Corzine, Christie Clinch Party Nods in Gov Race
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
New York, NY –
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's reelection campaign is officially underway. The Democrat held a victory rally last night after overcoming token opposition in yesterday's primary. With Vice President Biden at his side, Corzine warned that New Jersey could not afford to be "bush-whacked" by Republicans in November.
CORZINE: They say that government should be small, small enough to slip under your bedroom door, small enough to root for a new president to fail, narrow enough to divide us by gender and ethnicity over a supreme court nominee, and self-righteous enough to dictate their own religious beliefs to the rest of us.
REPORTER: Meanwhile, former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie will be the Republican's nominee for governor, beating two conservative challengers in that primary. At his victory rally, Christie called Corzine a good man, but a bad governor.
CHRISTIE: Over the past decade he has spent $100 million of his own money to get elected over and over. He does so by spending an unprecedented amount of money on negative, personal smear ads.
Recent state-wide polls show Corzine trailing Christie. The 46-year-old Christie easily beat Steve Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, who picked up 42 percent of the vote. Lonegan said he'll continue to try to push Christie to the right on economic issues.