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New Jersey and Political Corruption

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Garden State has a long history of political corruption— we’ll try to cover the last three decades of it in forty minutes with journalists Bob Ingle. His book The Soprano State covers the scandals that have made New Jersey famous; from Jimmy Hoffa to the recent headline grabbing stories involving money-laundering rabbis, bribed mayors and black-market organ selling.

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Comments [13]

Morris from New Jersey

I think it's best to for me, personally, to relocate from this place. Never in my 40+yrs on this planet have I ever experienced such blatant abuse of residents of a U.S. state. New Jersey is the Nigeria of American states with Chigcago as its closest competitor. I believe the unusually high property taxes we are forced to pay in NJ can be directly attributed to the entrenched corruption buffeting this place. It's not economically feasible for any home owner earning a 'middle class' to continue residence in this state

Aug. 12 2009 02:36 PM
Johnny S from Cranford, NJ

"While doing our research"? Please. I read the book. He simply rewrote newspaper articles, added some rumors from around the statehouse and crapped out a book. Anyone armed with google and some free time can also be an "expert" on this.

Aug. 12 2009 12:31 PM
APH from The petrochemical refinery state

HJS--you are correct. There is way too much government in this state.

Ingle, you can't blame Corzine (although it is very trendy to do so right now). He did want to change the culture of corruption but it also falls on the residents to stop voting in the same boys into office.

It doesn't matter if Christie or Corzine are governors, God himself can become Governor...as long as the same people are in office, nothing will change. VOTE OUT INCUMBENTS THIS NOVEMBER!

Aug. 12 2009 12:28 PM
Lee from jersey city

This is how corruption in NJ works:
It is not connected to either party, it's like a circus rider jumping party horses. For Example. Leona Beldini, of the current Jersey City scanadal worked for Bret Schundler (Mr Morality). She and her long-time companion were instumental in his winning the election and her companion receieved a commisioners job from him. Toward the end of that term they were already establishing a "democratic Club" in the Heights in JC, and from that point started working on Jerremiah [sic] Healey's candidacy for which Beldidni was rewarded with the deputy mayor job.
Beldini, btw, has a very interesting past, for one thing, she is a former girlfriend of Joe Gallo.

Aug. 12 2009 12:27 PM
Lori from Montclair, Nj

Maybe they need to steal in order to pay their property taxes! :-)

Aug. 12 2009 12:17 PM
hjs from 11211

the problem in NJ is that there are just too many governments. local, county, school boards with no schools.

TOO MANY cooks in the kitchen...

Aug. 12 2009 12:14 PM
Lori from Montclair, Nj

I certainly agree, grew up in Hudson County and am almost accustomed to the corruption.

That said, the recent appointment of Espada's son to a "newly created position" in NY Senate with very curious timing is very Jersey. Oh, and then there's Louisiana and Texas and....

Aug. 12 2009 12:13 PM
Hugh from Brooklyn, NY

New York still has Pedro Espada wangling make-work jobs for his son. We have Hiram Montserrat. Bruno, Spitzer, and on and on. Isn't it the money-grubbing, backroom dealing culture of NYC that spills over into New York State and New Jersey?

Even a great good guy like Charlie Rangel has descended into self-serving money deals.

Aug. 12 2009 12:13 PM
licnyc

Mayor Musto:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9804E4D61631F932A35750C0A9609C8B63

Aug. 12 2009 12:12 PM
licnyc

Don't forget mayor Musto of union city, served as mayor from prison

Aug. 12 2009 12:11 PM
Steve from Middlesex County from lawdaddy1993@yahoo.com

Leonard --

Your promo for this show is somewhat disingenuous. The rabbis-money laundering scam is NOT part of the political corruption, nor is it distinctly NJ. There were 44 arrests, but many were not related to the corruption.

Aug. 12 2009 12:07 PM
Aissa from NJ

Please comment on the continuing corruption at UMDNJ and what can be done about it.

Aug. 12 2009 11:53 AM
bruce

Hey,Lenny Great show!
Intersting how the Rabbi organ trafficking money laundering scheme through Israel has dropped of the the radar screen.
It is part of the New Jersey corruption story,is it NOT??
Very selective.

Aug. 12 2009 09:14 AM

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