Report: Mazzeo angers Taj Mahal with suspect mailings

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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taj mahalAs I understand it, Save Jerseyans, “letters, with the state of New Jersey seal, were signed by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and mailed to the homes of about 70 nonunion Taj employees by Local 54 of UNITE HERE,” according to a new report from the AC Press:

Mazzeo, D-Atlantic, said he was asked by Local 54 to write a letter to leadership at the Taj Mahal, but did not know the letter would be sent to people’s homes.

“To those who received this letter at their home instead of the workplace, for that I sincerely apologize,” Mazzeo said in a statement. “That was never the intention. But I won’t apologize for standing up for the rights of Taj workers — both union and non-union who deserve the benefits that they’ve worked so hard for.”

Asked if Mazzeo wrote the letter himself, Local 54 President Bob McDevitt said the union sent Mazzeo a draft of the letter. Mazzeo’s office “tinkered around with it and made it theirs,” McDevitt said.

The ethical dimensions of official mailings, representing just one element of this disconcerting story, are covered by N.J.A.C. 19:25-10.10. The letter itself reportedly talked about alleged violations of federal law at the financially-troubled and union besieged casino. You can read Christian Hetrick’s full story here.