From our friends at the Wall Street Journal, we bring you the latest attention grabbing headline: “New Jersey’s ‘Italian’ problem.” Please ask the Wall Street Journal at askMainStreet@wsj.com, how did this New Jersey corruption scandal involving rabbis among others, turn into an “Italian Problem.”
“For the American innocent abroad, learning what our sophisticated European cousins consider scandalous can be instructive. So in the thick of an uproar involving Italy’s prime minister, a blonde call girl and lurid sex tapes, it was illuminating to flip on the TV and watch what had made the evening news: footage of a large group of politicians being carted off in handcuffs.
These were not Italian politicians, however. These were from New Jersey.
Here in Italy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has responded to his latest scandal by saying that “Italians want me this way.” Thus far in New Jersey, no elected official has been that blatant. Yet this November’s race between incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie will test whether New Jersey voters are fed up with the way their state has become a synonym for corruption.” (WSJ July 28, 2009)