With the news of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's indictment still fresh, the washingtonpost.com's Capitol Briefing blog has a survey up asking which state - Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey or somewhere else - is most corrupt.
Each has some strong entries to make its case.
Citing the Los Angeles Times, the blog notes that five of the 10 Illinois governors who have served in the past 50 years have been charged with criminal conduct.
Louisiana recently gave us U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, a Democrat who faces 16 corruption charges after federal agents found $90,000 in cash in his freezer.
For New Jersey, the writers cite former Sen. Robert Torricelli, who took thousands of dollars in gifts from a political donor and was "severely admonished" by his colleagues, and former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who appointed his gay lover to a homeland security post. Recent convictions of Camden County Sen. Wayne Bryant, Newark Mayor Sharpe James and former Middlesex County Sen. John Lynch didn't even register on the blog.
As of this posting (about 5:07 p.m. Wednesday), New Jersey had only 14 percent of 130 votes. Illinois led with 45 percent, Louisiana had 32, and "other" had 7.
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