Josh Margolin hired away from the ‘New York Post’ by ABC

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Josh Margolin, who helped write the book about the pervasiveness of public corruption in New Jersey and has had several front-page scoops since joining the New York Post's City Hall bureau from the Star Ledger in late 2010, has been hired away by ABC News.

Margolin didn't respond to an email seeking a comment, and the Post hasn't responded to a request for comment. But congratulatory messages started spilling out last night, including one that said he'll be a senior investigative reporter.

A knowledgeable source confirmed to Capital independently that Margolin is leaving the Post

Margolin recently wrote a front-page story about the arrests of State Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilman Dan Halloran, the Bronx Republican County Leader Jay Savino and two Rockland County officials for alleged acts of corruption, including an attempt by Smith to bribe his way into the Republican mayoral primary. Margolin's report on the arrests was on the cover of the Post before the arrests were actually made.

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Earlier, Margolin reported that Chris Christie wasn't interested in attaching his fortunes to Mitt Romney's because he believed Romney was going to lose, a story that got the Post banned from a Christie press conference at the Republican National Convention.

Margolin also reported on City Hall's alleged attempt to sit on a damaging report about the city's troubled 911 emergency call system.

— additional reporting by Joe Pompeo