Can’t We Be Friends?

Posted July 25, 2005 at 6:50pm

Gazillionaire bachelor Sen. Jon Corzine is one of those gifted men who manages to stay friends with ex-girlfriends. The New Jersey Democrat, who is running for governor, had cocktails one night last week at the Ritz-Carlton lounge in the West End with former gal pal Carla Katz, president of the Communications Workers Local 1034.

[IMGCAP(1)]Corzine and Katz were deep in conversation, seated on a sofa in a remote corner of the Ritz lounge, him in a suit and her in classy jeans, high heels and a white t-shirt, according to sources who saw them.

There was “no footsie, no kissing, no touching,” one of the two sources told HOH, but “there was a vibe that there was something there.” At one point, the woman suddenly appeared upset, and Corzine put on a “friend listening face. … He was completely mellow.”

Corzine, 58, arguably the richest and most eligible bachelor in the Senate, got divorced in 2003. He isn’t usually forthcoming about his dating life. But a source close to the Senator said the New Jersey gubernatorial hopeful and Katz are “just friends.” Corzine recently told the Bergen Record newspaper that his relationship with Katz would not affect his ability to negotiate contracts with the powerful union.

The Bergen Record reported that the Communications Union endorsed Corzine for governor last month. The newspaper also reported that the two were once romantically involved. A Rider University professor told the newspaper: “If your ex-girlfriends are endorsing you, I’d say your campaign is in pretty good shape.”

The Senator’s spokesman, Anthony Coley, wished HOH would focus on the Senator’s policy initiatives instead of his personal life. “This must be a light news day,” Coley said. “Sen. Corzine wishes his meeting with Secretary [Michael] Chertoff to secure our nation’s unguarded chemical plants from terrorist attack received as much attention as this conversation with a friend.”

Policy? What’s that?

Trump Tease. While he was in town last week declaring that the United Nations should be fired, Donald Trump took a break from micro-managing the world to feed his apparent voracious appetite.

Mr. Reality TV and his beautiful (if overly made-up) wife, Melania, dined at Charlie Palmer Steak last Thursday, following a day of kid-glove treatment on Capitol Hill. An HOH informant said the star of NBC’s “The Apprentice” was eating like a champ. “He was stuffing French fries down his throat like it was going out of style,” the source said with great enthusiasm for his discovery.

Another source, a Congressional aide, who spotted The Trumpster and his wife being escorted down a hallway by a “gaggle of his personal staff,” was a little put out with the scene. “I think The Donald needs to seriously get over himself,” the aide said in an e-mail. “I mean, doesn’t he realize that the world revolves around ‘us’, not him. (; ”

Lighten Up, Francis. Thank goodness for Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.). He nipped those naughty Purple Heart posers in the bud — you know, all those jerks who Salazar fears are trying to pick up chicks with fake Purple Hearts, as the two fun-loving guys played by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson do in the summer blockbuster “Wedding Crashers.”

Salazar is boasting that he convinced New Line Cinema to remove its spoofy Purple Heart “crasher’s kit” from the movie’s official Web site. “If any movie goers take the advice of the ‘Wedding Crashers’ and try to use fake Purple Hearts to get girls, they may wind up picking up an FBI agent instead,” Salazar said in a statement.

Under legislation proposed by Salazar, bozos like that would be charged with a crime for falsely impersonating a decorated veteran.

The Congressman is convinced that “The Wedding Crashers” and its Web site’s obnoxious tutorial on how to pick up chicks and navigate boozy parties would cause real problems. The Web site, which was taken down, said: “Carrying a Purple Heart in your jacket guarantees you attention, admiration, and plenty of free booze. To get one of these babies, some dudes have to prove their physical, mental and spiritual strength, with great feats of bravery on the battlefield. All you need to do is press the button below.” And voila! A fake Purple Heart to print out.

Oh thank you Congressman Salazar, for saving women everywhere from these horrible impostors!

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