Last night Delran held a work session meeting. At the meeting Republican council candidate Anthony Ogozalek mentioned that the Councilman “Gary Catrambone allegations came out” and asked council if they were going to investigate. To refresh your memory, rumors in Delran are that Catrambone forged Schwartz’s signature on a nominating petition.
The question can be heard at about the 1:26 mark in the following YouTube video.
Seeing that video made me go back to the roughly one hour of audio that was dumped in my lap. While I do find it somewhat fascinating that there are at least two (maybe more) current or former members of Delran’s governing body with digital recorders in their pockets, I believe the following audio clip could help with any investigation.
In the clip, former Councilman Mike Schwartz says, “Lona said something in 2016…he never told me he did it and I never pushed the issue,” after being asked, “When did you know that he did it for you?” I’m assuming “Lona” is former councilwoman Lona Pangia and “he” is Catrambone.
Also, heard on the clip is Schwartz saying, “It is what it is, if he did something wrong, he did something wrong.”
Where I come from, “It is what it is” usually means the “it” happened. They are the exact same words former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay used after his arrest for domestic violence became public.
Obviously, folks in Delran are paying attention because we’ve received several emails with a link to the following YouTube video. About half way through the video Mayor Ken Paris puts what one can assume are the possibly forged documents in front of Catrambone and asks a series of questions.
That video was posted in April of this year. That means folks in Delran have been talking about a possibly forged document for at least six months. One would think there would be some sort of investigation by now. Until an actual investigation is launched, I’ll keep trying to get to the bottom of this situation. I’m working on getting phone numbers for all the players and will try to get comment from all of them in the coming days.