While investigating the sale of black-market kidney sales and knockoff designer handbags, officials discovered a number of corrupt politicians in New Jersey including mayors, state lawmakers and several rabbis.

From the City of Secaucus, Mayor Dennis Elwell was charged with taking $10,000. Mayor Anthony Suarez from the City of Ridgefield was charged with agreeing to accept an illegal $10,000. City of Hoboken Mayor, Peter Cammarano III, was accused of accepting money out of a diner.

Charged with conspiracy to commit extortion by taking $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions was Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini

According to an article by AOL News, Governor Jon Corzine said, “The scale of corruption we’re seeing as this unfolds is simply outrageous and cannot be tolerated.”

Assemblymen Daniel Van Pelt and L. Harvey Smith are also being accused of taking payoffs.

In concordance with the investigation, five rabbis were accused of laundering money, selling counterfeit goods and fraud.

The Politicians were not accused of money laundering, involvement in human organs or the counterfeit bags.

Video of the governor’s thoughts can be seen here.

Louis Dettorre can be reached at ldettorre@publicceo.com