The Magazzu grip on power in the county seems to be going out with a fizzle instead of a bang. He seems to be just fading away. It’s interesting to view county politics in perspective of the state as a whole. Looks as if there is a “Soprano State” film now…wonder where it can be viewed. Certainly the state’s corruption centers (Newark, Camden) bleed out into surrounding areas. The Norcross machine has, via Magazzu, extended its reach into Cumberland County. One thing really bothers me in this trailer, something that undermines the credibility of the film. Once reporters start misusing statistics to influence the audience, they lose my trust. I’m talking about the statement that NJ has 81 government employees per square mile, compared to 6 on average in the country. As one one poster notes:
NJ of course has the highest population density of the country (1,134/sq mi, compared to 83/sq mi in the USA as a whole). That’s more than 13.66 times the national average. 13.66 × 6 (govt worker per sq mile on avg for the country) = 82 govt worker per square mile if the USA as a whole had the same population density as NJ.
Looks as if the intent here is to use statistics to mislead, and people don’t really question this stuff.