A veteran Hudson County political consultant charged last week in a sweeping corruption sting was found dead today in his Jersey City home, and authorities were investigating whether he committed suicide.
Jack Shaw, 61, was one of 44 people arrested in the federal probe, which ensnared elected officials, political operatives and members of the Syrian Jewish communities in Deal and Brooklyn. Authorities said Shaw accepted a $10,000 cash bribe from an FBI informant and suggested the informant give an additional $10,000 to a Jersey City official, later identified as Mayor Jerramiah Healy. The mayor has not been charged.
A major player on the Hudson County political stage going back decades, Shaw was discovered dead shortly after 5 p.m. in his apartment at Portside Towers, an upscale waterfront complex in the Paulus Hook section