"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance

 and a people who mean to be their own governors

 must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

Monday, August 08, 2005

What's Next

In Doug Forrester’s 2002 Senate bid, Bob Torricelli was forced to drop out of the race stemming from his violation of Senate ethics rules and accepting gifts from campaign contributors. Lautenberg replaced Torricelli on the ballet 35 days before the election and after the legal deadline for candidate replacement.

In April of 2005 the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission dead locked over whether Doug Forrester should be allowed to participate in broadcast debates with his Republican rivals because he was self financing his campaign.

Now we read Doug Forrester's gubernatorial bid could be affected by a story in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer that suggested his ownership stake in a Washington D.C. insurance company might bar him from funding his own campaign.

Next month we expect to learn New Jersey law forbids Republicans to run for office in the state. Not much of a stretch considering Lautenberg last month said the Vice President of the United States should be barred from New Jersey because he is a Republican.


At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Codey should rename the street in front of the Governor's house "Tammany Hall Drive" as a symbolic gesture to welcome Corzine in his eventual new digs.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Ah, ye of little faith – Corzine next address is by no means a forgone conclusion.

At 5:27 PM, Blogger J.Wizzle said...

I can't stand how corrupt NJ politics are. But NJ keeps voting the dem's into office. I don't get it.

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Mr. Snitch said...

What Lautenberg actully said, I think, was that Cheney should be barred from the state because he represented a corrupt administration. I assume this was because New Jersey has already achieved its corruption quota.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

According to the article we linked to in the post: All week, Corzine and his surrogates held several news conferences labeling Forrester, Bush and Cheney "too extreme for New Jersey"

Lautenberg said: "These are radical conservatives for the Bush administration. What are they doing in New Jersey? They ought to be barred from New Jersey,"

At 10:11 PM, Anonymous JG said...

Can we bring in Bret Schundler now?

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

JG, it wouldn't matter, Bret's a Republican too. The Democrats would have discovered he earned a living and owned a home in New Jersey, thus making him unfit for to run for office.

Only people that have never worked in New Jersey, don't own property in New Jersey, etc. are qualfied to be Governor of the Garden State.

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call last night from a pollster, a barely literate fellow reading questions that seemed at first to be from a Forester push-poll.

Are you familiar with Katz etc? Is it a private matter as Corzine says or a public issue? Will it affect Corzine's honesty in office?

Sounded pretty much like fishing for answers favorable to the Forester campaign. But then the questions turned.

Corzine believes affordable health care is NJ's biggest problem. Will improving access to health care improve NJ? Will employers be more likely to site in NJ? Would you support Corzine if you knew he would do what he could to improve health care?

So I don't know whose poll it was. The kids were in the tub and I was cooking dinner so I didn't pay as much attention as I could have, but I made it clear I didn't believe a word Corzine said about his affair and about health care or anything else.

Anyway, if you should see a poll story that might have been taken from that questionnaire, I hope you'll post it. And thanks for your efforts. When I was asked how familiar I am with these issues, I was able to say "Very".


Glen Rock

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Glen Rock,

Thanks for the tip and the kind comments. You make our efforts worthwhile.


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