Politicians aren't quite like the rest of us. Frankly, says Jim Gearhart, they're ingenious people.

"If they're going to do something wrong they are smart enough to realize that you cover it — and you cover all the legal angles," he says in the latest installment of the Jim Gearhart Show podcast, available here as well on iTunes and Google Play.

They're masters of plausible deniability. After all, some of the jurors in the federal bribery trial against Sen. Sleezebob SquarePants — ahem, Sen. Bob Menendez — were left asking, "That’s it? That’s all the prosecution had?'"

Menendez was accused of using his political influence to help a Florida eye doctor in exchange for lavish gifts ... but it only takes one juror with doubts to set the accused free. And one juror in the Menendez case claimed 10 of 12 jurors wanted to set the senator free — a deadlock that ended in a mistrial.

That plausible deniability is "a technique to deflect attention from the hand you've got in the cookie jar. And I think the Clintons are kind of the patron saints of the scam," Jim says.

That's it's just part of what Jim takes on in the latest installment of his podcast. Check out the full episode to hear the rest. And Email Jim at Jim@NJ1015.com.

The Jim Gearhart Podcast is available every week on New Jersey 101.5 and in the New Jersey 101.5 app. You can also subscribe with your favorite podcasting app for iPhones, Android devices or your computer:

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— Townsquare Media staff

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