Xanadu Under Investigation

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STATE — Federal investigators have issued a subpoena to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) seeking records dating back to 2002 concerning political endorsements by local, county and state officials supporting the stalled Xanadu project.

NJSEA spokesperson John Samerjan said the agency will fully cooperate with the request but did not comment further.

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The partisan Democratic offices of the state Assembly and Senate also received subpoenas.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark is also seeking correspondence related to former Xanadu developer Mills Corp and political endorsements of traffic and local road issues related to the mall are also part of the NJSEA subpoenas.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s law firm represented the Mills Corp while the project was shepherded through government channels.

The Newark federal prosecutor’s office referred questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Southern District of New York office, which had no comment.

The proposed 2-million-square-foot retail and entertainment complex has languished for nearly two years with the exterior nearly complete, but at least $500 million more work is needed for the interior.


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