United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her resignation yesterday. Jackson was Governor Jon Corzine’s Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner and briefly his chief of staff before joining the Obama Administration.
The Asbury Park Press’s coverage of Jackson’s resignation is more glowing than an obituary. Both the APP and the Star Ledger used the news to fuel speculation that Jackson could be a candidate for governor of New Jersey or the next president of Princeton University.
Neither of New Jersey’s two largest media outlets bothered to mention the recent scandal surrounding Jackson.
Jackson is being investigated by at least two congressional committees and her own agency’s inspector general. The Justice Department just agreed, as the result of a law suit filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to release 12,000 emails from an alias account that Jackson used to conduct the government’s business under the name “Richard Winslow.”
Even anti-corruption crusader and champion of transparency, Bob Ingle, co-author of The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption, failed to mention Jackson’s use of an email alias while conducting the government’s business as a cabinet level official of the Obama Administration.