A New Jersey political operative admitted to a federal judge on Tuesday that he masterminded a 2014 murder-for-hire plot that led to the murder of his former partner, Michael Galdieri.
Sean Caddle, 44, of Hamburg pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit murder, saying he hired two men from out of state to drive to Jersey City on May 22, 2014, stab Galdieri, and set fire to his apartment in an attempt to conceal the killing.
A copy of the complaint signed by U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger alleges Caddle met with one of the killers the next day and paid him "thousands of dollars in cash" to be split between the two assassins.
“This was a callous and violent crime, and this defendant is as responsible as the two men who wielded the knife,” Sellinger stated Tuesday.
Caddle was the executive director of the Committee for Economic Growth and Social Justice, which is said to have been affiliated with state Sen. Ray Lesniak, who represented Union County until his failed bid against Gov. Phil Murphy in the 2017 democratic primaries, according to Observer.
The outlet also associated Caddle with political victories in the Newark mayor's office and a runoff election in Bayonne the same year as the killing.
According to Open Secrets, a website that tracks political contributions, Sen. Bob Menendez paid $84,111 to Caddle during the 2004 election cycle, when Menendez served in the House of Representatives.
Matthew Riley, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office, has yet to comment on Caddle's possible motives for having his former partner killed, saying he does not know the defendant's reasoning.
Caddle faces a maximum potential penalty of life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.
This article originally appeared on New Jersey Herald: Jersey City NJ: Hamburg man admits to murder-for-hire plot