21 March 2012

Down The Garden Path In The Garden State

New Jersey, particularly in its largest cities, has long had a reputation for corrupt administration.  So it's no surprise that its school boards can teach mobsters a thing or to about lining their pockets.

One of the most egregious examples of such a board is the one in Elizabeth, the state's fourth-largest city.  The arrest of the the school board's president didn't surprise very many people.  Neither did the subpoena of a senior board member or, for that matter, the hiring of friends and relatives of school officials, much less the cheating that allowed the kids of said officials to get free lunches.  Or much of anything else that was revealed by the federal, state and county investigations after The Star-Ledger, the state's largest newspaper (and, to their credit, one of the few in this country that still does anything like investigative journalism), reported on the corruption.

Perhaps the least surprising thing of all was that an internal report said there was no evidence of nepotism, shakedowns and patronage.  Uh-huh, and the American Bar Association finds no misreporting of placement and salary statistics in the schools it accredits.  And George Lincoln Rockwell could find no evidence of racism or anti-Semitism. 

And the $500,000 paid to former State Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein for his work on the "investigation" did nothing to influence the content of that report.  Having spent more than a decade of my life in the Garden State, I absolutely believe him, just as I believe no election fraud was committed in 2000.  And, yes, a single bullet killed JFK.

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