Even for scandal-ridden New Jersey the catch of corrupt public officials snared by a drag net thrown by the FBI was startling. In all 11 face charges that they accepted bribes in the awarding of publicly funded grants.
It gets worse. Two state legislators were also nabbed by the FBI, one of whom chairs the committee that has jurisdiction over ethics reform in the General Assembly. Talk about the fox guarding the chicken coop. Shocking as this high-level bribery case is, even to jaded residents, the connections many of the indicted have to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is hardly a surprise. Norman Kjono walks us through the ties that bind.