Governor Jon Corzine is already getting a return on his investment. He announced this week that he would contribute $1 million to Rutgers University as part of his decision to help raise money to privately finance a stadium expansion. Now Rutgers has announced that they have hired Jeannine LaRue, Corzine’s Deputy Chief of Staff, for a new position to advise Rutgers on government relations at an annual salary of $250,000 – about double what she was making in the Governor’s office.
Before joining the Corzine administration, LaRue was the Senior Vice President of Goverment Affairs at the state's largest health care system, St. Barnabas, and was the lobbyist for the New Jersey Education Association.
The Inside Edge received this e-mail from a reader who asked not to be identified: "Ginny LaRue gets a $250,000 soft landing at Rutgers. Boy, how times have changed. It used to be $50,000 to $100,000 at the Turnpike Authority, Highway Authority or Sports Authority. I guess the Port Authority raised the "glass and every other ceiling" for hacks. At least the "old" hacks used to get paid by tolls, parking fees, etc. Now they're compensated at the expense of layed off faculty members and through tuition hikes. Come to think of it…how many instructors could have been recalled with the money being paid to LaRue? Oh well, I guess Rutgers needs a high priced hack to communicate with the hacks in Trenton. New Jersey. Where formal wear is Mask and Gun and even the colleges are endowed with the culture of corruption."