Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | November 25, 2009

Corruption part 2

A couple of days ago I talked about New Jersey being a corrupt state.

Even New Jersey residents think the state is corrupt. In fact, 71 percent of voters think that this is a “very serious” for New Jersey, according to a poll released in September. Residents here think the state is more corrupt than anywhere else in the country. Duh!

According to Inside New Jersey magazine, the state’s first documented bribe was in 1703. And it continues today. Two proposed reasons:  the state “is crawling” with local officials, according to the article. New Jersey has 566 municipalities, which it points out is even more than California, in spite of having less that one quarter of the Golden State’s population. That means lots of local politicians ripe for the picking.

Reason two: these local politicians don’t make much money from their political jobs.

We journalists don’t make much money from our jobs either. In fact, I’m open to receiving some envelopes stuffed with $5,000. Just sayin’.


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