State Assemblyman Joe Cryan was not only proved a liar throughout the criminal prosecution of his ex-girlfriend, Karen Golding, when the New York Post published 150 sexually explicit emails that he sent the former insurance company lobbyist.
The emails also show Cryan used government computers on taxpayer’s time to beg the woman for kinky sex even before he engaged in gross obstruction of justice and abuse of power by misleading prosecutors about the nature of the affair with his ex-girlfriend.
That is conduct unbecoming a law enforcement official and since Sheriff Ralph Froehlich appointed Cryan as a $110,000 a year undersheriff in 2002, about two months after he lost his bar-tending job when his father’s Metuchen pub went out of business owing $500,000 in back taxes, then he has an obligation to fire the politician.
The 51-year-old Cryan, who has served in the Assembly for 11 years and was the state Democratic Party chairman in 2006, when his ex-girlfriend was arrested for stalking.
As it turns out, the whole thing was an elaborate set up and more news will surely break on this matter.
But the issue for Froehlich is whether he allows employees to masturbate in his office while ‘sexting’ with government computers and being paid at taxpayer expense.
There can be no equivocation by Froehlich: He is either loyal to a political ally or the public he was elected to serve.
Froehlich already carries a mark of shame for collecting an $85,000 annual pension at taxpayer expense and a $145,000 paycheck for the same job. The issue nearly cost him his job in the last primary election.
Hiring the entirely unqualified Cryan was a bad mistake. Failing to fire him after these disclosures would be unconscionable.