New Jersey’s governor-elect Jon Corzine came through the other day by tapping Rep. Bob Menendez to fill his vacated Senate seat. Some partisans opponents of the nomination couldn’t be more outraged. But the New York Times? Listen to its editorializing:
… since entering politics as a corruption-fighting mayor of Union City, N.J., Mr. Menendez has become a proponent of business as usual….Most recently, Mr. Menendez has failed to answer questions about his relationship with Kay LiCausi, a young former aide of his. He has helped her get hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying contracts and political consulting work….The last elected governor, James McGreevey, had to resign over such a situation. And Mr. Corzine got involved with the head of a union representing state workers, then forgave her a loan of more than $400,000 when the relationship ended….
Not since Rome has a one-party state had so many main squeezes on the imperial payroll.