New Jersey’s tolerant tradition on corruption

New Jerseyans are, for the most part, a tolerant people. After a federal jury found U.S. Senator Harrison Williams guilty on bribery and conspiracy charges in May 1981, the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University conducted a poll asking New Jerseyans whether Wiliams should resign. Nearly a third of the voters didn't seem to feel Williams' criminal conviction merited his removal from the United States Senate: 20% said he should not resign, and another 11% had no opinion at all. Williams remained in the Senate until March 1982, just before his colleagues were about to vote to expel him.

New Jersey’s tolerant tradition on corruption