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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.
“Two states united in one spirit,” said Stewart. “And that spirit is corruption.”
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.
Screengrab via The Daily Show/Comedy Central
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor