Solomon Dwek and a bunch of allegedly corrupt public officials may have indirectly delivered The Record’s endorsement to Gov. Jon Corzine. Sources say that Corzine had settled on State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen) as his running mate before a massive number of arrests on the morning of July 23 made him change his mind and pick State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck). In their editorial, The Record said that Weinberg’s presence on the Democratic ticket tipped the scale in Corzine’s favor.
The arrests as part of Operation Bid Rig, which gained national attention that day because it also involved Rabbis and the sale of human body parts, caused Corzine to rethink the Buono selection. Buono had been a protégé of former Senate President John Lynch (D-New Brunswick), who went to prison on federal corruption charges; Weinberg had a reputation for supporting governmental transparency and was a rival of ex-Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero.