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Wednesday, November 02, 2005


NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR'S RACE: FORRESTER IS PUTTING THE HEAT ON CORZINE 

Democrat Jon Corzine, the favorite to win the New Jersey gubernatorial election, is in a dog fight with Republican upstart, Doug Forrester.


Even though New Jersey voters are fed up with corrupt Democrats, the New York Times is riding to the rescue as Jon Corzine's propaganda machine in order to boost his troubled campaign. On Wednesday, the paper gushed in a fawning headline that Corzine brings "Bold Ambitions, Rough Edges". (And don't forget the accompanying Clinton-esque statesmanlike photo)

Jon Corzine, former Goldman Sachs exec, was expected to sail into Trenton as the next governor of New Jersey. But a string of corruption scandals involving various Democratic politicians, former governor Jim McGreevey and even Corzine himself has turned off many New Jersey voters. Even though the Garden State is one of the more reliably liberal states a Republican challenger, Doug Forrester, is proving to be a formidable opponent for Corzine. The New York Times, worried about Corzine's chances, resorted to publishing a "puff piece" on the gazillionaire in Wednesday's edition in order to boost him in the polls. With just six days until the election Corzine needs all the help he can get.

Forrester has presented himself as a serious businessman who is turned off by the shenanigans that are sinking the state into debt and are smothering residents with onerous property taxes. Forrester is the same man who was the victim of an electoral hijacking in 2002 when Democrats yanked a free-falling Senator Torricelli in favor of a former senator, Frank Lautenberg. Lautenberg had retired from the august body a few years earlier but since Democrats were aware of imminent defeat they turned they democratic process on its head. What was particularly shameful was that the horse trade came just a few weeks before this race, the senate election, was to end. Most aspiring public servants would be demoralized by such a duplicitous ruse but Forrester was undaunted. Now, Forrester is inspired by New Jersey residents who are sick and tired of politics-as-usual Democratic trickery, and the Republican candidate for governor has echoed voters concerns in this important election.

Enter Corzine. While Forrester is a millionaire, Corzine has a seemingly bottomless pit of money to utilize in order to leave the fancy restaurants of Washington for the corrupted hallways of the New Jersey state legislature. Corzine not only carries a big wallet than does Forrester but enjoys a wider base of support as Democrats far outnumber Republicans in New Jersey.

A quick roundup of what Corzine has done recently:
1) Entered into a romantic relationship with union head Carla Katz, president of Communications Workers of America Local 1034 (which represents state workers), and then gave her a $450,000 loan that he forgave in entirety.
2) Paid money to black ministers in order to garner support.
3) Has doled out millions of dollars to state democratic bosses who operate the machinery of New Jersey politics

The New York Times did not paint an entirely rosy picture of Corzine as evidenced by quotes from his first wife whom he left after becoming senator:

"All day, people around him were telling him to do whatever he wants to do to get ahead, things that the Jon I've known since we were in high school would have never been comfortable with," she said. "And I think it's made him lose sight of anything but success, getting to where he wanted to get."
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"When I saw the campaign ad where Andrea Forrester said, 'Doug never let his family down and he won't let New Jersey down,' all I could think was that Jon did let his family down, and he'll probably let New Jersey down, too," Ms. Corzine said.


Corzine does lead Forrester in the polls but Forrester has been bolstered by newspaper endorsements by the Bergen Record and Newark Star Ledger. Hopefully, the voters of New Jersey will conclude that Forrester is the best agent of change and is the real answer to fixing their state's numerous problems.

Corzine's Mix: Bold Ambitions, Rough Edges - New York Times

The Bergen Record's endorsement of Doug Forrester for New Jersey governor

The Newark Star Ledger: Doug Forrester for governor

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