NJ mayor hacks website of critics, threatens retaliation

posted at 10:41 am on May 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mayor Felix Roque may have seen too many episodes of The Sopranos.  The FBI arrested the chief executive of West New York, New Jersey, and his son for hacking the website of a recall movement group aiming to remove him from office and for threatening them with retaliation.  The Democrat told his victims that he had friends in the CIA that would make sure he knew where to find them:

Felix Roque, 55, the Democratic mayor of West New York, N.J., and his son Joseph, 22, allegedly accessed and cancelled the domain registration for Recallroque.com, a website that was critical of the mayor and associated with a movement to recall him in early February.

Joseph Roque learned how to hack email accounts and GoDaddy.com, a domain registration company, by searching the Internet, according to a criminal complaint unsealed after the arrests.

After RecallRoque.com was taken down, the criminal complaint says, Roque placed a telephone call to the proprietor of the website — “Victim 1,” a government official in Hudson County, N.J. — to say that the page had been taken down by “high government officials and that everyone would pay for getting involved against Mayor Roque.”

Roque also allegedly tried to intimidate those involved with the website, telling “Victim 1” that he had a friend on the CIA: “A friend of mine. he works in the — I can’t tell you — three letters — CIA. You know. That’s how I get information. So what I’m doing is not very kosher.”

The most bizarre part of the plot is its context.  West New York, according to the Politico account, has a population of less than 50,000.  What exactly was Roque defending?  Maybe this city pays its mayor like the City of Bell, California did, but I somehow doubt that Roque was defending a six-figure salary.  From what I’ve seen of what mayors do in small towns, Roque should have been thanking them for the recall rather than hacking their website.

That’s why this looks like the beginning of a story rather than its end.  This is an awful lot of effort just to protect a smaller-town mayor position.  Either way, Roque may have given us the political epitaph of the year: “So what I’m doing is not very kosher.”  No kidding, Rabbi.


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Felix Roque, 55, the Democratic mayor of West New York, N.J

But he’s entitled, right?

maryo on May 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Something tells me newsbusters will have a “name that party” post on this one.

radjah shelduck on May 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

ANYTHING to maintain power, the liberal anthem..

hillsoftx on May 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

DUMBocrat and New Jersey…..need we say anything more?

SDarchitect on May 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Well it is New Jersey

Who’s getting the tip fee cut?

Oil Can on May 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

…you want for I should break his legs, boss…?

ontheright on May 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM

A friend of mine. he works in the — I can’t tell you — three letters — CIA.

Yes, because no one can figure out what you’re referring to if you spell out CIA, this guy is brilliant, really.

clearbluesky on May 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM

First comes the Hacking….then the Horse Heads….

ToddPA on May 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

We need a new federal crime for politicians

“Mind-numbing stupidity in the commission of a felony”.

This guy would be good for it. Blago would have been convicted on 100 charges of it.

CorporatePiggy on May 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Mayor Felix Roque…probably an illegal alien…

PatriotRider on May 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

How many people does it take to change a light bulb in New Jersey?

Two. One to change the bulb, and the other to shoot the witnesses.

The Rogue Tomato on May 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Mayor Felix Roque…”and don’t forget the cannoli’s”

PatriotRider on May 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Don’t all anti-recall efforts do this? Why, didn’t Scott Walker get arrested for the same thing — oh wait, he didn’t.

rbj on May 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

First comes the Hacking….then the Horse Heads….

ToddPA on May 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

ToddPA:Lol!!

canopfor on May 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The town’s name, West New York, speaks for itself. North New Jersey is not *that* much partisan: our Republican and Democrat mayors pad their pockets with approximately equal vigor and generosity.

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

…he’s a Democrat?…oh boy!…this will be on all the airwaves and in the print media 24/7/

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Maybe’s he thought he was operating in Chicago!!
(sarc)

canopfor on May 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The only way this happens is if your password SUCKS. Also don’t answer calls from unblocked numbers. Or if you must answer such numbers be READY to DEFEND against scammers.

The first thing out of my mouth is “The remainder of this call will be recorded. is that OK with you?” That basically shuts down any scammmer instantly.

Also stop using the same password for your email accounts as you do for EVERYTHING else. Scammers will literally try and logon to 100s of sites trying the same user/pw combos.

Capitalist Hog on May 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

*hundreds

Capitalist Hog on May 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

You won’t hear the D word by the lsm

cmsinaz on May 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

NJ mayor hacks website of critics, threatens retaliation

Been taking lessons from Brett Kimberlin has he?

Flora Duh on May 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

At least he’s ‘non-violent’. In the old days, he’d have just sent “Knuckles” over to ‘talk’ to them.

GarandFan on May 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Yawn, just another day in New jersey.

Hummer53 on May 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

He’s no doubt schooled in the art of Kimberlin.

Rixon on May 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Surely Mr. Roque will immediately make application with Eric Holder’s Justice Department. He just the kind of person Mr. Holder looks for.

MessesWithTexas on May 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Funny thing is, right up to the moment the FBI knocked on his door, he probably was looking at himself in the mirror, practicing his Brando impersonations.

AubieJon on May 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

whatsamatta you two mooks ?

bada-bing

FlaMurph on May 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

And 79% of the freakin’ town will probably vote for him again.

Typical Jersey (north Jersey, that is).

NJ Red on May 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

This is an awful lot of effort just to protect a smaller-town mayor position. Either way, Roque may have given us the political epitaph of the year: “So what I’m doing is not very kosher.” No kidding, Rabbi.

In my experience, local politics is often the nastiest. People get their turf and defend it very aggressively. And, because it’s local, fewer eyes (in terms of media and sophisticated opponents) are on them, so the politics is often very personal, low-brow, and hostile.

Outlander on May 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

After RecallRoque.com was taken down, the criminal complaint says, Roque placed a telephone call to the proprietor of the website — “Victim 1,” a government official in Hudson County, N.J.

Wanna bet that the locals know precisely who Victim 1 is? My guess is that the motive is far more personal than a recall movement.

Happy Nomad on May 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The most bizarre part of the plot is its context. West New York, according to the Politico account, has a population of less than 50,000. What exactly was Roque defending?

Don’t let the population fool you. This is a Hudson County town. An awful lot of money flows through this area. They were grifting here before Mrs. Oleary ever milked a cow.

Lost in Jersey on May 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Add one more illegal Mayor to a very long list…

Of special interest to gun owners is that Roque is yet one more member of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” coalition who has run afoul of the law over serious criminal violations. Gun Rights Examiner has on occasion reported arrests, prosecutions and convictions of numerous other members of a group that seems increasingly comprised of criminals advocating edicts that put the law-abiding at a disadvantage to those who would victimize them.

Link

mad saint jack on May 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

What exactly was Roque defending?

His massive ego.

He clearly has delusions of grandeur.

ButterflyDragon on May 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I guess there really is a reason that the last three letters of The Donkey Party is “RAT.” Little cheesey, weasel-wordy, KKK-type threats and outrageous lies from our Democrat Party Overlords are so prevalent in today’s political interaction that it seems dangerous to express oneself as a political conservative.
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When will the media become actively complicit rather than benignly complicit in ignoring these criminal, unethical, tyrannical behaviors? They should review their behavior, tout de suite, to make sure they are on the right side of history,” a phrase they love to toss around. My Commonwealth of Virginia flag has pictured on it a solution for tyrants. No kidding.

ExpressoBold on May 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

As long as Donks think the media will protect them, they’ll try crap like this.

hawkdriver on May 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Thugocracy.

wildcat72 on May 25, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I wonder if this guy knows Brett Kimberlin.

Book on May 25, 2012 at 5:15 PM