanton, Inglesino, dePierro and Shah to hide from investigators when evidence supporting the allegations surface.
Carol M. March 09, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Mr Moratta I have indeed been around long enough to recall some of the ugly happenings in Parsippany over the decades but the news of each, that I recall, were preceded by indictment or official investigation and not just brought to the public's attention by someone directly involved that happens to have a tremendous amount to personally gain by suddenly coming forward with the info during his very own campaign. Consider me naive if you like but isn't it pretty common knowledge that all should remain hush during an investigation so as not to compromise the situation? Why wouldn't a seasoned officer practice those protocols in what would seem to be very serious accusations? I'm not debating or defending. I'm stating my personal opinions and observations and if Mr Valori hadn't traveled a very, very similar path just a few months ago when he came out with all those accusations against the Mayor and anyone else involved to point fingers and claim fowl about not getting the TC seat rather then taking responsibility for his own actions and role in that mess, then possibly my instinct would have been to give him the benefit of the doubt in this situation. I happen to see a pattern here that causes me concern and whenever a politician uses the media for his own benefit rather then rely on the media to cover a story for OUR benefit, he's no longer trustworthy and his motives are suspect in my opinion. You are entitled to use your own measure of reliability and I'm entitled to mine.
Sick of the Bull March 09, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Vote for me for Mayor! I won't make a single campaign promise other then I'll do my best to make the town I grew up in a better place to be. I am so tired of all this nonsense.
Bob Crawford March 09, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Day six Mayor Barberio and you are still at a loss Unable or unwilling to explain your recent double cross Like Shoeless Joe just tell us it ain't so That the fix was never in as far as you know
Scott Dean March 09, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Mr.Mayor, knowing your reading every comment and failing to reply to the editor is the kind of ignorance that landed you in your current circumstances. You try to distance yourself from the patch and are missing an opportunity to clear this supposed smear tactic. You have ignored the voice of the residents in this community for too too long. Thinking you are above all of your constituents by your silence is an insult,you received bad advice in your Sunday evening Briefings. May you find clarity in the very near future..
ANGELA March 10, 2013 at 05:47 PM
You go Natalie, it is refreshing that you tell it like it is. Not to change the subject but I am still waiting to find out why the Township did not follow-up on suing John Montefusco, but more importantly why he is still not sentenced and still advertising legal services in the most recent phone book and online.
Scott Dean March 10, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Angela, It seems to me that the people claiming that a relationship with Mosberg is bad ? I would have to agree with you that you can plead guilty and be disbarred and still have people believe that you are a pillar of the community.This is an injustice to us all..
Orange Crush8455 March 10, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Yes, articles where someone clearly does not care for little johnny seem to vanish. Nelson talks the talk, but doesnt walk the walk. Bad for Parsippany.
Bob Crawford March 10, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Day seven and the Mayor's advisors are still at a loss As to how to keep up the charade and continue to protect the boss With Shah and Stanton not talking, these wise men hang on to the hope That this too will pass and there won't be a need for some hot water and soap
Sabot March 10, 2013 at 09:46 PM
It's the Sabbath Bob. Give it a rest,
Ed Dantes March 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Seriously now Publius Valerius Publicola, you as a Parsippany resident don’t want this situation to be investigated and put to rest one way or the other? Here we have a somewhat new and well paid County Prosecutor, appointed by a Governor who promised to address the Corruption in NJ, as well as an excellent opportunity to show he’s not just a partisan hack. At the same time we have a Mayor or basically gave his interpretation of the “I am not crook” speech and is just trying to bide his time in hopes that this issue will be forgotten. If I were he (Or Stanton, Ferrera or Inglesino) I would be the one yelling the loudest for an Investigation in order to clear my name. It sure has been unusually silent. Just remember Parsippany to vote Team Corruption early and often.
Scott Dean March 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Publius, many important things can be accomplished on Sundays.In fact I just left a meeting shhhhh ....
Bob Crawford March 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Publius As I understand it the Mayor and Town Attorney met with Mr. Valori to make his non offer on a Sunday evening at Town Hall when no one else was around. Apparently no rest for the wicked regardless of the day. Now if I have that wrong and the Mayor held the meeting during the week when his meetings are logged in please let me know.
Michael Brancato March 10, 2013 at 10:34 PM
You know Mr. Crawford, not for nothing, but a smart politician would know that it's better to not comment on such charges until someone provides evidence of wrong doing. Responding only makes them seem credible instead of political tricks by a jilted opponent. Just saying, a smart politician would know this.
M Jarrett March 11, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Keep going Bob Crawford!!! Your poetic justice is refreshing and entertaining. @Michael Brancato, HA, our Mayor is so far removed from a being a "smart politician" even without factoring in this latest incident.
Scott Dean March 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM
My only hope prior to the impeachment is our Mayor sells out all the people that were favored out to him. Don't go down alone Jamie save yourself !!

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