McGreevey resigns, this time from his job
at Lesniak’s law office
Former N.J. Governor Resigns From Law Firm Amid Flap Over Work for Developers. The developers are involved with the “Xanadu” project in the Meadowlands, which is worth an estimated $1.3 billion.
Good to see that McGreevey has developed a respect for both the letter and spirit of the law, something he was lacking during his three years in office.
And then there’s that “Xanadu” name for the Meadowlands project. . .
To those of us with literary inclinations, or minds for trivia, or both, the name Xanadu doesn’t quite strike a good note when it comes to real estate development atop a swamp. (The Meadowlands are on a swamp, or, more nicely put, wetlands.) Look up the poem where Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote,
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea
So far so good, in keeping with the swampy theme. But scroll down a bit and you’ll find something for a sequel of The Exorcist:
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon lover!
And further down,
The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure dome with caves of ice!
Caves of ice in the Meadowlands? No, thanks.