Star-Ledger: Corzine gave cash to Katz brother-in-law

From the Star-Ledger’s Josh Margolin and John Martin: “Gov. Jon Corzine gave $15,000 this year to the brother-in-law of his former girlfriend, Carla Katz, a gift that appears to contradict the governor’s claims that he ended all financial entanglements with the union leader and her family before taking office.”

“Rocco Riccio, who is married to Katz’s sister, received the money after the governor forced him in January to quit a Turnpike Authority job. At the time, reporters had been pressing Corzine’s office for answers about Riccio’s work record and how he got hired.

“In an interview Thursday, Corzine acknowledged that he gave Riccio $10,000 this spring and that his personal business manager, acting on his behalf, paid Riccio another $5,000 this summer. Corzine also said he and his aides told Riccio they would try to find him a private-sector job.” MORE

Star-Ledger: Corzine gave cash to Katz brother-in-law