A second look at the crazy corruption case Christie cut his teeth on, and more
As buzz about the vice presidential prospects of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie grows, you might want to check out a truly entertaining book about the crazy New Jersey corruption case that Christie prosecuted as a U.S. Attorney and helped build his reputation on.
You might remember that in July, 2009, 44 people were arrested, including three mayors, five Orthodox Jewish rabbis, two state legislators and a former stripper-turned-politician.
Their crimes ranged from bribery and extortion to money-laundering and black market organ sales.
The story is vividly told by veteran journalists Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin in the book, The Jersey Sting, which has just been published in paperback.
If you want a little more of a taste, listen to the authors' interview with Marty Moss-Coane on Radio Times.
And on another subject, have you heard the claim that times are so hard for young-uns that 85 percent of college graduates have moved back in with their parents?
This has been cited in many media accounts and was recently repeated in a political ad by American Crossroads, the Republican political group associated with Karl Rove.
Well, Politifact investigated and found the statistic to be totally bogus. The number is often attributed to a survey done by a Philadelphia-area company called Twentysomething. Politifact tried to check with the firm about the survey, and found....
"The company's website had an impressive list of staffers, but when we checked on them, we found several who either didn't work for the company or appeared to be fictional.
We tracked down the president of the company, David A. Morrison, in the Bahamas, where he said he `owns many homes.' He said the company went out of business a few years ago and that the survey is now out of date. He answered some of our questions but then ended the call, asking us not to contact him again."
The real number for college kids moving back with mom and dad: probably around 40 percent. Read the rest of Politifact post here.