Ammended wire service story: dah, dit, dit, dit-dit, dit.... FLASH!
When it was pointed out to the Mayor that his socks had in fact changed color, he was then reluctantly forced to admit to the deed. But quickly cited by way of extenuation having had his finger pulled by Gov. John Corzine (D. of NJ) in a local restaurant after the two had shared (a soon reported by an anonymous source) two pitchers of Rinegold and a burrito lunch.
"So you see," said the Mayor. "It REALLY WAS New Jersey's fault!"