Merkt questions three-year delay in Corzine ethics overhaul

On the occasion of Gov. Jon Corzine’s release today of wide-ranging ethics reform, GOP gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham), criticized Corzine for dragging his heels.

"The Governor acknowledged from his first day in office that there was a need for a change in the culture of corruption enveloping Trenton," said Merkt, who launched an exploratory committee for a 2009 bid in late summer. "That being the case, it is hard to understand why it took him three years to propose ethics reforms that he could have demanded on his first day in office. In the meantime, dozens of public officials have been indicted and millions of taxpayer dollars have been squandered as these corrupt practices continued without any meaningful opposition by the administration.

"I look forward to seeing the details of these ethics reform proposals, but the fact that Governor Corzine delayed to long before advancing these proposals makes me wonder whether he plans to hang around as Governor long enough to implement them," Merkt added in his statement.

Merkt questions three-year delay in Corzine ethics overhaul