Tuesday, July 28, 2009
How does a state live down this reputation? California may be on the verge of bankruptcy but New Jersey leads the nation in indictments of public officials. Curiously, few citizens of New Jersey seem to worry about it, but ultimately, it is a problem. Companies may think twice about their presence in a state where officials have their hands out. New Jersey's first step in recovering its reputation is to put an end to corruption. That may be a decades long task but it is an essential one. This will require change down to the local municipal level, which will be difficult indeed. Or, citizens can choose to live with a sleazy reputation as they have for decades.