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Election Post-Mortem

Since Enlighten does not permit non-Blogspot comments . . .

New Jersey is probably a 55% Democrat — 45% Republican state.

The result was Corzine 1,157,385 votes and Forrester 954,347

A quick calculation . . .
54.8 Corzine
45.2 Forrester

Could it be that New Jersey is just a liberal state? That is how it appears to me. Unless there is a strong case to be made to buck the liberal cause (and Forrester made no strong case), New Jersey will continue electing liberals.

The Republican Party in the Garden State is disoriented. There is no clear message. There have been no strong candidates.

The results last Tuesday should not have been surprising. And in his first statement after the election, Forrester confirmed he is not a leader.

If Bush’s numbers were where they were a year ago, or even six months ago, I think we would have won on Tuesday. Katrina was the tipping point.

Blaming Bush’s popularity for a poorly run campaign is not something to behold. This is why Forrester did not connect with the voters.

There was a strong case against Corzine, but a poor case for Forrester. Given the imbalance in affiliation in this state, there is no surprise Corzine held his base.

Election Day

Voting

At 7:00 PM, Beetle and I were #671 at our polling place. That is a good number. She has not missed an election yet.

We, like most of Cumberland County, had new electronic voting booths. They were very easy to use. Admittedly, we had no issues with the old style voting booth, but if the new ones help with efficiency, we support their use.

My sister e-mailed me from the midwest today and asked who I was going to vote for. As I explained to her, the case for Forrester is not great, but the case against Corzine is magnificent. Beetle helped push the button for Mr. Forrester.

Now, time to watch the returns . . .

The Last Debate

Last evening New Jersey gubernatorial candidates Doug Forrester and Jon Corzine debated for the final time prior to Tuesday’s election. Many of New Jersey’s bloggers have reviewed the particulars of the debate.

I watched the debate Sunday as I was out of town Saturday. There wasn’t much of interest. That pretty much sums up my opinion of this campaign.

What I did find interesting was the location of the debate: New York. Specifically, the NBC studios at Rockerfeller Center. Why? Is there no suitable forum in the Garden State. Perhaps here in Millville, the taxpayer-funded $13.8 million theatre at the Lakeside Middle School would have served as a showcase of New Jersey government at work. Or perhaps the theatre at the Middle Township High School. Or the State Theatre in News Brunswick. Or the studios at the taxpayer-funded NJN television network. Maybe one of the venues at our state’s higher education facilities. Glassboro (Rowan University) was good enough for a Soviet-American summit. Why isn’t it good enough for the would-be governors?

A leader would have stepped forward beforehand and stated that a New Jersey gubernatorial debate needs to be conducted on New Jersey soil. That one didn’t do so speaks volumes.

Q.E.D.

Mixed Endorsements

The Star~Ledger endorsed Forrester today, which seems to have gotten the attention of the NJ blogosphere.

With reservations, we have come to believe that Republican Doug Forrester is the shock therapy the state needs.

Hardly a ringing endorsement. The Ledger would rather endorse Acting Governor Codey:

Candidly, we’d rather vote for acting Gov. Richard Codey and call it a day.

Enlighten concurs with the Ledger.

Put simply, Corzine appears to suffer from the same disease of wanting to please everyone that contributed to the downward spiral of James E. McGreevey’s administration.

NJ Conservative is right there too.

Again, we have seen over and over, through the Katz situation and his relationship with Torricelli and Norcross, that Corzine is either a novice that gets ensnared in party politics or part of the machine.

Interestingly, these are the same reasons The Press of Atlantic City endorsed Corzine. Go figure . . .

Roberto equally is on board.

. . .the endorsement is based on the assumption that Jon Corzine is too connected to the party bosses and unions to really shake things up, and if there’s one thing Trenton needs is a good swift kick in the teeth.

I find it interesting that the liberal Ledger endorsed Forrester and the more conservative AC Press nodded toward Corzine. Earlier today, I pointed out the flawed reasoning The Press used to reach their conclusion. That reasoning is exactly why the Ledger endorsed Forrester.

The mixed endorsements I think points out what most of us feel: we need change but frankly, there isn’t much of a choice this time around. Folks are reaching out and are willing to give the other side an opportunity just so there is change. In the end, I fear it won’t much matter. Neither candidate’s property relief plan is worthwhile and that is the issue. Absent that, we will get a runaround about whose fault it is that the elected governor can’t fix the problems. Forrester represents smaller government, so that is where my vote will be cast. I do not anticipate the businessman will win.

Wake Up, NJ Republicans!

This year’s gubernatorial campaign is interesting. New Jersey is decidedly liberal and the Democrats have a well-known wealthy man running (virtually) unopposed. The Republicans have a slate of candidates to challenge Senator Corzine. Being the citizen I am, I have been trying to follow the Republican race. It is difficult to do so.

Somehow I have found myself on several mailing lists. That is fine as I can pore over the campaign literature. Campaign literature is an interesting style of writing in that on glossy four-color paper a lot of words can be printed which say little. Being who I am, I have written campaigns asking for clarification.

Doug Forrester sends out more e-mail and printed materials than anyone, as far as I can see. He promotes www.doug.com, his campaign web site in everything he sends out. So, I looked. I haven’t found substance.

The Agenda for NJ page would presumably detail Mr. Forrester’s plans for our state.

The waste, fraud, and abuse that riddle state government today do not represent our New Jersey values. We need elected officials who will stand up and fight for New Jersey families instead of embracing corruption – I will be that governor. I will make New Jersey government responsible to the families who pay for it by:

– Providing immediate tax relief by undoing the senseless and burdensome taxes that Governor McGreevey created.

– Ending the “corruption tax”—the culture of corruption in Trenton that costs taxpayers millions of dollars every year.

– Eliminating wasteful spending that forces New Jersey taxpayers to pay for the Democrats’ spending addiction.

By curbing wasteful spending and eliminating the corruption tax, we can provide the meaningful tax relief that New Jersey’s hard-working families deserve. As governor, I will reduce property taxes, control spending and restore honesty and integrity to state government.

Nope, no details there.

Perhaps the particulars are listed on other pages. Traveling to Ethics Reform one would expect to read about the details of Mr. Forrester’s plans for ethics reform.

Doug Forrester will clean up corruption and make New Jersey work for the families who pay for it:

– Elect an independent Auditor General who will root out waste, fraud and abuse that cost us millions every year.

– Put an end to no-bid contracts that benefit career politicians and their contributors and hurt New Jersey families.

– Pass meaningful reforms to end “pay-to-play” once and for all.

– End the practice of dual-office holding, which allows “double dippers” to inflate their salaries and benefits at the taxpayers’ expense.

– Stop the corrupt “wheeling” system that evades reforms and funnels money throughout the state in back room deals.

Hmmm, those aren’t details.

Fiscal Responsibility will certainly lay out Forrester’s plan to re-vamp New Jersey’s poor spending habits.

As governor, Doug will restore fiscal responsibility and make government work for the families who pay for it:

– Eliminate the wasteful spending and corruption that cost taxpayers millions of dollars every year.

– Reduce the debt caused by the Democrats’ spending addiction.

– Provide meaningful tax relief for New Jersey’s hard-working families.

Doug Forrester: Character, Courage and Conviction For a Change.

There are no details here either.

Looking around the site further, I found out there are no white papers available. One reads a lot about how Mr. Forrester is a nice man with family values. He and his wife moved here 30 years ago with just a few dollars in their pockets. I bet Mr. Corzine is a nice man too. These are not reasons to elect one man over the other.

Substance is lacking. Yes, McGreevey was a horrible governor. But ol’ Jimbo isn’t running this time around. Corzine is not going to be latching onto McGreevey’s initiatives, so bringing his name up in campaign literature is only a cheap ploy to play politics. Fine, some of that will occur. So be it. But at some point, you have to actually say something of substance.

A few months ago I wrote to the Forrester campaign stating pretty much this sentiment. I was promised that soon there would be details about Doug’s plans. I haven’t seen it yet.

There is a primary coming up in a few months. How am I supposed to make an informed decision between Messrs. Forrester, Schundler, Schroeder, Murphy, Lonegan, DiGaetano, and Caliguire? Based on what I truly know about these fellows, I might as well cast my ballot in November for Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion. At least he has a position.

No, I am not naive. I know that committing too early to a position permits the opposition time to pick you apart. They will not have to commit to anything, other than the opposite of what you say. But aren’t we supposed to be reforming the way government works? If so, be bold, take your lumps, and carefully explain the details of your plan. While many folks simply do not pay attention, I refuse to believe that the electorate is so disinterested that it will not pay attention. Let me be bold. I will not vote for any candidate who does not detail his position on issues. Sweeping poli-speak isn’t going to get my vote. I need more. If the fashionable candidates do not want to commit, then my support will go elsewhere.

Folks, we are being underestimated and treated as though our votes are not important. We are registered Republicans, therefore, we will back the chosen candidate. Hogwash! The New Jersey Republican party has been ineffective for years and it is for this very reason. Perhaps I am not a good Republican, but I am a good citizen. Mr. Forrester, time is running out on my support.