Congratulations to former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, who won a hard-fought primary battle against the more conservative Steve Lonegan in the Republican primary. Lonegan drew over 40% of the primary votes, and while most of these will "come home" in the general election, Christie cannot drift to close to the center without risking his base.
And he will need 100% of his base to win this, what with Corzine prepping to top the $40 million he spent to get elected in the first place. And Corzine-lite won't do it, either: Christie must offer a clear alternative to the destructive Democratic dominance of Jersey government, or it will be just another missed opportunity for state Republicans.
And speaking of Corzine -who has been sh*tting bricks at the sight of Christie for months now - he's come up with an interesting campaign strategy against the man who leads him in every poll: He's decided his opponent is not Chris Christie, but ex-president George Bush!
Well, I guess when you're a billionaire you think that you can bend reality to your will, and perhaps you can. Or perhaps you just sound a bit out of touch when, with gaffe-master Joe Biden at your side, you make speeches like this:
"My opponents won't tell you who they're going to cut — they'll have to check with George W. Bush on that! ...I won't entrust our state's future to the same people who gave us George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, skyrocketing unemployment, a housing crisis and the war in Iraq! New Jersey cannot afford to get Bushwhacked again!"
Incidentally, Jon Corzine's current approval rating is 36 percent, which is lower than former President Bush's approval rating of 41 percent (and rising). Add in the fact that while registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans in New Jersey, unaffiliated voters make up the biggest segment of residents, and you can expect one hum-dinger of a campaign.