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Jon Stewart proves you can barely tell corrupt N.J. and N.Y. politicians apart

Which state's politicians are more corrupt? Either way, nobody looks good here.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Published May 7, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 9:42 pm CDT

When Jon Stewart retires from The Daily Show later this year, he’ll be glad to escape a few things, especially covering the 2016 presidential election. But almost as tiring to the longtime late-night host is the almost comically continuous raft of political scandals in New York and New Jersey.

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“Two states united in one spirit,” said Stewart. “And that spirit is corruption.”

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In a new segment called “Quid Pro Ohhhh!” Stewart tried to guess whether a corruption story originated in New York or New Jersey based on the facts of the case. Conveniently, there are several high-profile scandals in progress across both states, all featuring classic tropes from the crooked politician’s handbook: conspiracies, bribery, fraud, cronyism…such a wealth of material to choose from.

“Dean Skelos is the fifth consecutive senate majority leader to be indicted on corruption charges.” Never change, New York. Never change.

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*First Published: May 7, 2015, 9:06 am CDT