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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

NJ: Corzine To Announce Gubernatorial Bid Tomorrow

Posted by Tim Tagaris

Owners of this blog (that's you) have expressed interest in focusing on 2006, "swing races."  One of the races that can keep us busy while waiting for the 2006 Midterm Elections is the NJ Governor race taking place in 2005 (among others).  Consider this race the first best chance in the Democratic counter-strike following the debacle of Nov. 2nd -- Our candidate will most likely be Senator John Corzine of New Jersey.

From CNN

Corzine, 57, serving his first term in the Senate, has informed Democratic party officials that he will enter the 2005 race, according to those officials. He is expected to announce his intentions at a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in Newark.

...A statewide Quinnipiac University poll published two weeks ago found Corzine widely favored over aspiring Republicans and a leading Democratic contender, acting Gov. Richard Codey, who succeeded Jim McGreevey after he resigned in the wake of an extramarital affair with a man.

A few Republicans have decided to challenge Corzine in the 2005 election.  Among them, Bret Schundler who lost to McGreevy in 2001.  Schundler, who has already announced his intention to run, is also the former mayor of Jersey City.

From the Jersey Journal:

This time around, Schundler is the third Republican to declare his candidacy - following Mercer County businessman Douglas Forrester and Essex County Assemblyman Paul DiGaetano - with several more GOP announcements expected in the coming weeks.

...The centerpiece of Schundler's gubernatorial platform is an effort to curb the state's rising property taxes - a predicament he blames on the state's Democrats, who control the Legislature and the governor's office.

"The problem we've had in the state of New Jersey is that our politicians have been spending money irresponsibly fast and they've been hurting plenty of us in the process and we have to take away their power," Schundler said.

The rally was filled with epithets directed at Corzine, and not potential Republican primary opponents.  The Republican railed the Senator for spending 63 million dollars of his own money in the 2000 Senate race.  They attempted to paint Corzine as "bored" with the Senate and, "wants to excite himself by bringing more taxes and spending to New Jersey."  Rightfully so, Senator Corzine's office had no comment on the $500 a person pep rally held by Schundler.

I personally think the Democratic candidate will carry the day in New Jersey.  But you never know what will happen when the eyes and pocketbooks of the nation are fixed on New Jersey and Virginia in 2005.

Corzine has indicated he will keep his Senate seat while campaigning for Governor.  If he wins, I am not sure who will be the one to name his replacement.  Either way, if it is Corzine or current Governor Codey, the seat will remain safe Dem.

So, what do you think/know about the Garden State?

Posted at 05:40 PM in General | Technorati


What do I thinko f the Garden State? Best State in the nation! And we may have made you all a big squeemish, but swe still elected Kerry big time, so you can count on us!

Garden State Pride.

Posted by: James Crosson at December 2, 2004 01:25 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

This former New Jerseyite will bet that when all is said and done, the NJ gubernatorial election will be a fairly dull event. Codey will decline to run against Corzine in the primary and whoever emerges from the GOP primary will be defeated fairly easily. Most of the nation's attention will be directed to the Virginia election since that will be close all the way to November.

Posted by: Michael Rebain at December 2, 2004 10:00 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

And that will be the next race we look at, Virginia.


Posted by: Tim T. at December 2, 2004 11:26 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Hey, what are the "trackbacks"? and how do you get there?

Posted by: Pamela at December 2, 2004 11:44 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

A trackback is a list of blogs that reference or use in its entirety a post from this site (or whatever blog you are at).

When you click it, if there are any, it will show you the link of the site referencing your blog.


Posted by: Tim T. at December 2, 2004 02:31 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Just launched a site with all the info on the 15 Republican Senators up in 2006:


Spread the word please!

Posted by: AnthonySF at December 2, 2004 03:38 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Nice site. I like it.

Posted by: Dan Hogan at December 3, 2004 02:54 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment