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Both Candidates PRO-POT

You heard it here first!  

Over at the LIVE blog and over my radio I hardly believed it.  Both candidates were asked about medical marijuana by a caller and both said they were FOR IT!

Only one cliche’ can follow that news.


UpdateOctober 12, 2005 at 00:03:04 EST by jmelli
From the AP wire:

On the topic of medical marijuana – a bill that stalled in the state Legislature – both the Democrat and the Republican said they would sign such a bill if it reached the governor’s desk.

“With respect to providing relief under doctor’s supervision, under the proper circumstances, I think we need to provide all medical resources and that includes what is emerging now with regard to this particular application. So, yes, I’m very much open to that,” said Forrester.

“I believe medical marijuana is something that, if a doctor prescribes it, we need to do what is in the best interest of the patient. It’s a tragedy when you’re not giving the best medication to an individual,” Corzine said.

Live Blogging of debate w/Franken commentary.

We’ll begin live blogging Al Franken commenting on the Corzine/Forrester debate. You can listen in at 101.5 or by streaming online at

We’re at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick. Al Franken walked in a few minutes ago. It’s packed here.

[7:34] Franken’s on the stage. Debate isn’t being broadcast here yet.

See the extended entry for commentary….

Taxes: no free lunch

The folks over at ChangeNJ hit the nail on the head regarding the issue of taxes. There is no free lunch. But that’s not what New Jerseyans believe:

Fifty five percent of New Jersey’s likely voters believe the state can reduce property taxes without raising state taxes or cutting services, according to a Star-Ledger/Eagleton-Rutgers Poll.

Both major party candidates talk about cutting taxes as if it’s a miracle solution, but they don’t realistically explain how they’ll make up the deficit.

You can’t get something for nothing, and the only way to reduce the burden of property taxes is to raise the money somewhere else. New Jerseyans need to realize that the problem is not necessarily the total dollars collected, but the manner in which and the people from whom it is collected.

In other words, progressive tax systems are the only way to reduce the tax burden on New Jersey’s low and middle income families.



Remember this?

That was three years ago while Forrester was running for Senate.

Now, with Bush’s approval rating in NJ down into the 30’s, Forrester is trying his best to distance himself from the wreckless administration.

But he can’t change the fact that he espouses the same ideological opposition to embryonic stem cell research – which has the potential to lead to cures that could save millions of lives.

He can’t change the fact that his tax plan mimics that of Bush’s fiscal ideology. It won’t help out low and middle income renters, but it will result in thousands of dollars of tax breaks for our wealthiest residents. This is Forrester’s plan to “starve the beast” in order to cut New Jersey’s social programs that help our most vulnerable. Meanwhile, Corzine wants to make sure that every uninsured child in the state has the health coverage they need. Who’s your choice? It’s clear who Bush’s choice is.

(Gloucester Co. Times)

UpdateOctober 11, 2005 at 10:03:08 EST by jmelli
Today’s editorial cartoon from Jimmy Margulies in The Record:

Last day to register to vote

Download a voter registration form, fill it in and mail it out by today, Oct 11th. It must be postmarked by today in order to vote in the gubernatorial election next month.

I’m especially looking at you, young people – only 62% of eligible 18-29 year olds are registered to vote in New Jersey and only 14% in that age group are considered “regular voters” (compared to 60% of 65+ voters). As pointed out by soapblox, voters under 45 overwhelmingly favor Corzine – by a 2:1 margin (60% to 30%).

New ad from 4th district Dems

The Paul Moriarty and David Mayer team has just released their latest TV ad on their website:

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These guys are running a smart campaign by taking advantage of all the technology tools available to reach out to constituents. How many Assembly campaigns can claim to have used podcasts? Though still in its infancy, this a tool that has the potential to reach traditionally apathetic younger audiences.

Tune in to 101.5 for debate

New Jersey 101.5 radio will be broadcasting the gubernatorial debate between Jon Corzine and Doug Forrester starting at 7:30pm on Tuesday night. Eric Scott of 101.5 will moderate the debate.

Also, don’t forget that Al Franken will be providing live commentary of the debate at the Stress Factory comedy club in New Brunswick. Get your tickets here. Some BlueJersey bloggers will be there, possibly live blogging the debate.

NJ voters watching Gov race more closely than baseball

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released today found that the NJ’s likely voters are paying more attention to the gubernatorial horse race than baseball:

According to the most recent Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll, by a 2 to 1 margin (57% to 29%) likely voters in New Jersey claim they are following the race for governor more closely than major league baseball.  â€œThis is encouraging news for both civics teachers and candidates,” said Peter Woolley who teaches government and politics at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Only 13% of likely voters say they are following both about the same or neither one more than the other.

Corzine/Forrester tied

New WNBC/Marist poll: Corzine 44%, Forrester 43%:

Jon Corzine and Doug Forrester are in a statistical dead heat among New Jersey voters likely to vote on Election Day.  Corzine receives the support of 44% of likely voters compared with 43% for Doug Forrester.  13% are undecided.  When undecided voters are asked which candidate they are leaning toward, the results become 47% for Jon Corzine and 45% for Doug Forrester.  8% of likely voters remain undecided.

UpdateOctober 10, 2005 at 20:34:02 EST by jmelli As several others have pointed out, this poll appears to be an outlier. Chris at MyDD also notes that the small sample size also makes the poll suspect, along with the unreliability of likely voter models weeks before the election.

Holt: not so coy any more

Rush Holt’s campaign office sent out an email today that contained the entire article in that Jenny mentioned earlier regarding Holt’s subtle courting of Corzine for his Senate seat.

At the end of the PoliticsNJ article, there is some skeptism about Holt’s chances:

“I don’t think people know him around the state, particularly in the party structure, like they do Andrews or Menendez,” O’Neil said.  “He’d have work to do.  And I’m not sure about fund-raising.”

Holt’s email refutes both of these points. First on the issue of name recognition:

As flattering as this article is, there are a couple of additional points worth making.  The first is that Rush’s name recognition around the state is strong.  According to a recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rush’s “name ID” is better than most contenders, and second only to one by barely more than the margin of error.  Additionally, the people that know him have a favorable impression by a whopping 26 points.

Then, on his fundraising capability:

A second point worth addressing is the question about Rush’s fundraising.  Rush has proven that he can raise substantial sums when necessary.  In 2000, for example, he raised $2.6 million – with an average donation of roughly $200!  In every election, he has asked for donations only when needed, and has always run a frugal campaign.

The irony of this email is that while the content of the article was about Rush’s subtle attempts at wooing Corzine, it ends with a not so subtle plea to constituents to help him flex his fundraising muscles and prove himself capable of filling his campaign coffers.

He has been able to do that only through your support.  Won’t you consider contributing today to show the “chattering class” what Rush is capable of?

I’d love to see Holt become our next Senator, but one concern that isn’t addressed and that may plague him is the possibility of creating two competitive races if he were to leave his Congressional seat:

“I also think that the Holt scenario overlooks the fact that there will be significant national Democratic Party opinion expressed on this race,” said Tom O’Neil, a party strategist.  “And they’re going to look at Holt and say, ‘Wait a minute— now you’ve put a Senate seat in play and a House seat.’  That’s different than with Menendez or Andrews, who are from much safer House districts.”

This situation underscores the importance of contesting every race in order to train and build the farm team for future races.