The second story shows why we have to put "gifts" in quotation marks. It traces a typical quid pro quo (that is, a favor or advantage given or expected in return for something) of NJ "gift" giving -- how those payoffs get you expedited service at the Department of Environmental Protection.
The story, "DEP e-mails follow lawmaker's request," tells us that, "Days before his arrest on federal corruption charges, a state assemblyman called New Jersey's environmental protection agency seeking help for a developer prosecutors say gave the lawmaker $15,000 in bribes."
This is a textbook example of how bribery and corruption transforms a culture of fairness with an even playing field and equal opportunity for all into a murky swamp land of mobsters and crooks.
Just a question. In what course at what university or business school will they teach that this is a textbook example of wrong conduct?
Better yet. At what Yeshiva or Christian Seminary will they give lessons on how to detect and deter such corruption?
None that we know of.
The list of "gift" recipients from the Record:
The informant at the center of a recent corruption scandal was a frequent campaign contributor before he went undercover. Here’s some of the recipients, and what they say they will do with the money now.
|Recipient||Total received||Plans for the money|
|N.J. Republican State Committee.||$51,000||Giving to charity|
|Assembly Republican Victory Committee.||$20,000||Keeping it|
|U.S. Rep. Frank J. Pallone, Jr., D-Long Branch||$18,900||Charity|
|State Sen. Thomas Kean Jr., R-Westfield||$8,400||Charity*|
|State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, R-Monmouth||$5,200||Charity|
|N.J. Democratic State Committee||$6,500||Keeping it|
|U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.||$3,500||Charity|
|State Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth||$2,750||Charity|
|State Sen. Brian Stack, D-Union City||$2,600||No response|