Friday, March 16, 2007

You can't make this up

Is this a romance made in hell or what? The governor of New Jersey broke up with his girlfriend and forgave a half-million-dollar mortgage loan he had given her. He also may have paid her kids' tuition and helped her with other expenses.

He's Gov. Jon S. Corzine and Carla is Carla Katz, president of New Jersey's biggest state employee union -- Communications Workers of America local.

The arrangments were an issue in 2005. But the conflict-of-interest questions became stronger recently when it was learned that three months ago Katz bought a luxury condominium for $1.1 million in the same waterfront Hoboken building where Corzine lives.

At the same time, she was completing more than $500,000 in renovations to the country home he helped her buy. All that on her $104,000 salary?

New Jersey newspapers don't ask near enough questions. But compared to the last governor, Corzine might be less complicated. And the whole story sounds like a whisper in the ear from some disaffected unions who aren't getting along nearly so intimately with the governor.

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