Thursday, July 30, 2009

Not Beautiful. But Quite Dirty. And Rich -- NJ Corruption Scandal

Gotta love New Jersey. Politicians there never let you down for a good news story. The corruption scandal that surfaced last week has to date gotten a mixture of 44 politicians, rabbis, and other officials arrested. Don't you just love the money hungry? Greed is one of the seven deadly sins so it's been around for a while. Money talks, bullshit walks.

I wonder what it takes for one to cross the line. The young mayor of Hoboken was a bartender on the side so obviously his paycheck wasn't sufficing. If he earned a little more, would he have been less likely to take the bribes? Do you have to be a bad person to give in? Would the average person refuse to get involved? I just wonder whether it's easy to look on the outside in and judge. I personally think most of them are assholes, but that's because well...I'm on the outside looking in. Below are some of the key players in the whole thing.

Seacaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell was one of the biggest figures named. Not that you should judge a book by its cover, but he just looks like an asshole.

The youngin' of the crew, Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III started his political career on the wrong track. He's been mayor less than a month! From some of the quotes I've heard, he's a cocky little bastard. Unfortunately, his newborn is most likely gonna be daddyless for a while.

Brooklyn had to be a part of this somehow huh? And in the most shameful way. Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum preyed on desperate and sick people, buying kidneys for $10,000 and selling them for $160,000. The worse.

And this guy (Jersey City political operative Jack Shaw) couldn't take the heat so got his ass out the kitchen. He was found dead 5 days after his arrest. They found pills and it is assumed he committed suicide. I guess depending on what you believe, he may be getting more heat than he can stand right now.

Laundering and laundromats. Irony? One guy laundered money in his apartment above the laundromat. How cute.

1 comment:

  1. Great article, but for one mistake. The Hoboken Mayor was not a bartender on the side. He was a well-connected election lawyer. He bartended at a local festival as a volunteer last week.