New Jersey Leads the Pack in Criminal Politicians

Christopher Ingraham: “We pulled data on the number of elected officials in 2012 and each state’s crime rate (2013) and compared those numbers to a list of people indicted or convicted of crimes at the federal, state and local level since 2000. The source for the latter figures is Wikipedia, so it should be considered an estimate at best. But it should also be considered extracurricular reading; it’s stuffed full of drugs and violence and bribery and drunkenness and all of the sorts of things that you love to hear about outside of the context of politics.”

“We plotted the number of criminal politicians per 1,000 in the state (at the federal, state and local levels) versus the rate of violent crime in the state per 100,000 residents. And got this.”


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