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Why Christie Can Win

Let me be clear.  I think Chris Christie is not qualified to be Governor and he has no coherent plan for New Jersey.  Many of the writers here and in the press keep pointing out the inconsistencies and inaccuracies in his positions.   Maybe this will matter to the voters.  I don’t think so.

Voters want a change in how New Jersey is run.  They look at the many frustrations of living in this state (e.g. high taxes, corruption, …) and feel government could be run significantly better.   I don’t think they really want to choose change along the lines of what Christie or the Republican party is proposing.  But they will vote for Christie if he is seen as the only agent of change.  

Governor Corzine has done an ok job in a difficult economic climate.  He has made some progress in putting the state on a better economic footing.   But it is at best a limited amount of progress.   I do not perceive him as believing that NJ government needs fundamental change.   There have been too many incidences where he has accepted and continued the status quo by reappointing the same players and continuing the same policies as the past.  

The prime example is municipal and school aid, which take up the lion’s share of NJ’s budget.   The Governor has talked up consolidation but has no results to show.   Instead, particularly with school aid, we have continued increases in funding levels.   It does not seem that the Governor has a great enough interest in reforming schools and municipalities to fight the good fight.   Can anyone point out any area of NJ government that has been reformed by this administration?

In contrast, President Obama is fighting for significant and fundamental change on a vast number of issues.   For all the mistakes he may make, it’s clear that the President knows that there are a lot of problems at the federal level he should solve.

I unfortunately don’t perceive Gov. Corzine as being committed in the same way to fixing NJ’s problems (other than the immediate fiscal crisis).    Do I think he’s a better choice than Christie?  Yes.  But I think it is challenging to portray him as an agent of change, and I think that will be the main issue in this election.

Thoughts?

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Supermajority is super bad idea

Crossposted from Channel Surfing:

This proposal, offered in an advertisement from Republican front runner Chris Christie, should disqualify him from being governor.

“I would ask the legislature to pass a constitutional amendment to be put on the ballot for the voters of New Jersey to require that any time taxes are going to be raised or new taxes imposed, that it require a 2/3 vote of both houses of the state legislature,” says Christie. “So it wouldn’t be easy for one party just to come in and raise taxes 103 times without any ability to restrict them.”

How Corzine Could Lose To Christie…

A number of excellent diaries have been written on BlueJersey.com illustrating the hypocrisy, ineptitude and downright foolishness of the Christie campaign.

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As I’ve been saying for years, Chris Christie is a partisan political hack who is a corrupt (de facto, at this point) absolute hypocrite.

If he were REALLY smart/gutsy he would simply admit the reality and the truth that pay to play IS New Jersey politics and that that’s a game he has indeed played……then he could go about proposing serious root to branch reforms that would truly clean up the problem (for a period of time, then the weeds would have to be cut back again).

By admitting/confessing that he was/is a creature of the de facto corrupt system and getting down to a truly serious/comprehensive proposal to actually clean up the shit…he would defuse the attacks on him….and get credit for actually proposing real solutions.   That would leave Jon Corzine looking like a flat footed fool.

Fortunately for Jon Corzine and our Democratic party, Christie, so far, is way too much of a prideful chickenshit asshole to take the high road I proposed.   Christie is so wedded to the absolutely corrupt Bush administration that he would have to virtually renounce his whole career to sincerely pull off the tactic I suggested….so far there is no indication that Christie is that smart or that he has the guts to do it.

At some point, New Jersey politics will be cleaned up.   I’m not sure any of the current players from either “mainstream” party have the balls or the integrity to propose and implement radical solutions to a radical problem; but hope springs eternal.

Pay to play is a systemic cancer that permeates the very DNA of New Jersey politics at the cellular level…..anyone who has been involved in, or informed about, politics in NJ knows just how deeply and thoroughly dirty it is.   There is no shortage of data that makes the case airtight.

My hope was/is that Jon Corzine would step up to the plate and “betray” some of the folks that “brung him to the dance”……Corzine must come to realize that his primary obligation is to the people of New Jersey and not to the power brokers that have guided his political career.    

I have no doubt that Corzine has the intelligence and the political skills to do what Christie won’t/can’t do (propose/embrace radical reforms) but I don’t see him as having a sufficiently courageous “profile” to go against the NJ political establishment and take the side of the actual working PEOPLE of the state.

So, yes…Christie is blowing it big time…and yes, Corzine is still wayyyyyy better than Cristie so I’ll support and vote for him in November; but if Jon Corzine wants to win by 25 points (or MORE) and become the greatest governor the state has ever had…….he would embrace a far more progressive (and yes, populist) agenda…and make some real/profound changes that would set a transformative tone for the whole nation!

As it stands now…Corzine catches up to Christie and wins by 4 to 7 points in a conventional race.   Why?  Because he, warts and all, is a better candidate with a better agenda…….but, frankly, just being be superor to a jackass like Chris Christie isn’t good enough.  

New Jersey needs and deserves real, deep, and thorough/systemic reforms.   We can do better, lots better.

Empty rhetoric from Christie on budget

Crossposted from Channel Surfing:

Chris Christie appears likely to become the Republican nominee for governor in June and, according to the most recent polls, possibly the state’s next governor.

If this is to occur, it appears that it will be based on three things: an inflated reputation as a corruption buster, Gov. Jon Corzine’s inability to connect with voters and convince them that hte pain he is peddling is necessary and the general disrepair in which we find our state government.

It certainly won’t be because he is offering legitimate alternatives. He isn’t.

Christopher Daggett for Governor?

What do NJ liberals think of Christopher Daggett for Governor?  He’s claiming that neither party in NJ can solve our problems because both Rs and Ds are stuck in the mud and won’t work together.  I agree with that point.  A long-time civil servant and environment-friendly independent?  Daggett seems a reasonable alternative for NJ progressives that are fed up with Corzine but can’t even consider someone as conservative as Christie.  I like the middle-of-the-road message that Daggett has started his campaign on.  How many County Freeholder Boards and NJ Legislative seats have stayed in the same corner, whether Red or Blue, for over a decade (or two)?  Too many.  Competition breeds good ideas, and I’m betting that Daggett can bring some good ideas to the table in this campaign.  Thoughts from the left?    

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Crime Victims to Governor: You’re doin’ a heckuva job, Jonny

The December 21, 2008 Star-Ledger quoted Governor Corzine vowing that his two concerns for his re-election bid will be finances and ethics. People in New Jersey who follow politics know why he said that. He is concerned about the public perception on finances because his toll hike plan was a bust. He is concerned about the public perception of ethics because former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie has put away 130 corrupt New Jersey politicians while his Attorney General has been wasting taxpayer money litigating to keep the public from reading his e-mails.

On behalf of the crime victims and their advocates, he has much to learn – about squandering government money and ethics.

Deferred Prosecution/monitors/Christie

 “Looks like a conflict to us” was the title of a NYTimes terrific opinion piece today, on the Deferred Prosecution Agreements and the DoJ hearings from last week which were attended by Mr. Ashcroft but not Mr. Christie.

They describe the issue in the following terms:

“Christopher J. Christie, the United States attorney in New Jersey, gave him the job with no competitive bidding and no judicial approval. Mr. Ashcroft told the House Judiciary Committee: “There is not a conflict; there is not an appearance of a conflict.” He couldn’t be more wrong.”

The Times further calls for  Mr. Christie to appear:

“Congress should now insist on hearing directly from Mr. Christie, who knows better than anyone why Mr. Ashcroft got the contract.”

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D, CA) in a feisty exchange with the former Attny General, who talked over her repeatedly, likened the  monitorship offered to Ashcroft by Christie a “backroom, sweetheart deal”.