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Monday, September 19, 2005
  'New low' in politics of Trenton
'New low' in politics of Trenton: "Towns in legislative districts represented by Trenton's ruling Democratic Party got nearly 90 percent of $86 million in special state grants the past three years, even though officials proclaimed they had removed politics from the process, a Star-Ledger analysis has found.

A review of 10 programs showed state officials repeatedly ignored a carefully crafted application process and instead distributed the money to satisfy wishes of key Democratic lawmakers.

The grants helped towns pay for everything from Homeland Security equipment and tourism promotion, to library shelves and ramps for the disabled. They also went to expand fire departments, buy playground equipment and aid the destitute.

In total, legislative districts dominated by Democrats got nearly $77 million, while Republican towns received $9.5 million, according to records obtained under the state's Open Public Records Act."
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