Captain Renault in Casablanca: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

Jon Corzine’s latest problem is published reports that he has made more than $5 million in donations or loans to black churches in New Jersey since he became a candidate for the United States Senate in 1999. His charitable foundation’s 2004 report shows more than $2.5 million last year alone. Corzine won the endorsement of the Black Ministers Council of New Jersey and their Executive Director, Rev. Reginald Jackson. Last year, Corzine helped finance Jackson’s bid to become an African Methodist Episcopal Bishop. This may be a strategy that works for Corzine: during his 2000 Senate primary, Corzine got into some trouble for telling jokes that were interpreted by some as offensive toward Italian-Americans and Jews. Corzine’s damage control included support from Italian-American and Jewish organizations. That fall, reports showed that Corzine’s foundation made large charitable contributions to many of the same groups.

Captain Renault in Casablanca: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!