Friday, July 24, 2009

44 arrested in New Jersey corruption scandal

I need to start out by saying that I'm not extremely familiar with New Jersey, only been there twice, once driving through to get to DC, the other time was in error, taking the Path from NYC over to Hoboken by mistake. That being said, I haven't heard much good about the state. This news doesn't make it sound like a great place to live either...

A total of 44 people were arrested in a sting that included rabbis, mayors, assemblymen, building and fire inspectors and city planning and utility officials. The network is alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars through Jewish charities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey, as well as black-market trafficking of kidneys and fake Gucci handbags. I'm a huge fan of The Sopranos, which took place in New Jersey. These guys were pretty tough gangsters, doing most anything they could to make money. Even Tony never considered trafficking black market kidneys! That's just nasty.

This is, apparently, a common problem in New Jersey, considering more than 130 public officials have plead guilty or have been convicted of corruption since 2001. I think there is only one solution to this problem, time to rid the US of New Jersey. If we were to nuke NJ, what would we miss? The New Jersey Nets?! Nope, they suck. Atlantic City?! Nope, put a few casinos in OOB or on Coney Island. Can anyone think of anything else? We could incorporate Washington DC as the new 50th state, so we wouldn't have to change the US flag. Anyone with me on this?