Under the bus

More than a few Democratic leaders are expressing anger today over Governor Jon Corzine’s comment on allegations that Assemblyman Joseph Cryan accepted cash payments from a Union developer. Cryan, widely viewed as Corzine’s pick to become Democratic State Chairman, has strongly denied the allegations. Attorney General Zulima Farber says she will investigate claims made by Carol Segal, and Corzine told The Star-Ledger: “I’ve known Assemblyman Cryan since I’ve been in politics. If he tells me he didn’t take an envelope of cash, on the surface I’d believe him. … But, then again, in New Jersey, we’ve seen these situations where charges have met reality.” Cryan, popular among party insiders — and the Governor’s staff — is facing a delay in his appointment. One Democratic County Chairman told PoliticsNJ.com: “If this is the way he treats his friends, than that will just (word deleted).” One Democratic elected official suggested that if he were Cryan, he would tell Corzine he’s no longer interested in being his State Chairman, and just concentrate on being an effective Assembly Human Services Committee Chairman and Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman.

Under the bus