An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:
On official corruption in New Jersey government:
It sounds a little bit like the beginning of an old joke -- three mayors, two assemblymen and a group of rabbis walk into a diner ...
But the joke is on us and it's not funny anymore.
With ... the indictments of 44 government officials and religious leaders for various corrup-tion and money laundering charges, New Jersey maintains its status at the top of the "most corrupt state" charts. ...
The bigger issue here is how corruption has become so commonplace in this state and what we can do about it. The sad truth is -- not much.
Since 2001, more than 130 public officials have pleaded guilty or been convicted of corruption in New Jersey. That number ought to shock us, but it doesn't.
Like many residents, we've lost all faith in state government. The threads of corruption and graft run so deep here that even starting over from scratch wouldn't end it. ...
We would suggest that something has to be done to stop that cancer from spreading, but we fear it may be too late. The patient is terminal.
-- Burlington County Times,Willingboro, N.J.