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Re: Ex-federal inmate opens cafe in Jersey City
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I wish this man every ounce of good luck possible. would be great to see McGreevey's program succeed.

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JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- A man who served 30 years in prison for selling drugs before being granted clemency is opening his own restaurant in New Jersey.

Candido Ortiz was 27 years old, high on life but breaking the law, driving luxury cars like Porsches and Corvettes while selling. But then it all came crashing down.

While in prison, he graduated from high school and trained to be a chef. He received every culinary certificate he could get and cooked for the entire prison. He became the head cook, managing 20 cooks and preparing meals for as many as 2,500 inmates each day.

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Ex-federal inmate opens cafe in Jersey City
Updated 5:51 PM; Posted 3:41 PM

By Terrence T. McDonald tmcdonald@jjournal.com

The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY -- There are framed photographs of two men hanging on the wall near the kitchen of Candido Ortiz's new Jersey City restaurant.

The first is former President Barack Obama, who in the waning months of his presidency shaved nearly two decades off Ortiz's 49-year prison sentence. The other is ex-Gov. Jim McGreevey, whose prisoner re-entry group Ortiz credits with granting him a new life.

"This is my dream come true," said a teary-eyed Ortiz, 56, standing inside his El Sabor Del Cafe.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... y.html#incart_2box_hudson

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