By John Tamny of RealClearMarkets
Last month federal agents arrested a large number of New Jersey politicians on bribery and money laundering charges. As described in the Wall Street Journal, one $97,000 bribe was handed off in an empty Apple Jacks box.
Last week the New York Post exposed the highly suspect activities of State Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. A self-described “hero” to his largely Hispanic constituency, Espada was somehow able to secure for his son a $120,000/year state job. The only problem was that no one in the son’s downtown Manhattan office had ever seen him before because he’d never shown up for work.