Corruption Bust Offers Lens on Development in New Jersey

The recent corruption bust that resulted in the arrests of more than 40 people in New Jersey shows the interesting shape of the development process in the state.
August 11, 2009, 4am PDT | Nate Berg
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In Jersey City especially, a recent building boom had transformed the city. The corruption bust sheds light on how that boom happened and what problems remain in the system.

"The criminal complaints paint a picture of building and zoning departments where influence, connections and payoffs determine who gets a prompt hearing and a smooth approval process on their applications and who is left at the mercy of a process so seemingly dysfunctional that developers sometimes budget for bribes."

Thanks to Leo Vazquez

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Published on Friday, August 7, 2009 in Associated Press
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