March 11, 2007


Once again, a political corruption probe rocks New Jersey (TOM HESTER Jr., 3/09/07, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne has often joked that he wants to be buried in north Jersey because ''that way I can stay active in politics.''

Of course, dead people can't really vote, but it's a running joke that underscores New Jersey's rough-and-tumble political image. Ghostly voters aside, the Garden State has become ensnared in another political corruption inquiry.

The latest investigation into possible political misconduct is one of the biggest ever. Federal agents have delivered grand jury subpoenas to every key state official, all the way up to Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

''Even for a state that is infamous for widespread misconduct by public officials, this has got to be a new low,'' said Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 11, 2007 8:03 AM

I'll see your New Jersey and raise you one Illinois.

It's a race to the bottom, in any event, as Katrina probably cleaned up LA a bit.

Posted by: Bruno at March 11, 2007 11:15 AM


Nagin was pretty easily re-elected; why assume it is any cleaner? Of course, Blanco has to run again this fall, and Landrieu is up in 2008 - if they are both beaten, there might be hope.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 11, 2007 8:08 PM
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