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Thursday, March 09, 2006

NJ Gov. Bails Lobbyist Out Of Jail

Gov. Jon Corzine's decision to bail out a lobbyist accused of stalking the head of the Democrat State Committee has managed to raise more than a few eyebrows here in New Jersey. That’s saying something in a state where people generally yawn at the revelation of each new political scandal.

Corzine has admitted loaning Karen Golding, a lobbyist with Prudential Financial, $5,000 to cover her bail after she was arrested for allegedly stalking Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D-Union), the Democrat State Committee executive director, on Feb. 6.

Golding had worked on the gubernatorial campaign of disgraced, former Gov.Jim McGreevey in 1997 before signing on as one of Corzine's first senate campaign employees in 2000. On Wednesday night, after a town hall meeting in West Long Branch, Corzine said that he had recommended Golding to Prudential after the 2000 campaign.

Corzine’s “generosity” got him into hot water during his campaign for governor last year when it was revealed that he had given Carla Katz, the president of the largest state employees union, a $470,000 loan for a mortgage, which he later forgave. He also donated millions to organizations controlled by New Jersey's Democratic power brokers.

Corzine now admits it was a mistake to bail Golding out of jail. "I think I was reacting like a human being would react,” Corzine said. All I can say is the politicians in New Jersey live a very weird and tangled life. Unfortunately, the citizens of the state wind up paying the price for their political shenanigans.
Blogger Bob the Corgi said...

The thing that is so worrisome about this story is that the Gov acted without consulting his advisors. He's been in politics for a while so even if he did get into office via a non-traditional pathway, he should know by now that he can't conduct himself as if he was a private citizen.

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