Say goodnight, DeAnna

If you take Jon Corzine’s transition office at their word, Assistant Commissioner of Community Affairs DeAnna Minus-Vincent won’t be asked back when the new administration takes office in January. A spokeswoman for the department told Gannett reporter Sandy McClure earlier this month that free tickets to Sesame Street Live at the Continental Arena earmarked for needy children went to DCA employees, including Minus-Vincent, who took her daughter and members of her family. Minus-Vincent apparently used four special backsage passes. Codes of ethical standards used by the state prohibit the acceptance of gifts from firms or organizations their department does business with. Last year, Minus-Vincent got in trouble for expediting “a $10,000 government grant for her father’s organization and was directly involved in two grants totaling $55,000 for a nonprofit organization where her sister is an officer,” according to another McClure story. An Asbury Park Press editorial today calls on Corzine to “put an end to this nonsense.” Corzine’s transition director, Richard Leone, says that applicants for state positions will face “intensive vetting and should be prepared to serve an administration with ‘zero tolerance’ for placing private interests above the public good.”

Say goodnight, DeAnna