Hudson County filed a $26.8 million civil lawsuit against former County Executive Robert Janiszewski in an effort to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of corruption. Assemblyman Richard Merkt says that Attorney General-designate Stuart Rabner should follow Tom DeGise’s lead and file a similar civil suit against John Lynch. DeGise, who now holds Janiszewski’s old job, filed similar suits against two corrupt ex-Hudson County Freeholders. “Why should an admitted crook like Lynch get to keep the ill-gotten gains he obtained by betraying those he was supposedly serving? A civil suit to recover stolen booty should be an automatic response any time a public official gets caught with his hand in the public cookie jar,” said Merkt.