Cryan Called Sheriff’s Disease

by Bruce Paterson

When I think of the term sheriff, I think of a position of integrity, that we should feel of sense of security and that laws of society will be upheld due to this integrity. I am sure each of you can only agree on this. The sheriff’s department is considered an integral part of good government.

And it is here in this sheriff’s department we have a major impediment to good government — I’ll call it a disease — that, in my opinion, must be removed. This disease as I call it comes in the form of Joe Cryan, who is undersheriff of Union County and I am fed up that he has embarrassed Union County time and again. I have stated to you to get rid of this Joe Cryan and you did nothing. You have allowed it to continue to fester.


As I stated before, this person who is undersheriff is supposed to protect the county’s assets, yet he has no safety, security, or law enforcement experience. He only owned a bar. As I noted previously, he is under investigation along with another county director in his ownership of Camelot title for the possibility of self serving government business to his company. A while ago, he was accused of pocketing $2,000 in political donations, but skated since this was past the statute of limitations.

He was reprimanded for not declaring political gifts on his public financial statements. He was found out to be using our county car funded by our taxpayer money for non-county business. He abused his position as undersheriff to have 19 prosecutors follow just 1 woman who was (allegedly) stalking him. What a waste of taxpayer money. But all this was pointed out to you before and yet you allowed this disease in the sheriffs department to fester. Since then new rot has occurred.

Just recently leading up to Election Day we found out that Cryan as head of the NJ Democratic Party was allowing residents to be deceived with anti-Christie, pro-Daggett political communication. When accused of this, at first he vehemently denied it, but then after proof was presented, he admitted it was done.

And even worse as reported in the Star Ledger this past week, during a recent legal motion by the same woman who was accused of stalking Undersheriff Cryan, information came out alleging that Cryan used a Union County computer in sending emails of a sexually explicit and pornographic matter.

He allegedly invited this woman to his office to perform sexual acts under his desk. This office desk they refer to obviously must be his Union County undersheriff desk in the Union County sheriff’s department. Subsequently, Cryan denies all this.

Apparently, this disease we call Joe Cryan has spread too far, consisting of many alleged public actions of: deception, fraud, lying, abuse of power, abuse of county taxpayers money, abuse of county taxpayers assets (which he is supposed to protect), lack of proper job credentials, perversion, even attempted lewdness and he’s also under ongoing investigation by the attorney general.

If it were only one or two items, they might possibly be dismissed, but when you have item after item, question after question of his actions, personally, financially, politically, one can only come to the conclusion that this disease must go. What kind of example of integrity does he set for the rank and file law enforcement officers in the sheriffs department? What example does he set for us residents when we look for trust and integrity in the sheriffs department?

As leaders of Union County, it is your job to get rid of this disease affecting the integrity of good government. At the very least this perversion should be publicly dragged up before the freeholder board and made accountable for his actions, then fired. Maybe a commission should be convened to investigate all this perversion. And for any of this he offers no apology to the public, just excuses. This is just too much to take.

To you, as stewards of good government, we taxpayers ask you to do something about this. Most of you, I hope, do believe in good government.
Please, get rid of this embarrassment to the Union County residents and the disease Joe Cryan brought to the integrity of the sheriffs department.

Garwood resident Bruce Paterson read this statement at the Union County Freeholder meeting on Nov. 12 and it was originally published online at

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