Tag Archive: 2012

Chris Christie’s Jersey Coattails… or lack thereof

PolitickerNJ has a piece looking at “The Christie Scorecard” and how the Governor fared in races he campaigned for around the country.  But I was more interested in what ConservativeJersey noted regarding Republican lack of success in races across New Jersey:

  • Incumbent Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez cruised to an easy victory over Republican (and close friend of the Governor) Joe Kyrillos.
  • Bergen County Freeholder Board – Democrats sweep two Freeholder seats, Republicans lose control.
  • Cumberland County Freeholder Board – Democrats sweep two Freeholder seats, Republicans lose control.
  • Passaic County Freeholder Board – Democrats sweep 3 Freeholder seats defeating 3 incumbent Republicans who ran and won on Christie’s coattails in 2009, Board is now 7-0 Democrats.
  • Burlington County Freeholder Board – Democrats sweep 2 Freeholder seats leaving Republicans with a 3-2 majority.
  • Atlantic County Freeholder Board – Democrat defeats incumbent At large Republican Freeholder.
  • Somerset County Freeholder Board – Election of two Freeholders is too close to call between the Democrat and Republican candidates.  

    There were 2 Special Elections for Assembly seats:

  • In the 4th District, the Democrat won handily.  

  • In the 16th District, the race is still too close to call.  

  • Add that to the fact that last year he lost his targeted races in the 2nd, 7th and 38th Legislative Districts and failing to pick up a single Assembly seat. And don’t forget losing the Senate special election in the 14th the year before.

    This Election once again makes clear that in New Jersey, Chris Christie’s popularity extends to… Chris Christie.  He continues to be all coat, no tails.

    Courier News Endorses Me For State Assembly

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    Earlier today I posted to Facebook that the Courier News endorsed me. They have not posted an electronic version, but we found a hard copy. Here it is…

    Courier News endorses Corfield for Assembly in 16th District.

    Courier News, Sunday, November 5, 2012

    Assemblywoman Donna Simon of Readington says what many voters like to hear these days: “Not a penny more” is Simon’s mantra, and it undoubtedly plays well with much of the 16th District masses.

    But that seems about as far as Simon’s governing philosophy goes. The Republican incumbent repeats standard conservative dogma, but without much depth or understanding behind it. For instance, she reflexively touts the wisdom of across-the-board income tax cuts, but seems perplexed by the notion that such cuts disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

    Democratic challenger Marie Corfield, a Flemington teacher, brings a far more layered approach to the campaign. Simon depicts her as a tax-happy teachers union, but Corfield’s support for public workers and education reform appears more thoughtful than that. Voters may not like hearing a politician suggest that some sort of tax hike could be necessary to achieve a desirable end, as Corfield did in conceding that a gas-tax bump might turn out to be the best solution to fund transportation projects. Simon’s “not a penny more” slogan sounds better. But it’s also too simplistic.

    Simon was appointed to replace the late Peter Biondi, who died shortly after he was re-elected last November. This election is for the rest of Biondi’s unexpired term, in a traditionally Republican district, although redistricting has shifted demographics more the Democrats’ way. Simon’s been an active legislator, but her perspective seems shallow.

    We’re making Corfield our pick in the 16th.

    Christie Won’t Commit To Election Next Tuesday

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    OK, this is classic Christie, but he may be right.  I’m sure he’s more worried about the storm than the election, especially since it looks like his guy is gonna lose here.  

    “I don’t give a damn about Election Day,” Christie said, in a storm briefing with reporters. “It doesn’t matter a lick to me. I’ve got much bigger fish to fry.”

    Christie said New Jersey’s secretary of state had been involved in a conference call about election plans. But he added: “I don’t know whether we’re going to have power five days from now.”

    The fact is a lot of this is out of his control.  Most counties would have already had their voting machines in place by now, but due to the storm they’re still in storage.  The folks who make sure all the books are right and process the absentee ballots are not in the office because of blackouts.  And we don’t know how long the blackouts will be.

    If at all possible it’s vital that this election happen on Tuesday, but it may simply not be possible.

    Sweeney Blasts Coulter: “You should be ashamed of yourself”

    When you can’t win on the merits, use ridiculous language to distract and that’s what Ann Coulter did last night, taking to twitter and calling the President “the retard.” Senate President Sweeney has a daughter with special needs and was not pleased at all with her choice of attack:

    “It really does not get any more despicable than this.  I honestly don’t know if there is another person on this planet as shameless as Ann Coulter.  She has no morals, no boundaries, and no sense of common decency.

    “Her thoughtless remarks are meant to provoke and draw attention to whatever latest nonsensical ultra conservative rant she is peddling.  I really have no words to describe her other than just a horrible person.  I guess going after 9-11 widows was not enough for her.  She now has to attack people with disabilities too.

    “This is not only insulting to millions of people across the country, but to me, it is personal.  I have worked hard to scrub that word from our vocabulary forever, and with good reason: words matter.  If Ann Coulter wants to get out from behind Twitter and have a face to face discussion with me on why she wishes to insult my daughter and the millions of people with developmental disabilities in this country, I will have it anytime, anywhere, any place.”

    Sweeney noted that the “R” word was removed from state laws and regulations in 2010. But it wasn’t just Sweeney critical of Coulter, Michelle Malkin condemned her remarks as well:

    “What a stupid, shallow thing to say, Ann,”

    Didn’t think the day would come where I’d agree with Michelle Malkin. Next, Sarah Palin will be condeming her comments too, because you know how consistent she is.

    Christie Raises Expectations For Romney Through The Roof

    You have to think this isn’t what the Romney people were looking for from their surrogate on the Sunday morning shows leading into the debate this week:

    “This whole race is going to be turned upside down come Thursday morning,” Christie said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Added Christie. “The campaign hasn’t had a good two weeks. But the bottom line is it changes Wednesday night.”

    On ABC’s “This Week,” Christie said he has “absolute confidence that when we get to Thursday morning… you’re all going to be shaking your head saying it’s a brand new race,” he said.

    And the governor said much the same on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying “the entire narrative of this race is going to change.”

    This isn’t the 1st time Christie has gone off the reservation in his role as surrogate, like when he told Mitt Romney to release his taxes, a tune he has of course now changed. Both campaigns have sought to downplay expectations heading into the debate this week, but maybe Christie didn’t get the memo.

    The Romney campaign is playing a different game. In a leaked memo to campaign surrogates, Romney senior adviser Beth Myers said Obama “is a uniquely gifted speaker, and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history.” Continued Myers: “This will be the eighth one-on-one presidential debate of his political career. For Mitt Romney, it will be his first.”

    Either way, his comments certainly didn’t help the whole Romney effort to downplay expectations leading into Wednesday night.

    Christie Flip Flops On Romney’s Tax Returns

    Capitol Quickies notes that Governor Christie has changed his tune in defense of Mitt Romney once again. It appears that he is not only campaigning for the “crazies” as he artfully put it, but now Christie believes Romney’s tax returns are irrelevant:

    Last January shortly before Mitt Romney released one year of tax returns, Gov. Christie said Romney should release more returns and soon because full disclosure is better. Christie has changed his tune. Now he says “You don’t think anybody in America’s gonna make their decision upon Mitt Romney’s tax returns – that’s just silly.”

    What’s silly is Governor Christie pretending this is about anyone but himself as he goes around the country supposedly stumping for Romney, while raising his own profile and laying the groundwork for his own future endeavors. The irony is, he’s actually on the campaign trail more than Romney at this point.

    Monmouth University Poll

    One of our own New Jersey state colleges, Monmouth University, has continued its tradition of public service by conducting a national poll on the Presidential race (PDF). It paints the same picture as other polls: Obama leads by three among likely voters (48-45) and seven among registered voters (48-41). Why isn’t Mitt Romney more popular?  

    One interpretation is that put forward by the pollster:

    “If the past week was Mitt Romney’s opportunity to show how he would handle a foreign crisis, the GOP nominee did not put his best foot forward as far as voters are concerned,” said Patrick Murray, director of the New Jersey-based Monmouth University Polling Institute.

    Isn’t that a nice way to put it? I myself thought the same — voters think Romney would do a bad job — until another expert came forward. Mother Jones has discovered a video where Mitt Romney explains his view of America:

    There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

    See it for yourself:

    How to spin a 14 point deficit

    The Inquirer New Jersey Poll just found that President Obama leads Governor Romney by 14 points here in New Jersey. That’s not even blogworthy –in fact, at first I confused it with yesterday’s Farleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll, which found President Obama leading by, you guessed it, 14 points. This sweet quote, however, got my attention:

    But Adam Geller, a GOP pollster from National Research Inc., cautions the Obama camp not to order balloons for its Garden State victory party yet. He said that almost all the 12 percent of voters who picked neither candidate would end up voting for Romney. As a general rule, undecided voters rarely end up with the incumbent, he said.

    That would cut Obama’s margin significantly – and it indicates weakness, Geller said.

    Back in the real world, Republicans have given up on Pennsylvania where Obama’s lead is an even weaker 9-11 points.