EDGEWATER, N.J. – Legendary investigative journalist John Stossel is once again at war with recently reelected Mayor Michael McPartland (D-Edgewater) over local development controversies and alleged corruption in local government.
Stossel’s investigation began following the filing of a federal lawsuit reported by NorthJersey.com in which the plaintiff (a developer) accuses the town of actively thwarting competition to favor another politically-connected developer named Fred Daibes (who was later indicted on federal banking-related charges). Stossel eventually confronted the local governing body in a 2018 videotapped exchange – see below – which turned nasty. Even The New York Times covered the story.
Now a new development in the case prompted Stossel to renew his attack on Thursday, via Twitter:
I confronted New Jersey politicians when a lawsuit said they corruptly tried to seize a developer's land.
Now politicians settled. They'll allow the dev to keep land & build.
Seems they're dodging a public investigation that I bet would confirm their corruption. pic.twitter.com/iUkWiQm78X
— John Stossel (@JohnStossel) November 21, 2019