NJ Governor Paid Ex $6M

Union leader remains part of Corzine's life, whether he wants her there or not
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2007 10:33 AM CDT
NJ Governor Paid Ex $6M
Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., dances with Carla Katz in this 2002 file photograph taken at the 45th Annual Paradise Ball for Sheltering Arms Children's Services in New York. Gov. Corzine came into office vowing to set a new standard for ethics in New Jersey's corruption-tinged political scene. But his...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Breaking up really is hard to do, especially if you're the governor of New Jersey and your ex is a state employees' union president. Jon Corzine and Carla Katz split up in 2004, and Katz got more out of their 2-year relationship than a threadbare couch and some mix tapes, the Times reports: a settlement worth more than $6 million.

Katz has attempted to maintain ties despite repeated snubs; when Corzine was in a serious car accident recently, his aides banned her from visiting him in the hospital. A state ethics panel last week cleared Corzine after an investigation into the conduct of union negotiations last year, and he says Katz "remains a good friend and respected labor voice." (Read more Jon Corzine stories.)

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