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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.  

An ex-wife and an 8-year-old

    It’s a sign of a desperate and failing campaign that he would inject family matters into a political context.

      Ivette Mendez
      Corzine campaign spokeswoman

Joanne Corzine had some unflattering remarks about her ex-husband that were published in the today’s Star Ledger. No surprisingly, the Forrester campaign quickly latched on to her comments. It seems more than a little desparate to me

Is a candidate’s ex-wife really a source you should be touting? Is anyone surprised that Joanne Corzine has a negative opinion of her ex-husband? In a 2003 statement she blamed politics in part for their break-up. Why wouldn’t she say he compromised his political ideals? She’s been hearing about his ex-girlfriend and the loan he forgave couldn’t have helped. She specifically mentions the ad Andrea Forrester praising her husband. Of course she thinks Jon Corzine let his family down.

For the record, in Corzine has always said the divorce was his fault, but the Republicans don’t like to mention that because it demostrates honesty and personal responsibility. Forrester went on record holding her comments up as more proof, “that Jon Corzine is wedded to the political bosses.” (Clever little play on words there, Doug.)

Why would I expect anything else from Forrester. After all, his is the same campaign proclaiming that “Even Kids Don’t Trust Corzine.” I guess they’ve decided eight-year-old Gavin Rozzi speaks for every kid in NJ. That’s one of the front-page items on the Forrester web site, by the way. Man, they really are desperate.

(Cross-posted on Did I say that out loud?)

NJ GOP cries about “Scalito”

In a press release put out this morning, the Bergen County GOP pretends to be filled with outrage over the “ethnic assault” on Bush’s latest Supreme Court nominee.

A. Kenneth Ciongoli, Chairman of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) on Monday demanded an apology for the media’s frequent references to the judge’s Italian heritage and the use of the term “Scalito” to describe him as a clone of Justice Antonin Scalia.

This is too funny. The right wing was shooting flames out their ears because Bush failed to make good on his campaign pledge to nominate a judge in the mold of Thomas or Scalia. They demanded that Miers’ nomination be retracted. Now they finally get what they want – a Scalia clone, and they’re crying about it. The truth is, they want a Scalia and they know they have one as a nominee, but they’re ashamed of having the rest of the country find out just how extreme their views really are because they know the country would not accept another Scalia on the court if his views were known. So they fein outrage that anyone would refer to him as “Scalito“. They love having a Scalito and what he stands for – what they’re really ouraged about is the possibility of the country realizing it.

Senator Corzine Is The Right Man for New Jersey

This is it, New Jersey. This is our time, and our chance, New Jersey, to show the entire country that the agenda of the Neocons in Washington DC is not wanted in our state. We have a man who can change the course of New Jersey for the better in that vein. It is rare when you have the right man in place at the right time. Let’s take full advantage of it now…

As a Princeton student, Scalito defended gay rights

Bush nominated a Catholic that supports sodomy? Say it ain’t so!

Three decades before the Supreme Court decriminalized gay sex, Alito declared on behalf of his group of fellow Princeton students that “no private sexual act between consenting adults should be forbidden.” Alito also called for an end to discrimination against homosexuals in hiring.

What will we tell the children?

Forrester replacing conservatives with paid supporters?

Recent poll internals show Forrester’s support among Republicans nearly the same as Corzine’s support among Democrats, but some are speculating that Forrester’s recent change of heart on positions like stem cell research and abortion may cost him some critical votes:

Conservative Republican Dave Pawson agrees with GOP candidate Doug Forrester on most issues in the New Jersey governor’s race. But when Pawson goes into the voting booth next Tuesday, he won’t pull the lever for Forrester _ or for the other guy, either.

I don’t think I buy it. Conservatives are historically good at holding their noses and voting for lesser of two evils. I doubt there are many who won’t actually vote for Forrester. What’s more likely to happen is that these same supporters – the ones who usually help out with door knocking, stamp licking and rally attending, will be so disillusioned and uninspired, that they will refuse to help out the campaign:

Pawson said that when he heard the Kean ad while driving to work, his first thought was, “Well, that’s the end of the Forrester campaign.” Conservatives who had signed up to man phone banks, hand out literature and put up lawn signs for Forrester suddenly “unvolunteered,” he said.

This could translate into a lack of volunteers on election day, which will hurt his turnout. He’ll have to replace those volunteers with paid workers. Maybe that’s why he’s already resorted to paying people to cheer for him at events.