Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Fox News just called New Jersey for Chris Christie, the Republican challenger. Until today, 49 states had elected a Republican to statewide office since the Garden State last did, yet Christie, a relatively lame candidate who spent around $11 million to Jon Corzine's $30 million, beat an incumbant Democrat who was not even corrupt (the usual requirement for a Democratic loss in this state). Add the GOP victory in Virginia to the mix and you have to figure that "red state" Democrats are getting a little bit nervous. If you are one of the 30 Democrats in the House who represents a district that went for John McCain, do you really want to take your chances with Barack Obama's legislative agenda? Sure, the President might promise to help you out at crunch time, but... oh... never mind.
UPDATE (Monday morning): Even the New York Times knows who lost. From this morning's suburban edition:
The White House response: "Mr. Obama is not watching the returns."
Like he didn't watch the Washington Tea Party. I was standing on the Mall near the washington monument when his helicopter flew overhead returning him to his "safe house" AFTER the event was over.
What a Man/Child we have at the helm!!
At least the adults are back in charge in my home state. Warner and Webb are next on the list for the revival of the Old Dominion.
Well, OK, he is corrupt but just not in the isial way. He is a dispenser of corruption while usually the governor is the receiver. The house "gift", yeah that was corrupt; the huge "walking around money" for elections, corrupt; the attempt to give the turnpike, the Garden State and 295 (new tolls) to the unions...unbelievably corrupt. So except for those things, and the coddling of traditional corruption in he very heart of his administration, he wasn't corrupt!
In my view, it is just plain wrong to say that Jon Corzine has not been corrupt.
He has been a serial enabler of corruption, from the law enforcement component of his administration having blatantly ignored the corruption hiding in plain sight all around him for the past four years -- just as McGreevey/Codey had done for the four prior years -- to avidly and personally funding crooks like Joe Ferriero and former State Senator Joe Coniglio up in Bergen County over the years. An estimated total of over $400,000.00.
And who can forget in the midst of that, the risible $37,000.00 Corzine's mother, Nancy, a retired school teacher and resident of Oak Park, IL gave to Ferriero? That was obviously Jon corruptly getting around campaign laws.
And what about his widespread practice of personally "gifting" staff over the years, thereby personally encouraging and rewarding entirely political action on their parts, rather than doing what they are supposed to do as employees of the taxpayers?
What about the obscene gifts to state employee union moll, Carla Katz -- and to her family members -- including one who had to be fired because he was caught looking at confidential tax returns? First, they tried to "place" him in the Turnpike Authority, but when that didn't work out -- mortgage personally forgiven by Jon. How much silence do you suppose that was that worth?
What about the littany of pension-padders he has "bought" using public money, and whose double-dipping abuses threaten a system that is already in serious financial straits?
No. Jon Corzine has indeed been corrupt. Just not in the way one usually thinks. But the result has been the same.