The Unbearable Banishment: New Jersey: the Tony Soprano state. For real.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

New Jersey: the Tony Soprano state. For real.

The FBI just arrested 44 people and charged them with money laundering and bribery in a sting operation here in New Jersey. Those indicted include three New Jersey mayors, two state assemblyman and five rabbis. The scope of the corruption and arrests is unprecedented, even by New Jersey standards—and that’s saying something!

Included in the arrests was an 87 year-old Chief Rabbi who is charged with taking $200,000 in bribes to launder money through Israel. His congregation is located in (of course) Deal, NJ.

In one bizarre episode, $97,000 cash was delivered in a stuffed Apple Jacks cereal box. By who, I wonder? Paulie Walnuts or Big Pussy?

While accepting a bribe, an informant wearing a wire recorded the mayor of Hoboken claiming he was so popular that he would win the election even if he was “uh, indicted.”

But I think my favorite criminal must be Democrat Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith of Jersey City who ran for office on an anti-corruption platform, telling The New York Times: “I don’t take cash. I don’t let people give me things.” He is charged with taking $15,000 in bribes.

Only $15K? That’s cheap by corruption standards. New Jersey: our crooked politicos work at a discount.

On the same day, Evangelist Tony Alamo, who ran a multimillion-dollar Christian ministry, was convicted of 10 counts of sex abuse with his parishioners, some of whom were minors.

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Politicians and theologians get paid to tell other people how to live their lives. Ironically, you'll never find a more vile and corrupt collection of villainous scumbags on the plant.

Humanity, you never disappoint me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, am not surprised. I don't really know what to say, though. I mean, my mouth opens, but no words come out.

These ponzi guys, these financial terrorists, these corrupt "pillars of the community"....maybe if we shot a few of them....would that discourage others? Probably not.

July 25, 2009 at 11:32 PM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

Ridiculous...rabbis? Come on, that's just pushing it. Hypocrites.

July 26, 2009 at 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems there are only two basic models of politicians - those who are NOT corrupt, but so squeaky clean that they've never lived through difficulty, and can't comprehend what it means to be down and out...

and those that are corrupt and good at it...

July 26, 2009 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Bastard said...

Crooked politicians? Why am I not surprised? Great post sir.

July 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Rob: It seems that no matter what the punishment is, they always think they'll get away with it. We should shoot 'em anyway.

Jo: That's why I posted this. It's to the limit, don't you think?

Daisy: Do you think that people who WANT to get into politics or religion are the same personality types who are easily corruptible? I do.

Jimmy: You're not surprised because that's the way it is, always has been and always will be.

July 26, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I'm keeping that last line tucked in my brain so I can whip it out at some party and let everyone think I'm super witty.

July 26, 2009 at 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Greg T said...

That's my mayor (Peter C.) Hoboken's finest!!

July 26, 2009 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Cat: It's all yours! No charge.

Greg: Lucky you. Nothing but the best for good old Hoboken. Did you vote for him?

July 26, 2009 at 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'm the only person alive who has never seen a single episode of the Sopranos. But, I have been lucky enough to find Tony Alamos flyers on my windshield. Corrupt is corrupt--whether you're an evangelical preacher or a rabbi...either side of the Mason-Dixon line.

July 26, 2009 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

"Politicians and theologians get paid to tell other people how to live their lives. Ironically, you'll never find a more vile and corrupt collection of villainous scumbags on the plant."


July 27, 2009 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger sid said...

Oh you're shitting me. Rabbis? I ... completely shocked. Rabbis? I mean I'm used to hearing about priests fiddliing little boys. Old news. But rabbis?

July 27, 2009 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

I saw Pussy on the street in NYC!

New York is ACE for celebrity siting!

July 27, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Anonymous popomatic jeff said...

Our recent political scandals make the old Boss Tweed, Tamany Hall days look like puritan times.

July 28, 2009 at 3:13 PM  

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