After completing the probation term he received for his conviction in a computer hacking scandal, the son of West New York Mayor Felix Roque now has a new government job, West New York's spokesman said.
"Joe's never had a government position before. He's a very good young man, well-educated. Everyone in life deserves second chances. He's paid his dues. He finished his probation," said West New York town spokesman Pablo Fonseca.
Fonseca confirmed a report in the Hudson County View that 25-year-old Joseph Roque is now working for the county's Department of Roads and Public Property.
"He's starting a new chapter of his life," Fonseca said.
"I love my son very much, and like every father, I am so proud that he's working and helping the community like he's done in the past," the mayor said Thursday afternoon. He said he did not help his son get the job and declined to comment on the accusations of nepotism.
Nahh - they don't know what you're talking about.
They also don't know any of the details of Joseph's new job:
Joseph Roque, who was convicted of hacking his father's political opponent's website, is already working at the new county job, according to Fonseca. Joseph Roque was sentenced in Feb. 2014 to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.
The spokesman said he would need to consult with Joseph Roque before giving NJ Advance Media his contact information.
Fonseca did not know the specifics of the new position, including when Joseph started, his title, new salary, job duties or when he was hired. He also said he did not know if Joseph Roque has higher political aspirations. The mayor said he also did not know his son's new salary, title or duties.
Nahh - we don't know nothing about this.
As for Joseph, he hacked into a website run by an opponent of his father in order to delete the contents.
But now he's done his service to society, learned to do the right thing and is walking the straight and narrow - unlike his dad:
The West New York mayor was indicted a second time in June, when the state Attorney General's Office accused him of involvement in a medical kickback scheme led by the now-convicted owner of a Hackensack medical imaging business. Felix Roque, 59, allegedly accepted $250,000 in bribes to send patients to Rehan Zuberi's imaging service.
On Monday in Hackensack, Felix pleaded not guilty to the charges.
What a sweet story - it's like a combo Shelly Silver/Dean Skelos thing, with the kickbacks for medical referrals and the nepotism.
Every time you think nowhere in the U.S. could be more corrupt than Albany, you see a story like this in New Jersey.
Sorry, New York, you may think you're Number #1 in corruption, but Jersey's really old hand at this.