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Monday, March 05, 2007

Corzine Admits He Gave Additional Gifts To State Employee Union President

Governor Jon Corzine admitted to the Star-Ledger that he gave additional gifts to state employee union president Carla Katz and hinted that he “pre-funded” them to avoid "ongoing financial connections".

Gov. Jon Corzine has acknowledged for the first time that, while a candidate for governor in 2005, he gave state workers union leader Carla Katz, his former girlfriend, substantial gifts beyond what he previously disclosed.

Corzine previously said that he forgave a $470,000 mortgage on Katz's home in Hunterdon County, but he had not spoken publicly of other gifts.

In an Aug. 8, 2005, interview, he said he wrote off the loan because Katz couldn't afford to repay it. He was adamant that his financial relationship with Katz had ended: "We have no additional gifts still outstanding."
Blue Jersey blogger, Jay Lassite, dismisses this news with:

While I have never had a girlfriend myself, I kinda thought the whole point was to do nice stuff for one another?
Typically “the nice stuff for one another" comes during the relationship, not after. During his relationship with Katz, Corzine loaned her $470,000. After they broke up he forgave the loan, “pre-funded” other substantial gifts and paid her taxes on the gifts. Isn’t that a bit odd? And why is Corzine admitting all this to the Star-Ledger now?

Speaking of odd, wouldn’t you think Katz would support union products and services? Well, not apparently when the Katz kids are involved. According to the same Ledger article, Katz and her ex-husband Larry McKim, a NJ public school teacher, send their children to a private school - in Pennsylvania.

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At 3:35 PM, Anonymous njcons said...

Perhaps the biggest gift of all was Corzine blocking the Legislature from amending union contracts and negotiating while having a substantial conflict of interest.

At 7:55 PM, Blogger Karl said...

njcons.......just FYI: Katz's local, CWA Local 1034, is only 1 of 2 unions that DO NOT support the negotiated contract. Katz is encouraging CWA members to vote NO on the negotiated contract. So I guess Corzine's "payoff" hasn't helped his cause in regards to the Union contract.

At 6:15 AM, Anonymous njcons said...

What's up with Katz's condo as reported in the Ledger today. Perhaps the US Attorney should be starting to investigate Corzine's relationship with KAtz. The conflict of interest here is truley astounding.....

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

So much for Doug Forrester engaging in smear politics, eh?

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question is, how deep does this go?

This is what has been uncovered to date:

Katz receives a Seaton Hall Law School, full scholarship right after Corzine makes a million dollar donation to the school.

Corzine paid $22,000 per year, for each of her two children, to attend a private Catholic school in Pennsylvania.

Corzine forgave a 490,000 "mortgage" to purchase a home in Hunterdon County.

Katz is currently making renovations to that home (while renting another home in the area) where the cost of renovation is estimated at $700,000.

The purchase of a million dolllar condo in Corzine's building.

All this on a $109,000 annual salary!

Sure makes me sick!

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous njcons said...

The Ledger quotes Corzine as saying he made payments to her for her kids and stuff to eliminate any ongoing financial ties. Christ! I wouldn't be that nice to an ex-girlfriend.... Who would except a man that has a real bad skeleton in the closet. Hmmm.... Pictures of ol' Jon in Diapers? In bed with a sheep? Or maybe a copy of the rumored tape where he bad mouths blacks while drunk at a party?

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Enlighten-NewJersey said...


The possible connection between “the tape” and Corzine’s post romantic gift giving to Katz has crossed our minds several times since 2005. A shakedown seems to make the most sense of all the theories we’ve heard - especially considering Corzine has admitted he “pre-funded” several “substantial” gifts to Katz.

The Ledger seems to be hinting at a connection between Corzine’s largess to Katz and her union’s support for his election campaign and his recent contract offer. The contract seems to be, as you previously commented, a gift to the state's unions.

Who knows, but the generous ex-boyfriend theory seems the least likely of all explanations.

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