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U.S. Congressman

Cornelius F. Gallagher

and Mafioso Bayonne Joe Zicarelli

Published by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. at Smashwords

Copyright 2018 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.


Cornelius Edward Neil Gallagher was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on March 2, 1921. After serving with the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, Gallagher graduated from John Marshall College in 1946. Two years later he finished John Marshall Law School. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1949. During the Korean War he reentered military service.

Entering Democrat Party politics in 1953 he was first elected to Congress in 1958. Representing New Jersey’s 13th Congressional District, he served seven terms as an NJ representative. By 1964 Gallagher was a member of the House Committee on Government Operations. Active on a Subcommittee that dealt with the Invasion of Privacy, he hoped to expose illegal government bugging and wiretapping. During the inquiry the FBI admitted to specific domestic surveillance. Intriguingly, following the revelations FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) blamed all of the illegalities on former Attorney General Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-1968). Representative Gallagher proved an extremely active subcommittee chairman.

Before the November 1968 elections Life Magazine reported that Democratic Representative Cornelius F. Gallagher of New Jersey had been the tool of a New Jersey Mafia figure. In response to an article in the August 9th issue, Gallagher contemplated a lawsuit against the publication.

On page 47 Life announced that time and again Rep. Cornelius F. Gallagher has served as a tool and collaborator of a Cosa Nostra gang leader. Entitled The Congressman and the Hoodlum, Life accused the NJ pol of interceding to stop police intervention that might have broken up Mafia gambling operations.


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