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Candidate responses to Joanne Corzine are revealing

    Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.

      Confucius

Let’s consider how the candidates have reacted to comments made by Joanne Corzine about her former spouse. I read the following three articles:

Here are some snippets:

OUR VOTES COUNT TOO

We submitted this op-ed to several of the State’s largest newspapers. I guess it is not negative enough to print.

In the intensity of last year’s presidential election, many pop stars and celebrities undertook a nationwide campaign to urge more young professionals to be counted by voting.  The benchmark for young voter turnout was reached nationally, but this generation of voters should not remain on the voting booth sidelines in non-presidential election years.  November 8th will provide young professional voters in New Jersey with an opportune chance to return to the polls with the same level of intensity as they did last year.  

So why don’t voters in their 20s and early 30s vote as often as older generations?  It is one of the classic political chicken-or-the-egg stories. Do young voters not vote because candidates do not address issues important to them? Or do candidates not address issues important to young voters because this voting block doesn’t routinely vote?

Voter turnout certainly should not be blamed on a lack of impact of the issues on our generation. Indeed, a very strong argument can be made that some of the most linchpin campaign issues this year affect our generation more directly than many others.

Dean, Obama, Rendell to visit NJ this weekend

A bunch of rallies will be held this weekend in support of Jon Corzine:

Saturday, Nov 5

DNC Chairman Howard Dean

  • 10:00 AM Elks Lodge, 110 Hickory Corner Rd, East Windsor. RSVP to Dan Reilly (732) 845-9692
  • 11:45 AM Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
  • 1:00 PM Ramada Inn Franklin, 60 Cottontail Lane, Somerset
  • 3:00 PM Famished Frog, 18 Washington Street, Morristown
  • 4:30 PM Montclair State University, Student Center Ballroom. RSVP: Email Democrats2000@aol.com Or Call 732-496-7915

    Sunday, Nov 6

    Senator Barack Obama

  • 12:30 PM Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch (TICKETS REQUIRED)
  • 2:00 PM Middlesex County College, Physical Education Building 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison (TICKETS REQUIRED)
  • 3:30 PM Essex County College, Physical Education Building 303 University Avenue, Newark (TICKETS REQUIRED)
  • 4:00 PM Passaic County Community College, College Gymnasium Ellison Street Entrance, Paterson (TICKETS REQUIRED)
  • 5:00 PM Bergen County Courthouse (On the Courthouse Steps), Hackensack (TICKETS REQUIRED)

    PA Governor Ed Rendell

  • 1:00 PM Masso’s Catering, 210 South Delsea Drive, Glassboro
  • 2:30 PM Maple Shade Fire Company, 53 South Maple Avenue, Maple Shade Please RSVP to: 609-877-0185 or amber.oakley@njdems.org
  • Absentee ballot totals largest in Dem strongholds

    Campaigns always want to “bank” as many votes as possible before an election by encouraging supporters to vote by absentee ballot. An added benefit of banking votes is that it eases somewhat the burden on the GOTV operation, since some homes no longer need to be targetted. The law was recently changed to state that voters no longer need an excuse to vote absentee, as was technically required in the past. According to an informal poll, Democrats seem to be benefiting the most (continued below)…

    NJ Freeway Blogging is Legal

    If you’re not familiar with the Freeway Blogger, you really should check him out. This single concerned citizen in California decided to get his message out by making cheap signs and hanging them up along the highway. Thousands of them. He started a movement that has spread to all 50 states. In case you’re curious about what the law is in NJ with regards to placing signs on the side of the freeway, below is an email from the commissioner of NJDOT…

    Enslimen New Jersey

    As New Jersey approaches its gubernatorial election with a clear front-runner, the state has two major issues facing it: property taxes and political corruption.  Unfortunately, Republicans seeming unwilling to focus on these issues at all.

    Instead, they are jumping on a smear campaign.  What happened is the Star-Ledger, the largest circulating newspaper in the state, endorsed Doug Forrester.  Then the S-L published a sleaze piece based on conversations with the Senator’s ex-wife.  This is news?  An ex-wife doesn’t like her former husband?

    Up to this point, Joanne Corzine has kept her thoughts to her self.  Of course, it is her right to speak up to anyone who wants to listen.  She is entitled to tell her side of the story.  Any newspaper who thinks it is news-worthy is within their rights to publish it.  I don’t have a problem with either of these points, though I consider the fact that it is considered news-worthy to be evidence of how our culture has descended into voyeurism.  But, whatever…I don’t own a paper, so that’s how much my opinion is worth to them (exactly one subscription that I’ve never had).

    What does bother me is that this is somehow supposed to translate to a reason to not believe Senator Corzine is going to address either of the top two issues facing the state.  Apparently, the Forrester campaign is willing to use familial disagreements as political fodder.  Corzine cheated on his wife.  Does that mean he can’t ease the burden of property taxes?  Exactly how does that connection get made?  How does it translate into not being able to tell County Bosses to shove it (especially since he already has with at least one)?

    Corzine’s ex-wife gets revenge, Forrester has no shame

    Click here to take a look at Forrester’s TV ad using the words of Joanne Corzine. More from the Star Ledger:

    “Corzine’s ex-wife claims he’s ‘compromised his ideals.’ She also says his affair with Katz broke up their 33-year marriage… Joanne Corzine said she was reluctantly breaking her silence because her ex-husband is giving an inaccurate portrayal of himself in his campaign for governor.

    She said that when she campaigned by his side five years ago, she urged him not to get involved with Democratic political bosses, but he contributed millions of dollars to them to “buy their loyalty.”

    If what she says about Jon and Katz is true, he was an idiot, and I hold the whole thing against him and all other idiotic men who do stuff like this.

    But she’s a disciplined and mastermind bitch for staying quiet for so long and waiting until now to get even.  She’s really trying to get him where it hurts, don’t you think?  Let’s not give Forrester all the credit for this.

    In the end Forrester’s exploitation of it is going to hurt him.  Too many people have had personal relationship problems to give her any credibility other than as a hurt wife.