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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

We Wish Governor-Elect Jon Corzine Well

Jon Corzine will be the next Governor of New Jersey and we wish him well. A disastrous term as Governor is not something we wish for the state just to set the stage for a Republican win next time. Our hope is that Corzine will prove to be like other politicians and not keep his campaign promises. Yes, we know politicians have a pretty good record of keeping their promises when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars. Hope springs eternal.

It does seem hard to believe Corzine won the election considering his proposals for huge increases in state spending and the turmoil the state has experienced during the past four year under control of Democrats. As Tom Moran points out in his column today:

They have spent the last four years stumbling from scandal to scandal, pausing only to increase spending and borrowing to record levels.

On their watch, property taxes have gone up, the state's bond rating has gone down, and ethics reform has stalled.

Most voters say the state is moving in the wrong direction. Hard to argue with that. And they blame Democrats for corruption by a margin of 2-1..
Moran blames Republican defeat on the failure of the party to clear the field for a run by U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie and eventually nominating a lousy candidate, Doug Forrester, who ultimately ran a terrible campaign, being outspent by Corzine 2 to 1.

As our regular readers know, Doug Forrester was not our choice for the Republican nomination, but we believe he was a far better choice for Governor when compared to Jon Corzine. We also believe Forrester is a decent man who gave his all to win. He obviously was not just going through the motions of running for Governor, not when he committed such a tremendous amount of his time, energy and millions out of his own pocket to win the race. While the election outcome is not what we had hoped, we appreciate Forrester’s efforts and dedication to the campaign and New Jersey.

Looking to the future, Republicans need to do a better job of educating voters in New Jersey about the causes of the state’s financial crisis and why the Democrat’s ever increasing spending programs are detrimental to nearly everyone in the state. High taxes hurt everyone and not just those who pay them. Dumping the blame on the candidate is an easy out and will not bring about the necessary changes the Republican Party must make to be competitive throughout the entire state of New Jersey. The Party needs to provide voters with a clear choice, effectivley communicating Republican ideas that make the case for change and not offer up Democrat-lite alternatives.

In the end, it is status quo in New Jersey with the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans in Trenton remaining unchanged. The election is over, the people have spoken. All that remains to be seen is if taxpayers will be happy with the choices voters have made in this election.



8 Comments:

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Bob the Corgi said...

I was very disappointed to hear that as part of his victory speech last night Corzine felt it necessary to include the bit about "voters rejecting the Rove-Bush blah blah." Apparently, it has not yet occurred to him that he is to be the governor of all the people, not just the democrats in NJ. I hope that is not a look into how he intends to use his office.

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger DBK said...

My heart is bleeding for you, EnlightenNJ.

The Democratic majority in the State Assembly increased by two seats last night and Baronyi in the 14th District barely managed to keep his seat. That was a squeaker. Senator Corzine's margin of victory was pretty much right around where the polls said it would be back in the spring. I think the voters spoke very loudly and very clearly. Time to move on, if you are capable of doing so, and work for a better New Jersey, not voicing the same nastiness displayed on this web log during the campaign.

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger terryp said...

suzette,

Sorry you don't like it, but Forrester used the same smear/lying tactics that were used to bring down McCain by the Bush-Rove team, and the voters rejected them. This website tried to do the same. Rejected.

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger Bob the Corgi said...

You miss the point, Terryp. What I don't like is that the new governor chooses to use divisive campaign rhetoric in his first public statement. Instead of adressing all of the people he will be governing, he plays to the rabid partisans.

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger William said...

"The Democratic majority in the State Assembly increased by two seats last night and Baronyi in the 14th District barely managed to keep his seat. That was a squeaker."

Yes, that was a real 8,000 vote margin nailbiter. I mean, he was in real danger of losing his seat to fourth place finisher Dan Benson, yes sir!

Also: The Democratic majority increased by one seat, not two. Sorry, Panter and Morgan!

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger terryp said...

suzette,

No, nobody likes those tactics. I have friends from both ends of the spectrum, and none of them liked them or agreed with them. NONE. I'm glad I have reasonable friends like that, even if we don't always agree on everything. No - the only people who are "rabid partisans" are people who think smear campaigns are valid. The majority of the population HATES it and is turned off by it. There is nothing partisan about denouncing it.

The Swift Boat crew labeled a purple heart veteran a coward, a traitor and accused him of self-inflicting his wounds. The same people who created those ads smeared Corzine as well. There is nothing, NOTHING partisan in pointing that out.

 
At 11:33 PM, Blogger TFerr said...

Moran is totally right. It should have been a nobrainer to beat the pinkos. Forget the whining about the ads and our President -- the problem is that Forrester's another damn liberal NJ "Republican". We need some real conservatives running for statewide office, dammit!

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger Eric Blair said...

C'mon. You don't really wish Corzine well.

Politics isn't going to change in NJ, until the endemic corruption at the local level is dealt with, such as getting the dead people off the voter rolls.

But with (Democratic) Officials who apparently don't know their jobs: http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MDYmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY4MTIwNjAmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXky

That isn't going to happen anytime soon, with the new Administration.

Can't wait for that new gas tax, either.

 

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