Carol Platt Liebau: Something Rotten in the State of N.J.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Something Rotten in the State of N.J.

That would be some of the stories following U.S. Senator Jon Corzine as he begins his run for governor -- and how!

Just five weeks before announcing, he invested $7 million in a firm controlled by one of New Jersey's casino operators. This, despite the clear prohibitions of New Jersey law on governors maintaining financial interests that pose a "reasonable risk of the public perception of a conflict of interest" with gambling companies.

And then, it comes out that he gave $470,000 to his former girlfriend, who just happens to be the president of the largest state-employees union local.

Talk about getting your ducks in a row . . .. At any rate, it's clear that Corzine doesn't have the best record for playing by the rules when it comes to conflict of interest matters.


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