Today’s must-reads

The Star-Ledger published two important stories on its Web site last night on new developments in the corruption probe. Both relate to political consultant Jack Shaw, 61, whose death Tuesday added another dark turn to the events that shook New Jersey politics last week.

Shaw, according to the paper, had agreed to cooperate with federal authorities shortly before his girlfriend found his body in his apartment. Josh Margolin and Chris Megerian report that he was to help “develop new information on those already charged in the case and to possibly identify new targets.”

The Ledger also reports that Shaw and the government’s cooperating witness, Solomon Dwek, met with former Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Joe Doria. Doria’s home and office were raided by the FBI on the morning of the busts. Although he was not arrested, Gov. Jon Corzine asked for and accepted his resignation that afternoon.

Meanwhile, the New York Times provides the most in-dept profile on Shaw so far. Today’s must-reads