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Monday, January 31, 2005

Codey’s Out – New Jersey‘s Loss

During a press conference today Acting Governor Codey said: “I have determined that a run for Governor is not in the best interests of my family, my fellow citizens and my party. “

We hate to see Codey leave the race. He seems to be a good guy, a man that cares deeply about his family and his state. We don’t agree with much of his agenda, but we think he was sincere when he said: “In the past two months, I have put forward an agenda that the people of this State can believe in. It isn’t driven by polling or focus groups or political benefit.”

We would have preferred a primary that would have given the people of New Jersey a chance to learn more about the candidates and their ideas for solving the problems of our state. A Democrat primary would have provided the voters an opportunity to choose their nominee, rather than this selection by the party bosses. Remember, it was the party bosses that gave us Jim McGreevey.

We also hate to see Dick Codey leave the race, because we would have preferred a Democrat nominee that didn’t view the role of Governor as a stepping stone to a run for the presidency. We would have preferred a potential Governor that cared more about the state than his own ambition.

So now we are stuck with Jon Corzine. Does anyone know Senator Corzine’s ideas for governing the state, how he would solve the state’s fiscal crisis and the crushing burden of property taxes? Do the party leaders and bosses know? They haven’t a clue. Their support was simply purchased.

Loyalty and support that can be bought, that’s not based upon principle or ideas, speaks volumes about the Democrat Party. Perhaps this provides us with some insight into a political party that has been so susceptible to scandal and corruption in New Jersey. Their support and votes are for sale. Keep this in mind come November.



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