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Random Thoughts On New Jersey's Election

New Jersey's race for governor is quickly approaching the finish line.

Republican Chris Christie, who months ago, was leading Democrat incumbent Jon Corzine in the polls by 9%, has seen his lead dwindle away, and is now clinging to a 2% advantage. Latest polling shows Christie with 41%, Corzine with 39%, and Independent Chris Daggett with 11%. (8 percent are "not sure".)

While Christie has been held to finance limits imposed by accepting pubic funding, Corzine has undertaken a personal spending orgy. Pumping more then $25 million of his estimated $400 million Goldman Sachs fortune into his campaign, he has relentlessly attacked Christie for meaningless reasons including receiving traffic tickets, a bogus claim that Christie wants to restrict access to mammograms, and even using Christie's physical appearance to disparage him.

Welcome to the thunderdome of New Jersey politics.

That this race is so close at this late stage can only be construed as a stinging rebuke of Governor Corzine and his hideous stewardship.

If Corzine loses, it will be an upset of stunning proportions, solely in regards to a Republican winning in such a Northeastern liberal fortress as New Jersey. If he wins, it will only be an expected liberal New Jersey outcome.

As a political side show, politicians and pundits alike have opined that this election is also a referendum on the Obama agenda.


In a state as liberal as New Jersey, Obama's significance to the political circumstances will be purely incidental. He may be able to help electrify the concrete liberal base, but the election will not be determined by his overall political presence.

Attempting to rub off some of his dwindling political capital and personal charm onto a man who is as warm as a witch's tit, Obama has held two rallies for Corzine. He just announced a third rally to be held on November 1st, in the city of Camden. (Camden is one of several demilitarized zones in the urban areas of the state, and one solidly Democratic). While Obama has distanced himself from an assured Democratic defeat in the Virgina governor's race, his interest in New Jersey is an insubstantial public relations ploy to save some face and break even.

This state is a liberal's wet dream. Filled with a sense of government entitlement, a great many in this state have, for decades, been sucking at the government teat, and they are not about to give that up. Urban areas rule, where unemployment is in double digits, government entitlements are the norm, and corruption is expected. Couple that with a huge population of senior citizens, brainwashed to believe Democrats care for them and Republicans want to steal their social security checks, and you end up with a dysfunctional electorate.

Adding to this volatile mix is Chris Daggett.

His ascendancy in the polls has contributed mainly to Christie's point losses. While it is legitimate to run an independent campaign, it is also self-serving when the chance of success is so predictably low. His personal insistence on diving into the political septic tank of New Jersey politics is more about winning name recognition then a belief in winning the election..

If Christie loses, and this state ends up with the failed policies of Corzinism for four more years, we will have Daggett to thank for it.

Daggett will be remembered by the furious citizens of New Jersey not as an up-and-coming agent of change, but as a selfish politician who ruined the chance for New Jersey to banish the abject political disaster that is Corzine.

Corzine is a proven failure.

He must be defeated.


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Comments (14)

What happens if he isn't de... (Below threshold)
JC Hammer:

What happens if he isn't defeated? And all politicians are selfish, and crooks to boot. But I guess that depends on your outlook of the elected critters we people put into office.

But it does sound like you are worried about it before next years elections? Why is that?

JC,The election fo... (Below threshold)


The election for governor of New Jersey is in 10 days. (November 3rd)


All I can say is I feel sor... (Below threshold)

All I can say is I feel sorry for the citizens of NJ for being blessed with this creep. If Obama shows His mug anymore He will guarantee a thug loss for Czarzine.

1. I'm from New Jersey. Hal... (Below threshold)

1. I'm from New Jersey. Half my family is conservative, half is liberal. Republican Christie Whitman served two terms here. It's a swing state.

2. Among the reasons Christie is having increasing trouble in New Jersey, which you fail to mention, are:

a) campaigning as a trustworthy candidate, while apparently routinely and repeatedly overbilling the taxpayers for his personal expenses

b) campaigning as a law-and-order integrity candidate, while as a US Attorney apparently having conversations with Karl Rove that are rather suspect.

The voters will decide whether or not the above should matter or not. It just bears mentioning that Corzine's money isn't the only thing hurting Christie. Christie's record and possible past actions are hurting Christie as well.

Jim,1) A swing st... (Below threshold)


1) A swing state? The state legislature and its major cities have been dominated by Democrats for decades. Just because a RINO like Whitman got swept into office by the current of the '94 Republican Revolution does not make NJ a "swing state." (She won by one point in both elections. What a mandate!)

2a) Is that the best you can drudge up? A couple of supposedly high hotel billings? How about this: Let's talk about the projected budget deficit of $10 billion for fiscal year 2010. Not a good record for a wizard of Goldman Sachs, huh?

2b) OMG! Chistie actually spoke with your Satan! Two conversations with Karl Rove about Christie's possible run for governor does not violate the "Hatch Act." That is just desperate rumor-mongering.

You want to talk about conversations? What about the 745 e-mails between Corzine and CWA Union boss Carla Katz (his ex-girlfriend) during union-state contract negotiations? E-mails which he was court-ordered to relinquish in 2007, of which not one has been turned over.

Perhaps we'll bring up Corzine's $6 million pay-off to Katz in 2004?


Well put Shawn.Bei... (Below threshold)

Well put Shawn.

Being from NJ as well ( having moved away 10 years ago), and listening to someone else say they're from NJ and that NJ is a swing state is an absolute laugh. There are some Republican areas in the state left but it by no means is a "swing" state, unless one means it swings between far left and just left.

Anyone who got excited beca... (Below threshold)

Anyone who got excited because a Republican could win in New Jersey just shows that they do not know anything about politics. Republicans always poll much better than they actually perform. The end result will be a huge win for Corzine.

The problem in New Jersey always shows why the Republican Party is no longer relevant in large parts of the county. The bench was so short in New Jersey that the Republicans end up nomiating an fat, inarticulate, incompetent who had never ran for office before. Why? because there are so few Republicans in New Jersey that there are no good candidates anymore. The same thing is happening in all of the states north of Virginia.

Oh please.I'm so t... (Below threshold)

Oh please.

I'm so tired of this BS notion that "Daggett is stealing votes" or that it'll be his fault if Christie loses.

People want to vote for Daggett instead of Christie, and that's DAGGETT's fault?

For the party that champions personal responsibility, the Republicans sure are quick to pass the blame here. If Christie loses, it'll be his own damn fault for failing to convince anyone that he would be a better governor than Corzine. And really, that's an unbelievably easy task to fail so miserably at.

I don't think so, superdest... (Below threshold)

I don't think so, superdestroyer. I think a lot of people have figured out what happens when one party rule takes over. Maybe the folks in New Jersey are finally figuring it out, too. We'll see.

Personally, I like the idea of Corzine spending $25 million of his own money in an attempt to buy public office. I'd like it even better if he spent all that money for nothing.

After all the years of Demo... (Below threshold)

After all the years of Democratic control in New Jersey, why isn't it a "Worker's Paradise"? Just as in Chicago, people openly talk about, and seemingly accept the political corruption as a cost of doing business.

Not everybody, GarandFan.</... (Below threshold)

Not everybody, GarandFan.

I live in New Jersey and am... (Below threshold)

I live in New Jersey and am a practicing conservative. There is no way I would vote for another RINO put up by the establishment Republican party in New Jersey. I really struggled with this one because I hate wasting a vote, but I cannot vote for Christie. I am still deciding if I should just not vote at all or vote for Daggett. Those are the only two choices I have.

By the way - no way New Jersey is a swing state. I would compare it more to a state like California where there are some very conservative pockets that are completely dominated by the liberal interests in the large cities.

"If Christie loses, and thi... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

"If Christie loses, and this state ends up with the failed policies of Corzinism for four more years, we will have Daggett to thank for it."

Right. As the borehore over tops and fills the streets, it's the last buttfull that's to blame.

Your earned switching has not been administered until, as was Gram's protocol, you have cut the switch yourself. Grow up.

Already coming up with the... (Below threshold)

Already coming up with the excuses.

If Christie loses, its because of Daggett.

What a joke.

I assume you will also give credit to Daggett if Christie just so happens to win. Oh of course not, it only works one way.. which is the reason why you brainless swines never seem to change the beat.

Always looking one way.






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