I was remarking to one of our interns today that it has been an unusually intense campaign. Not that we haven’t seen this kind of ferocity in New Jersey before, but rarely do we see it this early. It is after all…well, August.
But today it was Christie who set the agenda. He outlined a series of tough anti-corruption reforms the details of which i will leave to our broadcast. However, it put Corzine in a defensive posture.
The Governor was in Camden for day 2 of highlighting the uniform crime report. short explanation: crime in NJ is going down. They hit the NY media market yesterday with those stats, today it was the Philly market’s turn with an event in Camden.
But when asked to respond to the Christie agenda he said that most of the ethics reforms have already been introduced ( by him! ) to the legislature. He added that the bills have not yet been posted but they have been pushing and pushing to get them done. The Guv promises to push yet again after the election.
When I asked him why it couldn’t get done during his first term Corzine said the economy has been their top priority. True, but didn’t that only jump to the tippy top of the agenda last fall?
Moreover, David Halbfiner of the NY Times wrote this week that the NRA has contributed $90,000 to the Republican Governor’s Association which has in turn been running ads for Christie. Money is fungible I suppose?
Anyway, Corzine took the bait on that one…arguing that there are stark differences between him and his opponent on the one-gun-a-month legislation, which is why the NRA ( which opposes it ) is spending $ to help Christie.
Watch for Corzine to finally sign that one-gun-a-month legislation tomorrow and try and seize back the agenda.