Corzine Going Down?
New Jersey’s Democratic Governor Jon S. Corzine, who hopes to win a second term in November, has now fallen behind Republican challenger Christopher J. Christie by 15 points – 49% to 34%. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state shows that seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and 10% are undecided.
Corzine trails another potential GOP challenger, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, 43% to 35%, while seven percent (7%) like another candidate and 15% are not sure whom they prefer. New Jersey Republicans will chose a candidate to run against Corzine in a primary on June 2.
The survey was taken Tuesday, the day Corzine was announcing $916 million in new and increased taxes as part of his $29.8 billion state budget for 2010. (emphasis mine)
As a North Jersey boy, born-and-raised, there’s nothing I would like better than to see another in a long line of ineffectual, corrupt, tax and tax and tax and spend New Jersey governors get trounced in November. By all rights, New Jersey should be one of the greatest places in the country in which to live. We’re an easy commute to Manhattan, we’ve got industry of all types, global corporate headquarters out the wazoo, a great coastline with miles of beaches, the Giants, natural beauty (bear with me, yes, I’m still talking about Jersey) and lots of culture.
New Jersey also has a seemingly unending fascination with electing the most despicable candidates we can find to lead us. Even when we elect a Republican, it’s someone like Christie Whitman, who falls somewhere between John McCain and Joe Lieberman in terms of her conservative bona fides.
But maybe this is the cycle in which we finally bring somebody in who knows what they’re doing, who realizes that higher taxes and endless borrowing and relentless spending isn’t going to help anyone.
It would be wonderful to have New Jersey become a place that I would want to move back to someday, somewhere I could see raising a family. But as much as I love it, right now it’s not that place. The property taxes are outrageous, the educational system is as bad as anywhere and I think it’s obvious how I feel about the government. But the people, the land, the towns, the shore, it’s all there, we just need to find somebody who knows what to do with it.
In addition, New Jersey is one of those states that has become fairly reliably Democratic, but that I think could quickly swing back to the right. Bringing in a Republican governor in 2009 who is willing to lower taxes and cut spending could bring huge dividends for the GOP in 2012.
Crossing my fingers.
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