The Democratic Governor’s Association conducted a blogger conference call this afternoon where they itemized Republican Chris Christy’s numerous ethical lapses. This is topical because the former U.S. Attorney called himself the ethics candidate when he announced his candidacy. He forgot to mention he’d probably already violated the Hatch Act by discussing his possible run for the office with Karl Rove while in his prosecutor’s office. Remember that the “loyal Bushie” U.S. Attorneys were run from the White House by Rove, Bush’s political director.
Chris Christy pretending to be ethical is laughable. Just last week he used his name and position to escape getting a traffic ticket. His successor as USA in New Jersey is also under investigation for violating the Hatch Act by seeking to assist Christy’s candidacy through the office.
Maybe most interestingly the GOP nominee gave a personal loan to the top assistant in his office. The $36,000 makes her, literally, indebted to him. Since Christy prosecuted others for the same ethics violation he needs to come clean on this issue.
A new Greenberg Quinlan poll shows Gov. Jon Corzine closing to within two points of challenger Chris Christie in this year’s big race in New Jersey. Being a border state to Pennsylvania what happens in Jersey affects us. Delaware River dredging is one significant issue which has divided the two states more than simply geographically. Christy is a former U.S. Attorney for George W. Bush and Alberto Gonzales and the baggage he has from GonzalesGate and the fact he was deemed a “loyal Bushie” in that scandal is hurting his chances of succeeding Corzine. The Governor has his own baggage but his own personal integrity is intact. He never sold his soul to George Bush for partisan political purposes.
There are but two Gubernatorial contests this year, this one and Virginia. The GOP hopes to regain some ground and the momentum going into next year’s Congressional and Senate races by winning these elections. A two point differential is statistically a dead heat and Corzine seems to have the momentum in this state going into the heart of the season at Labor Day. Corzine normally self funds but I’m sure he’ll appreciate volunteers. Every four years we get scores of volunteers from surrounding states assisting us so this time we can repay the favor.