There is an old Jewish joke about the Lower East Side petty thief Jacob Katz, who in 1911 was accused of stealing a valuable menorah, the candelabra used by Jews to celebrate Hannukah. Fortunately for Mr Katz, he had a cousin who was a skilled attorney, and during the trial, his cousin was able to demonstrate that despite the testimony of several eye-witnesses, Mr Katz could not have possibly been the thief, because he was in Coney Island that day.
As the Judge moved to dismiss the charges, he asked Mr Katz if he had anything to say.
“Yes your honor”, said the trembling Mr Katz, “Does this mean I get to keep the menorah?”
News is breaking of another explosive scandal in the Christie Administration. For ten years, Exxon-Mobil has been in litigation with the State of New Jersey regarding their poisoning of the land and environment in Union and Hudson counties. A judge was about to make a final ruling, and it was assumed that Exxon would be fined approximately 8 billion dollars to effect a clean-up of the ruined land. Dramatically, the Christie Administration announced this week that they had reached a settlement with Exxon, for reportedly 250 million dollars, (about half of what Exxon contributed not long ago to the Republican Governors’ Association when Christie was its head). In our corrupted state of NJ, I am beyond believing that justice will be served, nor will there be any repercussions for our Governor. Yes, Mr Christie, you can keep the menorah.