McGreevances roll along
The Star Ledger editorial today
Later, after the feds arrested D’Amiano, McGreevey claimed he often cited Machiavelli in conversation. Merely an innocent literary reference, he said. Yesterday, McGreevey’s lawyer said maybe D’Amiano had prompted the governor to unwittingly use the word.
All of which suggests the governor left out an entire laundry list of reasons for why he should resign when he said he was quitting Nov. 15 because he’d had an extramarital affair with a man. If his lawyer is to be believed, one of the other reasons might be that he’s too naive to be governor
John McLaughlin is asking
Lesniak contends that McGreevey has done a good job, especially controlling development in the Highlands and the price of auto insurance. He might have added straightening out the E-ZPass boondoggle and a few other achievements.
But isn’t this what the governor gets paid to do? Or is his salary based on how many rebate checks get mailed out, how many focus groups he consults, how many voters he raps with, how many trips he takes courtesy of the taxpayers?
Maybe he truly was ignorant of the fact that his chief of staff and chief counsel, even before he took office, were using their connections with him to enrich themselves through the questionable sale of billboards, some of them on state land in towns that had previously banned them.
Maybe he thought the voters preferred he stay in luxurious digs as he celebrated himself in Ireland.
Maybe he wasn’t aware of the policy on State Police helicopters — that they’re not to be used for political or private trips. The Democratic State Committee had to pay $18,200 for those rides after they were uncovered.
Maybe the governor didn’t know all these things. Then again, maybe he didn’t want to know.
But McGreevey knew what he was about as he set the tone for the voracious political fund-raising of the past three years, the no-bid and pay-to-play contracts. That’s the same governor who promised “to change the way we do business in Trenton.”
Lesniak discounted all of that. He said that McGreevey made just one “big mistake” and that was getting mixed up with Golan Cipel, the Israeli national with whom he had the affair. Putting Cipel on the state payroll, trying to foist him off as state director of homeland security in the aftermath of 9/11, which took the lives of 691 New Jerseyans — that’s not enough for him to leave office, said Lesniak.
Political Party Fundraiser David D’Amiano Pleads Guilty, but McGreevey says it was an innocent “literary allusion” of the sort he often makes. I can’t wait for McGreevey to recite the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales to the Feds one of these days.