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Old 02-28-2007, 07:17 PM
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Subpoenas delivered to Corzine's office seek budget documents
Posted by The Star-Ledger February 28, 2007 4:34PM

Federal investigators delivered a subpoena to Gov. Jon Corzine's office this afternoon, demanding budget documents in the latest development of a widening corruption probe into millions of dollars in special interest grants.

In an effort to determine what the governor's office knew about the grants, federal prosecutors are seeking budget records, e-mails and other documents for the budget years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

That period spans the administrations of governors James E. McGreevey, Richard Codey, and Corzine, who are all Democrats. While the grants are initiated by lawmakers in a secretive process, the governor must approve them or use his line-item veto to strike them from the budget or reduce them.

Today's move came less than two weeks after U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie served similar subpoenas on both the Democratic and Republican leadership in both the Senate and the Assembly, seeking information on how millions in public funds were handed out over the past three years.

The governor's office confirmed FBI agents delivered the subpoena to the governor's counsel's office this afternoon.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office declined comment.

At issue is more than $1.2 billion in secretive, last-minute budget additions that the Legislature has tacked on to the budget over the past five years. The grants - typically earmarked for pet projects in legislators' home districts - have long been known in Trenton as "Christmas tree items," and have been utilized by lawmakers from both parties for things like road construction, ball fields, school or non-profit programs.

The money has usually been disproportionately distributed in the districts of whatever party controls the Statehouse, records have shown. Sources with direct knowledge of the probe have said that prosecutors are exploring whether any lawmakers sought to steer money to organizations that would have directly benefited them or their families.

Treasury Department records related to the Christmas tree grants have already been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney, indicating a growing interest in the matter by prosecutors as far back as November.

The investigation grew out of an ongoing inquiry into Sen. Wayne Bryant (D-Camden).

Contributed by Jeff Whelan

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I'm sure this is all perfectly innocent...nothing to see here..please move along
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Old 03-03-2007, 01:48 PM
Location: Bricktown N.J.
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Shocked? Not me. Democrat or Republican, what does it matter? These people answer to no one. We need new faces and new ideas to change things in government. People must vote and change their thinking when it comes to being unable to make a difference. It starts with one and it WILL blossom into many. Vote for new names, across party lines and we will see changes. We have the right and we will be heard. The time for change is NOW!
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