Republicans: Not our fight

The Star-Ledger reported yesterday that the Governor Jon Corzine’s administration is considering a proposal from jailed developer/McGreevey fundraiser/video producer Charles Kushner and embattled ex-U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli to operate a for-profit medical school in New Jersey; today the same newspaper broke the story that Kushner is being moved from a federal prison in Alabama to a halfway house in New Jersey after serving just half of his sentence. One might think that a story that involves Kushner and Torricelli gives New Jersey Republicans a great opportunity to take a shot at their rivals — yet by 5 PM today there has been no Republican comment. Corzine is in a bad spot. One of his aides complained that the medical school plan began when James E. McGreevey was Governor and progressed under Richard Codey’s tenure in office; Codey declined to make a final decision, leaving it up to Corzine — who was criticized by Republicans last year for his interest in purchasing the New Jersey Nets with Kushner in a deal brokered by the sometimes toxic Torricelli. If Corzine approves plan, which may not necessarily be bad public policy, the headlines of his doing favors for Kushner and Torricelli may be unavoidable.

Republicans: Not our fight