Cumberland County Freeholder Louis N. Magazzu, an “influential” New Jersey Democrat, says a women he met on the internet asked him for nude photos of himself. He emailed them. She posted them online. Now Magazzu says the woman was an “avowed political enemy,” with a plan to put the indecent photos on a website. She forwarded them to Charles B. Johnson at MagazzuWatch.com. Johnson is more than a little interested in the political demise of Magazzu, and posted the photos. He claims Lou Magazzu led Cumberland County with an iron fist, with nothing to show for it: no public transportation infrastructure, no cultural activities, highest teen pregnancy, lowest income, most children in poverty. If you dare, you can see the photos here (click on photo gallery), although Magazzu is demanding they be taken down.
Magazzu resigned his position “to spare” his loved ones further “pain.” He was separated from his wife before the photos were taken, but according to the New York Post.
Magazzu had aspirations for the Democrat national political scene:
Magazzu, who has been trying to play a bigger role with Democrats on the national level, consulted with trusted allies and sought their advice on whether he should resign his freeholder post after the website published the explicit images.
Johnson notified some area media and sent them copies of the photos. No one would touch it:
• On July 4, Johnson posted a head and chest photo of a shirtless Magazzu.
• On July 6, Johnson sent The Daily Journal an email containing uncensored photographs and accompanying private email exchanges between Magazzu and the unidentified woman. Daily Journal editors decided not to write a story about the materials at that time, judging it a private matter between consenting adults that did not involve any evidence of illegality or improper use of government resources. Johnson criticized the newspaper’s decision on his website.
• The material subsequently was offered to other area newspapers and other media, none of which published a story about them.
• On July 7, Johnson posted a photo of Magazzu in which he is pantless and his genitals are exposed. An image is imposed over Magazzu’s genitals, however.
• On July 8, Johnson posted more censored nude photos, plus an Internet exchange between Magazzu and a woman.
Johnson has been warned that he may face criminal charges for posting the photographs. Johnson said his attorney says it’s a First Amendment issue and keep on posting. The Daily Mail has the story, and Magazzu photos.