The must-read story of the day comes from the Star-Ledger's Josh Margolin and Ted Sherman, who report Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce's allegation that Senate President Richard Codey "alternately threatened and tempted him with state grant money in an effort to halt a Republican hunt for documents that would expose how state funds were really being doled out by ruling Democrats." The reporters say that DeCroce and Codey "traded charges of impropriety…as allegations over backroom budget deals involving millions of dollars grew increasingly heated and personal – even by New Jersey standards."
"It seemed like he was trying to pacify me by offering me some money," DeCroce told the Star-Ledger. "I am prepared to take a lie detector test if it comes down to that…and it may come down to that." Margolin reports that Codey "called the assertion 'an absolute lie' and said the only conversation he had with DeCroce was over the use of GOP legislative staffers to conduct 'political opposition research' on state time."