Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy issued a statement to the press after Wednesday's City Council meeting about happenings in the aftermath of the July 23 arrests of 44 political and religious officials by federal authorities.
Some of those arrested were said to be collecting donations on behalf of Healy's campaign.
Healy repeated some of what he has said in recent days. He has already suspended Jersey City employees who had been arrested as the result of the complex investigation.
He also addressed mention of him as "Jersey City Public Official No. 4" in a criminal complaint against city Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, the late Jack Shaw (who died on Tuesday), and county employee Edward Cheatam.
"I have done nothing wrong and I have been accused of no wrongdoing," Healy said. "I intend to do the job that the people of Jersey City have elected me to do."
Healy also reiterated that he cannot suspend City Council President Mariano Vega because Vega was "elected," and that any decision on Vega's future will be made if he is found guilty of any charges.
Healy also commented on Jack Shaw, saying he was a guy "who always enjoyed a good laugh" and was "very sad" for his friends and family.
Healy said he didn't see Shaw, a political consultant, "too often."- Ricardo Kaulessar