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Toy horse head has officials in lather

UPI News Service, 01/26/2010 

It perhaps didn't have the shock factor from "The Godfather," but the delivery of a fake horse head to New Jersey's Senate president drew a lot of attention.

Robert Godman, 61, of Wenonah, N.J., was charged with fourth-degree harassment after delivering the fake horse head to the Gloucester County office of Senate President Steve Sweeney in West Deptford, The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported.

Investigators said the incident was taken seriously when the toy head was delivered Jan. 15, the newspaper said Monday. "We don't really know what his motivation was here. The intent's not clear," State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones said.

Sweeney aide Michelle Coryell said the incident occurred as Sweeney was serving as acting governor for Jon Corzine, who was in Europe during his last week in office.

"A man came in and gave the package to a male staffer," Coryell said. "He said, 'I have a package for Senator Sweeney to give to Gov. Christie.'" Chris Christie was sworn in as governor Jan. 19.

Inside the box was a toy horse's head, an apparent reference to the famous scene in the 1972 mob movie "The Godfather."

"He never saw the senator," Coryell said. "The senator doesn't know him. There was no note. We didn't feel it was very funny. It was shocking. It shut down our office."

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