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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: July 23, 2009 | Filed at 8:25 a.m. ET

Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano is one of many people brought to FBI Headquarters in Newark after an being taken into custody early this morning. Robert Scrianno/The Star-Ledger

Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano is one of many people brought to FBI Headquarters in Newark after an being taken into custody early this morning. Robert Scrianno/The Star-Ledger

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — FBI agents are sweeping across northern New Jersey Thursday, making arrests in what reportedly is described as a major corruption probe.

WNBC-TV in New York reported and showed images of the mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus being taken into FBI headquarters in Newark. The station also showed rabbis being taken into custody.

Radio station New Jersey 101.5 FM reports the sweeps are taking place in Hudson, Bergen, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The stations say the probe centers on money-laundering and political bid rigging.

FBI spokeswoman Myrna Williams tells The Associated Press the arrests will go on till noon. She would not provide any more information.

Corruption has permeated New Jersey politics for years. Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie takes credit for 130 convictions of elected and appointed officials on corruption charges.

Christie is the Republican candidate for governor.

Dennis Elwell, mayor of Secaucus is lead to to FBI Headquarters in Newark after an being taken into custody early this morning. Robery Scrianno/The Star-Ledger

Dennis Elwell, mayor of Secaucus is lead to to FBI Headquarters in Newark after an being taken into custody early this morning. Robery Scrianno/The Star-Ledger

Monmouth County and Federal Investigators remove boxes of evidence from the Deal Yeshiva as part of an international money laundering and corruption probe that includes rabbis in the Syrian Jewish communities of Deal and Brooklyn.

Monmouth County and Federal Investigators remove boxes of evidence from the Deal Yeshiva as part of an international money laundering and corruption probe that includes rabbis in the Syrian Jewish communities of Deal and Brooklyn.

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