In this special reprint of a series of stories, The Record examines the pay-to-play system in which politicians reward campaign contributors with government contracts. The Record staff sent out almost 1,000 written requests for public records and analyzed more than 500 packages of financial documents. The story focuses on five individuals playing different roles: a government attorney, a New Jersey State Department employee and campaign fund-raiser, a banker, a nominee to the Port Authority, and the governor. The State Department employee and the Port Authority member later resigned following the newspaper's investigation.
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