Corzine: It’s Premature For Me To Offer Specifics
Jon Corzine likes to refer to himself as “among his party's chief economic and finance experts” and in recent months he has promoted himself as “one of the nation’s foremost experts on the economy and financial markets”.
Senator Corzine is such a wiz with all things financial, he was able to offer “prebuttals” to President Bush’s State of the Union and to Alan Greenspan’s Senate testimony on the economy and Social Security. No need to actually hear the speech or the testimony, he’s way ahead of everyone on these matters.
When it comes to our nation’s budget, the very day the President submitted his 2006 budget to Congress, Corzine was able to release a statement to the press proclaiming the budget was bad for New Jersey. The next day he was denouncing the budget, after his preliminary analysis, as representing fiscal irresponsibility.
Now Corzine is running for Governor of New Jersey and three weeks after Acting Governor Codey unveiled his proposed state budget, Corzine is incapable of offering any specific comments or proposals.
Asked what he would do about the state budget, Corzine said it was "premature" for him to offer specific proposals because all the details of Codey's plan, including numbers and assumptions, had not been released.
What are we to make of this Corzine statement to the press? It wasn’t worth his time to familiarize himself with the budget and the state’s finances. He hasn’t bothered to give any thought to the subject. The State’s budget and finances are so complex that it’s beyond his expertise. Or maybe Corzine just doesn’t want to let the public in on his ideas about New Jersey spending and tax policies.
Lazy, disinterested, incapable and hiding positions on major issues from voters are not qualities most people are looking for in a Governor, even when the state is New Jersey. How long is the press going to let Corzine get away with nonsense? Yea, we know the Senator is rich but, is that the only qualification for the office?