On tonight’s edition of NJTV’s week-nightly news program, NJ Today, managing editor Mike Schneider interviews two of Jon Corzine’s former communications directors, Deborah Howlett and Julie Roginsky.
In separate interviews, the two former staffers shed light on the personality and management style of the former New Jersey Governor and Senator, who resigned as CEO of the MF Global investment firm amid the company’s controversial bankruptcy.
On the heels of an NJ Today interview earlier this week where Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen County) called former Governor Corzine “an honest man”, his former communications directors today describe him as someone who “embraces risk” and paid staff ” a lot of money for them to tell him what he wanted to hear”.
Commenting on Corzine’s current controversy at MF Global, Deborah Howlett, who served as Corzine’s Communications Director during his Governorship, now President of Policy Perspective, said:
“It’s a tough situation for him to be in…he’s a trader (that’s how he got his start at Goldman-Sachs) and he’s happy to embrace risk when he thinks there will be an adequate reward. I think people saw that when he was Governor and they’re seeing that at MF Global, too.”
Julie Roginsky, Communications Director to Jon Corzine during his first term in the US Senate, now a Democratic Strategist and owner of Comprehensive Communications Group, said she was “saddened, but not surprised” about Corzine’s latest news:
“Jon Corzine…suffered from the disease of thinking he was always right. And surrounded himself with people unfortunately who would yes him to death, a lot of times for a paycheck…he paid them a lot of money for them to tell him what he wanted to hear.
“It’s a sad testament to Jon Corzine…that at in the end…those people served him poorly, that he, contrary to all evidence, proceeded to do what he felt was absolutely the right thing to do without listening to outside counsel…I’m sad to say…I’m not surprised.”
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Watch the full interviews and other local news stories on NJ Today tonight at 6pm ET on NJTV, with encores at 7:30pm and 11pm ET.
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