“Assemblyman Francis Bodine of Burlington County says he's built a strong reputation for integrity. Now he's trying to see what it's worth in the marketplace. Two companies pay Bodine a total of $71,000 per year to 'make introductions' to clients that seek government contracts. The Republican-turned-Democrat said he works about 2 1/2 days per week for the Grinspec insurance company at an annual salary of $35,000. He also is paid $3,000 per month as a consultant for the Adams, Rehmann and Heggan engineering firm. Asked how many hours he works per week, he said, "I don't necessarily put in any. He attends conferences and advises the firm how much it can spend to lobby lawmakers under the state's new campaign finance laws, he said.
Bodine, 71, shrugs off criticism from his opponents and from newspaper editorial writers. "You guys want to deprive everybody of a way of life," he said. "I mean, good Lord, can't we go out and make an honest living?"” (Guenther, Asbury Park Press)