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I Just Don't Get It

Tomorrow, New Jersey voters have a chance to prove to themselves and the rest of the country that liberalism is doomed to fail.

The race for governor is as close as can be, with incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie in a statistical dead-heat, while Independent Chris Daggett trails hopelessly behind.

New Jersey is the definition of a failed, northeastern-liberal bulwark, with Democrats in control of the state legislature for decades. Under Corzine's stewardship, it has made an almost unbelievable decent further into a cesspool of failure.

What do we have to show for it? Here are a few "low-lights" of our current situation:

  • New Jersey has the highest state/local tax rate in the country.
  • It has the 3rd highest corporate tax rate.
  • Only 4 other states have sales tax rates (7%) as high as New Jersey.
  • We have the highest property tax rates in the nation.
  • We have a projected 2010 budget deficit of $10 billion.
  • Our auto insurance rates are 3rd highest in the nation.

Not only has Corzine contributed to this deplorable set of circumstances for the last four years as Governor, but he's been a prime-mover of them as one of New Jersey's two U.S. Senators for the four years prior. (Even his bio page on Wikipedia, a place where liberals are usually treated with kid-gloves, reads like a list of dirty deeds.)

Despite a concrete record of failure, almost half of New Jersey voters say they will vote for him.

I just don't get it.

Many talking-heads and political gadflies have stated that this election is a "referendum" about Obama, be it concerning his policies or the size of his coattails.


The fact that an ultra-liberal, New Jersey incumbent governor is tied with a Republican of any stripe is pretty remarkable. That it comes on the heels of a radical liberal like Obama being elected as President, and the situation becomes absolutely stunning.

If Corzine wins, it will be as expected as rain in Seattle. However, if he loses, it will be a tectonic upset of monumental proportions.

(And don't give me any of that "Christie Todd-Whitman won here" bunk as proof of a swing-state electorate. She was nothing more then a vapid RINO, swept up in the gale of the '94 Republican Revolution. She could easily have had a "D" in front of her name, as she instituted many hidden fees and three-card-monty bond schemes that are indicative of New Jersey democrats.)

I see so many comments saying that the citizens of New Jersey deserve what they get. For those who vote all liberal all the time, that's true.

But, there are some of us who don't drink the kool-aid.

This opportunity may not be "change we can believe in", but it may be proof of a belief that we can change.


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Comments (13)

GET READY FOR RECOUNT BATTE... (Below threshold)


I said it before, and now t... (Below threshold)
NJ Mike:

I said it before, and now that SEIU and ACORN are in town, Christie loses by a mile.
God help us if I am right, but I listen to the maroons I work with and wonder how they remember to both inhale and exhale all day long. Truly a citizenry that votes against it's own self interest every frickin' time.
Lautenberg AND Menendez fer keeerists sakes!!!!!

Re: "Despite a concrete rec... (Below threshold)

Re: "Despite a concrete record of failure, almost half of New Jersey voters say they will vote for him. I just don't get it."

Has New jersey reached that magical tipping point where about half of the voters derive some or all of their income from the state?

The Diebolds in cartrunks a... (Below threshold)

The Diebolds in cartrunks are already churning to a Franken beat. Recounts will inevitably favor the lib. They always do.

ACORN style electioneering ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

ACORN style electioneering is out of style. The new liberal tactic is to prop up a third party candidate to the right of the Republican with money and media attention. I'm not saying every third part candidate is such a creation, but more and more seem to be cropping up.

All states should follow the lead of a few states that require a candidate to get 50% plus 1 vote to win outright or face the second place finisher in a two-way runoff election.

Corslime's got 2 things on ... (Below threshold)

Corslime's got 2 things on his side.. Acorn getting the dead out to vote in droves, and all of the disenfranchised Military absentee votes getting buried down in Aberdeen along with the base he couldn't be bothered to lift a finger and even look like he was trying to help keep it from being BRAC'd.

Oh yeah, and Christie's fat, don't forget that important election issue in out economy-going-to-hell. /rollseyes

I moved to Jersey from PA 2... (Below threshold)

I moved to Jersey from PA 2+ years ago. South Jersey is kind of backwater with respect to political clout but I believe has the strongest tendency to vote Republican. The Democrat Party is so entrenched in central and especially the very densely populated north which is basically an extension of New York. I am not so sure anyone in those areas knows how to vote (R). Plus, I also noticed the grown men in this state tend to wear more jewelry than the women.

Shawn:"Despite a con... (Below threshold)

"Despite a concrete record of failure, almost half of New Jersey voters say they will vote for him."

It's quite simple. If enough people realize that they can put someone in office WHO WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE THEM FREE MONEY (socialist welfare programs), they'll vote for that person. They will continue to vote for that person (Party) UNTIL THE MONEY RUNS OUT.

I agree with Olaf. How in t... (Below threshold)
Nancy's Nazi:

I agree with Olaf. How in the world could anyone vote for the fat guy.

A bald sleezeball is MUCH more attractive.

"Our auto insurance rate... (Below threshold)

"Our auto insurance rates are 3rd highest in the nation."

Hey now, wait just a minute.

That's because too many of you don't have any effing clue how to drive safely. The rest of you who do know how to drive safely are stuck on insane roadways where they shoehorn 5 lanes of traffic into a space where any sane state would mark off two and a couple of shoulders.

Bill Wilson is commonly cre... (Below threshold)

Bill Wilson is commonly credited with the observation: "The working definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."

The people of New Jersey and other blue states can't stop. They're addicted to the "free stuff" and Big Brother taking care of them. A lot of them will never vote for any candidate that isn't a Democrat. Anything else is just too scary.

It's a disease. Of course the Democrats are destroying their state. It's clear for everyone to see. But the addicted will never give it up until they hit rock bottom.

This is one of the great arguments that conservatives and libertarians have: if liberal policies are so great, why is it that conservative states - which frequently don't have natural resources - do so well, and liberal states - which frequently have tremendous resources - suck like a bilge pump?

"don't give me any of that ... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

"don't give me any of that "Christie Todd-Whitman won here" bunk as proof of a swing-state electorate. She was nothing more then a vapid RINO"

That's what we're talking about. NJ, bought a clue yet?

Whitman was elected in 1993... (Below threshold)
The Exposer:

Whitman was elected in 1993, not 1994. NJ would've elected a ficus plant against the massively unpopular Flim-Flam Florio.






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