Louis Manzo

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Louis Manzo (born February 28, 1955, in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American Democratic Party politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2004 to 2008, where he represented the 31st legislative district, and who ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey.


Manzo received a B.A. from Jersey City State College in health education. He began his career as a sanitarian with the Jersey City Health Division in 1977.

Political career[edit]

Manzo unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Jersey City five times in the following elections.

Year Opponent
1992 Bret Schundler (R)
1993 Bret Schundler (R)
2001 Glenn D. Cunningham (D)
2004 Jerramiah T. Healy (D)
2009 Jerramiah T. Healy (D)

In June 2007, he overwhelmingly[clarification needed] lost a bid in the Democratic primary for a seat in the State Senate to Sandra Bolden Cunningham.

2009 race for Mayor of Jersey City[edit]

In December 2008, Manzo announced that he would wage an uphill campaign for mayor of Jersey City against incumbent Mayor Jerramiah Healy. Though finishing in second place in a field of five candidates, Manzo was unable to force a runoff against Healy. Manzo won 26% of the vote, compared to 53% for Healy.[1]

Arrest on corruption charges[edit]

Manzo was one of 44 people arrested on July 23, 2009, as part of Operation Bid Rig, a joint operation of the FBI, IRS, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey into corruption and money laundering.[2] Manzo was charged with taking $27,500 in corrupt cash payments for use in his failed Jersey City mayoral campaign.[3][4] Manzo was charged with two counts of extortion under the federal Hobbs Act, but in May 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Jose L. Linares dismissed the charges, ruling that the act only applies to elected officials. Manzo then faced two counts of violating the Travel Act, charging him with crossing state lines to commit a crime, and two counts of failing to report to authorities that others were collecting bribes.[5] On February 17, 2012, all remaining charges against Manzo were dismissed by Linares.[6]

Manzo filed suit to have his legal costs reimbursed by the government, but a court denied his claim.[7]


The book Ruthless Ambition: The Rise and Fall of Chris Christie authored by Manzo was released in April 2014.[8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ "Election '09: Healy Wins, Two Council Seats Head to Runoff". Jersey City Independent. May 13, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2009.
  2. ^ Manzo & Manzo criminal complaint[permanent dead link], United States Department of Justice, July 23, 2009
  3. ^ "Jersey City Mayoral Candidate Louis Manzo and Brother Indicted for Allegedly Accepting $27,500 in Corrupt Payments". FBI.gov. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "N.J. corruption probe: Full list of politicians, religious leaders charged". The Star-Ledger. July 23, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009.
  5. ^ Conte, Michaelangelo (January 26, 2012). "Former Jersey City pol says corruption charges against him part of effort to elect Christie governor". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Federal judge dismisses all charges against former Jersey City Assemblyman". The Jersey Journal. February 17, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  7. ^ Sherman, Ted (March 26, 2013). "Lou Manzo, whose N.J. corruption case was thrown out, loses appeal for legal fees". Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  8. ^ McMahon, Josh (April 12, 2014). "Anger at Chris Christie clouds author's quest for vindication: Book review". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  9. ^ Dreyfuss, Bob and Barbara (April 30, 2014). "A New Book Says Chris Christie Misused His Power as US Attorney". The Nation. Archived from the original on May 1, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "Former Jersey City assemblyman slams Christie, 2009 'Bid Rig' sting in new book". NJ.com. April 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Letter: I need to set record straight about Christie spokesman's criticism of book". NJ.com. April 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2017.

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