“Given the choice between a Republican and a Democrat who acts like a Republican, voters will choose the Republican every time.”
I don’t know who said it, but this adage certainly rings true, with the possible exception of local offices where personality trumps policy to a greater extent. That’s why if the Democrats nominate Cory Booker, Steve Sweeney, or Louis Greenwald, they are bound to lose to Chris Christie next year.
If the New Jersey Democrats are to re-take the State House, they will have to nominate a progressive like Barbara Buono. Voter turnout in an off-year like 2013 is typically lower than in even-numbered years. Christie’s popularity and fund-raising ability will be a powerful factor in the gubernatorial election. If there are any states in the union that are progressive, New Jersey is one of them. Only someone like Senator Buono can energize the progressives to get out and vote in 2013. It’s time now for the Democrats to coalesce around a winner, and support Barbara Buono for governor.