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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Conflict? Oops!

You've got to wonder what kind of background checks Gov. Corzine's office conducts before making nominations. Case in point: His naming Monday of Gabriella E. Morris to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission, which oversees lobbying and campaign finance. Only problem: Morris is registered with ELEC as a lobbyist for Prudential Insurance.

The conflict is clear and is reflected in ELEC's code of ethics: No commissioner or employee can engage in any profession ELEC regulates. Once informed of the no-no, Morris withdrew her name from consideration Tuesday.

Doesn't anybody in Trenton ask hard questions before filling vacancies? With all the talk about potential conflicts of interest, didn't somebody seek assurance that Morris' resume was beyond dispute? Assuming she knew the ELEC's scope of responsibilities, why didn't she mention the conflict to somebody in Corzine's office? It's yet another example of an administration that doesn't show an ethical pulse. No wonder it's open to embarrassment.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the gov's office is quite clueless.Did Corzine actually earn his millions while he was working on Wall Street?Talk about incompetance.

5:06 PM, October 30, 2007  

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