For anyone who lived through the famous Bid Rig III busts of a decade ago, the latest batch of criminal charges is like Déjà vu all over again.
Sudhan Thomas, one of five political figures charged on Dec. 19, professes his innocence, and claims this is the result of political aspirations of an attorney general he says hopes to become governor when Phil Murphy leaves office in 2025.
Thomas is seen as a loyal supporter of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, as is witnessed in the form of campaign contributions. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal was supposed to be part of Fulop’s campaign for governor three years ago.
If Thomas’ claim is true about the Attorney General seeking to become governor, then Fulop – who is rumored to be seeking that seat in 2025 – could be a significant obstacle.