UNION COUNTY — State Assemblyman Joe Cryan of Union was proved a liar when the New York Post recently published 150 sexually explicit emails between him and a former insurance company lobbyist who was arrested for stalking in 2006.
Throughout the criminal prosecution of his ex-girlfriend, Karen Golding, Cryan insisted that he never had a sexual relationship with her.
The emails show Cryan not only lied to investigators, but he used government computers on taxpayer’s time to beg the woman for kinky sex, campaign cash and gifts from her employer as well as advice on proposed laws.
NJTODAY.NET has learned that Cryan had sex with Golding only two weeks before he engineered her arrest, which resulted in an unusually harsh penalty for minor actions that are typical among failed break-ups. During that same time, he was involved with but not yet married to his current wife.
Cryan even left a soothing message on Golding’s voicemail telling her not to worry when she began to suspect she was being followed, only weeks before she was arrested at the State House parking lot by a dragnet of 13 detectives from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, who were operating 50 miles outside their jurisdiction.
Since that day in February 2006, more than $1 million and seven years was expended by taxpayers to impose Cryan’s vengeance on Golding, who admitted that she over-reacted to learning her lover had affairs with other women.
The 51-year-old Cryan, who has served in the Assembly for 11 years and was the state Democratic Party chairman at the time his ex-girlfriend was arrested, has managed to suppress public outrage over his falsehoods and abuse of power but there may yet be an accounting for those acts.
An anti-establishment group of Republican sympathizers that has been at war with local Democrats since the 1992 election of Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage failed to recruit a challenger to face Cryan in the June 4 primary, despite coming with 1,000 votes of toppling him two years ago.
Insiders suspect Cryan cut a deal to save himself however, perjury and obstruction of justice charges could be facing the politician, who clearly encouraged prosecutors to pursue harsh penalties against his ex-girlfriend by misleading them about the nature of the affair.
Citizens are also calling on Sheriff Ralph Froehlich to fire Cryan, whose use of government computers amounts to conduct unbecoming a law enforcement official. Froehlich appointed Cryan as a $110,000 a year undersheriff in 2002, about two months after he lost his bartending job when his father’s Metuchen pub went out of business owing $500,000 in back taxes.
“Sexually explicit emails recently published by the New York Post prove Joe Cryan lied to promote the criminal prosecution of his ex-girlfriend, Karen Golding,” said Mike Reed, in comments posted on Facebook. “Cryan lied to investigators and used government computers on taxpayer’s time to beg the woman for kinky sex.”
“Sheriff Ralph Froehlich should fire Cryan for using of government computers to engage in conduct unbecoming a law enforcement official,” said Reed, a Union Township resident. “Images of Cryan masturbating at his desk while inviting the insurance company lobbyist to perform oral sex are sure to haunt his boss on the campaign trail because Froehlich was nearly defeated in his last primary election.”
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