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Jersey sting nabs Clinton backer

September 6, 2007 |  2:54 pm

Hillary Clinton clearly had fun --- and gained much attention --- with the video that played off the much-debated ending to "The Sopranos." But today comes the reminder for her campaign that crime and corruption in New Jersey aren't fiction.

Newsday's Glenn Thrush notes that Passaic Mayor Sammy Rivera, one of 11 Jersey politicians --- mostly Democrats --- snared in a federal sting operation, recently was named to Clinton's national Hispanic outreach team. Thrush also notes the arrest comes a day after Clinton super-donor Norman Hsu failed to show for his date with a California judge.

Clinton is scheduled to speak Friday to a gathering of New Jersey Democrats in Atlantic City. Chances are some of her listeners will be somewhat preoccupied.

-- Don Frederick