Well, let the race begin.
Republican Chris Christie won his primary fight against Steve Lonegan yesterday in New Jersey.
This is going to be a long, ugly trial for the former US Attorney.
He is up for election in a state which isn’t called “Blue” Jersey for nothing. And his opponent, Governor Jon Corzine has a personal fortune in upwards of $300 million to spend on, or some would say buy, this election.
Corzine has bumbled his way through the Jersey political swamp as both a Senator and as Governor, paying for the political destruction of his opponents, reeking havoc with the state budget, and exploding the state’s deficit to nearly $7 billion dollars.
Many claim that this will be a test of the strength in Obama’s coattails. If Corzine wins despite all the wreckage he has left behind, it will speak to the power of Obama’s win. This may be true.
Some claim it will be a huge win for Republicans, post Obama’s election. The winning of a Governorship in a northeastern blue state will go a long way to bolster a battered Republican party.
Both are legitimate musings, but, they really don’t matter. Not here.
A democratic win would be expected no matter who just won the presidency. A Republican win in New Jersey would be an upset by any standard, under any president.
If Christie wins, he will have a hell of a mess to clean up. This state has been under slimy, corrupt Democratic control for 50 years. One person can do only so much.
But the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
I wish Christie a good trip.