Friday, July 24, 2009

The take on Hudson County

It's just like old times.

44 arrests have been made across northern New Jersey, for public corruption and money laundering:
Hudson County was particularly hard hit as two mayors, a state assemblyman, a former state assemblyman, a city council president, a deputy mayor and many other public figures were charged in criminal complaints with using their offices to get cash bribes.

The former mayor of Bayonne, although not charged, was forced to resign his state post after FBI investigators raided his home and office.
That news has two obvious implications:
  • it re-assures us in at least one of our basic geographical prejudices;
  • it reminds us of that golden oldie: the true mark of a recession is when the Mafia have to lay-off New Jersey judges from the pay-roll.
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