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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

2005 New Jersey Governor: Jon Corzine kicks off campaign

Posted by Bob Brigham


SEWELL, N.J. -- Jon Corzine kicked off his gubernatorial campaign with events in south and north Jersey on Wednesday, touting his experience in business and politics as he asked New Jerseyans to elect their freshman U.S. senator as their next governor. [...]

"It's time for a leader who comes to state government from a different experience: someone who is not encumbered by an old culture, historical entanglements and the status quo," he said.

Corzine, who is serving his first term in the U.S. Senate, also promised voters a campaign that would not be derailed by personal attacks.

"When I announced my candidacy in December, I pledged a campaign of substance, rather than slogans _ a campaign of ideas rather than insults _ a campaign of straight talk, not false promises," he told the crowd, which included 900 high school students and some of their parents.

Convention wisdom says Senator Corzine's popularity will easily deliver a resounding victory:

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released in mid-March, Corzine held a 50 percent to 34 percent lead over Schundler and a 50 percent to 33 percent margin over Forrester. The poll of 937 registered New Jersey voters, had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Corzine, a former Goldman Sachs chief executive, entered politics five years ago, spending $60 million of his own money on a U.S. Senate campaign which he won.

He also will spend his own money on the governor's race, and reiterated Wednesday he will forego public financing.

In a deaft political move, Senator Corzine has tapped Matt Stoller to run the show over at www.corzineconnection.com:

Welcome. This website is the online headquarters for the Corzine Connection, a coalition of interested groups, citizens, and politicians who believe that progressive political change happens only when the people are involved in politics and government. Involved in campaigns, public life, and in conversations about what kind of state we all want to live in. 

So sign up and become part of something very exciting, an entirely new way of doing politics. Corzine Connection will offer volunteer opportunities, a rolling 24 hour conversation, offline opportunities like house parties and conference calls, Corzine campaign updates, and a community of activists, leaders, and citizens.

Most of all, Corzine Connection is about you. What you care about. What you want to see done. What you are willing to work to get done.  

To get going, sign up here and leave a comment or two.

If you'd like to learn a little something about Jon Corzine, check out his biography.

I've bookmarked www.corzineconnection.com and you should too (Stoller's writing is reason enough to visit and visit often).

Posted at 06:24 PM in New Jersey | Technorati