Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted today by a federal grand jury on 14 counts stemming from the first couple's acceptance and solicitation of thousands in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman during McDonnell's term. [...] Taken together, the charges, if they resulted in convictions and maximum sentences, could produce fines in excess of $1 million and put the McDonnells behind bars for decades.
The state Senate and Assembly will act as one while investigating the George Washington Bridge controversy. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) will combine the two existing special investigative committees they lead into one bicameral committee going forward.
The governor of the Northern Mariana Islands was impeached [in February 2013] by the territorial House on 13 articles, among them that he had a federal prisoner released in order to give him a massage, The Saipan Tribune reports. Gov. Benigno Fitial (R) was hit with 13 articles of impeachment ... connected to allegations of corruption. The proceeding follows an unsuccessful attempt to impeach Fitial several years ago. Fitial is an ally of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who went to prison on corruption charges following lobbying efforts he made on behalf of the Northern Mariana Islands and tribal gaming issues. Among the charges, Fitial is accused of having his private masseuse released without permission from a federal prison in 2010 in order to give him a massage. The Saipan Tribune reports that Fitial said that he did not know about the masseuse's incarceration until he called her to relieve back pain that he said only she could cure. Other charges against Fitial include neglect of duty and corruption.