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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New York Times on Official Corruption

Scrubbing New Jersey Politics
New York Times EDITORIAL - October 14, 2008

Given New Jersey’s well-deserved reputation for official corruption, Gov. Jon Corzine’s proposed ethics reforms come as welcome relief. The only question we would ask is why he took so long. When he campaigned for governor three years ago, Mr. Corzine promised sweeping reforms that would once and for all change the shabby way Trenton does business. Early on, he nibbled around the edges of that pledge — persuading the Legislature to create a state comptroller to monitor government spending and to ban state legislators from simultaneously holding another elected office.

But he failed to tackle the big enchilada of official corruption New Jersey-style: the ease with which contractors seeking government business are able to skirt the law barring campaign contributions to candidates for state office. Mr. Corzine has now issued an executive order, effective in November, to block contractors from laundering their contributions to state candidates through local political organizations. A second order would prohibit these so-called pay-to-play practices at all levels of government, including municipalities and school boards. He also called for legislation prohibiting legislative leaders from using their political action committees to accept contributions from government contractors.

Mr. Corzine has acted at a time when the polls suggest that he could face a tough re-election battle next year. Ethics in government may be a major issue in the campaign, especially if the Republicans nominate Christopher Christie, the United States attorney for New Jersey, who will try to present himself as a crusader against public corruption. However tardy, and whatever the motivation, Mr. Corzine’s moves are welcome and essential. We hope New Jersey’s Legislature will now act quickly.

New York’s governor, David Paterson, has also long argued for reform of Albany’s sleazy mess. But he has done little to improve legislative ethics. We hope Mr. Corzine’s actions will inspire Mr. Paterson to move forward.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Governor Patterson has a lot going for him and his administration but the News article linked in the Times Union claiming that former US Senator Al D'Amato and his firm Park Strategies will be the major player in setting up an upcoming Fundraiser for Patterson is troubling to say the least.

Patterson should be bringing Change and Reform to Albany, not taking Money from the Same Old Institutional players that have Fixed Deals in and around Albany, NYC and more and been part of the Pay to Play culture of Albany.

If Patterson wants to start out on the right foot on any measure of Reform, he should tell Park Strategies and Senator Al D'Amato "Thanks but No Thanks, I don't Want or Need your Money".

Then there would be some Hope left for Albany and NY State.

Here is an interesting and appropriate quote:

"It's a government not for the people; it's for the politicians," he said. "It's worse than organized crime, because the politicians steal legally."

from Robert Matherson on his long term Long Island troubles before he passed away.

Anonymous said...

If D'Amato is hooked to Paterson...we are in major trouble...D'Amato is top sleaze and old master of NY corruption!

And Paterson was doing so well...to this point..now he must be watched!

Anonymous said...

Corzine's act could only be another NY Comm. on Judicial Conduct; i.e. a way to claim things are looked into, but the reality is different. Patterson needs the courage to act. Saint Andrew dropped the ball and ran under a rock on judicial and lawyer corruption. The politician's game; pick off a few of the low lying fruit and leave all the big fruit up in the tree.

angry in ardsley said...

I'm beginning to lose hope in Paterson. Bring in the Feds, it's the only way to clean up the mess New York corruption has thrust on the world economy.

Anonymous said...

Here's the Link to the article on the Fundraiser being set up by the D'Amato firm Park Strategies. While D'Amato's name is not on the invitations, all responses are going through his Executive Assistant. According to the article, neither D'Amato or the Assistant will respond to questions. Petiton Gov Paterson now to "Just Say No"!

LINK: http://www.newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/monday/news/ny-lidama135881859oct13,0,3008754.story

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