Corzine Disclosure

Here’s an interesting editorial from The Home News Tribune:

Corzine-Katz affair is public’s business

Home News Tribune Online 03/11/07

carla-katz-jon-corzine-hoboken.jpgIt was Sir Walter Scott who said, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” And there’s little doubt the web in which Gov. Jon S. Corzine and union chief Carla Katz find themselves is more tangled than ever. Last week, as word of Katz’s profligate spending spread, and as the governor stumbled over explanations of what he had and had not given her — and when he had given it — the artless do-gooder image the governor has burnished since he left his private millionaire’s life for a turn in the public spotlight took a beating.

And then the governor clammed up, claiming it was his personal life and he would keep it secret if he chose.

What the governor willfully misconstrued, of course, was the nature of the interest in his financial and personal entanglement with Katz.

Most New Jerseyans would be happy to let the governor keep his love life to himself; they are interested in knowing the details of his relationship with Katz not simply because he is the governor, but because she is the leader of one of the state’s largest and most powerful unions. New Jerseyans certainly deserve to know enough about the personal relationship between them in order to judge for themselves whether the entanglement is influencing the actions he takes on taxpayers’ behalf. Reforming state employees’ benefits and pensions is one of the largest issues confronting Corzine. He has so far produced a groundbreaking labor deal that gives hefty raises in return for first-ever concessions on benefits. He also, however, stepped over his bounds to stop the Legislature from making long-overdue regulatory reforms to the employees’ benefit system.

Equally disheartening about the emerging details of the governor and union leader’s tangled web is what could be construed as a seemingly conscious effort to deceive the public about the true nature and duration of the relationship. When Corzine and Katz’s financial relationship became an issue during the campaign, Corzine led reporters to believe that his gifts to her ended with an interest-free mortgage that was later forgiven. That, we now know, is not the case. There are other gifts, and they appear to be sizable. The governor also has several times seemed to fudge the dates on the sharing of his largess.

For her part, Katz seems to have gone out of her way to try and hide her purchase of a $1.1 million condominium in Hoboken by forming a corporation so her name would not appear on the deed. And her decision to campaign against the new labor agreement — an agreement that appears headed for approval regardless — looks a little too much like political cover. The employees she represents have a right to be angry about Katz’s high-profile spending and ought to be suspicious of where she got the money. But that is their fight; ours is with Corzine.

By refusing to elaborate on the details of his relationship with Katz, the governor gives the impression that what he is hiding is worse than what anyone might imagine. What we imagine is not good: an ongoing relationship and a deliberate attempt to hide it in order that both Corzine and Katz can have their cake and eat it, too. We already have lived through a governor with a secret personal life that spilled over into his public office. It ended badly — for everyone.

If for no other reason than the memory of James E. McGreevey, the people of New Jersey deserve a full accounting.

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24 Comments on "Corzine Disclosure"


ShimShady
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9 years 6 months ago

Blaming Hoboken for Corzine’s corruption makes no sense at all. He’s a veteran of business and he moved here like what, 5 years ago, and has enough money and statewide support to be “above the fray”.

I actually like Corzine, but he’s got to cut the comedy with this woman- this was the chic he forgave a $500K loan (I think)? Anyway, either he is with her, and disclose the relationship and recuse/advise accordingly or he’s not and cut the crap.

nihil72
Member
9 years 6 months ago

Sorry ’bout the double post. Don’t know how that happened… 😳

nihil72
Member
9 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”16794″]
I’m hoping to move to Orange County, CA by end of year. However nihil, don’t expect things to be great there regarding government. Taxes are higher for various reasons.

Though I like the governator, I’m not sure how he’s going to handle some of the funding issues. I mean, the previous Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, T-800 is tough being that it was constructed of Ti-W Titanium-Tunngsten alloy, but California is a difficult battle. Perhaps the governator’s last and final Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, T-850 will be able to handle the hits it’s definitely going to take. Who knows, I hope so. I have less than a year to get there.[/quote]

I’m aiming to end up in the L.A. area, the T-800’s old stomping grounds (don’t know what I’d do if the T-1000 or the T-X showed up). I’ve heard about the taxes, but I figure NJ’s taxes will be even higher before much longer, what with Gov. Shifty in charge of things.

Vote Kyle Reese!

nihil72
Member
9 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”16794″]
I’m hoping to move to Orange County, CA by end of year. However nihil, don’t expect things to be great there regarding government. Taxes are higher for various reasons.

Though I like the governator, I’m not sure how he’s going to handle some of the funding issues. I mean, the previous Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, T-800 is tough being that it was constructed of Ti-W Titanium-Tunngsten alloy, but California is a difficult battle. Perhaps the governator’s last and final Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, T-850 will be able to handle the hits it’s definately going to take. Who knows, I hope so. I have less than a year to get there.[/quote]

I’m aiming to end up in the L.A. area, the T-800’s old stomping grounds (don’t know what I’d do if the T-1000 or the T-X showed up). I’ve heard about the taxes, but I figure NJ’s taxes will be even higher before much longer, what with Gov. Shifty in charge of things.

Vote Kyle Reese!

westy
Member
9 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”16712″][quote comment=”16692″]OMG!!!!
You mean a politician from Hoboken might be crooked? :roll:[/quote]

Not that I’m defending him in this mess, or Hoboken pols for that matter, but you really can’t consider him a “Hoboken politician.” He didn’t come up through the Hoboken system. He moved to Hoboken from Summit after his divorce — I guess to lead the single life. A “Hoboken politican” would be Roberts, Russo, etc.[/quote]

He may not be a B&R but he is most certainly a Hoboken politician. 😯

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