Corruption In New Jersey

So what else is new? In a New York Times article on the recent arrests of 44 people for corruption, the Times ponders the question why.

A decade-long building boom has flooded towns with millions of development dollars, as well as wealthy businessmen eager to secure sewer permits and zoning waivers. The Democratic Party firmly dominates local politics, turning most elections into sleepy coronations. The state’s news organizations, once vigorous watchdogs, have been decimated by a deep industry downturn.

Of the public officials arrested, one was a Republican. The rest were Democrats.

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