Jetgate player working for New Jersey governor
A key player in Bermuda’s Jetgate scandal has hit the headlines in New Jersey after he landed a top job with the state governor.
Derrick Green, an adviser to the One Bermuda Alliance during the 2012 General Election campaign, is being paid $140,000 a year as a senior adviser in Governor Phil Murphy’s Democratic party administration, a report in northjersey.com, part of the USA Today network, said.
The news site reported on Monday that he got the position after his company, Green Consultants, was paid $2 million by Mr Murphy’s campaign to help get out the vote for the state’s 2017 gubernatorial election.
The article said Mr Green was “tied to a campaign finance scandal under police investigation in Bermuda known as Jetgate” a controversy that led to the May 2014 resignation of OBA premier Craig Cannonier, now the Opposition leader.
An OBA spokesman said yesterday: “The information contained in the article is dated and pertains to US political matters concerning political consultant Derrick Green and the Governor of New Jersey. The One Bermuda Alliance is focused on changing course and being the Opposition the country expects and the Government it requires.
“This OBA, under the leadership of Craig Cannonier, is focused on the current state of Bermuda, and on creating a viable future for Bermuda and its people.”
The northjersey.com article said that Mr Green set up a secret bank account linked to the OBA which received $350,000 from wealthy American businessmen, including Nathan Landow, a Maryland developer and Democratic donor.
It said: “No one has determined exactly where the money went after Green and an associate withdrew nearly all of it.”
Mr Green had an undisclosed commercial relationship with Mr Landow, who was interested in building casinos in Bermuda.
It was claimed he was responsible for introducing Mr Cannonier to Mr Landow, though he denied that.
Mr Cannonier travelled on Mr Landow’s private jet to Washington, along with Cabinet ministers Mark Pettingill and Shawn Crockwell, after he became premier.
The trip sparked questions in Parliament about whether Mr Landow had been offered a quid pro quo, such as a gaming licence or development deal.
The controversy led to an ongoing police fraud squad inquiry into the donations to the Bermuda Political Action Club bank account.
Former OBA chairwoman Lynn Woolridge said last year she was “not aware of whether BPAC continues to exist, as it was not, and is not, part of the OBA”.
The Bermuda Police Service told northjersey.com they were “not investigating Mr Green at this time”.
Mr Green’s appointment as a senior adviser on diversity, faith, urban and regional growth in the secretary of state’s office led to criticism from a New Jersey Republican politician.
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi highlighted to northjersey.com that Green Consultants employed a councillor who had previously been convicted of public corruption.