In case anyone was wondering what did Al-Jazeera had to say about the NJ scandals, Jeff Jarvis of Buzz Machine has a link to Was McGreevey ‘sex scandal’ an Israeli Intelligence operation?! where some columnist says
This was a blackmail scheme intended to place Golan Cipel in a position of intense interest to Israeli intelligence.
More al-J accurate and insightful reporting coming up soon, I’m sure.
Under the terms of the deal, Kushner will admit to retaliating against Esther and William Schulder, his estranged sister and brother-in-law, for cooperating with federal investigators. Prosecutors charged that Kushner arranged for a prostitute to seduce William Schulder, then sent a videotape of the encounter to Schulder’s wife as humiliating payback.
Kushner also plans to acknowledge that he defrauded the IRS of $300,000 by improperly claiming about $1 million in charitable donations. And he will plead guilty to filing false statements with the Federal Election Commission to conceal unauthorized campaign contributions.
While on the subject of money, Kathy Matheson of Asbury Park Press points out that Acting governors can draw 2 paychecks. NJ taxpayers already need two paychecks to keep up with the tax burden, so why shouldn’t the acting governors? (In case any NJ taxpayers are thinking of run off to a monastery, the Tax Prof Blog says “Vow of Poverty” No Shield Against Tax Liability for Federal taxes — state & local taxes can’t be far behind. So maybe the monastery is not a good idea.)
Turns out we aren’t the only ones wanting McGreevey to leave immediately. According to an AP story in today’s Trentonian Party feeding frenzy: Dem bigs hope to force special election
Gov. McGreevey’s departure from office has turned Democrats into cannibals as they scratch and claw at each other to fill the voids of power.
Democratic power brokers are finalizing a deal that would have McGreevey step down as early as the end of the week to pave the way for a special election in November.
Steve Kornacki has details.
The above photo, BTW, is from Monday’s demonstration. Yesterday’s had twice the number of people. Which is more than at a Kerry Front-Porch Chat, especially if you don’t count the bodyguards and Kerry’s staff.
But moving right along. In The Town Topics front-page story,
Members of Princeton University’s Pride Alliance said they felt that the governor leaving office after declaring that he is gay could reflect poorly on the gay community.
“I feel that the focus of [Gov. McGreevey’s] resignation will be on his coming out, rather than on issues of political patronage,” said Jessie Weber, co-president of Pride Alliance. “It would be really unfortunate if Americans were led to believe that he had to resign because he is gay.”
The world’s smallest violin plays on, since the NJN commentator/reporter also stated that McG’s going to lose “his job, his home, his transportation”. daHiller noticed, and suggests McG try Craig’s List.
There are at least two on-line petitions calling for McGreevey to step down: Blog visitor Jeff has this one, and Roberto links to this one. Also don’t forget to call, email or snail-mail McGreevey if you haven’t already (scroll down for links).