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Culture of Corruption, Part Thirty-Eight

Many politicians have been accused of saying one thing in front of one audience, and saying something different in front of another audience. It’s like they’re talking out of both sides of their mouth, or have a Jekyll-and-Hyde split personality.

Or in the case of one city councilwoman in (surprise!) New Jersey, maybe they have two identities:

An attorney for an unsuccessful Jersey City council candidate says that the city’s current Ward C Councilwoman has two identities: Nidia Lopez, the Jersey City resident and politician, and Nidia Boehringer, the Florida resident and taxpayer.

“She’s gone to great lengths to maintain these different personas and make it look like she lived in both places,” said Diana Jeffrey, who represents Norrice Raymaker — the third place Ward C Council candidate in the May municipal election — in her lawsuit that charges Lopez is actually a Florida resident.

Jeffrey deposed Lopez on Monday, and while the transcript of the deposition will not be available until tonight, she shared some of her findings.

Among the most startling, according to Jeffrey, was Lopez’s disclosure that she files her taxes in Florida, where there is no state income tax, even though she says her business – Nidia Boehringer Consulting – is based in New Jersey.  Jeffrey said that Lopez has not paid New Jersey income taxes since at least 2006.

Whatever she’s done wrong, I hope criticism of her remains Sybil – er, civil.

UPDATE: Why, yes, she’s a Democrat. Why do you ask?

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