Two public interest lawyers are preparing to file a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee accusing Senator Jon Corzine with falsifying a federal disclosure document. Bruce Afran and Carl Mayer believe Corzine committed a federal felony
by failing to disclose a $470,000 loan he made to a state employee union boss, Carla Katz.
Afran and Mayer, frequent thorns in the sides of candidates from both parties, maintain that Corzine was obligated under Senate ethics rules to disclose the loan and subsequent gift and that his intentional omission constitutes a federal crime.
"There is no girlfriend loophole," Afran said. "One of the highest-ranking union officers in the state is given a half-million-dollar gift by a sitting U.S. Sen... That is precisely the type of transaction the Senate wants to know about."
Both Afran and Mayer ran unsuccessfully for statewide office under the Green Party banner in 2000; Afran sought a U.S. Senate seat and Mayer ran for Congress.