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Any guesses how many of these are Dems?

11 Arrested in N.J. Corruption Probe
By TOM HESTER Jr., Associated Press Writer
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TRENTON, N.J. - The FBI arrested 11 public officials, including a mayor and two state lawmakers, Thursday in a federal corruption probe that spread across the state, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

The arrests were related to insurance contracts for local governments, a law enforcement officials said on condition of anonymity because the formal announcement was pending.

Democratic state Assemblymen Mims Hackett Jr. and Alfred E. Steele were both arrested, along with Passaic Mayor Samuel Rivera, the law enforcement official said. Also arrested were the chief of staff to Newark's City Council president, Passaic Councilmen Jonathan Soto and Marcellus Jackson, and five Pleasantville school board members.

Initial court appearances were scheduled Thursday afternoon in Trenton.

The U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, Christopher J. Christie, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Weysan Dun scheduled an afternoon news conference to discuss the case.

Hackett, 65, is also the mayor of Orange, a city of about 33,000 residents 15 miles west of New York City. A phone message left at his office wasn't immediately returned Thursday.

Steele, an assemblyman since 1996 and deputy speaker since 2002, works as a Baptist minister in Paterson and is a Passaic County undersheriff. Jenna Pollard, who answered the phone at Steele's office and identified herself as his chief of staff, said she had no comment and didn't know if Steele had a lawyer.

More than 100 public officials in the state have been convicted on federal corruption charges in the last five years.

Thursday's arrests were the latest in an anti-corruption campaign waged by Christie's office. Two other Democratic state senators, Wayne Bryant of Lawnside and Sharpe James of Newark, are among others facing pending corruption charges.
 

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Gov. Corzine has some explaining to do of his own also, but it's just politics as usual here. BTW, I don't agree it's going to be downplayed by the media - especially not here in NJ
 

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I'm confused. Is Associated Press, who reported this story, part of the evil liberal media cabal?
 

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I'm confused. Is Associated Press, who reported this story, part of the evil liberal media cabal?
Let me repeat-----louder this time
FRONT PAGE NEWS
 

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And if it does make front page prime time from coast to coast, then I'll go kill a crow and throw it on the grille for supper.
 

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Actually crow tastes pretty good. Kinda a cross between dove and redwing black bird. Wrap with bacon and a slice of Jalapeno and jack cheese inside grilled till golden brown. Great dish for feeding a bunch of in-laws.

I hope PETA is listening.
 

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Blood in the water

You can count me among those who think the mainstream press have an obvious political tilt.

But above and beyond that, they love the smell of blood. It draws viewers which sells ads and pays their bills. They may leave the party affiliation off when they list the names. But a genuine scandal is going to get press time. It pays too well not to.

Just my -2$en#e-
 

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Would you like fries with that?

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Now he's going to come back insisting that every paper run a 72 pt banner headline about it and every TV channel break into regular programming with a 30-minute special report, otherwise it's being covered up by the evil left-wing media.
 

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Now he's going to come back insisting that every paper run a 72 pt banner headline about it and every TV channel break into regular programming with a 30-minute special report, otherwise it's being covered up by the evil left-wing media.

Exactly!

That would be nice since they, the Dems or Libs or Libbys(I like that, "Libby", it sounds much more gay) really deserve more headlines because they are so ignored.
 

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Nobody can deny the mainstream media is Liberal.

I was shocked when I read this yesterday though. Katie Couric is actually saying that there are good things going on in Iraq. Personally I can't stand her, I have to give her credit for reporting the truth. The mainstream media only wants to tell everyone about all the bad in Iraq and NEVER mentions the good because they can't stand to give Bush any validation what-so-ever.

http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_247203227.html
 

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Exactly!

That would be nice since they, the Dems or Libs or Libbys(I like that, "Libby", it sounds much more gay) really deserve more headlines because they are so ignored.
Uhh... I think you're confused:



Libby....



Gay...

See the difference?

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Greg55_99 said:
Uhh... I think you're confused:



Libby....



Gay...

See the difference?

Greg
That's just funny right there, I don't care who ya are ~~ Larry the Cable Guy
 

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That's a knee slapper alright. :laugh:
Truth is I knew that was coming or something similar--just a matter of how not if.
Too many Libbies on here for that not to happen:ntlgh:

Now back to my plate of crow burger.:xhere:
 

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:corn: I don't care to see on the news what local fukups in NJ are doing no matter with which party they are affiliated. It doesn't affect me out here in redneck country. They have no impact on legislation here or nationally. It's a local story. Stupid example of news bias.

But the right has got to dig deep the way things have been going for the folks of the party of family values. :roflback:12 national political figures are now under investigation for illegal/immoral activity. The one dem of the bunch is Jefferson of LA. That's not slant or bias, it's a fact. The fact that the news reports the continued collapse of the republican party IS NOT about the media, it's about the republican party's fukups. Not many are any longer willing to fall for blaming the messenger . . . .

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that's why New Yorkers are so depressed....the light at the end of the tunnel is New Jersey.
 

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12 national political figures are now under investigation for illegal/immoral activity. The one dem of the bunch is Jefferson of LA. That's not slant or bias, it's a fact.

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Don't get me wrong Lefty....I am not sticking up for anybody...........but am I missing something?

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)

Jane Harman is under investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly (with the help of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) enlisting wealthy donors to lobby then-House Minority Leader (and current House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi to retain her position as the head Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.V.)

Alan Mollohan is under investigation for using the “earmarking” process to direct contracts to non-profit organizations headed by both campaign contributors and business partners. One report notes that Mollohan aided in giving at least $179 million in U.S. government contracts to twenty-one nonprofit groups and companies that gave $225,427 to the Robert H. Mollohan Family Charitable Foundation, for which Mollohan is secretary.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)

Bob Menendez is under federal investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Newark, N.J. Specifically, investigators are examining whether Menendez had an improper financial relationship with the North Hudson County Action Corp., a non-profit organization in Union City, N.J.


Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) You did mention this guy.

William Jefferson is currently under federal indictment (as of June 2007) on sixteen criminal counts which include racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money-laundering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The indictment says that Jefferson received more than $500,000 in bribes and sought millions more in separate arrangements in which he used his congressional office to negotiate business deals in Africa..


Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.)

Bob Filner was charged with assault and battery on August 19, 2007, following an incident at Dulles airport.
 

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Hey. "Dueling Corrupt Politicians"....

Lawmakers Facing Ethics Questions
By The Associated Press –
4 days ago

Members of Congress under an ethics cloud:

SENATE

_ Larry Craig, R-Idaho, arrested on June 11 in a Minneapolis airport men's room after an undercover officer observed conduct that he said was "often used by persons communicating a desire to engage in sexual conduct." He subsequently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Craig said he did nothing wrong and shouldn't have pleaded guilty. Under intense pressure from fellow Republicans, he announced Saturday that he will resign from the Senate, effective Sept. 30.

_ Pete Domenici, R-N.M., under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee after a watchdog group accused him of trying to pressure David Iglesias, then the U.S. attorney in Albuquerque, N.M., to rush a corruption probe against Democrats to sway the 2006 elections. Iglesias says he believes he was dismissed from his job for resisting Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., who both say they did not pressure him.

_ Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, under investigation for his connection to oil field services contractor Bill Allen, who helped oversee a renovation project that more than doubled the size of Stevens' Alaska home in 2000. Investigators, including FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents, raided Stevens' home July 30. Allen has pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska lawmakers. Stevens has denied any wrongdoing.

_ David Vitter, R-La., apologized July 9 for committing a "very serious sin in my past," acknowledging that his Washington phone number was among those called several years ago by a Washington-area escort service that prosecutors have said was a front for prostitution.

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_ John Doolittle, R-Calif., left the Appropriations Committee after FBI agents raided his Washington-area home. His wife, Julie, ran a business from the home in which she received commissions as a paid fundraiser for her husband's campaigns and her clients included now-jailed GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Doolittle denies any wrongdoing.

_ William Jefferson, D-La., indicted June 4 on federal charges of racketeering, money-laundering and soliciting more than $400,000 in bribes in connection with years of trying to broker business deals in Africa. Investigators raided Jefferson's Washington home and found $90,000 in cash stuffed in his freezer. He has denied wrongdoing.

_ Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., is being investigated by federal prosecutors who are examining his dealings with lobbyists and contractors during the time he chaired the House Appropriations Committee. Lewis, who announced Friday he will seek re-election next year, has denied wrongdoing.

_ Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., stepped down from the House ethics committee after federal agents began a probe of federal funds he helped steer to nonprofit groups and his participation in some real estate investments. Mollohan says he has done nothing wrong.

_ Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., faces a federal inquiry into a land swap that netted his former business partner, friend and campaign donor $4.5 million. Renzi also has faced scrutiny from the Federal Election Commission, which investigated allegations that he channeled prohibited corporate funds into his 2002 campaign. The FEC dropped the inquiry, but Renzi paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes while settling the charges. Renzi has denied wrongdoing, but decided against seeking re-election next year.

_ Heather Wilson, R-N.M. The House ethics committee has interviewed former prosecutor Iglesias, a first step toward deciding whether to open an inquiry into allegations that Wilson tried to pressure him to rush indictments in an alleged kickback scheme against Democrats before the November election. Iglesias says he believes he was fired because he resisted Wilson and Domenici. Both say they didn't pressure him.



http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hE-VtFcg3qZTi2mGAzVCz1redDXA

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