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Steve Adubato: Corzine/Katz e-mail saga tarnished a good man’s reputation

Steve Adubato: Corzine/Katz e-mail saga tarnished a good man’s reputation
BY STEVE ADUBATO
COMMENTARY

Sure, it was only a story for a couple of days, but the "forbidden" e-mails between former Governor Jon Corzine and his ex-girlfriend and powerful union leader Carla Katz provide an excellent case study on how NOT to handle such a sensitive and complex political and PR issue. Corzine led a two-year battle to keep these 123 e-mails private between him and Katz at a time when the state was negotiating a massive contract with thousands of state workers who Katz represented on behalf of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The negotiations were intense and heated and there were lots of sensitive and difficult issues to resolve between the state and its employees at a time where New Jersey's fiscal crisis was beginning to become clear.

Corzine told me on many occasions in television interviews on PBS that these e-mails were in fact private and in no way had anything to do with the negotiations. Further, Corzine insisted that he and Katz communicated in the same way he would have done with other union leaders. He said at the time; "This is not an ongoing, active relationship ... It's no different than my relationship with (state AFL-CIO leader) Charlie Wowkanech". But that just wasn't true.

 

Protection of the N.J. Highlands receives a grade of F

Protection of the N.J. Highlands receives a grade of F
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

The Sierra Club believes that the Highlands are in more jeopardy now than in any time since the passage of the Highlands Act. On the sixth anniversary of the Highlands Act, th...

Trenton should forget N.J. Homebuyers Tax credit and work on toolkit to combat property taxes

Trenton should forget N.J. Homebuyers Tax credit and work on toolkit to combat property taxes
BY PAUL V. TYAHLA
COMMENTARY

Imagine your boss suddenly announced that the company would be giving $5 to the next 20 employees who took their lunch break, and that the money would be coming out of every...

Christie putting squeeze on home rule in N.J.

Christie putting squeeze on home rule in N.J.
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Deliberate or not, the strategy taking shape in the Administration of Gov. Chris Christie chips away at home rule in arguably the only way encroachment on ...

Reforms can make privatization a better tool for N.J.

Reforms can make privatization a better tool for N.J.
BY WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, JR.
COMMENTARY

The recent State Privatization Study by the Zimmer Commission has thrust this concept back into the public square. But privatization is not news to local government...

Vice President Chris Christie could be the ticket for 2012

Vice President Chris Christie could be the ticket for 2012
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Chris Christie is now the national media rock star for political conservatives and Republicans in general. He is to the Morning Joe show on MSNBC wh...

Stop playing politics with women’s health in New Jersey

Stop playing politics with women’s health in New Jersey
BY ANNE MAIESE
COMMENTARY

For 90 years, the non-partisan League of Women Voters of New Jersey has been fighting for women's equality. Frankly, we are disgusted with the need for this fight. It is shamef...

Purchase of Seaview makes sense for Stockton College

Purchase of Seaview makes sense for Stockton College
BY HERMAN J. SAATKAMP, JR.
COMMENTARY

The question is legitimate and natural. Why would The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey purchase Seaview Resort? The answer drives every College decision of ...

Alan Steinberg to appear on NJN’s ‘On the Record’

Alan Steinberg to appear on NJN’s ‘On the Record’

NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist will be joined by Ralph Caputo and host Michael Aron

Alan Steinberg, a NewJerseyNewsroom.com columnist, will appear on this weekends broadcast of "On the Record." The Ne...

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