The Courier-Post‘s opinion editor Mike Daniels ran a recent Sunday feature citing folks, “who closely follow state politics to give us their take — who they think might vie for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and what advice they would give the candidates.”
I am excited to hear how’d you’d answer. Meantime, here was my take:
“My short list includes Sweeney, Buono and Booker at this point. If the election were tomorrow I think a Sweeney/Buono ticket seems most plausable, given the state’s machine-driven dynamics which don’t favor Booker at the moment. A Rob Andrews/Loretta Weinberg ticket is my fantasy pick.”
My recommendations for the Democrats who throw their hat in against Christie: (below)
“Re-frame the debates more aggressively. For example: Christie blames public-sector workers for the soaring health care burden on New Jersey taxpayers. Nonsense. The real driver of skyrocketing health care costs is treating chronic illnesses that are associated with high obesity rates such as diabetes and heart disease. If you don’t think chronic obesity is a fair and legitimate debate, you’re not being honest about public policy. By taking the debate off Christie’s terms it’s pretty easy to show that the governor is not part of the solution; he is the problem. And let’s not forget his testy the governor gets when he’s out of his comfort zone.
“Be the anti-Christie. The governor likes to remind voters what’s wrong with New Jersey to push his policy agenda. To hear him talk you’d think Jersey is a bona fide hellhole with residents running for the exits like their hair is on fire. I totally don’t buy that. I think New Jersey is awesome and I’d advise the Democrat to present a counterpoint to our perpetually cranky governor.
“Tips from an old field hand: Focus like a laser beam on women, older voters and Burlington County.“
It’s a long weekend, folks. Plenty of time to share your picks AND your advise.