New Jersey Deputy Attorney General Victor Salgado told the jury in the case of North Bergen Department of Public Works Supervisors Francis Longo and Troy Bunero that, despite what the defense team has been saying, no one is getting “a free pass” in the state AG Office’s investigation.
“Throughout this trial, and we heard again today, that this office [the state Attorney General] … the term that Brian [Neary] used is ‘a free pass.’ That the state was giving a free pass to everyone except these two men [Longo and Bunero],” Salgado said during his closing arguments yesterday.
After referencing the “North Bergen hierarchy chart” that Paul Faugno, the attorney representing Longo, used during his opening statements – which had Longo and Bunero at the bottom and Mayor Nick Sacco at the top – Salgado pointed to the fact that the investigation of the North Bergen DPW has not concluded.
“The point was clear, right? These two, low-level members of the conspiracy are getting picked on … right? Kathy, Julia and I, we’re scratching our heads, because we’re thinking: ‘It’s gonna come out. What we’ve been doing is gonna come out,'” Salgado exclaimed.
He also referenced the fact that ex-Department Superintendent James Wiley, as well as former Director Timothy Grossi, have been charged criminally, while other investigations remain open.
“The state isn’t giving a pass to anyone. No one is getting a pass.”
The jury was unable to reach a verdict today after spending the entirety of the court session in deliberations.