‘They got ‘em’: Prominent NJ Democrat pleads guilty of murder-for-hire

One prominent Democratic Party operative in New Jersey has been caught up in a shocking murder-for-hire case.

According to the Associated Press, 44-year-old Sean Caddle admitted in court that he hired two accomplices to target the son of the late James Galdieri, a former Democratic state senator.

Details of the 2014 crime

Caddle worked as a political consultant in northern New Jersey, running the campaigns of several powerful state politicians — including former Democratic state Sen. Ray Lesniak in his 2013 and 2017 bids.

One of his accomplices has been identified as Pennsylvania resident Bomani Africa and the other is George Bratsenis of Connecticut. Investigators say their victim was Michael Galdieri.

Reports indicate the crime took place in April 2014 when Caddle allegedly hired Africa and Bratsenis to kill Galderi at his Jersey City apartment in exchange for thousands of dollars.

The accomplices apparently kept up their end of the deal by fatally stabbing Galderi and setting his apartment ablaze.

Police say Caddle paid up after confirming the death, providing the money to Bratsenis in the parking lot of an Elizabeth diner and leaving it up to him to share it with Africa. It was not clear from available reports how much money was paid.

“I thought for sure the day would never come”

Caddle and Africa have both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire. A judge granted $1 million bon for Caddle, which allows him to wait at home, rather than in a jail cell, for his sentencing hearing.

Of course, the startling details of the crime lead to questions regarding motive. According to reports, Caddle and Galdieri knew many of the same people within the state’s political scene and even collaborated on projects in the past. Regardless of why Caddle took the steps of hiring hitmen to kill Galderi, the victim’s brother expressed some feelings of closure following the recent guilty pleas.

“I had given up,” wrote Richie Galdieri. “I thought for sure the day would never come.”

Although the grieving brother said he had come to expect that “whoever did this” likely “got away with murder,” he recalled the visit of three FBI agents who delivered news of the latest development.

“They got ’em Mike,” Richie Galdieri concluded. “They got ’em.”

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