GOVERNOR CORZINE’S STATEMENT ON THE INDICTMENT OF ASSEMBLYMAN ANTHONY CHIAPPONE TRENTON – Governor Jon S. Corzine today issued the following statement on the New Jersey Attorney General’s indictment of Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone:“Assemblyman Chiappone’s indictment – the 201st corruption case filed by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office over the past four years – portrayed conduct that is simply intolerable and he should step aside immediately. As I have repeatedly said, it would be impossible for any individual serving under a cloud of uncertainty to govern effectively. I applaud Attorney General Milgram for her hard work and continued efforts as part of my administration’s zero tolerance policy towards corruption at every level of government. ###
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