March 16, 2007


N.J. governor and his union boss ex-girlfriend face questions (ANGELA DELLI SANTI, 3/16/07, The Associated Press)

After Jon broke up with Carla, he forgave a half-million-dollar mortgage loan he had given her. He also may have paid her kids' tuition and helped her with other expenses.

All of this might have been merely a story about a boyfriend and girlfriend who broke up and managed to stay friends, except that Jon is Gov. Jon S. Corzine and Carla is Carla Katz, president of New Jersey's biggest state employee union. And the two have been on opposite sides lately during contract talks covering 40,000 workers.

In recent weeks, their romantic and financial ties have raised conflict-of-interest questions, namely: Are Corzine and Katz faithfully serving the people they represent? Or are they hopelessly compromised?

C'mon, they aren't Republicans, are they? So, what's the problem?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2007 2:37 PM

This came out before the Corzine election. Didn't make a difference. NJ has shown that it will stay solid blue even if every Dem in the state is indicted.

Posted by: AWW at March 16, 2007 2:47 PM

I'm new to this blog. What does the "EV..." in the title of this and other entries refer to? Thanks.

Posted by: Brad at March 16, 2007 3:46 PM

ery thing will be different with Democrats in charge.

Posted by: h-man at March 16, 2007 4:02 PM

Sorry Brad messed up the post
EV...erything will be different..etc.

Posted by: h-man at March 16, 2007 4:03 PM

Thanks! The irony is that 1) political crimes increase, and 2) reporting of them decreases when Dems are in charge, so yes, everything is different. I believe the reason Americans occasionally elect Dem presidents is bad-news-fatigue. Americans know they're making a deal with a devil, but it's worth it to get happy news for four years. Sort of the credit-card strategy of Dem politics. Mysterious deaths? Money in the freezer? Who wants to talk about that? It's all happy news. Won't it be a relief to stop hearing about polar bears roasting in the Arctic and homeless people starving in our streets?

Posted by: Brad at March 16, 2007 4:45 PM