McGreevey speaks out about democratic fundraiser who pleaded guilty to mail fraud

Governor McGreevey (D-NJ) responded to questions Thursday about a democratic fundraiser who pleaded guilty to two-counts of mail fraud.

After speaking about beach preservation in Belmar, the Governor said he is glad the two-year federal investigation into David D'Amiano has ended. D'Amiano admitted he solicited and accepted $40,000 cash in return for aiding in a Middlesex County farmland preservation deal. D'Amiano told a court that he used a secret code when referring to the land deal. McGreevey says he used the word as a literary illusionand not as a secret code.

D'Amiano has been charged with extortion, mail fraud and bribery. He faces up to two-and-a-half years in prison and remains free on $100,000 bail.

McGreevey also commented on Wednesday's court ruling that struck down a special election for governor. He called the ruling lawful andbalanced. New Jersey's Governor: A Code of Conduct

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