Feds subpoena town records

Former state Senate President John Lynch and his business partner, John Westlake, are under federal investigation.

By: Joseph Harvie
   South Brunswick Township was issued a subpoena by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey to turn over documents in the federal investigation of former state Senate President John Lynch and his business partner John Westlake.
   Township Public Affairs Coordinator Ron Schmalz confirmed Wednesday that the township was issued the subpoena on Dec. 23, seeking all records relating to businesses associated with Mr. Lynch.
   Several New Jersey newspapers have reported that Mr. Lynch, Mr. Westlake and their companies are under federal investigation.
   A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark said Wednesday afternoon that he "could neither confirm nor deny" the existence of a federal grand jury investigation pertaining to Mr. Lynch or his partner. He also would not comment on the subpoena.
   Press reports have indicated that the municipalities of both Old Bridge and New Brunswick have been issued similar subpoenas.
   Mr. Lynch and Mr. Westlake’s offices at Executive Continental in Tinton Falls were searched Nov. 9 by the FBI, according to press reports.
   Both Mr. Lynch and Mr. Westlake have publicly denied any wrongdoing, according to press reports. According to www.lynchmartin.com, a Web site for his former law firm, Mr. Lynch served in the state Senate from 1982 until 2002 when he retired. He was Senate President from 1990 until 1992. He was Senate Majority leader from 1986 until 1990.