Commentary Magazine


Contentions

No Garden Party for Corzine

As the Wall Street Journal reports:

Some observers chalk up Mr. Corzine’s troubles to the recession, with shrunken budgets across the nation making many states’ governors unpopular. Others say he is a poor politician who squandered chances to address the state’s tax burden and slim its bloated bureaucracy. Last month, more than half of all voters polled by Quinnipiac University said they disapproved of Mr. Corzine’s performance, and 60% don’t like the way he is addressing the economy.

And then there are the ethics issues:

Hanging over his first term have been reminders about his former relationship with Carla Katz when she was the local branch head of the CWA. Once in office, Mr. Corzine was accused of having back-channel labor negotiations with her. The union fired Ms. Katz in 2008, accusing her of misusing dues for personal expenses. Mr. Corzine wasn’t implicated in the union’s investigation, and a state ethics panel cleared Mr. Corzine of wrongdoing.

Some voters say Mr. Corzine has done little to fulfill a vow made in his 2006 inaugural address that “my highest priority will be ethics reform.” Mr. Corzine’s package of proposed ethics changes has been delayed by the budget debate, lawmakers say.

All that said, New Jersey remains an overwhelmingly Democratic state and Corzine has a ton of his own money (well, not as much as he used to) to flood the media with ads. But it will be an interesting test of two issues that may be at the heart of the 2010 congressional races: economic mismanagement (New Jersey’s deficit is projected to go as high as $9B in 2010) and ethics (Speaker Pelosi might want to get cracking on “draining the swamp” before Murtha, Moran, et al. become the poster boys in the 2010 ad campaign). Many interested observers will be looking on.


Join the discussion…

Are you a subscriber? Log in to comment »

Not a subscriber? Join the discussion today, subscribe to Commentary »





Welcome to Commentary Magazine.
We hope you enjoy your visit.
As a visitor to our site, you are allowed 8 free articles this month.
This is your first of 8 free articles.

If you are already a digital subscriber, log in here »

Print subscriber? For free access to the website and iPad, register here »

To subscribe, click here to see our subscription offers »

Please note this is an advertisement skip this ad
Clearly, you have a passion for ideas.
Subscribe today for unlimited digital access to the publication that shapes the minds of the people who shape our world.
Get for just
YOU HAVE READ OF 8 FREE ARTICLES THIS MONTH.
FOR JUST
YOU HAVE READ OF 8 FREE ARTICLES THIS MONTH.
FOR JUST
Welcome to Commentary Magazine.
We hope you enjoy your visit.
As a visitor, you are allowed 8 free articles.
This is your first article.
You have read of 8 free articles this month.
YOU HAVE READ 8 OF 8
FREE ARTICLES THIS MONTH.
for full access to
CommentaryMagazine.com
INCLUDES FULL ACCESS TO:
Digital subscriber?
Print subscriber? Get free access »
Call to subscribe: 1-800-829-6270
You can also subscribe
on your computer at
CommentaryMagazine.com.
LOG IN WITH YOUR
COMMENTARY MAGAZINE ID
Don't have a CommentaryMagazine.com log in?
CREATE A COMMENTARY
LOG IN ID
Enter you email address and password below. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you provide.